I finally got the chance to try Brent's Deli (19565 Parthenia St., Northridge, (818) 886-5679, http://www.brentsdeli.com). Those of you who live in this area are lucky. This is a very good deli, maybe the best all around deli in the city.
I was with a fairly large group of people, so I had a chance to sample a number of items. In no particular order, the corned beef on rye was excellent. Bbq brisket sandwich was great. All of the sandwich meats were sliced thin and piled high. I usually like thicker, hand cut meat on my sandwiches, but the thinner slicing worked well at Brent's. All of the meats were fresh, moist, tender and flavorful without gristle or excess fat, and made pleasing, tasty sandwiches. Rye bread, while lacking the crispy crust one finds at Langer's, was fresh and good. Nice coleslaw, a bit on the sweet side, exactly how I like it. Also, good onion rings that were fresh and tasted homemade. Saw, but didn't get to sample a couple of salads. They were huge, and looked fresh and tasty. Brent's has a nice selection of Dr. Brown's bottled sodas. Nice new dill pickles are available on request. Service was friendly and competent throughout. Didn't get a chance to try their chicken soup, but that's definitely next on my list.
As for the pastrami, it was very good, but frankly, not in the same league as Langer's. In my opinion, Langer's wins hands down for pastrami on rye (in its various forms), but, in contrast to Brent's, from what I can tell, this appears to be the only thing Langer's does really well. Brent's, on the other hand, has good pastrami, and pretty much everything else I tried was quite good too.
Brent's is an excellent and well rounded deli. It took me way too long to try this place, but it will not take me nearly as long to return.