Coming from the guy who defends Jerry's Deli's as a place where the menu is so large you have to be able to find something you'll eat, it seems strange to rag on another, sort of similar place.
My kid's like to go to the batting cages in the Valley and we go on most Sunday mornings. We don't live anywhere near Encino, btw, but their coach has a cage there.
Anyways ... I grab a cup of Joe at Coffee Bean before their lessons and then we've been going to Encino Deli (Ventura and Louise) for breakfast. We've gone a bunch of times and for the life of me I don't know why. Because it's close to the cages, is the only reason.
The eggs are flavorless -- no amount of salt and pepper can penetrate the Shield of Blandness. The deli meats are sub par (I've only had them in omelettes, no sandwiches). The bagels are ordinary. The lox tastes like cardboard.
I don't like anything there. This place upsets my "Even Denny's can't screw up scrambled eggs" theory. Because Encino Deli manages to make everything I've had tasteless at best and taste bad at worst.
The coffee is bad.
The service is nice, but it's really shoddy. The order is never really right. But it's so slow, you eat what they bring you. My parents joined my for breakfast last week (you've not dined until you've dined with my parents -- their specific instructions on exactly how they want their food prepared is more detailed than a French cookbook) and naturally their order came out wrong.
Ironically -- or maybe it's not ironic, maybe it's just interesting -- it's always crowded.
When we used to hit at night, we'd go for pizza at Mulberry's. That's better.
I'm done with Encino Deli. For now on, we're driving back to our neighborhood to eat. Maybe hit Don Chuys, where the huevos come with great, fresh tortillas.