I know it's popular here, so I thought I'd give it another shot after being underwhelmed 15 years ago. And... I was even more disappointed today.
I ordered the basic pastrami sandwich, and at first bite I realized the sandwich would be memorable, but not in a good way. What I got was a nicely overstuffed sandwich that was full of fat and gristle - just as I had experienced the last time I was there. And please don't use the "well, pastrami's always fatty". Uh, no it's not. Forget about Brent's being in the same league as Langer's - it was below Canter's and Billy's, let alone Johnny's & The Hat. I just don't get how people here can slam Canter's yet give Brent's a pass. I feel I need to do a field trip to Jerry's to see which is worse...
The positive was that Brent's has a nice suburban Jewish deli vibe, the service was top notch and the cole slaw was excellent. The rye bread was good, but certainly not up to Langer's. The place was packed and it was before noon. So was it a fluke to have the same mediocre experience 15 years apart? And I really went wanting to like it.
I've said this here before, and I'm more convinced than ever: IMHO, the only reason that Brent's gets the props it does is simply because it's the only Jewish deli in that part of the Valley.