I started this thread back in June and the quest continues. We recently drove to No. Ca. and did take the time and planned on stopping at Brent's in Northridge for lunch. What a treat!!! with a capital T. Being born and raised in Bergen County NJ, and respectfully always arpimd New York Jewish citizens this is the fondation for my journey. You also can't beat Cantor's in Hollywood. Only problem is both of these great NY style deli's are over 100 miles from us. For my money, it seems to be Elija's - the old Sampson's - in La Jolla. It is near my Dr. (15 miles away) but when I am in the area I try and stop for pastrami or corned beef sanwiches. BTW, they just stopped serving the picled tomatoes on the table. They still have the pickle jar, but probably a sign of the times...and not a good sign. in MHO. Thanks.