The recent messages re places to dine in Covina remind me that, aside from the Asian restaurants of Alhambra and points south ... or east of, say, Devon in Monrovia, the restaurant scene is pretty grim everywhere until you reach Las Vegas. One sign of this dismal state is that, east of of downtown LA or Studio City, I can't find a single Jewish or Jewish-style deli where I can get a reasonable facsimile of a freshly hewn hot pastrami on rye or a plate of lox just cut from the whole side. I've always thought it one sign of urban civilization to have a deli of this kind at least within hailing distance. Not even Pasadena can claim one, and the taste of the Pomona Valley is such that most folk hereabouts eat corned beef with mayo, lettuce and tomato ... or on raisin toast. Have I somehow missed the existence of a real deli in the blighted 300 or so miles to which I have referred? I'd be grateful for some relief if anyone knows of such.