Here's what L.A. Magazine nominated as the 10 best:
3. Nate n’ Al
5. Pico Kosher
10. Label’s Table
Of the ones I've been to, I did like Nate n' Als. Probably the best pastrami meat I've tried, and its small enough relative to some of the other Delis that there is at least some semblance of intimacy. Canter's has always been good to me, but I've always had at least 8 cocktails in me when I've been there, so that could bias things. Factor's had decent food but I couldn't get over stale & no-personality atmosphere.
IMHO, best/favoriteDeli is more of a personal preference than an absolute as there are so many factors like what items you order off of their expansive menus, types of pickles, bread preferences, % grey hairs, bakery quality, even mustards (I like Izzie's as they always have out 3 types of Beaver mustards). The one thing I can't figure out is why every Deli believes the lighting should be as bright as an E.R. operating table. But tell us what you think of the Top 10 List nevertheless...