LA Dining Adventures #1: Mike’s Deli in Ladera Heights

258sIt is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Mike’s Deli in Ladera Heights at 4859 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90056.  This is my favorite deli in Los Angeles and I recommend it to anyone who is interested.  The deli is located in a small shopping center on Slauson at Fairfax Avenue.  Parking at times can be a bit tight because of the Jiffy Lube in the same parking lot but I’ve always managed to find a space.  There is also a Home Depot across the street that had loads of parking that you can use in a pinch.  The place is always pretty busy so it is helpful to call ahead. But these people work hard and fast to give you some of the best deli sandwiches in the area. They also opened an additional location in Downtown LA.  I have never been but I think the hours are a bit different that the main location.

This place has been a favorite of mine since I was introduced in high school.  A close family friend and I were on road trip together in high school and I brought a sandwich from Subway for the trip and she brought a Mike’s Deli sandwich called the Rachel, which is a Turkey Rueben.  Her sandwich looked so incredible, I wanted to throw my Subway sandwich away and take her other half.  What I loved about her sandwich was the generous serving of meat in the sandwich and the fresh ingredients of the veggies and toppings.

oWhen I visit home from the East Coast, I always try to make my way to Mike’s Deli either when I arrive or to take back with me on the plane.  I have never eaten there and typically order my food on the phone and pick it up. They can be a bit abrupt on the phone but they mean business and are always respectful and helpful.  There was not much seating available but they recently expanded and have a dining area for customers to wait or enjoy their meal.  The deli also include a little convenience store section with a few different options for chips as well as gourmet chip options, drinks, desserts, and cold fresh salads sold by the weight.

They sell mainly fresh deli sandwiches, salads, and also have a selection of burgers, fries, and wings.  My friend ordered the boneless wings once and enjoyed them but I go there for the sandwiches.  They have a huge Boar’s Head Label that lets you know they are serious about their cheese! It is important for a deli to have quality cheese. I love a club sandwich because of bacon so I enjoy their Classic Club with maple glazed honey turkey, American cheese (it usually comes with Swiss cheese), bacon, avocado, lettuce, onions, mustard, mayo on squaw bread, and the pickle on the side.  Squaw bread, may sound funny to you but, it is a brown bread similar to that which is served at the Cheesecake Factory and is delicious.  It also come with tomato but I order my sandwich without it. I have also ordered the Mike’s Deli #1 and added bacon which was also really amazing.  That sandwich includes Cajun turkey, pepper jack cheese on Squaw bread with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, honey mustard, mayo, and avocado.

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My mother had ordered their salads a few times and was satisfied but most of the ingredients are the deli meats.  If you are looking for fresh chicken or turkey, this may not be the salad place for you.  While the veggies are always fresh and there is a wide variety of dressings, just remember that it is a deli and not a gourmet salad place.

 

I have never had a bad meal from Mike’s Deli and it is awesome to have a great place eat near where I stay and spend most of my time in Los Angeles.  They are also located not too far from the airport, about 15 minutes, so they are a great stop on the way.  Anyway, support a local business the next time you are near them and get a great sandwich! The following is my Seven Mac Score for the restaurant:

Mike’s Deli

Criteria Scale Score
Accessibility 1-10 10
Customer Service 1-20 20
Cleanliness 1-10 10
Food Presentation 1-10 10
Price Value 1-10 10
Taste of Food 1-30 30
Overall Experience 1-10 10
TOTAL: 100/100

Please look of my next post as I share more dining experiences in and around Baltimore and DC, and my trip to Los Angeles.  Also, you can find me on Instagram @finediningdiva and twitter @moderndaybeauty. Also, if you would like to follow my blog to receive notification when a new blog is posted, please send your email to finediningdiva@gmail.com.

And remember: It’s a BIG world and we are going to eat our way through it!

http://www.mikesdelionline.com/

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