Micah Wexler and a lox bagel
Micah Wexler and a lox bagel
Jared Cowan

Wexler's Deli Opens in Santa Monica This Friday

One of the most popular food stalls in Grand Central Market, Wexler's Deli, is set to open its much-anticipated second location in Santa Monica at the end of the week.

Chef-owner Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar will be transporting their hit list of old-school Jewish delicatessen favorites to the Westside — expect hand-cut pastrami sandwiches, bagels, chocolate egg creams and lots of smoked fish — along with an expanded menu that will feature pastries, salads, coffee and matzoh ball soup, the latter made with Jidori chicken schmaltz and cracklings and based on a recipe from Wexler's mother.

The second Wexler's Deli's larger square footage on Santa Monica Boulevard (its Grand Central Market kitchen is basically closet-sized) means the 30-seat restaurant will be able to introduce new items such as pastrami lox and smoked trout, a "Big Salad" with hard-boiled egg and Niçoise olives, an expanded coffee service for the morning crowd and, most exciting, chocolate babka and black-and-white cookies from former Gjelina pastry chef Nicole Rucker.

Starting next week, the restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, offering casual counter service with table seating as well as a takeout counter for those who prefer to eat their breakfast on the go.

Wexler's Deli, 616 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; wexlersdeli.com.

Reuben at Wexler's Deli
Reuben at Wexler's Deli
Anne Fishbein

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