Jerry's Famous is slicker, Canter's is more rock & roll, Langer's is in a more historically interesting location and Nate'n Al has a lot more industry juice, but Brent's Deli, a somewhat under-known eatery deep in the Valley, is the “Real Deal Holyfield” of old-school Jewish delis. Anyone who craves mouth-watering comfort food par excellence alike flock to this spacious, almost all-American looking establishment nestled in a strip mall for the corned beef, meat knish, cabbage soup, hearty breakfasts, twice-baked rye bread, matzo ball soup and “black pastrami” Reuben. Servings are huge and the place bustles with a comforting, real-people vibe.

—Adam Gropman

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