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Lenny Rosenberg's family knows a thing or two about running Jewish delicatessens. They've owned and operated multiple delis across New York since the 1950's. But it wasn't until 1996 that Lenny decided to bring his love for delicatessens to the west coast. California, to be exact. Since that day 17 years ago, Lenny has opened three Los Angeles-based eateries including his most recent, Lenny's Deli. And while this Westwood establishment offers all the traditional tastes of a Jewish New York-style delicatessen, Lenny was sure to incorporate the LA lifestyle into the hearty menu by offering a selection of healthy, organic eats.
From beneath recessed lighting, Lenny's diners relax amid a sea of muted grey-colored tables and booths that cradle hot matzo ball soup and pastrami dip sandwiches, all handmade from Lenny's family's recipes. These authentic Jewish delicacies are also accompanied by omelets made from cage-free eggs, crisp salads topped with organic veggies, and barbequed, all-natural chicken breast tucked in between two slices of gluten-free bread.
At the other end of the eatery, bold white letters hang from the wall spelling out "Deli" and "Bakery." But as striking as these signs are, it is the large glass display cases beneath—filled with freshly sliced meats and rows of elegantly decorated desserts—that grab patrons' attention. Customers can also admire what goes into these finely crafted treats by peering through the bakery's large, glass kitchen window where chefs spend their days piping cakes, baking breads, and having staring contests with customers.