Wise Sons Deli – Culver City

Delicatessans keep disappearing in Los Angeles, so I was pretty excited to see San Francisco’s Wise Sons open in Culver City. I was going to place a takeout order online, but when I saw the prices were more than the menu pricing, I phoned my order in.

I waited in line to pick up and pay for my order, which was ready. When I looked in the bag, I saw my choice, a smoked salmon bagel ($11), wrapped in brown paper. It was tiny – even smaller than my hand (and I have tiny hands) – and knew that I was going to be hungry.

The everything bagel was covered in toppings on both the top and bottom (good) but I had difficulty biting into it (bad). The exterior was super chewy and the bagel was on the dense side – so dense, that I had difficulty biting into it. The smoked salmon was fine, nothing revelatory, with cream cheese, capers and some thinly sliced red onions.

My husband’s smoked trout sandwich ($12.75) was a better bang for the buck and came with a couple of pickle spears. It was served on rye bread, which had so few caraway seeds that it almost could have passed for white bread.

With so many delis going out of business, I wish I had liked Wise Sons more. Eating deli food is a rare treat and even though Wise Sons is closer to me, I’d rather go a little further for Wexler’s, Daughter’s or Langer’s. That said, my husband enjoyed his sandwich, so maybe I’ll order something else and give them another chance.

Location –  9552 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Website – https://www.wisesonsdeli.com
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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