Support LA Legacy Canter’s Deli

As you probably know, Canter’s has a very special place in Baseman’s heart. This landmark in L.A.’s Fairfax district is where his mom Naomi served as head bakery salesperson for over thirty years, the spot that has inspired many of his drawings, and a place to meet with family and friends.

During the run of the exhibition, The Door Is Always Open at the Skirball Cultural Center, Canter’s was one of the stops on a bus tour led by Los Angeles cultural historian Jim Heimann, part of a special program where museum visitors could see the places that have informed Baseman’s work.

Since 1931, Canter’s has been serving up LA’s finest deli cuisine, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canter’s, like other restaurants all across the country, has been forced to close their dining rooms. The good news is that you can still order online or get take out for menu items like their world-famous pastrami or their delicious rugelach cookies (chocolate chip is Gary’s favorite). Email us at and tell us your favorite Canter’s dishes or memories.


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