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Nate 'n Al opens new location today in Thousand Oaks

Nate-n-Als What's old is made new again as Nate 'n Al deli opens a new location in Thousand Oaks. In its 64 years of existence the famous deli has not expanded, so that alone is cause for celebration.

The original Nate 'n Al opened in Beverly Hills is 1945 and swiftly became a destination for the Hollywood crowd who loved its signature rye bread and juicy pastrami sandwiches.

Owner David Mendelson, grandson of original co-owner Al Mendelson, had been looking to open in a new location and decided he found one when he saw the Lakes, the outdoor shopping complex where the new Nate 'n Al resides. In the wintertime, the Lakes sets up an ice skating rink, so there's an added bonus if you decide to stop by for a visit.

The new Nate 'n Al joins California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang's and the Claim Jumper as a dining option at the center.

Nate 'n Al, 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 494-3354.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Brothers Mark, left, and David Mendelson run Nate 'n Al in Beverly Hills. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

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Went there to see what the blab was about. What a loss. The corned beef was dry and about half of what I get at Pickles in Newbury Park. Dry bread. Cole slaw that was tasteless and not enough to worry about.
Someone said pickle tray? Never saw one and was never offered one.
Partner had a corned beef hash b'fast and was also disappointed.
If this is what Holywood eats and praises then they can keep it.

Comment#1 You had Corned Beef and we had Pastrami. For $13.50 where's the beef. Sandwich was not that good had much better Pastrami at other places and they give you your money's worth and cheaper. For $13.50 fries should be included. Matzoh Ball soup, had much better. Asked for bagels chips ran out. Had a sample of chopped liver, not tasty at all. This was on a Friday at 8:00 pm Dec. 4th. Service was absolutely terrible and it wasn't busy. Asked three times for pickle tray.
Pickles, Brent's has much better quality of food and service.

I tried the $13.50 corned beef sandwich today at the new Nate'n Al's Deli at the Lakes in Thousand Oaks. I was sadly disappointed. It was, by far, the worst corn beef sandwich I have ever tried to eat. the corned beef was nothing but gristle. I chewed an chewed and finally gave up trying. I complained to the manager and showed her the uneaten sandwich. She said that perhaps it was just a bad batch of meat. Oh, almost forgot, the tiny plastic cup of potato salad was tasteless.
I couldn't believe it! Is this what the renouned Nate'n Al,s is serving their customers? If so, Roxy's and Brent's have nothing to worry about.


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