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Jan 22, 2007 08:52 PM

Good corned beef in Pasadena--where?

Just this second, I got a craving for a real, deli-style corned beef sandwich, thick, on good rye, maybe swiss, no mustard. The kind I'd get at my old-school Jewish deli back east. I live in Pasadena and don't have time to travel far to sate this immediate craving. Any ideas?

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  1. Billy's Deli in Glendale, you won't find anything in Pasdena.

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    1. Hope Carnegie is better than the Canter's in Vegas. Horr.i.ble.

      Anyway, I ran over to Billy's yesterday and it really did the trick! The meat was piled on two slices of nice soft rye bread; not dry or too fatty. Just right. Didn't like the potato salad (grainy) or the pickles (funky flavor), but we did like the eclair. Love the place, too. Old wooden booths, black and white pictures on the walls, huge wood and glass case (although the food remnants in that looked dry and unappetizing). Saw some black-and-white cookies which just make me giggle... Seinfeld episode. Place was empty, but it was like 4:30, so too late for lunch, too early for dinner. A sandwich and eclair ran us $13. With not traffic, definitely worth the drive.

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      1. re: diningdivala

        Yeah, the sandwiches at Billy's are pretty decent, and there is nothing closer to anyone east of the 110.

      2. have you ever tried the corned beef from Whole Foods? Not on the hot bar or anything (not sure if they have), but out of the deli case.

        1. Have you tried NATE AND AL'S in Beverly Hills. There is a public parking lot next door at the Crate and Barrell, it makes things very easy. When you are done, you can walk to SPRINKLES for a cup cake.

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          1. re: normalheightsfoodie

            The original question related to corned beef in the Pasadena area. Nate n Al's is fine, but a bit inconvenient.

            1. re: Briggs

              Others were talking about Vegas , I think Beverly Hills would be realitively closer, and really how far is to far to drive for good pastrami.

          2. Hi,

            I would second Billy's in Glendale, but my DH also reminded me about the Pasadena Sandwich Co. on Sierra Madre Villa, not far from Foothill. He says it is really good there as well!

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            1. re: Michelle

              Yes, heard good things about Pasadena Sandwich but have not made it over there, but my impression is that if I ordered a pastrami there is would not be "Jewish deli style".

              1. re: ChinoWayne

                i work in pasadena and often crave Corned beef. billy's is the only answer. pasadena sandwich co. is def. not jewish style - it's a sandwich - a big messy decent sandwich. the bread there is not fantastic and the loose strands of lettuce i find pretty annoying, but the corned beef isn't terrible.

                1. re: mr mouther

                  Langers, near 7th and Alvarado near McArthur Park, in the hood, in L.A. Best Corned Beef and Rye bread this side of the country. Reminds me of the Corned Beef I grew up on in NYC.