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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. re: diningdivala

        Of course you could also hop on the freeway and jog up to Carnegie Deli in the Mirage in Vegas. ;-)

        (Click on the photo thumb nail below for the full image, and let your mouth water, don't just hover your mouse that just enlarges the thumb nail, but click on it then you see the full, uncropped image.)

        1. re: ChinoWayne

          man, i got shafted last time in vegas, asked where the carnegie deli was and someone said it didn't exist anymore so settled that night for canter's, which wasn't very good.

          1. re: kevin

            Truth be told, I have had better pastrami sandwichs than the Carnegie Vegas outpost, but it sure as hell was good when I needed a fix. Between the wife and I and their humongous sandwiches we had plenty of left overs to take up to the room for midnight snacking.

          2. re: ChinoWayne

            Great looking sandwich. I

            t's a pastrami and corned beef combo though.

      2. 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.

              2. I dearly love the CB sandwich at Magee's in the 3rd & Fairfax Farmer's Market, though that's a real schlep from Pasadena (I know, because I make it frequently!), and the sandwich is kind of expensive for what you get. Upside is the potato salad and coleslaw are both really good. That's about $11 for the plate.

                1. I'm out in Rancho Cucamonga, I go all the way to Billy's (50 miles) to get my Roast Beef Special fix. Sometimes I'll go as far as Brent's, but I see some posts have downgraded them. It is hard to believe there are no deli's between Glendale and Palmsprings.

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                  1. re: LuigiOrtega

                    There was, once, years ago Greene's in Pomona, but no more.

                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                      When it comes to getting either a heart stopping - gut busting - LDL spiking pastrami or corned beef sandwich, it's just too bad that the folks who opened the Carnegie Deli outpost in Beverly Hills did such a crappy job of managing the resulting restaurant. It may not have been the best - ala Langers - in town but it certainly satisfied any hunger pangs for the next 48 hours or so.

                      And now that I scroll up the postings here I see you totally agree, (based on your LV photo food porn pic).

                  2. Langer's is only 10.2 miles door to door as the Mapquest flies. It is worth a trip twice that for the only hand sliced cornbeef or pastrami on rhe west coast deli's (hof brau's not don't count). Has to be extra cooked (means extra shrinkage and food cost) to be super tender to the knite. With a cream soda, a pickle, and a pile of slaw, there is no better CB or Pastrami anywhere (New York's Katz's also great but their bread pails to Langer's soft and cruchy crust rye)

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                    1. re: Stomach at Large

                      You can take the Metrolink Gold line to downtown and transfer to the red line. It will drop you off at Langers. Langer's is the best. I've been to Katz and NYC has nothing on LA for Pastrami and CB.

                      I love the strawberry ice cream soda. My kid like the egg cream.

                      1. re: gaylenwaydelich

                        I agree that the best corned beef in Pasadena is at any Gold Line stop, where you can get to Langer's in 35 minutes.

                    2. What about driving into downtown LA for Yorkshire Grill? It's a true New York-style Jewish deli. I love the atmosphere. They make generously-sized sandwiches. Their matzo ball soup is great too.

                      Yorkshire Grill
                      610 West 6th Street
                      Los Angeles, California 90017-3202

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                      1. re: chowhound chloe

                        Y'know, I never see this place mentioned here, but when I worked downtown I was very surprised when I came across this place. It looks like a real deli and the food was decent, too.