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Aug 26, 2007 04:43 PM

Good pastrami in the SGV?

My favorite pastrami from a fast food joint is Top's in Pasadena on Colorado Bl. Their pastrami is quite delicious and not greasy or too fatty. I'm not a fan of The Hat so where else can I find good pastrami in the San Gabriel Valley? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Lucky Boy on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, just south of California is pretty decent (and huge). It's a block south of the Trader Joes, same side of street. As an aside, we tried the Carnegie Deli pastrami that Costco sells - that's worth trying. 24 oz for $9.79. It was, like you described Top's, as quite delicious and not too greasy or fatty. We go to Tops fairly often but I've never tried their pastrami.. have to do that plus try the Kobe Burger everyone has been raving about.

    1. I really like the pastrami at Pasadena Sandwich Co. It's thick and lean... so good! (I also like Tops and not the Hat's!)

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      1. re: The Oracle

        I didn't care for the pastrami at the Pasadena Sandwich Company. It was as you described, very thick and lean, but it didn't taste like pastrami nor did it have the texture of pastrami. I kept thinking I was eating ham.

      2. Rick's on Main & 2nd street in Alhambra has a good pastrami dip. There is also a Top's in Alhambra on Main street just east of Fremont. I know what you mean about the Hat, very inconsistent. The one in Upland has a drive thru and a huge eat-in section, and their pastrami is not greasy. The Hat in Monterey Park, in my 'hood, is also good. But the ones in Alhambra and Cucamonga are sub-par. Grand Burger in Glendora on Grand north of Arrow also serves up a good one.

        1. LeRoy's in Monrovia also has great pastrami, meaty and not fatty. We actually like it in a "pastramlette", an omelette with pastrami and jack cheese, yum! But, of course, you can also get it in various sandwich incarnations, including on top of a burger!

          1. Give Gene's a try, right off of Huntington Drive near old town Monrovia.

            Gene's Grinders
            800 S. Myrtle Ave.,
            (626) 358-8016

            Gene's Grinders
            800 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Man, I haven't thought about Gene's Grinders in a long time. It was on Huntington when I was a kid in the 60's.