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Nov 24, 2007 10:50 PM

Langer's VS Canter's

We have been to both and we are just curious to know everyones opinion.

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  1. I go to both for pastrami both close to what I like but if I had to choose I would go to Canter's like the grilled version with swiss on rye (russian on the side)


    1. For me, nothing comes even close to Langer's.

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      1. re: omakase

        I agree with Omakase. Nothing comes close to Langers.

        Also, I've never understood the appeal of Canter's. For me, it is as befuddling as Pink's.

        1. re: Tom P

          I'll add onto the dogpile. Canter's is really poor quality, something best left for the tourists in the daytime and the drunk kids at night. In a way, it's sort of Deli 101, where a lot of people who aren't exposed to Jewish deli food - like those who move to L.A. from areas without Jewish communities large or old enough to sustain such delis - will start off because it's probably the best-known (that or Jerry's), but, if one cares about good food, one moves to more serious places like Langer's.

          To my thinking, the phrase "Langer's vs. Canter's" is in the same league as "Cut vs. Sizzler."

          1. re: Woolsey

            I know I'm in the minority in not liking Langer's, but as I mentioned a few days ago in a thread I started about comparing pastramis side-by-side, all of us who took part in the taste test rejected Langer's at the outset because we'd all had it before and none of us had liked it. Canter's and Nate and Al's tied for the best. Our group included two New Yorkers and a deli-loving, card-carrying Jew who had spent part of his adulthood in New York. Everyone but me had eaten at all the famous delis in New York. I think if you like your pastrami lean, you're just not going to like Langer's. I do hear that you can ask for it lean, though, so maybe it's time for me to go back and try it again.

      2. Langer's will win this debate 100-1.

        Unfortunately (for me) Langer's is utterly inaccessible. It's far from home, far from work and has crappy hours so you can't eat there in the evening.

        For me, Langer's having the best pastrami sandwich is like New York having the best pizza. I don't disagree, but since I never go to either place, it doesn't matter.

        I'd just like to know who has the second best pastrami sandwich and doesn't close after lunch.

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        1. re: PaulF

          Although I get a kick out of being contrary on this board, I will be one of the 100 for Langer's. I don't even see any comparison other than the convenience. Canter's food seems tired while Langer's retains a real vibrancy from the bread to the corned beef and pastrami. Even the service is more alive.
          As for the hassle factor, if you can get to a Metrorail station, Langer's is 1/2 block from the Red Line Westlake station. And the $2.50 round trip is cheaper than most parking.

          1. re: Griller141

            Canter's has free parking with a validation, there's plenty of free parking on the street in the evenings, and during the day the meters are 25 cents an hour. How is $2.50 to take the Metrorail to Langer's "cheaper than most parking"?

            1. re: Hackenbush

              OK, you are right about the parking at Langer's. But let's see...gasoline at $3.25 per gallon or the 44.5 cent price per mile cost of driving a car (see - and the IRS is not known for overly generous expense estimates)... Even if your car were free, the gas alone - at 15 miles per gallon in heavy city driving - limits you to living 5.7 miles from Langer's. If it's a real car you would have to live within 2.3 miles to break even with the Red Line. But you're right - the parking, if you use their lot a block away up the street and walk down and don't mind waiting for a space to open up, is free.

          2. re: PaulF

            nate 'n al's in beverly hills does, imho.

          3. After 4pm and on Sundays, Canter's has Langer's beat just by dint of being open--any other time, at least as to the pastrami, Langer's wins in a (soon to be skipped) heartbeat.

            1. Given the choice, I prefer Canter's. Yes, the pastrami is better at Langer's but it isn't so much better than it makes up for the bad location, inconvenient hours and poor parking at Langer's. I also prefer Canter's potato salad to Langer's, as well as a number of other menu items.

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              1. re: Hackenbush

                Langer's has a parking lot 1 short block away. They will also bring your food curbside if you want it to go.

                1. re: Josh90004

                  Langer's also has a subway stop on the next block. The NIMBYs in the Fairfax area two decades ago made sure there would never be one near Canter's, preferring the superior alternatives of mind-numbing gridlock, expensive lots, and impossible-to-find street parking instead.

                  Of course, I take it with this hypothetical, all the other superior delis have also been obliterated, which is why Canter's is the only remaining choice?