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Nov 1, 2001 07:24 PM

Pastrami Burrito

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The wacky food subject made me think of this. I don't usually get all that excited about all the hyphenated food choices out there, like Cuban-Chinese, Korean-Brazilian, Peruvian-Japanese, etc. I mean I like them, but their food is like any other, to be judged on their own merits. I must admit, however, that when I first learned of the pastrami burrito, I was instantly intrigued. I guess this has to do with my curiosity about why all those Mexican restaurants aound town served tacos, burritos, hamburgers, and pastrami. I never thought pastrami was big in Mexico, so I guessed it must be some kind of LA thing that happened when Mexicans and Jews lived together in Boyle Heights or something.

Anyway, I went to Oki Dog and had the huge pastrami burrito, and I have to say, it was delicious. For the price, around $4.50, it was a bargain, since it fed me for something like three days! So I got interested if there were other places that served this bizarre fusion of East LA and Lower East Side. And I have found a number of them. But I have not tried them yet, for some reason. I guess I am afraid of what it might do to my digestive system! I do plan to eventually try every place out there and rate them. So that's why I need your help. I am including a list of every place I have found. Can you please add to my list if you know a place, and if you have tried any of them, please comment.

Oki Dog – Pico & La Brea, Fairfax & Melrose
New York Burrito – Southern Nevada
Pink’s – La Brea & Melrose
Omega Drive-In. 319 W. Chapman Ave. Orange.
The Kosher Burrito 110 E. First St., downtown
California Burgers, Citrus Heights, CA

Ok, that's not too many. Apart from a little driving, my stomach can handle 6 pastrami burritos, even the Pink's Pastrami Burrito Dog. Still, I want more. Please help me.

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  1. I tried the Oki pastrami burrito too but was ashamed to admit it until now. I loved it. I could actually feel my artereies clogging with each bite.

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    1. re: Just Larry
      Old Punk Jeff

      I've been going to Oki dogs for years! The original on Melrose was the best. Quite a surreal scene: All those plants, raw fries soaking in buckets of water (why?) and drunk punks and every variety of freak West Hollywood had to offer.
      Anyway, the place has a history. That's why I still go to the "new" location on Fairfax and eat those bizarre burritos. You gotta love the "B" grade from the health department. Sewage backup? Vermin Infestation? Maybe just roaches. Fuck it! OkiDog Rules!