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Feb 7, 2008 06:05 PM

Pastrami - Thick, Spiced, Buttery Fat

I'm a Chicago native who lived in L.A. for the past 4 years. Thankfully, I have returned back home.

Now all I need is a fantastic Pastrami sandwich comparable to Langer's in L.A. If anyone has had it, you know what I'm talking about

I've been to Manny's, Eleven City Diner, etc. They don't make me happy. I've read all the posts, but figured I'd throw the question out there, and start a Pastrami-specific thread.

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  1. I've been very happy with the hot pastrami sandwiches at Kaufman's in Skokie (carry-out only).

    Sounds like you've read the two topics at and . The latter topic mentions Steve's Deli, which appears to have opened in River North; I haven't been there yet, but I've been very impressed with other Jewish delis in the Detroit area, so I have high hopes and am looking forward to trying it.

    Never heard of Langer's...

    1. Forget the pastrami, have you tried the Roast Beef sandwich at Manny's? It's pretty unbelievable!!

      1. I enjoy the pastrami at Romanian Kosher Suasage in Rogers Park -- IMHO the best pastrami in the city - like Kaufmans no table seating but will make a sandwich to go -

        Also while there pick up some of their hot dogs - also the best in the city IMHO

        Romanian Kosher Sausage Co
        7200 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

        1. I don't think you'll find anything comparable to Langer's in the area, but if you're ever up in the Milwaukee region, you might want to give Jake's a try. Their pastrami is still a Vienna product, but they take good care of it and, yes, it's hand-carved!

          1634 W North Avenue,

          1. What about Perry's on Franklin between Randolph and Lake? HUGE sammies, and pretty great.