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Slip Me Some Tongue (sandwich) Recc's

mistertoast Mar 27, 2008 04:19 PM

Been eating deli since I was old enough to get my mouth around bread and meat, but I never have had a proper tongue sandwich. I think I'm ready - where should I go? Brent's is too far. Something on the LA side of the hill would be preferred. Suggestions?

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    debra RE: mistertoast Mar 27, 2008 04:48 PM

    I don't know if this counts as a "proper" deli style tongue sandwich. But Attari, a little persian (sort of) deli, in westwood, makes an excellent tongue sandwich.

    To be honest, I haven't had jewish deli style tongue since I was a kid. IIRC it's possibly boiled/and thinly sliced (I could be very wrong on that) on rye. The preparation is different at Attari, it's like eating slices from a roast -- so maybe they roast theirs. I really don't know the difference, if there even is one. What I do know -- Attari, makes a hell of a tongue sandwich, on a good roll, with some pickled veggies. Enjoy!

    Attari Sandwich Shop
    1388 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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      kevin RE: debra Mar 28, 2008 08:53 PM

      you beat me to the chase.

      yes, attari and there's another persian sandwich shop further south along westwood blvd, canary, that also serves a plethora of sandwiches in a very simiilar style, along with a brain sandwich (for what it's worth they don't translate the brain sandwich onto the english menu) batali would be envious.

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      carter RE: mistertoast Mar 27, 2008 04:58 PM

      Would you go to Langer's on Alvarado and 7th for pastrami, well then go for tongue instead, even though the temptation might be tough avoiding the odering of yet another pastrami, but try it...

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        PayOrPlay RE: mistertoast Mar 27, 2008 05:28 PM

        I agree that Attari's tongue sandwich is excellent. I believe you can also still get the Persian-style sandwich at Canary House, but when I tried it a couple of years ago it didn't measure up to Attari Patough. For the New York Jewish deli style sandwich, my first choice would be Nate-n-Al in Beverly Hills. (And, in case you change your mind about Brent's, I had a great one there once, some years ago.) The tongue at Junior's isn't too bad either. (I have not tried tongue at Langer's.)

        While we're at it, where can you get a great (Mexican) torta de lengua? (Not to mention, who has the best Korean-style BBQ tongue?)

        Langer's Delicatessen
        704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

        Brent's Deli
        19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

        Nate 'n Al's Deli & Restaurant
        414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Junior's Restaurant-Deli Bakery
        2379 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Brent's Deli
        2799 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

        Canary Chicken House
        1942 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          mistertoast RE: PayOrPlay Mar 28, 2008 09:56 AM

          Thanks for the recc's. Would be hard to resist the pastrami if I am at Langer's and I am sure Brent's is top-notch. I think I'll try Junior's, I've seen it there before and it looked pretty decent. Will report back.

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            modernist RE: PayOrPlay Apr 2, 2008 09:50 AM

            i just had a brain sandwhich at canary... it was wrapped in lavash, but i saw them making sandwiches with baguette which i would have prepared... the brain didnt taste like brain at all and in fact i suspect they might have slipped me some tongue...

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            peifferc RE: mistertoast Mar 28, 2008 10:20 AM

            The Arax Falafel lamb's tongue sandwich is insane. Tongue and tomatoes inside a hot pressed sandwich, turnip pickles on the side. J. Gold had a big thing about it. Since his article I've been there many times. Falafel is good too. It's on the northwest corner of Santa Monica and Normandie.

            Falafel Arax
            5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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              modernist RE: peifferc Apr 2, 2008 09:49 AM

              this is indeed a nice tongue sandwich.... lemony and crisp under the sandwhich press

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              mungus RE: mistertoast Mar 29, 2008 02:53 PM

              Have you tried Label's Table on Pico? I had some sliced tongue there a few months ago that was pretty good. When I don't feel like the hassle of Nate N' Al's or Langer's, I sometimes pop into Label's for a decent (but not superlative) pastrami on rye.

              A couple of notes - no grill, so no reubens here, and for some reason, I am thinking this may be a cash only place. I could be wrong on the cash thing. Don't be deterred by the dingy look. Most of their business is takeout.

              Oh, added bonus, it's a block away from Beverlywood Bakery, so I can hop over there for a black-and-white after I have my sandwich.

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                trojans RE: mungus Apr 2, 2008 10:17 AM

                The key to getting good tongue at a deli is to tell them to heat it up. It is much much better than when it is cold. Also add some extra salt to bring out the flavors.

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                Wes RE: mistertoast Apr 1, 2008 02:14 PM


                I would never eat something from the mouth of an animal!

                Just give me a couple of eggs.

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                  justagthing RE: Wes Apr 2, 2008 07:33 AM

                  Don't knock it until you've tried it, but then again, you won't eat something from the mouth of an animal, but you will from the 'butt' area? LOL
                  Oh and for another item, marinated tongue, chinese style as an appetizer along w/ears and other parts.

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                    stillstyle RE: justagthing Apr 3, 2008 02:30 PM

                    The "butt" is a shoulder cut.

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                      justagthing RE: stillstyle Apr 3, 2008 05:38 PM

                      I was referring to the egg, but in jest. Not talking about pork.

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                  normalheightsfoodie RE: mistertoast Apr 2, 2008 09:52 AM

                  I would recommend Nate and Al's. They have the best sandwiches!, there is free public parking below the Crate and Barrel next door. After your sandwich you can walk over to Sprinkles for a cupcake!

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                    Gingergirl RE: mistertoast Apr 3, 2008 09:12 PM

                    Actually Canter's has great tongue sandwiches as well.

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