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What are your thoughts on Johnnies Pastrami

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chout13 May 14, 2008 03:44 PM

I used to eat at this place as a kid before I moved. I just came back into the area and I heard the prices have gone up. Please let me know if it is still worth the visit.
Johnnies Pastrami on sepulveda around the corner from titos tacos.

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  1. Skunk2Racer RE: chout13 May 14, 2008 04:13 PM

    it's Ok....... I'd rather go to Dino's burgers for their pastrami

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      feedthebelly RE: chout13 May 14, 2008 04:25 PM

      its good..its solid. cash only. i dont think they or titos have changed in the last 40 years.

      1. Dyspepsia RE: chout13 May 14, 2008 04:25 PM

        I really like Johnnie's and it has great "atmosphere." I usually order pastrami on rye with fries and although the sandwich is no Langer's, it's quite good. Johnnie's also has a respectable diner-style menu. The staff is very friendly and eating either indoors at a booth or the counter or outdoors around the firepit are all great. This place is really authentic and there are few places like it remaining. -And unlike other enduring places like it, the food aspect is not tired or overlooked. Just remember to bring cash, last time I checked, it was still the only accepted form of payment.

        1. wilafur RE: chout13 May 14, 2008 04:26 PM

          average at best. not much flavor in the pastrami plus it's loaded with fat and gristle.

          head to langers for a real pastrami sammie.

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            mar52 RE: wilafur May 14, 2008 04:45 PM

            I love the fat and gristle. I go every once in awhile. Pastrami with Swiss.

            They need better pickles.

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            nosh RE: chout13 May 14, 2008 04:53 PM

            Johnnie's serves up a fairly unique pastrami sandwich -- the meat is sliced ultrathin, much thinner than deli-style (not just Langer's, but Canter's etc. as well) and even thinner than other burger joint places like Dino's or The Hat. Also much more moist -- they call it dip-style -- and quite salty. A good sandwich, they are pretty generous with the meat, but I can't get over the price, which was $9.75 last time I checked. (Their fries, while good and a large order suitable for sharing, are also expensive at over $3.) So in my opinion it is kinda like other oldtime L.A. favorites like the Apple Pan and Fatburger -- good with oldstyle setting and service, but just too darn pricey to really enjoy.

            If I'm not closer to downtown to sit down and savor a Langer's pastrami on rye or wolf down the huge Dino's pastrami (with enough left over for another snack or to mix with scambled eggs the next morning), I will admit I'll head to one of the last remaining Togo's for their regular hot pastrami at barely over half Johnnies' price.

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              Servorg RE: nosh May 14, 2008 05:25 PM

              How much is a pastrami sandwich at Junior's or Nate n Al's or Langer's or Brent's or Barney Greengrass or Canter's or Billy's in Glendale? I am not a particular fan of Johnnie's but I don't think the price is out of line.

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                monku RE: Servorg May 14, 2008 08:27 PM

                Langer's $11.95
                Canter's $10.25
                Billy's $9.25
                Juniors $12.95
                Nate & Al's $11.75
                Art's Delicatessen $13.50
                Jerry's $14.50 $16.75(lean)

                You can't go by price. Because Jerry's is overpriced, overrated and bad in general.

                Johnnies serves the same kind of fast food pastrami that you get at The Hat, Lucky Boy, Tops, High Life Burgers (S. Pasadena). So I don't think the price is in line.

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                monku RE: nosh May 14, 2008 08:02 PM

                Same kind of pastrami they serve at places like The Hat, Lucky Boy, Tops Etc. They dip in beef bouillon to give it that taste....salty.

                Out of curiosity one day after eating there I was snooping through their trash and there were Vienna Pastrami boxes. That was a few years ago when it was $7.95 for a pastrami sandwich. I will say they serve it on a nice soft French roll. Pickles are the best thing they have.

                Had a pastrami sandwich tonight at Lucky Boy, $5.80 and its loaded so full of pastrami the only way to close the sandwich is to wrap it up.

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                pharmnerd RE: chout13 May 14, 2008 11:11 PM

                Johnnies is still in our family's rotation of fast food joints we frequent in the area. But, 9 times out of 10 end up at Titos instead for 1/3 to 1/2 the price to feed the family.

                The pastrami at Johnnies hasn't changed one bit over the years, that is fatty, lightly gristly and buttery, all in a good way (most similar to The Hat). Many of my friends order the non-pastrami items too (is there a shrimp sandwich?). Bottom line, IMO still worth it for the 'whole package' (food, ambience, sides, etc).

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                  dtud RE: chout13 May 15, 2008 06:25 AM

                  i used to LOVE johnny's - but as the years went by the sandwhich got more and more full of fat and gristle which is not worth paying for and gross to eat. i haven't been in several years now.

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                    Servorg RE: dtud May 15, 2008 06:51 AM

                    The poor quality of the meat is one thing and the very thin slicing and the seeming over steaming just leave it too damn flaccid and devoid of flavor for my taste.

                  2. trishyb RE: chout13 May 16, 2008 09:48 PM

                    it's not for everybody. i think it's gone downhill in quality. the meat is really salty and fatty. and the juice that they do their dip in is basically salty meat grease. last time i ate it, i did not feel well afterward. i had to send to my admin's to the drugstore for antacids. never ate there again. on a side note, the pickles are good.

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                      cls RE: chout13 May 16, 2008 10:08 PM

                      Been going since I was 3. I have never ordered anything but the chili cheese dog with onions and I am still happily going back.
                      I tried some else's pastrami a couple of times and it's just O.K.

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                        Tony Miller RE: chout13 May 17, 2008 12:51 AM

                        I ate at Johnnie's for the first time last week. I thought it was a little pricey, but my sandwich was good (NOT too fatty or gristle-y). I'd rather eat at Langer's, though.

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