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May 14, 2008 03:44 PM

What are your thoughts on Johnnies Pastrami

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

    Dino's Chicken and Burgers
    2575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006, USA

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

      1. 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. 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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          1. re: wilafur

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

            They need better pickles.

          2. 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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            1. re: nosh

              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.

              1. re: Servorg

                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.

              2. re: nosh

                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.