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Aug 12, 2008 02:36 PM

Langer's - Perceptor's Report

Just the mention of Langer's famous pastrami makes me hungry.... this is hands down the best pastrami i've ever had.. is thick, just enough fat, and excellent flavor... there's really not much more I can write about Langer's... for those of you that's been there know what i'm talking about and for those of you that's never been there need to leave your office and go right now...

Here is my usual Langer's experience:

704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050

- Perceptor

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  1. breakfast is awesome as well.

    corned beef hash + french toast = win

    1. Went last Friday with a retired friend who had been going there since the early '70s -- his favorite server was still working, and she give him a good-natured ribbing for staying away for so long. Great rye bread, wonderful pastrami. Had my bread grilled, with a little sauerkraut. Didn't use much of the Russian dressing that came on the side. Nice, essential flavors. Heard other diners talking with their servers specifically about the thickness of the slices -- substantial, as opposed to shaved, flaky and greasy.

      Free parking (with validation) about a block away. People-watching pretty good, too; saw Chief Bratton coming in just before we left last week.


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      1. re: xhotelie

        xhotelie.... chief Bratton was there when I ate there this past Saturday as well... he parked right in front of Langer's... must be nice :-)

      2. was this your first visit to langers's just couldn't tell.

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        1. re: kevin

          kevin... nah wasnt my first time but it has been a while and the craving was loud.....

          1. re: Perceptor

            as always your pictures are great. But if could've been even better if you went for the Pastrami sandwich, without the fixins such as coleslaw, cheese, and or sauce.

            I guess even though I' m not quite at the age of being a curmudgeon, I still like my Pastrami classic, especially if it's high quality stuff like at Langer's

            1. re: kevin

     only experiences from Langer's have been #19.. but i think is time to get it just straight up...

              1. re: kevin

                Agreed. All the fixin's glop belongs nowhere near the wonderful lusciousness of Langer's pastrami. Just add a little bit of gulden's mustard to bring out the flavor, and that's all you need. The rest is just gilding the lily.

                Mr Taster

          2. was at langer's on saturday with my brother who is a chef/food consultnat....and has been looking forward to a langer's sandwich for about 15 years. he was not disappointed! he had a 19 and i always get a straight pastrami with extra meat, as i think the regular pastrami is not enough meat. he agrees that the way to go is just the pastrami, as the slaw and 1000 detract rather than add. he has spent some years in nyc and felt the only thing that compares is katz's....but langer's beats it. also had cabbage soup and barley giblet soup, both very good. the potato salad is much better than the slaw. didn't see chief bratten.

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            1. re: jay 1

              I think on my next trip to NYC, I'm going to have Langer's for lunch before I leave, and then go straight to Katz's for dinner upon arrival. No better way to compare and contrast.

              1. re: nimo

                I did this.

                The verdict.... Katz's and Langer's are equally tender, but I think Katz's seasoning is slightly better than Langer's. However, the Katz's bread comes out of a plastic bag. No comparison to Langer's. So overall, I'd say the sandwich as a whole at Langer's but for the meat itself, Katz's has a slight edge.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Yeah, I remember the loaf of bread in the bag at Katz's. But I prefer the actual meat at Langer's more too. And you don't have to ever really deal with lines at Langer's nor those stupid, draconian ticketing system that Katz's employs.

            2. I was also there on Saturday and was very satisfied as always. I did notice, though, that the price of a No. 19 is getting a little out of hand. Still worth it though.