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Is there a decent NY style deli in OC?

Is there anywhere in OC where you can get a good corned beef or pastrami sandwich? Please don't send me to Jerry's Famous...it's baaaad!

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  1. get in the car, and drive up to Langer's in LA ;)

    1. The only acceptable alternative I've found in north OC is Katella Deli in Los Alamitos. Langers it ain't, but it beats Jerry's Famous Chaloshes.

      And don't let anyone send you to the Hat, either, because while it's pastrami, it's not New York style pastrami and there is no rye bread to be found there.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Sure there is -- the Kosher Bite Deli in Laguna Hills.

        It's no Jack Cooper's, though -- sorry, Das.

        1. re: Dedicated Fresser

          That's South OC -- which is a mystery to me. Glad there's something down there.

      2. Not a full blown NY-style deli, but I like the pastrami sandwiches at Tommy Pastrami. Don't think they have corned beef on the menu.

        My favorite sandwich there is their beef brisket sandwich, which is essentially a French Dip, as they serve au jus on the side.

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        Tommy Pastrami New York Deli
        3751 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

        Tommy Pastrami New York Delicatessen
        410 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

        Tommy Pastrami New York Delicatessen
        18001 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

        Tommy Pastrami New York Deli
        310 E Orangethorpe Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

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        1. re: Wonginator

          I think Tommy's meat is awesome. Especially the original location on Harbor that is still run under Tommy's watchful eye. But I would have to second Katella Deli. They have a great bakery, too.

          1. re: janetms383

            I will enthusiastically ditto Janet's and Das' recommendation of Katella Deli. Excellent value for the money. Meaty, lean sandwiches and dinners. Service is usually good, sometimes spotty, but we eat there frequently and are happy 98% of the time. And complimentary dill pickles - just ask if they don't ask you. Good iced tea (why is that so hard for other places?). Excellent cornbread. Ditto for the coleslaw. (Potato salad - skip it).

          2. re: Wonginator

            Just found out about and went to Benjie's Deli tonight. It might fit the bill. Had corned beef and pastrami and several other sandwiches on the menu. Reminded me of the former Kaplan's Deli on Harbor Blvd in Costa Mesa. My brother got the pastrami sandwich, and I tried a slice of it. I'm no pastrami expert, but I thought it was quite good. Never been to Langer's, so I can't do a comparison.

            I got the prime rib dip. Pricey at $14, but very very good. Don't see prime rib dips on the menu often, so I get it whenever I see it.

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            Benjies Restaurant
            1828 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

            1. Arnies. The Junior size is more than enough.

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              Arnie's Manhattan Restaurant
              1660 Dove St, B Newport Beach, CA