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Dec 22, 2009 09:18 AM

Langer's Beware.....? Hot Pastrami Truck!

The photos look dreadful, but what an interesting idea. Long, slow steamed pastrami would lend itself really well to a mobile operation.

Mr Taster

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  1. Langer's already has a mobile operation. You're the mobile!

    Almost invariably, I swing by to pick up (curbside) a pound of subtly smoky brisket -- in the form of pastrami -- and quickly swing over to the closest McDonald's w/drive-through (on Olympic), where I seek fries and a parking spot. I pull one of those little Dublin Dr. Peppers from my ice chest and eat the lovely, fatty meat with my trembling fingers. Unlike the great majority on this board, I don't care for either the taste or the textures of their rye bread and want nothing between my tongue and the delicate, warm beef except wolfish saliva.

    Job done, the next thing should be a snooze, but the smell of leftover Langer's pastrami attracts too many curiosity-seekers on skateboards, so I get out of there and in the morning finish the meal standing at my kitchen counter, coffee in one hand, cold pastrami in the other. Low-carb -- at this point, low-brow -- it is DELICIOUS cold.

    Don't need no stinkin' truck when the Langer's-transaction takes under five minutes.

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

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    1. re: Harry Nile

      And you don't even need them to tweet you their anticipated location. You already bloody know it.

      1. re: Harry Nile

        It sounds as if you're either 1) in the neighborhood or 2) or have a lot of time to spare during Langer's (very) limited daytime-only operating hours. I'd eat at Langer's quite a lot more if it were more accessible, but no matter how hard I try, I can't get there by 4:00pm when my office closes at 5pm.

        The idea of a high quality pastrami truck rolling up to my office door on Miracle Mile would be too great a temptation to ignore, much to the dismay (or delight) of my waistline.

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          Neither, Mr. T. That's why, when I pass through the neighborhood occasionally (especially at an odd hour -- the curb probably gets backed up at normal lunch time), I go with the five-minute transaction for the best pastrami in these parts.

      2. They've managed to spell "sandwich" three ways in fifteen lines of text on the menu linked on that page. And "institutional" is not a compliment.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          that menu is insanely hard to read, but i am glad i am not the only that saw "institutional mashed potaotes."

          that just can't be good.

          1. re: Jelly71

            haha - the 'menu' link seems to removed the excessive "Sandwich"'s and "institutional" is also omitted....

            1. re: The Oracle

              How odd.

              They've actually got two versions of the menu posted. I didn't notice it until DU pointed it out.


              Either way, I'm losing confidence in this place.... attention to detail with pastrami is the thing that separates the horrible, chewy stuff from the tender and sublime.

              Let's note the following:

              1. Terrible, unappetizing photos. If they're not putting attention to detail on the photos, ostensibly one of the easiest parts of the operation, then how do we trust the meat?
              2. Silly misspelled menu.
              3. Two different menus.
              4. BEAVER MUSTARD. Where's the Guldens?!?
              5. "Home roasting" is only good if you trust the person whose home is hosting the roasting.
              6. Linda's or Sweet Cheeks... who's fudge is it?

              Welcome to amateur night, folks!

              Mr Taster
              P.S. I **REALLY** hope I'm all wrong abouit this truck.

              1. re: Mr Taster

                "P.S. I **REALLY** hope I'm all wrong abouit this truck."

                I think we all know how this is going to play out.


                Mr Taster - "LANGERS I'M SORRY I CHEATED ON YOU!"

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  From the Fresser Truck blog:

                  "Most everyone loves the taste of 'flaked' mashed potatoes with gravy whether they admit it or not, or even know that they are eating them. We thought we would play off that and have fun from it because they are good and easier make [sic]. Then we realized it would reflect on the rest of our products which we keep as much under our own cooking control as possible."

                  I think I'll start a hospital food truck. Alter all, people love hospital food whether they admit it or not.

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    I can do a much better job on those photos if they would like to hire me. The pastrami looks dry and hard, what you can see and they do not give you much. Glad they have plenty of lettuce on the turkey sandwich, maybe call it a lettuce sandwich with turkey, tomato and mayo. The turkey and the pot roast look aweful. There better be some amazing reviews to get me to go.

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      Another reminder that it's foolish to judge a book by its cover.

                      1. re: a_and_w

                        Yes but the cover is the first thing you see. Our eyes and sense of smell are the first two things when it comes to food. It should look inviting and enticing. JMTC

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          I agree, but several people have now confirmed the food is better than the pictures. At this point, I think the picture horse is glue.

                    2. re: Mr Taster

                      Just look at the picture of this sandwich and tell me where are you going to go. I should not go to Langer's today but after all my chores are done, after looking at that picture, I am going! Look at the pic

              2. Dreadful indeed. The sandwich in that picture has a definite vending machine quality to it.

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                1. re: Arthur

                  Went Friday night, Jan. 8, in front of The Brig on Abbot Kinney. I go to Langer's on a regular basis. I go to Katz's when in New York. While the rye at Langer's beats all others, the pastrami I had Friday night was as good, or better, than Langer's or Katz's. I realize that every brisket is a bit different and even different where on the brisket it's being cut but this was heaven. Pepper. Spice. Smoke. The real thing. Not much fat but still as tender as can be. The people were friendly. I still like Langer's, too but at 9:00 on a Friday Night, Langer's has been closed for 5 hours!

                  1. re: mopeyboy

                    You lost me at "not much fat". Fat's what gives pastrami its flavour. If I happen to see it I'll try it but I'm not going to seek it out.

                2. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see a conflict between daytime near MacArthur Park and nights in Santa Monica. More effect on a place like Canter's.

                  1. It does not surprise me that there are so many (15 replies as I post) negative comments, ALL from posters that have not tried their offerings. Unprofessional menus, instant spuds (I don't like them either) or whatever don't make for a bad Pastrami Sandwich so I for one will reserve judgement until I try it, and all of the other 'new wave' food trucks!