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Must have 'The Hat's" Pastrami [moved from Site Talk]

Who supplies the pastrami for The Hat chain? I relocated to the Phoenix area 6 years ago and am dying for one of their sandwiches. I'll make it myself since nobody out here can come close.

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  1. Here is a place not sure if this is who supplies The Hat. http://www.rockerbrosmeat.com/smoked.asp
    There was a post a couple years back about a company in Burbank I think, that supplies Langer's/

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      The Hat is a slicer joint and wouldn't surprise me if they used Vienna (like Johnnie's Pastrami....I checked out their trash one day) or more likely Kruse which is located in the SGV where The Hat started.

      BB..if you're going to take a stab in the dark, Kruse would make more sense.

      Spending some time in the restaurant business I'll tell you how to do it at home and the result will be close. Get some cheap fatty pastrami and slice it thin and heat it up in Cambell's Beef Bouillon. It's probably the high sodium count that attracts you. After a pastrami dip from The Hat I'm thirsty the rest of the day.

      1. re: monku

        Not really a stab but! Kruse would make sense, I agree. Does Kruse make pastrami?

        1. re: monku

          I've always assumed Langer's uses Vienna pastrami since they have the logo attached to their sign.

      2. My money would be Sysco.

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        Sysco
        , Diamond Bar, CA 91765

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Sysco carries many different brands and probably their own.

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          Sysco
          , Diamond Bar, CA 91765

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Hat's Pastrami tastes just like Johnnies's. That is to say, not like Pastrami. Go to Langer's or Art's for the real stuff.

            1. re: allyoucanet

              or the Oinkster in Eagle Rock which is much closer to the Hat's home turf of restaurants.

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              Oinkster
              2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

              1. re: allyoucanet

                Couldn't (respectfully) disagree more. I find the two to be night and day in terms of taste, texture, etc. I know Johnnie's uses Vienna beef, but it somehow comes out a bit rubbery tasting to me. Hat's has a different taste and consistency - both are greasy.

                Would like to know definitively where the Hat gets theirs (so I could trim the fat off and try to make my own slices).

          2. Not what you're asking for... but have you tried Miracle Mile deli in PHX? IMO much better than The Hat. There are 3 locations... Arrowhead Towne Ctr, Camelback Colonnade and Scottsdale Promenade.