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Langer's is Jonathan Gold's choice to cater his own funeral in the very very very distant future.

wienermobile Sep 20, 2010 02:48 PM

Even thought he's not going away anytime soon food critic Jonathan Gold picked Langer's Deli to cater his funeral."In my family, funerals are occasions to stuff down truly heroic amounts of deli, and when I have to go, I will die as I lived: seen off with Langer's pastrami." What would you pick?

  1. Skunk2Racer Sep 24, 2010 03:22 PM

    I guess I would have Langers & Tommy's

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      ns1 Sep 20, 2010 03:18 PM

      Park's so I can OD on pork belly

      1. SilverlakeGirl Sep 20, 2010 02:58 PM

        Good choice.

        While driving home today on the freeway, I was wondering when another authentic Jewish deli would open up in LA. Delis seem like they are a thing of the past.

        I would rather have another Langer's or Nat n' Al's ... but it is unlikely to happen.

        Langer's Pastrami on Rye ... I have yet to try anything else.

        12 Replies
        1. re: SilverlakeGirl
          Briggs Sep 20, 2010 04:30 PM

          Funny you ask. Last night in Old Town Pasadena we saw that something called the "New York Deli" is coming soon. I'm always suspect of "New York" in the name of deli (I can say that as a former NY'er), but the photos looked impressive. Raymond, just north of Colorado. Don't know when.

          In the meantime, there are some here (myself included) who are partial to Billy's Deli in Glendale. It's not Langer's by any means, but more than okay. It could also be that there's no other deli remotely around the Northeast area, so there ya go.

          Billy's Deli & Cafe
          5160 W 190th St, Torrance, CA 90503

          1. re: Briggs
            SilverlakeGirl Sep 20, 2010 08:42 PM

            I'm a big fan of Billy's and agree it's not Langer's. For the record, Billy's has been endangered for decades as Glendale has grown. I'd say as far back as 25 years ago, there were persistent rumors it would be razed.

            Keep us posted if the new deli Pasadena is a REAL Jewish deli or just a name. I'm guessing there are only about a half dozen left in LA County. Somehow, Pasadena ...

            1. re: Briggs
              Mr Taster Sep 21, 2010 08:32 AM

              >> I'm always suspect of "New York" in the name

              Indeed. Johnnie's New York Pizzeria is the most flagrant offender.


              Mr Taster

              Johnnie's New York Pizzeria
              3183 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

              1. re: Briggs
                ozhead Sep 21, 2010 09:36 AM

                My father-in-law passed away a few months ago, and I chose Billy's to cater the post-funeral gathering at his house -- largely for logistical reasons; I had never eaten there. I was very happy with both the food and the service, as were the large number of old Jews at the gathering. I particularly liked their potato salad, and the mini-knishes were also very good.

                1. re: Briggs
                  Jordan Sep 21, 2010 09:51 AM

                  This "New York Deli" is apparently an outpost of a place from Torrance. I found these links. Anyone famliar with it?



                  [Edited to add: Wow, is that one awful restaurant website. All I know is that they have the "biggest sandwich in town."]

                  1. re: Jordan
                    Mr Taster Sep 21, 2010 10:40 AM

                    I love the line:

                    "It was 1985 when a husband and wife, who had a magnificent recipe for an authentic New York style sandwich, opened the New York Deli in Torrance, CA."

                    Priceless! It goes on:

                    "It was then, when it was possible to find a slice of New York in Torrance. The sandwich was an immediate success and was soon being raved about all around the
                    South Bay."

                    What could possibly be in this "New York sandwich" recipe that makes it the rage of the South Bay? I'm dying to know!

                    Mr Taster

                    New York Deli
                    2225 Sepulveda Blvd # 7, Torrance, CA

                    1. re: Mr Taster
                      Briggs Sep 21, 2010 11:46 AM

                      Why is PR for a business "priceless"? I can see you're quite skeptical, but I'm more wait and see. NY Deli may very well blow, but since I haven't read anything negative about it here, until I try it...

                      BTW - when Johnnie's Pizza first opened in Venice/Marina in the early 80s, it was pretty ok. Haven't had it since I moved from there in '91.

                      1. re: Briggs
                        Servorg Sep 21, 2010 11:51 AM

                        We still get Johnnie's on occasion (the one on Olympic and Barrington) and I like their "thin" crust version. They also offer whole "roasted" garlic cloves as one of their toppings (you need to confirm that at least twice to make sure you get that and not the raw, minced garlic) and they also have both "sweet" and " spicy" Italian sausage. All in all it's not bad pizza if you don't have them give you an undercooked one (hence my preference for the thin crust version which seems to avoid that issue most of the time).

                2. re: SilverlakeGirl
                  New Trial Sep 21, 2010 02:05 AM

                  Not sure how faithful to the original (i.e. Kosher dairy) it will actually be but there was this item on EaterLA:


                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                    wienermobile Sep 21, 2010 07:55 AM

                    My second choice to Langer's would definitely be the In n Out Burger truck.

                    1. re: wienermobile
                      bulavinaka Sep 22, 2010 09:57 PM

                      In n Out's burger truck's burgers are just like the brick & mortars'. We got chips though - no fries - maybe they were being merciful. ;)

                      1. re: bulavinaka
                        Dommy Sep 23, 2010 09:29 AM

                        We've been going to the In n Out Truck since I was a kid, and they ALWAYS gave Chips because they don't like to travel with Fryer... Honestly though, I like the Lays chips better than their fries... LOL! Cheese Burger, Animal Style with Lays Chips added on top... YUM!! ;D


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