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Oinkster review

This ranks as amongst the best pastrami I've ever eaten. I went last weekend for the first time and ordered, what else, but the Oinkster. I lived in NYC for a while and Katz's is my gold standard for Pastrami. This pastrami was tender, smokey, and just fatty enough. The sandwich came pretty loaded with pastrami, slaw and gruyere. The bread was a bit sopping wet from the juicy pastrami and it fell apart some as I was eating it, but it was still delicious, and I'm not complaining that it was overstuffed. The fries were also pretty soid and done right in the Belgian style.

Need to go back to try the pulled pork. Also interested to see how they do their reuben.

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Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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  1. I, too, like the pastrami at Oinkster ... but most pastrami aficianado's consider me a heathen because I ... just ... don't ... get ... the Langer's #19.

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    Oinkster
    2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      It's not about #19. It's about the rye bread, a choice of mustard and the hand cut pastrami--nothing else! Get it?

      1. re: mc michael

        I've had the #44 with nippy cheese. It was definitely good. I need to go back and try it straight up just with rye and mustard and no cheese or anything else to interfere with the flavor.

        It's the closest thing to Katz's I've had on the west coast for sure... But from my recollection I believe the meat didn't have as smoky a flavor as Oinksters, which I prefer. But the texture and experience was more akin to Katz's in NYC.

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        Oinkster
        2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

    2. I like their pastrami, too! But I think I'm more in love with the fries and that aioli. I wish I had that lying around all the time!

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      1. re: attran99

        I love their fries & aioli too. My dining companion found them too crispy and despises garlic. Too each her own, I suppose!

        1. re: salziger hund

          To not enjoy crispy fries and garlic aioli is such a shame.

          1. re: salziger hund

            "Too crispy?"!!!! Despises garlic?!!

            Time to get a new dining companion!

        2. I tried the reuben on my last visit to Oinkster. It is indeed overstuffed like the pastrami sandwich, so if you liked that, you might like the reuben. While I liked the flavor and consistency of the pastrami, there was simply to much of it for my taste. I could barely get a bite that had a good ratio of bread:thousand island:sauerkraut:pastrami without using a fork to construct one.

          I think I may prefer my reubens with corned beef. Is that blasphemous? I quite like Lucky Baldwin's version which has corned beef, melted swiss, saurkraut and deli mustard. It's very thin and allows for good ratio per bite.

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          1. re: salziger hund

            Not only is it not blasphemous but it is correct. Chow regulars are probably sick of hearing me say this, but a Reuben sandwich can only be made with corned beef. A sandwich made with pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss is not a Reuben sandwich, it's a Rachel:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuben_s...

            And a "Reuben" made with coleslaw instead of sauerkraut is not a Reuben, either.

            1. re: maxzook

              Tell that to Brent's, their black pastrami Reuben is a classic.

              1. re: maxzook

                Your need to re-read your wiki link, it says a Reuben can be made with corned beef OR pastrami.

                1. re: BubblyOne

                  lol...the devil is most definitely in the details. Pastrami or Corned Beef indeed...Thanks for clarifying this...

            2. I love Oinkster. But I also hate it. I love the menu, the patio, the fun atmosphere. But I hate that they are so inconsistent. Their pastrami is among my favorite (and I lived in NYC for 10 years. regularly eating at Katz and the old Pastrami King in Kew Gardens). But more often than not, they seem to have off days. Last time I went the pastrami was a good as ever but the roll could have been manufactured by Weyerhaeuser. It was that bad.

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              1. re: Peripatetic

                Agree about the bread being underwhelming. I only ate half my sandwich, and ended up bringing the other half home. Pulled the meat out of the disintegrated bun and grilled it up in some simple organic whole wheat bread from Trader Joe's, with some extra cheddar cheese added, and it was superb... Do they sell their pastrami by the pound?

                1. re: brian j

                  Not sure whether they sell by the pound. Probably your best bet would be to email them at info@oinkster.com

              2. I really don't get it. Oinkster is right by my work and my lunch breaks would be so much more pleasurable if I enjoyed their food half as much as Chowhounders and Jonathan Gold do. The pastrami meat is good, but the experience of the sandwich as a whole doesn't hold a candle to Langer's or even Canter's. I find the pulled pork bland. I love Belgian fries, but the Oinkster fries don't have enough potato flavor left in them. The aioli isn't garlicky enough; I usually eat my fries with the sweet mustard, which is addictive. The burgers are good, though they can be hit or miss.

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                Oinkster
                2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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                  1. re: sammycakes

                    I've only been there once - and thought the fries were terrific. And I'm a french fry snob.