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Pastrami Sandwhich

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Anyone recommend any places to get a great hot pastrami sandwich. Been to Johnny's Pastrami, The Hat and Langers.

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  1. w
    Westside Realtor

    Forget everyone on your list except Langers. Langers is probably one of the top 3 pastrami sandwiches in the U.S. I happen to think that Katz Deli in N.Y.C. makes the best pastrami I've ever put into my mouth & Langers is right up there. The Hat is an impeccably clean CHAIN that serves a large soggy, fatty sandwich. Johnny's isn't much better. There is absolutely NO COMPARISON between Langers & the others. Langers also doubles bakes their rye bread for a crunchy bite.

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    1. re: Westside Realtor

      Nothing beats a Langers Pastrami

      1. re: ed

        FYI Brent's is opening in Westlake Village soon.

    2. p

      Brent's Deli in Northridge is always underrated in the Pastrami discussion. Great sandwich. Top it off with the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, insanely good. IMO a way-better deli than Langer's.

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      1. re: porkrolleggandcheese

        Concur (vigourously nodding head)

        1. re: porkrolleggandcheese

          I agree with you that Brent's is a much better "deli" than Langer's, but IMO Langer's has a far, far better "pastrami sandwich." Langer's is really a one trick pony.

          1. re: porkrolleggandcheese
            Reality Check

            I'm like you, I don't see the big deal about Langers. Is their pastrami good? Yes. Is it the best? Not even close.

            Brent's has a ton of good sandwiches and I agree, very underrated when the subject of deli's come up.

            1. re: porkrolleggandcheese

              No question about it - Brent's is the best. Run, don't walk there. Be prepared for a long wait no matter when you go. It's OK though. It'll give you enough time to eye all the great desserts on display in the front.

            2. at langers you have to ask for it hand-sliced, from what i hear.

              1. It doesn't reach the exalted world's-best heights of the Langer's hot pastrami, but Clementine's pastrami reuben is frequently included on lists of LA's best sandwiches.

                1. Busy Bee Market in San Pedro on Walker. It is not a deli style pastrami like Langers. They cook the pastrami on a strainer in a tub of perfect au jus. the bread is soft and a perfect compliment. been to langers, canters, the hat, and johnnies and there is simply no comparison. they are only open Mon-Sat until 6p and are closed most holidays. it is far, but worth the trip. every time i go, it is a 30 mi drive and worth every second of fighting the traffic. there are few meals at any price more satisfying.

                  1. Label's Table on Pico Beverly Dr. and Doheny.

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                    1. re: 2chez mike

                      although this was almost a year ago, i went to label's table recently. in fact ive gone three times in the last month and a half.

                      its actually very fine. the rye is crispy, yet soft and steamed. the pastrami is generous and not fatty, yet very moist.

                      just delicious and im so glad to have a spot on the westside that i can go to. langers is good but its far for me and on top of that langers hours sucks.

                      hooray for label's

                    2. b
                      Barham Turner

                      This post may be redundant but I couldn't resist adding my two cents.

                      IMHO, if you've been to Langer's and you are still looking for a great pastrami sandwich, something's wrong. I went to Langer's after hearing all the praise on these boards. The Langer's hot pastrami sandwich was unlike any other pastrami sandwich I had ever eaten. Nary a trace of gristle, very little fat, it was heaped with smoky, warm, tender and unbelievably savory meat with crisp-charred edges, and enfolded by two pieces of warm, soft rye bread with crisp crusts. It was un-effing-believably delicious.

                      Comparing Langer's version to ordinary pastrami sandwiches is like comparing Nueske bacon to Oscar Mayer. Damn, it's nearing lunchtime and now I have a huge pastrami jones.

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                      1. re: Barham Turner
                        rabo encendido


                        Thanks for that lovely, but incredibly cruel post.


                        A Langer's Lover Who Works Way Too Far From It To Ever Pull Off Lunch There.

                      2. This may be a bit out of the way, but the pastrami is out of this world.

                        Benjie's Deli in Santa Ana.

                        17th street and Tustin Av.


                        1. I just had 1/2 pastrami sandwich with a bowl of MBS at Roll & Rye Sunday afternoon and must say that the R&R pastrami sandwich was MUCH better than the last one I had at Langers ...

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                          1. LANGERS, LANGERS and LANGERS, in that order.

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                                I like reading the oldest threads on the board sometimes. You can skip to the end by clicking on the highest page number on the bottom of the front page.

                                Except for the fact that the linked thread is six or seven years old, you'd think it was written today.