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Label's Table -- Best Westside Pastrami Sandwich

nosh Feb 16, 2012 12:46 PM

I've been to just about all -- Junior's, Factor's, Fromin's, etc. My clear favorite for a pastami on rye is Label's Table, on the south side of Pico a few blocks east of Beverly, with parking in the rear. It is an order at the counter sort of place, with plenty of seating to eat. I order the pastrami fatty, and out comes a huge pastrami sandwich on standard deli rye, seeded with a chew on the crust, with enough meat piled high in the center for at least another half sandwich. All of this for $8.50 plus tax, at least a couple of bucks less than the above competitors for a bigger sandwich. A new addition to my lunch rotation.

No, it is not Langer's. The pastrami is thin machine-sliced and the rye is not as crisp on the crust and soft in the middle. But it is a lot closer, a lot bigger, and a lot less expensive.

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    msmd310 Feb 16, 2012 09:13 PM

    and they have a sandwich special price late in the afternoon, like 3pm- 5pm or something.

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    1. re: msmd310
      trojans Feb 16, 2012 09:45 PM

      The very best meat knish too!

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        nosh Feb 18, 2012 09:04 PM

        Tell me more about the sandwich specials -- didn't see mentioned on the website. Note, I'm talking about the westside Pico location, not the Woodland Hills.

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        New Trial Feb 17, 2012 12:53 AM

        You should try the (frequent special) old-fashioned pastrami when it is on offer at Jeff's Gourmet Sausages--it is every bit as good as described in the below post:


        Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausage
        8930 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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          brwencino Feb 17, 2012 11:47 AM

          I agree with you about Label's Table. As far as Langer's is concerned, what they call pastrami is really corned beef. As far as Jeff's Sausages is concerned, I went there once and thought the sausage I ordered was tasteless and the place was not clean.

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          1. re: brwencino
            Mr Taster Feb 17, 2012 01:14 PM

            Ain't no way that's corned beef.


            Mr Taster

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              brwencino Feb 17, 2012 08:18 PM

              The picture doesn't prove anything. A char can appear on a slice of prime rib, steak, etc. In my opinion, the so called pastrami at Langer's is under-spiced and closer to corned beef than pastrami, which after all is the same basic meat product, except for the spicing.

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                Mr Taster Feb 17, 2012 08:26 PM

                Char? Even if it were corned beef, as you attest, when was the last time you had charred corned beef? That dark layer is a rub, and it is what makes pastrami pastrami.

                Mr Taster

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                  Servorg Feb 18, 2012 03:43 AM

                  If you take a look (or better yet taste test) Langer's corned beef you will see that their pastrami is definitely pastrami. I am going to try linking a photo of the corned beef at Langer's here: http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&am... and we'll see what happens.

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                  Peripatetic Feb 17, 2012 10:41 PM

                  > Ain't no way that's corned beef.

                  Mr Taster, that photo is definitely NSFW.

                3. re: brwencino
                  budlit Feb 18, 2012 06:41 AM

                  Langer's pastrami is not corned beef

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                    bulavinaka Feb 18, 2012 08:57 AM

                    >>Langer's pastrami is not corned beef<<

                    Langer's pastrami IS NOT corned beef.

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                      wienermobile Feb 18, 2012 09:02 AM

                      I have actually been in the alley behind Langer's late at night and have seen them take the corned beef and paint them to look like pastrami.................

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

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                        Servorg Feb 18, 2012 09:05 AM

                        Are you saying that they were doing this to (illicitly) "sell" the corned beef as pastrami?

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                          wienermobile Feb 18, 2012 09:14 AM

                          Yes. Unknown fact there is a big double secret underground counterfeit pastrami ring in LA right under our noses. Illegal rye bread too.

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                            Servorg Feb 18, 2012 09:20 AM

                            I keep trying to smoke it, but I just can't keep the damn meat lit...

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                              budlit Feb 18, 2012 09:47 AM

                              try chicken for a fowl buzz : )

                            2. re: wienermobile
                              Dogbite Williams Feb 18, 2012 12:29 PM

                              Such rye humor by wienermobile.

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                                Mr Taster Feb 18, 2012 12:31 PM

                                I wasn't going to mention it but I once saw a guy hunched in the corner of Langer's dotting a loaf of white bread with toothpicks tipped in caraway-colored paint.

                                Mr Taster

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                                  ilysla Feb 18, 2012 01:35 PM

                                  Ah, sometimes I don't think I'm witty enough to post here.... ;)

                                  To the OP, thanks for the heads up. Will be adding it to my list.... =)

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                                  lapizzamaven Feb 18, 2012 03:17 PM

                                  very unexpected comment and very funny!!!!!!!!

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                        radman123 Feb 20, 2012 08:30 PM

                        Best Tongue sandwich in LA as well!

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                          trojans Feb 21, 2012 09:00 AM

                          I would agree with that too. I get it on toasted sourdough with mayo, onions and tomato served hot. Oh, and I ask for it sliced thick.

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                          nosh Feb 21, 2012 05:18 PM

                          Pastrami is special sandwich on sale today for $7.50, a buck off.

                          1. TonyC Dec 4, 2013 12:45 PM

                            apparently you can ask for it hand-sliced (and hence, thicker). It may, or may not, be better than the machine-sliced stacked high(er).

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                              kevin Dec 4, 2013 12:58 PM

                              Damn, now i want some.

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