Breakfast @ Nate 'n Al's Week before Last
I decided to hit up N&A's at their opening the Sunday before last for corned beef hash and eggs. I was maybe the 2nd or 3rd customer through the doors and the waitress said "Sit anywhere you like." There was one booth with a menu already open on the table so I sat there and she shooed me out of it...Must have been Larry King's usual spot. (g)
In any case I liked their hash, even though it was patted down into firm discs, which I normally don't like. But the taste was quite good. Spiced well and the flavor was at least a B. I thought the hash browns were way skimpy on the portion size. The everything bagel was good and the service was quick. Coffee was fine without being memorable and the price was reasonable/high. Can't recall exactly what I paid but a lot less than the Penthouse the other morning.
I also got a couple of pastrami sandwiches to go for lunch later that day. They were also okay, but they won't make anyone forget Langer's (or even Brent's).
Servorg -- For pastrami sandwiches on the westside, none better (that I've found) than Label's Table. South side of Pico, a few blocks east of Beverly (and that Ralph's complex), with parking in the rear (though you'll probably take your bike in with you). Pretty big pastrami sandwiches on a serviceable rye (enough so I sometimes ask for an extra slice of bread to make another half sandwich). And only $8.50 -- a buck less when it is the daily special.