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Jan 29, 2013 04:56 PM

In Search Of: PASTRAMI!

I'm sure there is a thread on this but I couldn't find it. Looking for real pastrami in NW LA area.

(eg: Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, even Camarillo or Oxnard are fine. Ideally I'm looking for somewhere I won't have to deal with too much additional traffic, but Westwood, Santa Monica, Century City, etc all work, too.)

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  1. Langer's Deli near downtown LA is hands down the best pastrami & rye in LA if not the entire country. Well worth the trip downtown. Open till 4pm daily and closed Sundays.

    In the areas you are requesting Brent's Deli (Westlake Village and Northridge) is mighty good. Make sure you try their black pastrami good!

    Good Pastrami Nosh sandwich at Plan Check in West LA. Also lookout for their Pastrami Fries with swiss cheese & pastrami gravy when offered as a daily special.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Man, love the double smoked pastrami Nosh at Plan Check!

        Had the pastrami fries last week with a truffle burger and a beer. Ridiculously good!

        1. Jeff's Gourmet Sausages on Pico in the Fairfax neighborhood makea their pastrami in-house. It's a solid representation that's very peppery. My only quibble is it's not as succulent or fatty as I'd hoped. Langer's is still the king.

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            Bulavinaka, their "old fashioned" pastrami is the one you want its different than their everyday pastrami. Check their twitter feed to see when they have it available.

            OP, try the pastrami sandwich at Plan Check it is so unbelievably good!

            1. re: trojans

              That's the one I've had twice. If I recall, it's 2-3 bucks more. Nice sandwich on rye instead of french roll.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                Jeff's old fashion is probably what all delis in LA should strive for, and would be the go-to benchmark if "artisanal" delis ever make their way back to LA from NY/Portland/SF.

                I love Langers, but Jeff's "simple" old fashioned pastrami is pretty ridiculous and makes the pastrami nosh sandwich plan check seem... douchey.

                Jessica Ritz just wrote up a story on LA deli's for Jewish Journal's Feb issue, if anyone has any other thoughts/contributions, it'd be lovely to hear (beyond comments of: "I love The Hat").

          2. Agree that Langer's is king for pastrami, and also for their rye which is crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. But their sandwich is expensive -- $13+ these days -- and not all that stuffed.

            My strong westside favorite is Label's Table, on the south side of Pico with a blue awning a few blocks east of Beverly, with parking in the back. A very good warm pastrami sandwich with good pickle wedges for $8.50, with enough meat you could top another slice of rye for another half sandwich. Counter service. Sometimes the pastrami is a buck less if it is the featured special of the day.

            For fast-food hamburger-stand-style pastrami sandwiches, I like the huge one at Dino's on Pico at Berendo or the ones at Togo's.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I love the Hat, My guilty pleasure. Cheap and giant Pastrami sandwiches. One order of chili fries can feed an entire family.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  yeah, one of those pastrami dips on the french roll and an order of chili cheese fries with pickles and tomatoes will put you to sleep, no fucking joke.

                  i still have to try the pastrami fries with gravy at plan check hopefully they will have it tomorrow and this weekend. but i'd hate to go there just for that and it not be on the menu.

                  btw, what do you rec for their burgers ?
                  and has anyone had their seared ahi dish, if i might go the healthier route if they don't got the fries with the pastrami.

                  1. re: kevin

                    I prefer their PASTRAMI NOSH sandwich with double smoked pastrami, melty swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, sunny fried egg or their Southern Fry sandwich (smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles)
                    than the burgers at Plan Check.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      yeah, i did try their pastrami nosh at plan check before, it was ok, obviously langer's is better,

                      but i'm a sucker for that on top of the fries with gravy.

                      maybe if they don't have it i will just order fries and a the nosher and drop the contents of the pastrami nosher on top of the fries.

                      voila !!! :)

                      1. re: kevin

                        Plan Check occasionally has a Pastrami Burger as a nightly special. (or ask I'd bet they'd make one for you).

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  The Hat has without question the greasiest/fattiest pastrami in town. Upon leaving, your face has the look of an oil slick.
                  Now if that is your definition of quality pastrami, then fine.
                  Mine includes some fat, but theirs takes things to the extreme.
                  Of course, ymmv!

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    langers = pastrami sandwich
                    hat = pastrami chili cheese fries

                    so freaking good.

                    1. re: ns1

                      I do have a soft spot when I am in the area for the pastrami dip plus the chili cheese fries, though I have never ordered the chili cheese fries with pastrami on topp. That would save me a few bucks if I did that and skipped the sandwich.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      The Hat manages the incredible feat of being greasy and salty without much flavor. For pastrami in Alhambra, I prefer Tops Jr.

                      Of course neither of these hold a candle to Langers.