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First time at Langers Deli

SIMIHOUND Sep 25, 2013 08:48 PM

My wife and I finally made it to Langers today. We got there at 2:15 and it was 3/4 full with plenty of tables available. I ordered a #1 pastrami skyhigh (no cheese) and decided to try the kishka as well. My wife attempted to order a patty melt (she wouldn't listen to me-I told her to get pastrami or corned beef) but when she ordered the waitress said "whaadt...you don't wanna order that, don't eat thaaat. Are you new here? Order something with pastrami or corned beef." At that point I knew I was in the right place. The wife then changed her order to a pastrami reuben. The sandwiches came, both on large size bread, large enough to be surprising. The crust on the rye was a baked medium brown, chewy, crusty slice of deliciousness. Who bakes their bread? As far as the meat itself there was far less salt in it which tasted just fine and didn’t give me salt hangover like I usually get later on in the day. Because I had less salt I could really taste the flavor of the meat. The meat was also sliced a bit thicker than I have had at Brent’s. The cole slaw threw me off a bit because I am used to sweet slaw after having that for many years at Brent's but it was still solid. The kishka was not to my liking. It was salty and the flavor was somewhat different than I have had before. My wife’s reuben was very good but I will stick with Brent’s for that sandwich. You cannot beat a black pasrami reuben at Brent's. The sauerkraut at Langer's was a bit too sour but again still pretty solid. I loved being in the city with the people, all sorts of people. The vibe I get at Brent's is at at times snooty. I have seen many of the servers actually run to collect their tips often ignoring food sitting waiting to be served. Langer's was the real deal down to earth vibe and I loved it.

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  1. PeterCC RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 25, 2013 08:52 PM

    I still need to try this place. I hear customers can do curbside pickup of to-go orders. Anyone have any experience with it there specifically? Does it work well?

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    1. re: PeterCC
      chrishei RE: PeterCC Sep 25, 2013 08:56 PM

      Call in. Give them your ETA and the make/model/color of your car. The block in front of the restaurant is designated for pickup, and they come out within 30 secs of you pulling to a complete stop. Very easy process.

      1. re: chrishei
        PeterCC RE: chrishei Sep 25, 2013 09:22 PM

        Sometimes restaurants that offer curbside don't actually have enough space set aside to make it work smoothly. Glad to hear that it seems to work well here.

        1. re: PeterCC
          SIMIHOUND RE: PeterCC Sep 25, 2013 11:44 PM

          Peter I hear you...They do have a section devoted to straight take out and curbside pickups. With the parking being difficult in that area the curbside pickup has to work well to make the sales they want.

          I wanted to add...I just opened my doggie bad and it was packaged very well by the waitress. I just had a good time down there today...

          1. re: SIMIHOUND
            LuluTheMagnificent RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 09:49 AM

            Glad you liked it. Thanks for the review! I've only had trouble with the curbside pickup once...and that was because charlie beck and about six police officers where leaving from having lunch and blocked up the curb. I guess when you are the police chief you don't have to walk to your car.

            1. re: SIMIHOUND
              Jase RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 02:44 PM

              Don't forget they have a dedicated secure parking lot only a block away. Validate when you pay.

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                Mattapoisett in LA RE: Jase Sep 26, 2013 09:35 PM

                Plus they are very close to Metro's MacArthur Park/Langer's Red Line Station

            2. re: PeterCC
              latindancer RE: PeterCC Sep 26, 2013 01:24 PM

              The entire operation works smoothly.

              I'm so impressed with the owner and his philosophy...
              He keeps the place working like a well tuned piece of machinery.
              I also know, for a fact, he has a particular company that keeps the property clean and pest free and has done so for many years.
              Lots of restaurants in LA could take a lesson or two from this restaurant.

              1. re: latindancer
                Ernie RE: latindancer Sep 26, 2013 03:41 PM

                Langer's is a class act, they are true pros. One of the other great things about their curbside service is how nicely they package everything for you. They keep items separate and even vacuum seal the pickles. Very impressive

                1. re: Ernie
                  Kalivs RE: Ernie Sep 26, 2013 11:41 PM

                  He treats his employees well. They are represented by HERE and he provides health insurance. I'm willing to pay a little extra for that.

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                    cujo RE: Kalivs Sep 27, 2013 12:31 AM

                    Al Langer died and his son is now running the show. He's a chip off the old block. These are good people.

          2. re: PeterCC
            J.L. RE: PeterCC Sep 26, 2013 10:22 PM

            It's within steps of the Metro (LACMTA) Red/Purple Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, if you want to take it from Culver City.

            1. re: J.L.
              PeterCC RE: J.L. Sep 26, 2013 10:46 PM

              Hmm that might be a plan. Though maybe I'll do curbside after taking the kids to Ricky's this weekend.

          3. JeMange RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 25, 2013 10:37 PM


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              foodiemahoodie RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 25, 2013 10:40 PM

              Brent's snooty? Really? Kind of the last word I would use to describe Brent's. Snooty. Huh.

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                Jack Flash RE: foodiemahoodie Sep 26, 2013 02:45 AM

                Yeah, that seemed kind of odd to me, too.

                Hurried, yes; at times a bit flustered, but not snooty.

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                  wienermobile RE: Jack Flash Sep 26, 2013 08:22 AM

                  Brent's is definitely anything but snooty.

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                    SIMIHOUND RE: Jack Flash Sep 26, 2013 08:28 AM

                    OK. I understand your point. It's not the restaurant itself but *some* of the wait staff that can get snooty. They seem to be impressed with perceived wealth of a customer and treat those customers better. Also I have eaten with people who are big tippers and I am treated like I have a new best friend. The next time I come in without the big "machers" (bigshots)I am ignored, even after saying hello. While I understand that that wait staff need tips to live I don't appreciate the fact that tips can become their #1 priority. Service is #1, tips come as a result of #1.

                    1. re: SIMIHOUND
                      ns1 RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 11:36 AM

                      "Service is #1, tips come as a result of #1."

                      That's why they serve the whales before they serve you ;)

                2. Tripeler RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 07:03 AM

                  Fantastic short review, Simihound. Great reading, so well written I could almost taste the food.

                  1. wienermobile RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 08:20 AM

                    My deli rule:
                    Langer's = anything Pastrami on rye
                    Brent's = everything else

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                    1. re: wienermobile
                      OCSteve RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 08:42 AM

                      My one exception to that rule is the Black Pastrami Reuben at Brent's. As much as I love Langers' pastrami, I need that Reuben every now and then.

                      1. re: OCSteve
                        wienermobile RE: OCSteve Sep 26, 2013 08:49 AM

                        agree. That Black Pastrami Reuben is one great sandwich.

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                          Mr Taster RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 10:09 AM

                          I'll second that. The pastrami itself is inferior, but taken as a whole the sandwich is superb.

                          This goes hand-in-hand with my Langer's philosophy of not gilding the lily. While Brent's pastrami needs adornment to reach greatness, Langer's pastrami does not. Just get the pastrami on rye, with a dab of Gulden's mustard. Especially if you're a first timer, just say no to the sacrilicious abomination known as the #19 :) !

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: Mr Taster
                            ilysla RE: Mr Taster Sep 27, 2013 12:35 AM

                            My first trip to Langer's, my friend got the plain pastrami, and I got the #19. I actually really like the #19, but I do agree that trying the pastrami in its naked state is a worthwhile endeavor.... Don't forget an order of extra crispy french fries. =)

                            Glad to hear they treat employees well. Both times I went, I had the older lady w/ a vague accent. She was delightful and such a character! =)

                            1. re: ilysla
                              lapizzamaven RE: ilysla Sep 27, 2013 10:57 AM

                              have to say that after the few times ive been to Langer's, the fries strike me as frozen...ugh...

                              1. re: lapizzamaven
                                ns1 RE: lapizzamaven Sep 27, 2013 11:09 AM

                                there is a certain school of thought that believes fries SHOULD be frozen before frying

                                1. re: ns1
                                  cujo RE: ns1 Sep 27, 2013 11:17 AM

                                  Yes, we call them children.

                                  1. re: cujo
                                    ns1 RE: cujo Sep 27, 2013 11:24 AM

                                    i'll just leave this here.


                                    1. re: ns1
                                      cujo RE: ns1 Sep 27, 2013 12:33 PM

                                      Keller is a master chef who can do no wrong in my book. Alas, it isn't the case with other chefs.
                                      Although I must admit I love the frozen fries at McDonalds. However, I consider McDonald's the exception and not the rule..

                                      1. re: cujo
                                        Servorg RE: cujo Sep 27, 2013 12:50 PM

                                        So now we have two exceptions. Chef Keller and McDonald's. I wonder how many times those two have been paired up? Not many I'll wager...

                                        1. re: Servorg
                                          Tripeler RE: Servorg Sep 27, 2013 07:24 PM

                                          Imagine if McD and Keller started a chain together...

                                        2. re: cujo
                                          SilverlakeGirl RE: cujo Sep 27, 2013 04:29 PM

                                          IIRC, the first McDonald's in LA proper was on Pico Blvd. Hamburgers were around 25 cents. They didn't even have double burgers yet. t remember my BF showing me how they throw the potatoes in the tumbler to peel off the skins, then cut and fry in tallow or suet.

                                          Many years later, after Julia Child praised their fries they went downhill. They put something on them before they are fried [cornstarch?] to make them extra crunchy ... actually rigid. They are like shivs now.

                                          1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                            ns1 RE: SilverlakeGirl Sep 27, 2013 04:37 PM

                                            Actually, IMHO, the fries in the 90's were best because they salted the hell out of em.

                                            1. re: ns1
                                              SilverlakeGirl RE: ns1 Sep 27, 2013 04:45 PM

                                              Revising: the time period I'm referring to is late 1960s ... my best guess.

                                              Still no double burgers.

                                              Factoid: Kroc bought McDonalds for $2.7 million in 1961. Chump change!


                                              1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                                cujo RE: SilverlakeGirl Sep 27, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                My first McDonald's experience was on the Mass Turnpike in 1960 en route to Boston. It was love at first bite. I still enjoy their fries, but not their burgers.

                                                1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                                  Jack Flash RE: SilverlakeGirl Sep 28, 2013 04:03 AM

                                                  Well, before the mid-80s or early 90s, McDOA cooked their fries in a beef tallow-based mix. They use a vegetable oil of some sort now. That (more than anything else) is why they're different today.

                                                  1. re: Jack Flash
                                                    SilverlakeGirl RE: Jack Flash Sep 28, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                    That's why I mention the 60s, It was pretty early on.

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                                                      Mr Taster RE: Jack Flash Sep 28, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                      A high school friend worked at McD's in the early 90s and he told me that they cooked the fries in lard. He described having to slice large slabs of white bricks into the fryer. I would guess the beef tallow came later, when they had to replace the flavor that was missing when they switched to vegetable oil

                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                        cujo RE: Mr Taster Sep 28, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                        It sounds disgusting. But it sure tastes good.

                                            2. re: ns1
                                              New Trial RE: ns1 Sep 28, 2013 02:13 AM

                                              Suzanne Tracht of Jar concurs:


                                              1. re: New Trial
                                                cujo RE: New Trial Sep 28, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                Suzanne makes excellent shoestring fries that are served with fried clams.

                                                1. re: cujo
                                                  Servorg RE: cujo Sep 28, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                  I have say, frozen seems to be where it's at. I'm going to have to try this at home with the rendered duck fat I buy in the little plastic tub at Whole Foods one of these days.

                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                    cujo RE: Servorg Sep 28, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                    I meant to write 'match stick' instead of 'shoestring.' fries.

                                                  2. re: Mr Taster
                                                    cujo RE: Mr Taster Sep 28, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                    It was a joke. Some of you got it. The rest of you didn't. Sorry.

                                                    1. re: cujo
                                                      jessejames RE: cujo Sep 28, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                      Regular size fries. Had em last night. Crispy goodness.

                                                    2. re: New Trial
                                                      ns1 RE: New Trial Sep 28, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                      Children. Clearly.

                                              2. re: lapizzamaven
                                                ilysla RE: lapizzamaven Sep 27, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                Sorry, I was attempting to be brief again. I don't think the french fries are amazing, but they are a particularly well-done (figuratively and literally) version of the fries I ate so often as a kid. =)

                                                1. re: ilysla
                                                  ns1 RE: ilysla Sep 27, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                  <3 langers fries well done

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                                                    jessejames RE: ns1 Sep 27, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                    Harpoons for wayward pastrami morsels

                                                  2. re: ilysla
                                                    kevin RE: ilysla Sep 27, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                    I thought they were basically Ore-Ida crinkle cut.

                                            3. re: wienermobile
                                              Tripeler RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 09:40 PM

                                              That photo! This is pure sandwichporn! You can almost smell it off the screen.

                                              1. re: Tripeler
                                                Mr Taster RE: Tripeler Sep 27, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                Isn't that one from the website?

                                                I personally prefer this one.

                                                Mr Taster

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                                                  jessejames RE: Mr Taster Sep 27, 2013 09:55 AM


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                                                    wienermobile RE: Mr Taster Sep 27, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                    Great photo Mr. Taster. It tastes just like it looks.

                                                    1. re: wienermobile
                                                      Mr Taster RE: wienermobile Sep 27, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                      Look at that little crumb of crust on the top. It's the food equivalent of a beauty mark on a model.

                                                      Mr Taster

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                                                        kevin RE: Mr Taster Sep 27, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                        Fuck yeah. Beauty mark on a model. :)

                                            4. re: wienermobile
                                              SIMIHOUND RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 09:48 AM

                                              Not corned beef at Langers? Doesn't that go hand in hand with pastrami?

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                                                wienermobile RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                It's Langer's Pastrami that is untouchable. The corned beef is good but the pastrami is great.

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                                              mizmintz RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 08:54 AM

                                              I was in Westlake Village for my nephew's wedding and my hotel was right next to Langer's. Needless to say, every time I wasn't involved in wedding stuff, I ate there. I've eaten at many delis in NYC and I found that Langer's was right up there. My favorites were the stuffed cabbage, the potato knishes and especially the apple strudel. The servings were so large that I was glad I had a refrigerator and microwave in the hotel room. I loved being there for my beloved nephew's wedding, but Langer's made the trip.

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                                                jessejames RE: mizmintz Sep 26, 2013 08:56 AM


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                                                  J.L. RE: mizmintz Sep 26, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                  You mean Brent's, not Langer's, right?

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                                                    kevin RE: J.L. Sep 26, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                    Yeah, there is no Langer's in Westlake Village.

                                                    1. re: kevin
                                                      cujo RE: kevin Sep 26, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                      Langer's is in a section of the city called Westlake. Not Westlake Village. What i can't figure out is what hotel is next door to Langer's. It's a run down slum area, rife with junkies and assorted criminal types..

                                                      1. re: cujo
                                                        J.L. RE: cujo Sep 26, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                        ... and to complicate matter further, Brent's Deli DOES have a location at Westlake Village, which is a decidedly more upscale locale than Westlake.

                                                        1. re: cujo
                                                          kevin RE: cujo Sep 27, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                          I know. I think someone mentioned that there was one in Westlake Village but it is in the Westlake area (Alvarado and 7th, roughly).

                                                          This can get confusing because either Brent's or Label's Table is in Westlake Village, though I can't quite remember which one.

                                                          1. re: kevin
                                                            budlit RE: kevin Sep 27, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                            Right, Langer's is in the Westlake area in L.A.,and Brent's is in Westlake village near 1000 Oaks

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                                                              Mr Taster RE: budlit Sep 27, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                              And In-N-Out HQ is in Baldwin Hills, right? :)

                                                              Mr Taster

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                                                                kevin RE: Mr Taster Sep 27, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                I think it's Baldwin Park.

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                                                    revets2 RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                    We love the beef tongue sandwich served #19-style.

                                                    It's incredible!

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                                                      LuluTheMagnificent RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                      where is Brent's?

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                                                        wienermobile RE: LuluTheMagnificent Sep 26, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                        Brent's has two locations, Northridge & Westlake
                                                        Village-Thousand Oaks area

                                                        1. re: wienermobile
                                                          SIMIHOUND RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                          In a perfect world Brent's would be on every corner like all the deli's in Miami.

                                                          1. re: SIMIHOUND
                                                            gr8pimpin RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                            Except in Miami, Jerry's (in)Famous deli took over all the good delis -- Wolfies, Rascal House...

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                                                              SIMIHOUND RE: gr8pimpin Sep 26, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                              I didn't know they took Wolfies which sure was wonderful but they sure ruined Rascal House. My mother lived in Miami and on a visit I pulled up and saw the JFD (Jerrys Famous Deli) sign and I thought I died and was being punished for my sins.

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                                                                kevin RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                I didn't know Jerry's stretched past LA.

                                                                1. re: kevin
                                                                  gr8pimpin RE: kevin Sep 26, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                  Sadly, they spread much like the plague!

                                                                2. re: SIMIHOUND
                                                                  cujo RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                  Back in the day, Wolfie's was fantastic. I went back seven years ago. It changed. The food was awful.

                                                                  1. re: SIMIHOUND
                                                                    gr8pimpin RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                    I left Miami years ago, so I haven't been back. I wonder what happened with Wolfie's and Pumpernicks (Wolfie Cohen created that one too).

                                                                    1. re: gr8pimpin
                                                                      The Chowhound Team RE: gr8pimpin Sep 27, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                      Folks, let's try to keep this discussion focused on Los Angeles restaurants. Thanks.

                                                              2. re: wienermobile
                                                                SIMIHOUND RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                With a third location to be added soon...Nobody knows where yet. :)

                                                            2. wienermobile RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                              for servorg and Kevin...from Brent's blog...National Corned Beef Hash Day is Friday, Sept. 27 — and we’re celebrating it with a Corned Beef Hash & Poached Eggs breakfast special.

                                                              Using our mouth-watering corned beef, we make our own hash from scratch. The dish is topped off with two poached eggs, a breakfast side of your choice, and toast or a bagel.

                                                              The $9.95 special will be available on Friday until 11 am at both of our locations

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                                                                kevin RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                Thanks much appreciated.

                                                                Shoot., though I may have other plans.

                                                                But then again, I may have to diverge those ....

                                                                1. re: wienermobile
                                                                  taiwanesesmalleats RE: wienermobile Sep 26, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                  Having never been to Brent's, how is their corned beef hash? I've only had it at Nick's on Pico and theirs was quite good.

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                                                                  kevin RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 26, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                  Good to hear. Now visit often.

                                                                  1. JAB RE: SIMIHOUND Sep 27, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                    Ventured into the hood and again came out unscathed. In cujo's defense, there was the distinct smell of weed upon exiting the restaurant. However, was it someone from the hood or, someone in the queue trying to build an appetite.

                                                                    On the serious side, my sandwich was huge this time.

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