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A pastrami sandwich as good as Langers

It's not a question, it's a statement. The pastrami sky high with Swiss cheese at Labels Tables on Pico is as good as Langers if not better when you factor in the price. I have to stop myself from eating there every single day.

The meat is juicy and seasoned nicely. The rye has a crusty crust and a pillowy interior and the sky high coleslaw and dressing is perfect. Sandwich and soda with two great pickles? $12.00.

The clincher? No wait.

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  1. It's a fairly priced sandwich in a really depressing room (think horse track in the 70s). And the crowd is, IMHO, even more dreary.

    Glad to have in the neighborhood, but it doesn't compare.

    It is, however, as good as any of the overpriced non-Langer's competitors like Nate n Als, Factors etc...

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    1. re: manku

      It's the quintessential deli; dreary room and old regulars. I stand by my comparison to langers.

      1. re: manku

        Seriously? Like Langer's has a better atmosphere?! It's also leftover from the 70s with cheesy plastic kitsch and fake wood grain, bright orange and avocado green undertones.....makes me think of the Brady's kitchen......

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Don't forget moldy jello for dessert.

          1. re: kevin

            Awwww, man?! You had to tell me that! Now between that and the junkies in the alley with the baseball bat, I ain't going back....it's Label's all the way from now on!!

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              Really ???? Come on.

              As hounds you know the length would go to for great food and that's why Langer's keeps banker's hours, right ?

              1. re: kevin

                Oh, I've gone lengths.... My children have gone without shoes due to my lengths..lol! Ya, I know why they keep those hours... Like I said....going to Labels from now on... I draw the line at moldy jello and well, as I said....

                Hey has anyone else remembered reading the Goldster talking about Umamicatessen's pastrami and it being something Langers should fear?! I'm afraid they're shutting down and I haven't gotten back there to try the pastrami.... Anyone try it?

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  I haven't.

                  Though back when it first opened I tried the $9 fucking foie gras and peanut butter and jelly donut.

                  I think Jay Gold loved the pastrami at Umamicatessen. And I didn't know they were shutting down, maybe to replace it with another more mainstream Umami Burger or another outpost of 800 Degrees ?????

                    1. re: kevin

                      Lmao! Yea... I'm talking the $100 basketball shoes they HAVE TO HAVE..... lol...!

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Don't you mean $250 shoes.

                        I thought those 100 dollar pair were a thing of the 90s.

                        But then again what do I know, I wear some nifty Payless shoes. :)

                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      Umami just announced that Umamicatssen is going to become just a giant Umami (with a private room for parties) and close the other concepts inside the restaurant. The thick hand cut Pastrami there was great but the rye bread was cold and sub-par, but it was still the second best pastrami in LA after Langer's.

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Thanks for the update wienermobile.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Thanks, wienermobile, you the Johnny on the spot when it comes to all things langers and pastrami.... Honestly, I picture you as a bloodhound with your ears perking up, whenever someone types either pastrami or langers on the board....lmao!

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            I dream of pastrami. From Langer's to The Hat to Plan Check and to Brent's. We are very very lucky to be here in LA where pastrami is king.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              I gave up pastrami for a while.

                              fuck my life. :)

                              1. re: kevin

                                Try the turkey pastrami at labels

                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            Umamicatessen's pastrami was excellent. Too bad they are shutting down/becoming one giant Umami Burger. The pastrami was the best thing there.

                            See my pic from the below thread and report.

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837830#

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              Umamicatessen has very good pastrami, but the rye bread is an embarrassment.

                  1. Have you tried the au jus w brisket or pastrami?

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                    1. re: jessejames

                      I have. I think I tried it based on your recommendation from a previous post. I like it but I'm always fighting between the pastrami or my deviant creation a hot tongue sliced thick on toasted sourdough with mayo, onions and tomatoes. Honestly it's a battle for which I like more.

                      1. re: trojans

                        Nice. No mayo for me. I get turkey and hard salami on Swiss. Also I like a latke slid inside a pastrami and swiss. Or roast beef American cheese onion roll. So much good stuff. Oh hot corned beef w horseradish!

                        1. re: jessejames

                          Latke slid inside a pastrami?!!! You win for deviant deli concoctions. Nice!

                          1. re: trojans

                            Call that the 'fresser' Sauerkraut too sometimes! Labels is awesome. Do a hotdog kraut pastrami combo on onion roll w a half pickle down the side! I gotta try the hot tongue

                    2. "If you factor in the price" is really telling.

                      It seems you're saying it's not as good unless you want something cheap. IMO, that is not a way to judge "the best".

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                      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                        "As good as langers IF not better when you factor in the price." Meaning I think it's as good as Langers and better when you consider the price, if price matters. Otherwise it's as good.

                        1. re: trojans

                          One does't consider price when evaluating "Best".

                          1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                            I think labels table is the best. I think when you factor in the price it's the bestest! Better?

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                        1. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.