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Best combo to order at a deli: What and Where

What is your favorite combo at a deli?

I am partial to pastrami, chopped liver, tomato & red onion on rye @ Brent's or Langer's.

Infinite possibilities...

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  1. Langer's #28 – FRESSER’S SPECIAL SANDWICH $27.95
    Pastrami, Corned Beef, Tongue, Swiss Cheese and Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato and Russian Style Dressing

    and their #6 – CHOPPED LIVER and PASTRAMI Russian Style Dressing

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Langer's #54 – PASTRAMI and CORNED BEEF COMBO

      Served with Sliced Bermuda Onion, Tomatoes and Greek Olives & Wild BBQ Cod

      and their #3 Hot Pastrami & Corned Beef with Swiss (3 Decker) Served with Vine-ripened Tomato and Russian Dressing.

      and of course their Black Pastrami Rueben.

      1. The definitive deli combo is a skyhigh sandwich with either pastrami or corned beef. There is something extra tasty and comforting about warm deli meats on fresh rye with Russian dressing and cole slaw. And BTW it is quite improper to put cheese on any sky high. I have had this sandwich for years and I favor Brents Deli.

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        1. re: SIMIHOUND

          begging your pardon...but it is IMPROPER to put something like mayonnaise on a pastrami sandwich. Putting a little innocent piece of swiss on pastrami is just a step away from committing to a ruben.

          1. re: orythedog

            I can see your point if the sandwich was straight pastrami or corned beef but swiss doesnt belong on a sandwich with slaw.

        2. The Hollywood from Nate N' Al- hot corned beef, cole slaw and Russian dressing.

          And an order of potato pancakes for the table to share.

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          1. re: BubblyOne

            The Westwood at Nate n Al's is my absolute favorite sandwich in LA - turkey with cole slaw and russian dressing

            1. re: BubblyOne

              Has anyone tried the Nate n Al's @ LAX?

            2. Hard kosher salami, Swiss and brisket on rye

              1. Langer's No. 1, fries to split, an icy Coke, and a nap afterwards

                1. langers...

                  #19, fries well, side of corned beef hash (with a fried or over easy egg on top if you're feeling gluttonous), cream soda, shake

                  i gained a pound just thinking about it.

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                  1. re: ns1

                    "with a fried or over easy egg on top..."

                    Just a minor question about those two terms...which I've always taken to be synonymous. Do you use them to denote different ways of having your eggs done? (I also really like poached - soft yolks but set whites - with CBH).

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Wiki has enlightened me; evidently I've been using the terms wrong.

                      over easy is a subset of fried eggs

                      what I meant to say was "sunny side up" or "over easy"

                      Sunny side up" — cooked only on one side; yolk is liquid; the egg white is set. This is often known simply as "eggs up". Gently splashing the hot cooking oil or fat on the sunny side uncooked white, i.e., basting, may be done to thoroughly cook the white.

                      "Over easy" or "over light", cooked on both sides; the yolk is a light runny and the egg white is fully cooked.

                      1. re: ns1

                        I am glad I hadn't somehow been ignorant of a regional definition (which still happens frequently enough to give me pause when I start to assume something that turns out to be incorrect).

                  2. In general, it's fairly unusual to get a good corned beef & Swiss out here, at least in Orange County, so I appreciate delis that have corned beef on the menu.


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                    1. re: ArtShapiro

                      If you haven't tried it then Katella Deli http://www.katellabakery.com/restaura... is pretty darn good for behind the Orange curtain, and they have very credible corned beef on the menu.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Or keep driving the extra 30 mintues to LA, which is what I do.

                    2. Pastrami, Swiss, rye with mustard & pickles

                      Pastrami or corned beef Rueben, with kraut, Swiss, mustard on grilled rye, sometimes marble rye

                      Hard salami & Swiss grilled on rye. Cole slaw & pickleson the side

                      1. Yi Mei

                        Sesame bread with crullers (燒餅夾油條) and a bowl of cold soybean milk (甜豆漿).

                        1. Benjie's Deli, Santa Ana - 46 years in business.

                          Corned beef and pastrami Reuben triple decker.

                          There is also, conveniently, an emergency room nearby to prep you for bypass surgery after the meal.


                          1. lox, eggs and onions at Barney Greengrass.

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                            1. re: Thor123

                              Their lox was tasty but the entire experience left a lot to be desired.


                                1. re: orythedog

                                  I have never had that experience. That said, I always have lox, eggs and onions with a scooped onion bagel (wish they had salt) and virtually always have been a guest (father's or Mother's Day are standard).

                              1. The pastrami and roast beef at Eastside Deli Market just west of Chinatown. (Is that the #9?) Fairly thick-sliced Italian style roast beef and pastrami with a lot of jus, some barely detectable cheese, some soft peppers. Messy, huge (I usually can barely get through half so I have a second meal or big snack), chewy, and very satisfying.

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                                1. re: nosh

                                  Don't forget their DA Special roast beef sausage meatballs and pastrami.