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Hat's Pastrami Chili Cheese French Fries

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Would you say that's that best on the current scene right now ???????????

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  1. No…Langer's Pastrami Chili Cheese Fries...

     
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    1. re: wienermobile

      Oh nooooooo... And their krinkle cut fries are so good too!!!

      --Dommy!

        1. re: kevin

          Maybe, but the point is they know how to fry those mf'ers for max deliciousness.

            1. re: ns1

              Absolutely! They got someone in the back who knows how to use a fryer!

              --Dommy!

              1. re: ns1

                Yes! Knowing how to fry is the most important thing. The ingredients can be top quality but if they screw up the fry job, it won't make a difference.

                1. re: Jase

                  "The ingredients can be top quality but if they screw up the fry job, it won't make a difference."

                  The initial I and the initial O come to mind.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I've made my peace with InO fries. Fries well + 2 sides of spread = no more fries left in the container

                    1. re: ns1

                      I've tried getting my fries well done a few times but it just doesn't help enough to make them measure beyond a 3 on my French Fry 'O Meter...

                      Really love the chili cheese fries I had at Addiction Bistro http://www.theaddictionbistro.com/ before. Belgian style twice cooked fried with a choice of daily chili's and a nice grated cheddar. They even do a vegan chili cheese fries. If you are ever in the mood for CCF's give them a try.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        I've been eating In and Out for more years than I care to admit. I've given up on the fries. I've tried them multiple times in multiple ways over the years. Nothing does it for me. I now just get two double doubles and I'm good to go.

                        1. re: Jase

                          2 double doubles...that is so funny because that's what I normally do.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            My tommy's equivalent is double chili cheeseburger and chili cheese fries. In my younger years it would be two double chili cheeseburgers and chili cheese fries.

                      2. re: ns1

                        Have you tried light well yet or do you like them potato stick like?

                        1. re: ns1

                          I have started ordering In N Out's fries with cheese. Well done with cheese. Pretty good.

              2. re: wienermobile

                Langer's has it, too? I can't wait to try!

                1. re: wienermobile

                  Those look RIDICULOUS.

                  As in, incredible.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Wiener, the only problem is it's tiny, minuscule if you will, when compared to The Hat, though obviously the hat's quality is way below Langer's as it dirty fast-food pastrami.

                    1. re: kevin

                      sometimes the end product is greater than the sum of it's parts.

                      1. re: ns1

                        so it might be hat for the win because after all its gotta be dirty greasy.

                        And the cheddar at the hat is probably much crappier than the shredded cheddar at Langer's.

                        yeah, in this instance, the crappier it is the better it is as long as it's quite gargantuan to begin with.

                  2. Has anyone actually had both the langers and the hat version?

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                    1. re: ns1

                      Not recently. But now I feel like a challenge has been issued.

                      1. re: Jase

                        When do you want to go?! ;)

                        --Dommy!

                        1. re: Dommy

                          As soon as we figure out the closest metro stop from Langers to The Hat

                          1. re: Jase

                            Red Line to the Gold Line. Get off at Lake and walk a block and a half.

                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                              Now we just need to pick a day that works

                              1. re: Jase

                                The Puppy is going to her adoptive home on Saturday... so just let us know! ;DDDD

                                --Dommy!

                        2. re: Jase

                          do you purchase them and eat them side-by-side ???????

                          1. re: kevin

                            No, since fries do not have a shelf life. Buy, consume-buy, consume

                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                              sorry, brain fart.

                              what was i thinking ????

                        3. re: ns1

                          The problem with Langer's version is the pastrami.

                          Ergo, The Hat is better. Perhaps the epitome of this gut-bomb of carbs, fat and salt.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            "The problem with Langer's version is the pastrami."

                            I've often wondered what it's like living in a parallel universe to the one I live in...and now I have a much better idea...which makes me glad to live in this one.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I actually prefer the chili at the Hat over Langer's. Plus, it seemed like a waste of Langer's pastrami when I had their CCF...

                            2. re: ns1

                              The Hat makes quite possibly the most bland and flavorless chili I've ever had and their pastrami is unremarkable. That being said I love Langer's pastrami too much to mix it up with yellow cheese and chili

                              1. re: Ernie

                                I'm not disagreeing with you, but the hat's PCCF is truly greater than the sum of it's parts IMO.

                            3. kind of a twist but the poutine at littlefork with the curds gravy and montreal smoked meat is pretty tasty.

                              im not a fan of the hat generally but you do get a nice crown of pastrami dust or whatever they call it on the fries...

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                              1. re: jessejames

                                (...keeping it a little "twisted", ie., OT...)

                                ...and Littlefork was on my list of places to go to try and find a good poutine...but a recent internet scan of all of their menus shows that they've taken that relatively plain iteration off, and added more "artisanal" poutines instead. Grrr, arghh, as Joss Whedon would say. (Maybe they'll still make it for you if you ask nicely...?)

                                The only place–and I have yet to make it there, either–that has a basic poutine (albeit w/o smoked meat) is P'tit Soleil in Westwood. (I called and had a conversation with one of their staff, and when I was in the process of asking about whether their curds squeak–an essential for good poutine–she laughed and said that she was from Montreal, and the curds were the real thing.)

                                Apparently Redondo Beach Cafe has both smoked meat and poutine, but I haven't seen the best reviews for the place.

                                1. re: annagranfors

                                  maybe, but the duck confit with cheese sauce poutine was pretty damn amazing. basically a spin-off of carne asada fries with duck confit instead of asada.

                                  there's a new joint in the anaheim meat packing district that does poutine as well; have not been.

                                  http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-kroft-ana...

                                  1. re: annagranfors

                                    That's too bad. If they bring it back hit it. Gravy in bottom of dish too so no too soggy.

                                    1. re: annagranfors

                                      I've been to RB Cafe, their poutine is poor, probably because they use institutional ingredients for the most part.

                                    2. re: jessejames

                                      I enjoyed Littlefork's poutine, though I found it a little busy and the smoked meat was kind of lost in small chunks.

                                      1. re: moreplease

                                        busy ?????

                                        what do you mean by that ?????

                                        thanks.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Too much going on in the dish. Busy.

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                chili cheese pastrami fries at langer's or do you mean the poutine at the redondo beach cafe or do you mean poutine at little fork ??????

                                                1. re: kevin

                                                  only one ive had is the poutine at littlefork...ive had it a few times...I need to go back there...oyster happy hour is great but their ditching the fried oyster slider dish is disappointing.

                                            1. re: moreplease

                                              While I haven't had it the photos make it look very traditional (in a Canadian way - eh!).

                                              http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/little...

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                Mine had a lot more gravy, cheese curds and cubes of smoked meat. You could barely see the fries. That's not really a bad thing, and I did like it, but the balance was off compared to that photo.

                                                1. re: moreplease

                                                  Compare it against this photo http://www.mapoutine.ca/poutines/la-b... of a "classic" Canadian poutine - which looks like what you are describing - and it seems like you got a more "authentic" version perhaps.

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    mine have been similar but gravy on bottom not top so fries stayed crispy and little diced bits of the meat...kind of like bacon bits size....and fewer curds

                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                      I've been to La Banquise. You might be right, I actually liked Littlefork's much more than La Banquise.

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            I'm going to throw this out there - Trader Joe's sells Poutine (or at least they did several months ago). I just tried them last weekend and they were actually very good. I made sure the fries were crisp (in the toaster oven) and then cut the cheese curds into smaller pieces and at the last minute, nuked them to soften a bit, put the gravy packet into a mug, cut the corner and nuked for 30 seconds. Put everything together - delicious!

                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                              Oh man, I had to read this..... Haven't seen it at my TJ's now I have to look for it....

                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                  You had to taunt me, didn't you.... Okay I'm going tomorrow....

                                          2. It's the orange-and-brown standard.

                                            1. If you're gonna do the hat might as well go full bore and hit up okis dog Kevin. Fries crispier and better. Chili has a whiff of Japanese curry or something and is better. The fresh pineapple sport pepper cabbage relish stuff works for me.