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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.

                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                  LOL!!! I can just imagine the shuttering going on with the sight of the shredded yellow cheese atop the pastrami.... I however am Mexican and think that $#!+ is going to be DELICIOUS!!!

                                                  --Dommy!

                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                    It looks just too pristine to be a real chili cheese pastrami fries. almost quaint or pastoral if you will.

                                                    like something our grandmas would munch on instead of tea sadwniches back in the day.

                                                    and that ain't no joke.

                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      Supposedly Nachos originated from a meal served to society ladies... so you might not be far of...

                                                      1. re: Dommy

                                                        wow, wow, wow,

                                                        that is news to me.

                                                        Ok, I stand corrected.

                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                          I thought it originated as a way to get rid of "old" chips by disguising them under an avalanche of soft & spicy "wet" stuff?

                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                            i thought that's chiliqaulies rather than nachos, no ???????

                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                              Aren't nachos just chilaquiles on steroids?

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  Chilaquilles/Migas should not use tortilla chips. In mexico, you buy tortillas everyday and sometimes you have some left over. You can't eat stale tortillas, so you toast them with a little grease and mix them with sauce (Chilaquilles) or eggs (Migas). That is why both are considered breakfast foods.

                                                                  You can then add egg to chilaquilles or sauce to migas.

                                                                  --Dommy!

                                                                  1. re: Dommy

                                                                    And then we can add chorizo too. Really, the difference to me is small between the two. They seem like fraternal twins. Same DNA but different traits.

                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                      I agree although don't tell that to a Texan looking for their Migas! LOL!!

                                                                      --Dommy!

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                Crisp tortilla chips are essential to Nachos as they provide the foundation of the dish.

                                                                The guy who served them to the ladies was indeed named Nacho:

                                                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nachos

                                                                --Dommy!

                                                            2. re: kevin

                                                              "...almost quaint or pastoral if you will."

                                                              This is my new most favorite Kevinism of all time.

                                                              1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                Thanks.

                                                                if that's a good thing of course. :)

                                                                unless kevinism(s) are bad things.

                                                          2. Just the thought of putting The Hat pastrami on anything is repulsive!

                                                            1. I was supposed to be healthy today but all of a sudden I want to hop on the red line to langers and blow $25 on lunch.

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                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                more like 40 dollars:

                                                                one sandwich 17 bucks.

                                                                chili chese fries another 13 bucks.

                                                                and two cel ray sodas to wash that crap down, tax tip and 40 buckaroos, there you go.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  how much is the CCF really? I like Langers, and I like CCF's, but I aint paying $13 for PCCF.

                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                      wow, i guessed it, and i was 50 cents off. on the pastrami chili cheese fries: it's actually 12.50.

                                                                      though i was off on the sandwich which is only 14 (yeah, right, only !!!!) bucks, rather than my 17 dollar estimate.

                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        wow, 12.50 for PCCF. can't believe it. pass.

                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                          At 14 dolldars a sandwich is more worth it if choosing between the two but if getting both then…..

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            I'd rather buy a 1/4 pound or 1/2 pound of pastrami straight up (along with a #19), then go to del taco to get some 2.69 deluxe chili cheese fries and sprinkle all the pastrami on top of del taco fries. Assuming the pastrami straight up from langers isn't $20/lb...

                                                                            12.50, outrageous.

                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                              that would be better...I have yet to find a deli that does good chili and theirs didn't look right.

                                                                              id just get a lb of the pastrami and hold the fries and chili and tackle that caveman style

                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                As an aside: how are those Del Taco CCFs, anyway?

                                                                                Never tried 'em, but I do have a soft spot for late night gut-bomb runs to the ol' DT drive-thru...those little 59c burritos with green sauce are kinda addictive.

                                                                                1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                  It's the best fast food CCF IMHO. If you normally eat del taco then you should def give them a shot.

                                                                                  1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                    I like them, too.

                                                                                    There are three DTs near me. One on Lincoln near the IHOP. One on Jefferson across from Winchell's. And one on Venice east of Wendy's. I go to the one on Venice because the middle of the night cast of characters make me feel like I'm in a David Lynch movie.

                                                                                    Last time I was there a dude was screaming obscenities and various other non-sensicals and when the night manager went to kick him out the dude stole all the hot sauce packets as he was heading for the door.

                                                                                    Good time.

                                                                                    I will say this: Late night DTs runs make me very nostalgic for Naugles. There was once a Naugles on (I think) La Brea in Mid City and they had the best yet most disgusting egg, chili, cheese, burritos. I used to down those with fries in the middle of the night all too often back in the day.

                                                                                    1. re: PaulF

                                                                                      Great post. I miss Naugles (and Pup n Taco) too and still enjoy late night DT every now and then

                                                                                      1. re: PaulF

                                                                                        The one on Lincoln is my local hang. Many a late night spent parked in the lot (after going thru the drive-thru), eating a tub of macho fries, a bunch of those mini-burritos, and listening to the Phil Hendrie radio show (back when he was good).

                                                                                        And yep, there is always SOMEthing funky going on at the (aptly acronymed) DT. Last time we were there, the drive-thru line was backed up due to one very confused car full of people at the ordering marquee. A cashier had to come out and step them through the menu options. I couldn't even be annoyed...it was comical. (Pretty sure the confused car was hiiiiiiiiigh.)

                                                                                        1. re: PaulF

                                                                                          I loved Naugles. There was one near our school and it was on heavy rotation.

                                                                                          1. re: Jase

                                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naugles

                                                                                            Naugles was a Southern California fast-food Mexican restaurant chain that existed from 1970 to 1988. It was founded by former Del Taco employee Dick Naugle. The first Naugles restaurant was located at the southwest corner of Fourteenth St. and Brockton Ave. in Riverside, California (now a Del Taco). Dick's motto was "Prepare food fresh, Serve customer fast, Keep place clean!"

                                                                                            Harold Butler purchased Naugles in 1979 when the chain consisted of three restaurants. The chain was expanded by a system of non-exclusive franchises, which later was ruled unlawful by a federal court.[1] Butler built Naugles up to 225 restaurants by 1986, when he sold the chain to Collins Foods International.[2] Naugles merged with Del Taco in 1988.[3] A few of the Naugles menu items, such as those with the "Macho" designation, found their way into the regular Del Taco menu. Also, the Naugles Taco Sandwich (Del Taco called it a "bun taco") can still be ordered from Del Taco even though it does not appear listed on the menu.

                                                                                            1. re: PaulF

                                                                                              Lived in St. Louis in the early 80's. There actually was a Naugles there. For those of us from California, it was at the time, the best Mexican food in St. Louis

                                                                                2. re: kevin

                                                                                  Brent's is $14. Good pastrami is going to be in that range.

                                                                                3. re: ns1

                                                                                  there's like half a sandwich of meat on it...the guy sitting next to me recently had it and I got a good look...didn't tempt me away from sandwich tho. Also I'm not seeing any hand slicing of meat at langers anymore, a gimmick which IDGAFA, just thicker machine sliced which I actually think redounds to the eaters' benefit with less "open space" between the bread and more meat.

                                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                                    Do it do it. It was pretty tasty.

                                                                                     
                                                                                    1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                      I will -- problem for me is I have to drive downtown for work pretty regularly, and guess what's on the way...good problem to have.

                                                                                      nice work kobe.

                                                                            2. Whenever I'm going to a pot luck in the Pasadena area I bring two orders of Hat CCFs. They're gone instantly.

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                                                                              1. The Hat's pastrami chili cheese fries. Will easily feed 4...

                                                                                 
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                                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                                    If you eat that by yourself I think you'd need to go home and evaluate your life decisions.

                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                        i wouldn't mind eating that while already seated on the golden throne.

                                                                                        one stop shopping.

                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                      I cannot wait to get drunk and kill that.

                                                                                      1. re: a213b

                                                                                        Seriously bring a few friends. I only attack it with a minimum of 3 people.

                                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                                          I've done it, sans the pastrami and cheese, solo.

                                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                                            sans the pastrami and cheese
                                                                                            ------
                                                                                            Then you haven't done it ;)

                                                                                        2. re: a213b

                                                                                          Somehow this thing travels pretty darn well... *just saying*

                                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                                          1. re: Dommy

                                                                                            I got a nice safe place to put stuff like that

                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                          goddamn that pastrami looks hot.

                                                                                          gonna have to grab the kevlar vest from storage and pick up the armored car this weekend for a trip down to MacArthur park. I should stop by my lawyer's office to fill out my will and ensure my life insurance policy is up to date first though.

                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                            Remember open till 4pm and closed sunday…enjoy!

                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                some unfortunate SOB having spaghetti next to you?

                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                  wow, i missed that.

                                                                                                  that reminds me when i had a chili cheese omlette at Langer's and no pastrami whatsoever if you can believe it.

                                                                                                  i got shit for that for years.