There aren’t too many places that can make a pastrami sandwich so good, your troubles just melt away. Fellow Foodbeast writer Isai, along with yours truly, have both been itching for some decent pastrami sandwiches ever since our trip to Katz’s in New York. Thankfully, there’s Langer’s Deli home of their World Famous Hot Pastrami in Los Angeles. Better yet, it’s only a thirty-minunte drive away for us here in Southern California.
Langer’s was founded in June of 1947 by Al and Jean Langer. Known for their #19 (hot pastrami, cole slaw, Russian dressing and a slice of Swiss cheese on baked rye bread), Langer’s has served over 4 million pounds of pastrami since the establishment was created. Imagine what you could do with 4 million pounds of pastrami.
With a very family friendly atmosphere, it doesn’t matter if you want to make a quick pick-up from the deli, or sit down and enjoy your order, Langer’s has some pretty great service. What’s unique about them, other than their kick-ass pastrami, is that their rye bread is double baked. That means, once it’s in from the bakery, they throw it into the oven again so the crust comes out extra crispy.
But getting into the meat of things, their pastrami is a freakin’ dream. Super moist, super flavorful, it totally just melts in your mouth. The coleslaw that comes with the sandwiches only add to the already ridiculous amount of flavor, and the fresh pickles they garnish the dish with is just icing on the cake. Whether you order the number #19, the pastrami and corned beef combo, or just the regular original pastrami, you’re sure to be satisfied with your experience. We both were.
It almost felt like I was biting into a pastrami sandwich, except I wasn’t. I was biting into a piece of heaven.
So if you’re ever in the L.A. area, make sure to swing by Langer’s for some good old-fashioned sandwiches. My new life plan is to work my way through the entire menu from #1-89 before I die. My bucket-list. Maybe that’s what will kill me. Who knows? Who cares. What’s important is, I’ll be back.
704 South Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA 90057