LAPD vs. NYPD: Why The World’s Best Pastrami Is On The Line During MLB Playoffs

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As much as gambling is frowned upon in Major League Baseball, it doesn’t stop high profile fans like these from doing it.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton placed a friendly bet involving sandwiches as their beloved Dodgers and Mets face each other in the first round of the 2015 playoffs.

If the Dodgers win, Bratton has to pick up the tab during lunch at New York’s famous Katz Deli, according to Dodgerverse.

If by some miracle the Mets win (Full disclosure, a Dodger fan is writing this article), Beck will treat Bratton to a pastrami sandwich from Los Angeles’ famous Langer’s Deli.

In other words, no matter who wins, the two officers will be eating some delicious sandwiches, the location will just vary.

This isn’t the first time these two put lunch on the line, as in 2014, they placed the same wager on the Stanley Cup Finals when the LA Kings beat the NY Rangers.

h/t dodgerverse, picthx pham_bot


A Trip to Langer’s Delicatessen [ADVENTURE]

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



Langer’s Deli to Serve Free Pastrami Sandwiches for its 65th Anniversary

Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles has long been considered to be the home of the best pastrami in the world and its No. 19 sandwich has been its staple since the Deli’s inception in 1947. Now, all those who join the deli for its 65th anniversary Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, will have a chance to enjoy a No. 19 for free.

Langer’s is even extending its usual business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 15, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 16.

The famous No. 19 consists of a hot pastrami, coleslaw, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese in between two pieces of warm rye bread.

The rules seem simple enough. One per person, per day, and one must be dining-in. The offer is not valid on to-go orders and there will be no curb service available on those two days.

Of course, the rest of the Langer’s menu items will be available for purchase at regular price.

Joining the festivities will be the folks from 710 ESPN as they will be broadcasting the event live.

Langer’s Deli has won the James Beard Food Award, the highest honor for food in the U.S. and has received nearly 1,000 five-star ratings on Yelp.

[Thx Langer’s]