Langer's Deli

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Since I just posted about Mama's Hot Tamales, I figured I'd stay on the local tip and write about my other favorite grubspot in Macarthur Park -- Langer's Deli. Long considered an "LA Institution," Langer's is -- in my opinion -- hands-down, the BEST spot to get deli favorites like pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye.

The pastrami is out of this world... nothing like the salty slop you get at The Hat (though that salty slop is pretty damned tasty when you're jonesing for a greasy midnight snack... ). The corned beef is also heavenly. And, best of all, you can get both pastrami and corned beef together on one sandwich (like the one pictured above).

I also like the #19 sandwich (billed as their most popular sandwich), featuring pastrami, cole slaw, swiss cheese, and russian dressing on rye.

But for me, what really makes the sandwich is the rye bread: it's soft and warm, but with a great top crust that has a most satisfying crunch to contrast with the soft bread and tender meat inside.

There's also a full menu of other deli favorites, but I have never strayed from the pastrami or corned beef (except to get a cup of matzo ball or chicken noodle soup -- both are rather ordinary... stick to the sandwiches).

Langer's is open for breakfast and lunch only. It's located on the corner of 7th and Alvarado. Parking is a block west on 7th (they validate for 1 hr.). They also offer curbside take-out service -- you just call in your order and they'll bring it out for you so you can do a drive-by pickup. What more could you ask for?

Nora Ephron (the consummate New Yorker) loves Langer's, too:


Blogger mano_y_mano said...

Saying LANGER'S has the best pastrami in the nation -- and therefore, the world -- is a shock to traditional sensiblities, akin to saying that the best chile relleno burrito resides in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Only the punchline is that LANGER'S really is. Mimi Sheraton, the NY Times' legendary food critic, said so herself. And as a certified deli maven who used to thumb his small, little Asian nose at his own local deli scene, I concur. I concur even after having made my first pilgrammage to venerable KATZ'S at the age of 13, to CARNEGIE during my junior year of high school, and continuously to my second favorite, 2nd AVENUE DELI. LANGER'S kicks NY ass like the Lakers did the Knicks in the 80s and late 90s. If pastrami were hip hop,
there wouldn't be no Westcoast/Eastcoast beef except for the kind handrubbed with "costly spices" and hand sliced as only they can across the sreet from MacArthur Park. Word.

1/04/2006 12:35 AM  
Blogger VdV said...

Great comments mano y mano (ahem, Winston!)....

Also, for those of you who venture to Langer's for breakfast, note that they do not open until 8:30am. What's up with the lack of good breakfast places that open before 8:00am in LA? Are we all forced to go to the Pacific Dining Car for breakfast meetings?....

Not to take away from Langer's though...yes their pastrami kicks butt.

1/23/2006 10:57 PM  
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1/27/2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger J said...

nice post mano y mano! who are you anyway? don't think we've met.

1/27/2006 12:51 PM  

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