Monday, July 12, 2010

Langer's Deli, still the LA deli champs

Langer's Deli was founded in 1947 at the corner of 7th and Alvarado, in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, across the street from MacArthur Park. It has been famous for decades for its pastrami sandwiches, especially the #19 with pastrami, swiss cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing, which is the most popular item on the menu.

Deli denizens are often partisans of either corned beef or pastami; I happen to be a corned beef guy, so while I had been to Langers several times before, it was always for the corned beef. On my most recent visit, I opted for the #54, the Pastrami & Corned Beef Combo, and then seperated the sandwich into a half a pastrami sandwich and half of a corned beef sandwich. ($16.25) (Pictured above, with the pastrami half on the left and the corned beef half on the right). The corned beef was juicy and flavorful and the pastrami was peppery and thickly cut. This is a great option for folks who when asked which they want, respond both.

Overall both sandwich halves were delicious. Langers may have the best of both pastrami and corned beef in Southern California. Their sandwiches are served on twice baked rye bread, which give it a nice crispy crust. I also got an order of french fries, which were presented attractively and more importantly were crispy and good. Langer's is only open for breakfast and lunch, from 8 am - 4 pm on Monday through Saturday. They have free validated parking around the corner from the restaurant, at 7th and Westlake.

Langer's also has curbside pickup, in which you can phone in your order, tell them what time you will be there and then they will bring your order to you while you wait in your car, right in front of the restaurant. I have successfully used this system in the past and it is easy and reliable.

Whether you are there for a pastrami or corned beef sandwich or both, you are in the right place for a delicious lunch. Very much worth the drive; although now with the Red Line only a block away, you could take the subway.

Langer's Deli: 704 S. Alvarado, @ 7th St. Los Angeles. Phone: (213) 483-8050. Website:

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