Kimberly Nichols, who runs the terrific food blog UnorthodoxFoodie.com, penned this review of our famous #19 hot pastrami sandwich back in December of 2013, but we just discovered it on Twitter (where you can follow us here). It’s fantastic writing! Click through to check it all out, but here’s a sample:
If ever there were a place to belly up to the bar, it was here, where old-fashioned and generously padded, tufted brown faux-leather seats swiveled with a direct view into the glass enclosed counters revealing cooks in white smocks and paper hats carving up smoking hot roasts of pastrami and corned beef, smoke curling up and away into the ethers where cans of tuna, sardines and matzo flour sat aligned on wooden shelves. There are no glass displays of overstuffed baked goods or large rows of bread loaves or cutesy, framed sayings on the walls. It’s a simple joint where people come for that plate of bread and meat accentuated with none other than a simple pickle slice, enough to fuel them up on their way from one place to another. An institution serving lunch to the common man one rapid forkful at a time.
Didn’t we say it was amazing writing?! Click here to read the entire piece. Thank you, Kimberly! Please say hello next time you are in! – The Langers
Popular food blog TheDailyMeal.com has published a new piece entitled “America’s 10 Best Jewish Delis” – and Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant made the list! From their description of Langer’s:
The deli is known best for its #19 sandwich made with hot pastrami, cole slaw, a slice of Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on hot rye bread. What makes the rye bread so special is the process of double-baking. The bread is received from the bakery, and then re-baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to give it a crispy crust. It also has its own take on matzoh ball soup which includes chicken, noodles, matzoh balls and vegetables served in a warm pot.
Our thanks to TheDailyMeal.com for including us – The Langers.
Our thanks to ABC7′s Rudabeh Shahbazi who did a great job reporting on beef prices for yesterday’s 430PM newscast – check it out here.
David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu of the Los Angeles Times report today on the biggest emerging news in the food industry – that of skyrocketing beef prices. Norm Langer of Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is quoted in the article regarding the impact on menu prices from the rising cost of pastrami and corned beef, staples in the deli business.
The swelling prices are roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant.
Norm Langer managed to go two years without raising prices at his famed Westlake delicatessen.
But last week, he reluctantly began printing new menus showing a 50-cent increase for sandwiches at his 67-year-old restaurant.
Langer accepts it’s one of the perils of business when your bread and butter happens to be corned beef and pastrami. But he fears he may have to raise prices again, driving away customers.
“No beef, no delicatessen. That’s the bottom line,” Langer said after a typically frenetic lunch service. “Jewish delis aren’t vegetarian, they’re based on corned beef and pastrami. Things are beyond my control. With the price increase, I hope my customers are tolerant.”
Langer said beef prices are the main reason his wholesale food costs have risen 45% in the last two years — much of it passed from his longtime supplier, R.C. Provision Inc.
Read the complete article here. Our thanks to David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu for a well-reported and comprehensive article.
From our archives: we discover a photo of Langer’s Deli’s location way back in 1927. Check out our neighborhood back in the Roaring Twenties right here.
Brian Wu of fun real estate blog Movoto.com has published a great piece entitled “These 15 Los Angeles Restaurants Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth.” And we’re thrilled that Langer’s was named as part of this elite collection:
Okay people, this is the real deal. Langer’s is the deli that makes America proud. It may be a throwback to an old diner from the 80s, but the food makes up for it. After downing the best ever pastrami sandwich, some biscuits and gravy, warm apple pie soaked in a savory brandy sauce and maybe some coffee to top it off, you’ll need a 7-hour nap.
DiscoverLosAngeles.com, the fantastic website published by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, is a great way to stay up on what’s happening, what’s fun, and of course, what’s delicious in Los Angeles.
Their new article by Zach Brooks is called “Where to Find the Best Bread in Los Angeles,” and a more interesting list you won’t find anywhere. Our favorite part, of course:
In the eternal battle of pastrami versus pastrami between Katz’s Deli in New York and L.A.’s own Langer’s, each side has its fans. But when it comes to the bread, the winner is clear cut, and it’s Langer’s. Thanks to their special method of preparation that involves slicing the bread at the last possible moment, it ends up crunchy on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside – but still strong enough to stand up to the cole slaw and Russian dressing in the famous #19. If you’re eating the pastrami – or anything at Langer’s – “protein-style,” you’re doing it all wrong.
Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is proud to have been named to The Daily Meal’s “America’s 10 Best Jewish Delis” list – check it out to see all the others!
Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is proud to once again be named to the LA Weekly’s “99 Essential Restaurants” list for 2014. Here’s a part of their terrific write-up by Besha Rodell:
How good can a pastrami sandwich be? How quintessentially Los Angeles can an L.A. restaurant be? These questions and more can be answered with a trip to Langer’s, the deli that serves the universe’s best pastrami sandwich.
Click here to read the entire piece. Thank you, LA Weekly! – The Langers
Zach and Andrew from the video blog Travel Bites You have published their third and final installment of their visit to Langer’s Deli, entitled “Norm.” It’s an interview with owner Norm Langer about pastrami, corned beef and more.
Thank you, Zach and Andrew! Just a wonderful series of videos, and we are grateful.
Zach and Andrew from the video blog Travel Bites You has their second of three videos now available, entitled “What to order at a Jewish Deli” with a deep dive into the Langer’s menu. It’s a great clip! Check it out! Thank you, Zach and Andrew!