AlBorde.com published an interesting review of Langer’s recently that features both English and Spanish passages. Author Rafael Acero did a great job summarizing the first-time-Langer’s experience:
If you wanna switch things up a bit without being too extreme or without compromising your budget by much, head over to “Langer’s Deli” for some of the best pastrami EVER. If you haven’t tried “Langer’s”, you owe it to yourself to experience it- even if you’re not a huge pastrami fan, after eating at this joint, you will be.
The popular website LATaco.com (“Celebrating the taco lifestyle in Los Angeles, California, USA”) recently published a great review of Langer’s No. 19 and our corned beef. Written by Ali Khan, the review includes great photographs and some wonderful prose:
Eat your heart out New York. The best Pastrami sandwich is a Los Angeleno. An East side one, at that. Sitting at the corner of 7th and Alvarado, yards away from where Captain David Aceveda and the late Terry Crowley met in the pilot of The Shield, is Langer’s, one of the best restaurants in the city.
Like most delicatessen’s, Langer’s features a huge menu that could tempt one to veer off the Pastrami highway, but this is simply not advised. Unless that is, you happen to go after the best kept secret at Langer’s: The Corned beef!
The Jewish Journal has published a review of David Sax’s new book, “Save The Deli”:
Brace yourself New York, because what I am about to write is definitely going to piss a lot of you off, but it needs to be said: Los Angeles has become America’s premier deli city
The review goes on to list the book’s local coverage:
Sax, who spent a lot of meals out here noshing his way to proof, presents his evidence: Nate ‘n Als, Arts, Canters, Brents, Greenblatt’s, Factors, Juniors and… Langers, home of the finest pastrami sandwich in the universe, much less the country.
Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” program produced by Authentic Entertainment. We will appear in the “Between Bread” episode.
The air date for the Langer’s segment is August 4, 2009 at 9:30PM.
The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.
Thanks to Google Alerts, we re-discovered this gem of a story on Langer’s written back in 1997 by Denise Hamilton for the Los Angeles Times. Here’s a sample:
LOS ANGELES — Al Langer, whose pungent pastrami on chewy rye is widely considered the best in Los Angeles, knows it takes more than a tasty sandwich to keep a delicatessen afloat for half a century.
In part, it’s a crapshoot, admits the 84-year-old patriarch of Langer’s Deli, which has seen good times and bad in the MacArthur Park neighborhood where he opened shop 50 years ago this month with $500 in his pocket.
But the scrappy New Jerseyite says it’s also a matter of knowing when to hold, what to fold and how to change with the times.
Take the deli’s location. As the once-prosperous commercial and residential Jewish neighborhood became filled with struggling Central American refugees, Langer held on, convinced that there would always be customers for his matzo brei, kippers and those fat, famous sandwiches.
Maybe so, but not at night or on Sundays anymore.
The LA Weekly’s famed food critic Jonathan Gold has named Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant one of LA’s 99 Essential Restaurants:
…bite into a Langer’s pastrami sandwich: thick slices of hand-sliced meat, glistening with peppery fat, as dense and as smoky as Texas barbecue; thick-cut seeded corn rye, hot, crisp-crusted and soft inside, with a slightly sour tang that helps tame the richness of the meat; a dab of yellow mustard as important to the whole as a sushi master’s wasabi. The fact is inescapable: Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in America…
Thank you, LA Weekly and thank you, Jonathan!
Langer’s is proud to announce we have been selected by Los Angeles Magazines as part of their 2009 Best of LA for “cheap eats.” Thank you, LA Magazine! Click here to read the story on their website.
Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant’s is pleased to announce Norm Langer has been named one of 10 recipients of the first annual Top Hot Tamales of Los Angeles Awards! The award “honors 10 community builders who have helped begin to change the MacArthur Park neighborhood from a ‘crime-filled point of destination’ into a ‘growing art, business, cultural, educational, recreational, residential, service, and social point of destination.'”
The 10 recipients are:
- LA Councilmember Ed P. Reyes – First District;
- LA Police Chief William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department;
- Bishop J. Jon Bruno, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles;
- Arturo Martinez, Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office;
- Albert Torres, Interim Chief Park Ranger/ Department of Recreation and Parks;
- Barbosa Polverini, Board Member, Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park;
- Karen Mack, Executive Director, LA Commons;
- Jackie Jones, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment Business Development Center;
- Norm Langer, Langer’s Delicatessen and Restaurant;
- Joe Colletti, PhD, Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development.
Norm is thrilled and honored to receive this award with such an auspicious grouping of individuals who make a difference here in Los Angeles. Thank you!
Why not you? Langer’s has the honor of serving everyone: all ages, lifestyles, cultures and backgrounds. Visit us soon – we look forward to serving you.
Our thanks to Jaunted.com (“The Pop Culture Travel Guide”) for their review of Langer’s and in particular, our #19 sandwich:
You’ll realize this is a special place once you set eyes on their signature item: the legendary hot pastrami sandwich, piled high on rye bread, topped with swiss cheese and coleslaw; kosher dills on the side.
In the eyes of many eaters, it’s this smoky, spicy sandwich that makes Langer’s stand above its many LA competitors.
Click here to read the entire review and visit their site. Thank you, friends at Jaunted! We appreciate your words of support.
LAist.com has an interesting post on favorite french fries – and features a great image of Langer’s crinkle-cut fries as part of the story. Click here to check it out for yourself.