Mimi Sheraton has penned a wonderful article for Departures Magazine entitled, “Hold the Mayo: An Homage to the Pastrami Sandwich.” In it, she covers the many New York City-based options for great pastrami, including all the big historic names as well as some new ones, as well. But in it, she includes some great mentions of one non-NYC contender – Langer’s Deli:
(While in Los Angeles, I try not to miss the perfect specimens at Langer’s (704 S. Alvarado St.; 213-483-8050; langersdeli.com), where even the rye bread outshines New York’s.)
The only setting in which a pastrami sandwich rings true for me is that of a typical New York deli (which, in appearance, Langer’s is, in L.A.): huge; hectic; headily aromatic with whiffs of spice, garlic, brine, and steamy beef; and alive with noisy voices shouting, demanding, complaining, kibitzing.
Our sincere thanks to Mimi and Departures for these great mentions. When in Los Angeles, Mimi, please be sure to drop by and say hello. – The Langers