Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is proud to be named to the Los Angeles Times’ 101 Best LA Restaurants list by Bill Addison:
During a recent lunch at this Westlake landmark I fretted over my order, debating whether to branch out from the deli’s momentous pastrami sandwich. Maybe goulash with noodles this time? Or a hot beef tongue sandwich instead, or the restaurant’s take on the roast beef French dip? The server studied me with patience and then said, “Hon, you should just order the #19 again. It’s the best thing we do.” She was right, of course. The pastrami — brined, peppered, smoked, steamed and shaved by hand into rosy kerchiefs — towers between two slices of double-baked rye bread with coleslaw, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. The world fades in the face of such perfection; it’s you, in a brown, tufted booth, with the happy cadence of clattering silverware and myriad languages ringing through the dining room. If you seek variety, try a bowl of matzo ball soup and the #28, a monster also known as the Fresser: pastrami, corned beef, tongue, turkey, Swiss, boom. May Langer’s thrive forever.