Los Angeles Times: 101 Best Restaurants in LA

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Our thanks to LA Times food critic Bill Addison for naming Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant to the revered 101 Best Restaurants in LA list originally created by our late friend Jonathan Gold:

A recent midweek lunch at L.A.’s most celebrated deli was unsettlingly quiet (not too long ago the waits for a booth to open up could stretch to 20 minutes or more). A reminder, then, not to take for granted the No. 19, an unorthodox but nonetheless holy union of hand-carved pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russian dressing. It should be named the official sandwich of Los Angeles. I’ve been experimenting with a new hack: Ordering the No. 54 (pastrami and corned beef combo) and asking for it dressed like the No. 19. I worry the request will be taken as heresy, but the server never flinches.


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pastrami sandwich on rye breadA Langer's #19 sandwich, photographed by Tom Fassbender