Mashed: The Absolute Best Delis In The US
A big thank-you to the fine people at Mashed for including Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant in their recent “Mashed: The Absolute Best Delis In The US” list:
Opened in 1947 and currently located in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, this Jewish deli has been well beloved and affectionately regarded as the best hot pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles. The generations of patrons who have enjoyed Langer’s Deli would argue that the sandwich is the best in the world, suggests David Shaw for the James Beard Foundation. In a piece for The New Yorker, the late Nora Ephron praised the already-acclaimed sandwich for its “exquisite combination of textures and tastes” and with highest commendation said it is “a work of art.”
If you read the Langer’s menu, you’ll find their famous #19 sandwich has “Pastrami, Swiss Cheese and Cole Slaw Russian Style Dressing,” a deli classic. As Tasting Table notes, Langer’s cuts each slice of peppered brisket meat with tremendous care to ensure quality texture and preserve the robust outer crust. Other specialties include traditional Jewish fare such as cheese blintzes (thin, rolled pancakes similar to crepes) and Kasha Varnishkes. On Yelp, they have nearly 4,000 reviews with an overall 4.5 rating out of 5. One reviewer credits Langer’s as “The best pastrami in Southern California” because of its thick-cut and tender meat, fresh rye bread “with the proper crunch of the crust”, and an old-world, no-frills atmosphere. Langer’s is a true gem to SoCal.