The closest thing that LA has to a proper Jewish delicatessen restaurant, Langer’s opened in 1947 and it’s still family owned. Stepping inside is like stepping back in time. The lengthy menu is filled with classics and the star is the hot pastrami. The waitstaff wear white shirts and black bow ties. Cakes and pies are displayed in rotating cases. Expect a wait for a table or a counter seat. For to go orders, head to the takeout counter where you’ll spot pickles, salads, knishes and baked goods. Or opt for curbside pickup (they’ll bring your order to the curb).
The walls are covered with awards. Langer’s was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award. You can buy several kinds of pastrami shirts. Pastrami can also be delivered overnight.
The hot pastrami is a “select cut of beef, sugar-cured and seasoned as corned beef, then slowly smoked for tenderness and tantalizing taste and flavor, then covered in choice and costly spices.” The #19 hot pastrami sandwich is their most popular item.
The menu is so lengthy that it’s overwhelming: sandwiches, whitefish, grilled meat, corned beef, grilled liver and onions, chicken in the pot, egg creams, etc.
* #44 Hot pastrami, sauerkraut, and nippy American cheese grilled on rye ($15.95): This sandwich is expensive but it could be enough for two meals and the pastrami quality is extraordinary. The tender, hot pastrami has a thicker cut and a dark bark; it’s infused with a smoky flavor. The spices aren’t overwhelming. There are fatty bits…the pastrami is downright beautiful. I like sauerkraut but I found the amount of kraut to be overwhelming (almost ½ pastrami, ½ kraut). The cheese made it creamy and the rye bread was grilled till crunchy and dark brown – grilled to perfection. The sandwich came with three crunchy pickle halves and a peppermint candy.
Langer’s has its own parking lot on 7th and Westlake with 1 hour validation. It’s also close to the Westlake Metro station.
4.5 out of 5 stars
By Lolia S.