Review: Langer’s Deli — PHOTOS

Hey, foodies! Here’s another delicious review featuring the mouth-watering photos of professional food photographer Eric Shin from the food tech company I’m working with. Get ready to get hungry!

At this point, it’s just a known fact: Langer’s Pastrami sandwiches are legendary. The late Nora Ehpron once raved about their sandwiches in The New Yorker: “The hot pastrami sandwich served at Langer’s Delicatessen in downtown Los Angeles is the finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world…It’s a symphony orchestra, different instruments brought together to play one perfect chord.” Now that’s praise.

The esteemed writer is so right about the pastrami sandwiches, the most famous of which is known as the No. 19. Come for the pastrami, but be sure to explore the rest of the menu, too, which features awesome cheese blintzes, potato pancakes (latkes), yummy soups, and much more.

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As soon as I walked into Langer’s Deli, I felt like I was transported back to New York City, where I’m originally from and grew up, and where delis are the classic destination for the best sandwiches and the best meat you can find between two pieces of bread. Langer’s actually has some East Coast roots, as Norm Langer explained to me upon my visit. His father started working in a food business while growing up in New Jersey. Langer’s Deli opened in 1947 with 12 seats and the family-owned restaurant is still going strong 68 years later.  (Stay tuned for a Q&A with Norm Langer coming soon!)

So just how many awesome ways can you indulge Langer’s amazingly delicious pastrami? Let’s count the ways…

No. 19 Pastrami Sandwich

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The myth, the legend, the sandwich. This is a must-try for pastrami lovers and, if pastrami isn’t your thing, well, get ready to fall in love because the No. 19 will make you fall in love with the best meat in town. Perfectly balanced. Delicious coleslaw. Glorious full-flavored pastrami. Are you getting hungry? Because I sure am. Once you have this sandwich, you’ll want it again and again.

No. 44 Hot Pastrami

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I’m not usually one for sauerkraut, but if you pair it with Langer’s hot pastrami and cheese grilled on rye, oh you’ll like it. You’ll like it a lot.

Pastrami Chili Cheese Fries

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I knew about Langer’s pastrami sandwiches, but I had no idea this glorious-ness existed in real life. I mean, just look at that delicious pastrami, cheese, and chili layered over those French fries. It’s a flavor explosion and it’s incredible. This dish is proof that Langer’s isn’t just all about the sandwiches — they know how to use pastrami in all the best ways.

No. 20 Pastrami & Chopped Liver Plate

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No bread? No problem! Probably the most popular dish on our table was this awesome plate of pastrami with garnish, because it was just so easy to reach over and pick at all the pastrami we could possibly want. By the end of the session, most of the meat was long gone, because how could anyone resist?

If you need more than just meat, then check out…

Platter Of Soft Tender Hot Pastrami

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This platter has everything you could ever want: Pastrami, cheese, French fries, bread, coleslaw, pickles, baked beans, and more. It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure, but with food! So very exciting — and delicious.

I highly recommend that you wash it all down with…

Homemade Cream Soda

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So I was one of those weird kids who preferred cream soda to root beer, because I guess root beer was cooler? Whatever, I loved cream soda and I got super nostalgic when I tried Langer’s homemade version, which is probably the best I’ve ever had. It’s not crazy sweet like other sodas are and it’s got such a nice creamy flavor.

And for dessert…

Cheese Blintzes

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Because you should always have room for these yummy blintzes. Definitely use the sour cream and jelly to really make all the flavors come alive. So good.

Want more? You know you do. Check out some more food porn from Langer’s below.

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