Posted on | April 4, 2010 | No Comments
Before visiting some relatives downtown, I wanted to stop at Langer’s for sandwiches. Have I ever mentioned that I love corned beef? And that Canter’s on Fairfax is probably my favorite? Well, even though I grew up in LA, I honestly couldn’t remember ever going to Langer’s, and I had to correct that.
Much like Canter’s, stepping into Langers feels like stepping back in time. I doubt the decor (and maybe some of the employees!) has changed much, if at all, since they opened in 1947. And oddly, part of the charm of the place is because of the location- a pretty horrid part of downtown. They’re only open until 4 pm, and I’ve heard they provide curbside takeout for those too afraid to get out of their car! While I didn’t find it THAT bad, I certainly wouldn’t walk around the area by myself at night, either.
Anyway, as for the food, I wanted to try both the corned beef and pastrami, so I split one of each with my parents. The corned beef? Good, but not as good as Canter’s, in my opinion. It didn’t seem to have as much flavor, and wasn’t quite as lean.
But the pastami? This was probably the best pastrami sandwich I can remember having. They took that corned beef and smoked it into something magical. It was smoky and peppery, without being overly salty. It had just enough fat in it, and didn’t suffer from being overly greasy. Perfect. Now I know why James Beard awarded them so many years ago!
704 S Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057
Phone: 213 483-8050