In other words, a place a lot like us*.
This is the moist towelette that you get after your meal at Langer's . Although we were all seriously stuffed, we were also secretly hoping this was a complementary chocolate bar.
Episode 17 - Kickin' it Old School at Langer's Deli
The impetus behind this particular outing was definitely FG6's husband, who went from a quick hello to a full blown soliloquy on the gastronomical glory of the Langer's pastrami on rye one afternoon. The man was literally in a state of bliss just talking about the stuff. His eyes practically rolled back in his head as he described the crusty bread and piles of thick-sliced, peppery smoked meat on top. The salivating was not my imagination, either. With that kind of recommendation, the voyage to the edge of MacArthur Park jumped straight to the top of our to do list. On a bright Tuesday afternoon, eight of us converged on the corner of Alvarado and 7th street for a trip back in time.
Our waitress, Sheila, was amazing. Drinks all around, menus for everyone, and a tray of warm pastrami samples from the kitchen arrived as if by magic. There was a brief fit of hysterical giggles as someone pretended to consider ordering the diet plate (cottage cheese and some kind of fruit, I think). Ha Ha Ha!
It was only a little pathetic that each and every other one of us ordered some form of pastrami sandwich. After all, they have hundreds of things to choose from. But far be it from us to argue with generations of Angelenos who flock here from miles around for just this meal. In a gesture to the notion of completeness, we decided to add other dishes and pretend they were sides: Potato pancakes. A plate of lox and bagels. A huge order of fries. Pickles and sauerkraut appeared somehow, too. Otherwise, it was the famous #19, with pastrami, Russian dressing and coleslaw on rye. And my #10, grilled pastrami on rye with swiss cheese and Russian dressing.
FG Final Verdict?
Langers is ON the list!
Pricing Information: Sandwiches and other dishes $10-18, sides $4-6
FG Value Rating: Fair Deal
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*Except of course, we're way to young and good looking to be considered any kind of institution. We would be called "classic, timeless, yet still quite hip and sexy" instead.
Photographic evidence of the post-lunch devastation of a FG lunch outing