Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Langer's Love Lives On

I've been to Langer's too many times to count since my first mind-boggling bite in 2000, but it occurred to me this weekend that I'd never brought my real camera there.
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The deli at 7th and Alvarado has been dishing out its world-famous pastrami longer than my mother has been alive. The decor retains a mid-century feel.

Everybody raves about #19. I'm not everybody. I always get #10 (proof here, here, and here). I hate #19. The cole slaw ruins the sandwich -- makes it too big and gets it soggy.
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But #10 is a masterpiece.

On this day, I ordered my masterpiece straight off the menu, so I could enjoy the fresh rye bread -- wonderfully soft yet hefty enough to support a mountain of meat.
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Beautiful, no?

More often than not, however, I get the #10 grilled with Russian dressing on the side, which is what Mr. Monkey did for this lunch. Yes, grilled!
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If you've never had a Langer's sandwich grilled, go remedy this travesty immediately.

The golden sandwich glistens. Spread your own dressing, so the bread keeps its crunch.
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This photo says it all. MELTED CHEESE! No grill! No melt!

If you need even more cheese, nosh on some chili cheese fries.
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The cheese is freshly shredded and melts into the best gooey mess very quickly.

Treat yourself to a root beer float.
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Pretend you're at soda shop. You won't have to pretend hard.

Don't leave without a slice of apple pie with hot brandy sauce a la mode.
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Hot. Cold. Flaky. Creamy. Sweet. It's got it all.

Langer's in a word? Classic.

25 comments:

  1. It's now on my list of things to do. That looks amazing!

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  2. i really shouldn't read your blog at 10:38 at night. i am sooooooooooooo hungry right now. it's the melted cheese that's killing me.

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  3. I was at Langer's a few months ago and witnessed four customers with huge cameras snapping away. I never saw so many pastrami paparazzi before! Gotta go back and try my sandwich grilled. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Whoa baby, you make me want to eat a Pastrami sammie (which I've never had). Love the photos (especially the old school soda spouts). And, uhm hot brandy apple pie, where have I been all this time?

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  5. i loooove #10!!! i haven't been there in a longgg time and now your post got me feening!

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  6. I actually started to cry a little when I saw the grilled cheesiness. Sniffle.

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  7. you had me at melted cheese.

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  8. Whaaa? Do you prefer the #10 or do you legitimately HATE the #19? :(

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  9. I hate #19. Cole slaw ruins everything.

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  10. I so need to go back there. Maybe this weekend.

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  11. HELLS YES #10 FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS. Sorry for the caps. My order is in between yours and Mr. Monkey's, $10, Russian on the side. not grilled. Toasted rye breaks the skin in my mouth. I'm such a wuss.

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  12. Its weird, I haven't seen fries like these in a while (the ore-ida looking ones). mmm. fries are good, but chilli fries are great

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  13. I've never had pastrami before. After seeing this post, "WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?"

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  14. It's been a years since I've been to Langer's and your photos are making me want to make a return trip soon. :)

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  15. Hi weezermonkey,

    LOVE Langer's! (^_^) Thanks for making me hungry; I need to go back again (and again). :)

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  16. yay for real camera at langer's! i still need to take the bear there.

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  17. Yummy. Jim and I have both been separately, but never together. Me thinks I should remedy that.

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  18. I have never been to Langer's, despite living in it's general vicinity for the last 15 years AND being married to a deli loving Jew. Maybe this weekend...

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  19. You make these look so scrumptious. Love!

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  20. Oh, droooool! Sadly, Langer and me have yet to meet. I want to meet the meat ASAP.

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  21. I fucking love pastrami. That looks amazing, grilled or not.

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