Sandwich of the Week: Langer’s Hot Pastrami

Both the deli and sandwich are legendary

Behold, Langer's famous hot pastrami sandwich.

Who knew you could find a world-class pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles? Watch out Katz’s, you’ve got some competition.

The hot pastrami sandwich at Langer's has layers of divine flavors and goodness. Like all the best foods, the sandwich takes some time to make. The cured and seasoned beef is slowly smoked, then it’s thinly sliced and placed on traditional rye bread. As a condiment, they go old school and use the classic Gulden’s deli mustard, something you can never go wrong with. It’s spread on the rye bread, giving it that extra kick of spice. On top of the meat is a crunchy slaw to tie everything together.

Nora Ephron wrote in The New Yorker about this sandwich, commenting that “it’s the finest hot pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles… an exquisite combination of textures and tastes… in short, a work of art.”

Langer’s is also quite the historical hotspot. Since 1947, they have continued to stay at the same location, but have grown to have tremendous popularity and love for the place. And it’s not just any local delicatessen. In 2001, they were even given the Bertolli America’s Classics Award by the James Beard Foundation. The award “is presented each year to a select few restaurants noted for timeless appeal, beloved for quality food that reflects the history and character of their communities.”  Langer’s has also been featured on the Food Network and been given waves of positive reviews on Yelp


Other menu items include other hot pastrami special sandwiches, breakfast choices such as the lox & cream cheese appetizer, deli specialties such as the potato pancakes, soups, desserts, and more. But one thing is for sure; the hot pastrami sandwich is one of the all-time favorites.