Katz’s Delicatessen

11Jan09

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I never knew a pastrami sandwich until I went to Katz’s Deli. And when it’s done right, like it is at Katz’s, the answer is no. There’s never too much meat in a classic deli sandwich. The amount of meat is not overwhelming because the beef is not overly processed and salty like so many other deli sandwiches. It’s so incredibly tender that it’s unfortunate the line, “it melts in your mouth” isn’t automatically associated with their pastrami sandwiches. Forget that it’s the site of the infamous orgasm scene in “When Harry Met Sally” or that you’ll have the Midas touch of grease for days after your meal. Everyone’s a born again pastrami virgin when you walk into Katz’s.

While Katz’s is regarded as by far the best place to get pastrami, apparently Los Angeles has their own contender: Langer’s Delicatessen. The pastrami is cut thicker than it is at Katz’s but it’s still just as tender and moist.

Until I’ve been to Langer’s, I’m going to hold the best pastrami title for Katz’s.

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2 Responses to “Katz’s Delicatessen”

  1. 1 lia

    i’ve been to langer’s, never to katz’s, but being in langer’s eating their pastrami sandwich with russian dressing is basically what i think heaven is like.

  2. i haven’t had katz but i agree with lia. the pastrami at langer’s is perhaps the most perfect thing ever.

    my other food writer friend grew up in jersey and has had katz’s, but says langers is better.


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