For over 60 years this Jewish deli known for their stellar pastrami, has been a long-standing institution in what is now a predominantly Latin neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. In 2001, Langer’s Delicatessen was honored with the James Beard Award.
It was Al Langer who invented the technique of “re-baking” the rye bread on which the sandwiches are served, giving it the quintessential crispy crust surrounding a heavenly sour rye softness. Langer got his start in a variety of delis in the New York area that brought him a breadth of experience, including superior hand-slicing skills— one of the secrets to juicy and tender pastrami and corned beef.
The most popular sandwich, #19, is a great combo of pastrami, homemade coleslaw and Swiss cheese on rye. Other NY deli delights abound, such as potato latkes, smoked salmon, brisket, stuffed cabbage, blintzes, and a robust all day breakfast menu.