Langer’s Delicatessan-Restaurant

Langer’s Deli opened in 1947 by Al and Jean Langer.  It has gone from its humble beginnings of a restaurant with only 12 seats, to a James Beard award winning restaurant and an L.A. landmark.  This past year Langer’s celebrated its 65th anniversary, quite an accomplishment, especially in L.A.  Langer’s is now run by Al and Jean’s son Norm Langer, his wife Jeannette, and their daughter Trisha.

Langer’s Deli has been a restaurant that I have been wanting to go to for a very long time.  I first read about Langer’s on the website as one of L.A.’s top 38 restaurants a couple years ago.  Lately I keep hearing Max Kellerman talk about Langer’s and their #19 pastrami sandwich.  If you are not familiar with Max Kellerman he has a daytime talk radio show on 710 espn radio called Max and Marcellus.  I listen to this on my lunch break to get my Lakers talk fix, and during that time he goes into great detail about how great the  #19 at Langer’s is.  I finally decided the next time I am down in L.A. I am going to stop at Langer’s and see what this #19 is all about.

Last week the opportunity finally presented itself.  My wife was in Newport Beach visiting a friend, so I figured after I picked her up we could go eat there on the way home.

We arrived at Langer’s right in the heart of the afternoon lunch rush.  Their was a bit of a line to get in, but it moved fast.  I loved the feel inside of Langer’s.  It was very comfortable and casual, felt like an old school diner.

The #19. Pastrami, Swiss cheese and cole slaw Russian style dressing. Delicious.

I ordered the #19 and my wife ordered the #44, and we split a plate of french fries.  Both sandwiches were delicious.

The #44. Hot pastrami, sauerkraut, and nippy cheese grilled on rye.

We both really enjoyed Langer’s.  This is a restaurant I will go back to many times I am sure.  It is the kind of place where you would become a regular if it was close enough to home.  Friendly, comfortable, and delicious.

Another great thing about Langer’s is that they have curbside service.  If you are in a rush and don’t have time to eat inside, just give them a call and they will have your food ready and deliver it to you in your car.

You can visit Langer’s at:

704 South Alvarado Street

Los Angeles, CA  90057

Or call them at (213) 483-8050

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