ELV was feeling hungry the other day on a visit to L.A., so instead of his usual morning repast, he decided to hit Los Angeles’s two most famous delicatessens (in the same day) to see how each of their pastrami sandwiches stacks up against our offshoot of the Carnegie Deli.
It was no contest.
Langer’s is thicker sliced, beautifully carmelized on its exterior and possessed of a distinct smoke-and-pepper bite. Nate ‘n Al’s was more corn-beefy than pastrami-like, was sliced too thin, and could’ve been the stuff you can get at any decent supermarket. It sorta tasted like what you’d expect this iconic New York deli meat to taste like in California.
Our Carnegie’s pastrami kicks its ass by a mile, but still comes in a distant second to Langer’s world-beating version.
Langer’s is so good, one bite and you’ll forget the somewhat sketchy neighborhood it resides in. Nate n’ Al on the other hand, is smack in the middle of Beverly Hills. But aside from that, and getting to see the world’s worst interviewer noshing next to us, we can think of no reason to return. (To Nate ‘n Al, not the neighborhood — if for no other reason than we love this song.)