Wherever you live, work or play, finding a great pastrami sandwich in Los Angeles is not too difficult. In fact, many of the best restaurants offer their take on this classic. From the Valley to the city, to the beach and everywhere in between, we’ve rounded up the best sandwiches made with this smoked meat. See if your favorite made the list!
Grand Central Market
317 South Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
When a deli cures it’s own meat, you know it’s gotta be good. At Wexler’s Deli located in Grand Central Market, the pastrami sandwich is just that good. Dreamed up by Micah Wexler, formerly of Mezze on La Cienega Blvd., the pastrami sandwich here achieves what it set out to be: a classic rendition with an old-school Jewish deli twist. Whether you order the O.G. (Original Gangster) or the MacArthur Park (add cheese), one thing is for sure: you will bite into thick, hand-cut and hormone free Colorado beef that’s put its time in on the smoker. To give it its signature taste, the meat is coated with pepper and other spices to add more flavor. Choose potato salad or their delicious coleslaw to go with it and you have a recipe for one of the best pastrami sandwiches in not only L.A. but around the world.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
The Pastrami Nosh at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar might not be your typical pastrami sandwich, but it sure is good. Made with double smoked pastrami, creamy and melty swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, and topped with a sunny fried egg, the sandwich is decadent to say the least. And, if you haven’t gotten enough of their tasty pastrami, make sure to top off your sandwich with an order of their pastrami fries.
2005 Colorado Boulevard
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Whichever of the 3 locations you choose to go to, you can be sure you’ll have no shortage of pastrami. In fact, you have your choice of not just one, or two, but three options of different pastrami sandwiches. The ‘House Cured Pastrami’ sandwich comes complete with their two week cured meat rubbed with special Oinkster secret spices and smoked with applewood. Served with a pickle, its a favorite. Not satisfied? Maybe you’d rather choose the ‘Oinkster Pastrami’ with the same great cured pastrami just with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and red cabbage slaw. They also offer a delicious Reuben Sandwich with 1000 Island, sauerkraut, and gruyere cheese served on rye bread.
704 South Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
As soon as you sit down in this kosher-style deli, there’s only one thing you have to order. Home “of the original #19 pastrami sandwich,” you’ll enjoy hand-cut pastrami, cole slaw, Russian dressing, and swiss cheese on double baked rye bread that will have you wishing you could live next door. If you happen to not live next door, or anywhere near the LA outpost, the restaurant will actually deliver their pastrami sandwich by air. Yes, it’s true. They will ship anywhere within the lower 48 states with Langer’s Overnight Delivery. We bet that you won’t find that anywhere else.
19565 Parthenia Street
Whether you’re a fan of the Reuben or just your classic pastrami sandwich, you’ll be in heaven no matter what you decide to choose at Brent’s Deli. Come hungry though as they don’t mess around. With gigantic sandwiches 3 – 4 inches high stacked with meat, you’ll have your choice of several options on the menu which include pastrami.
Smoke City Market
5242 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
If you’re a barbecue lover, then Smoke City Market serves up a unique twist on the pastrami classic. Located in Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys, the restaurant will make you feel like you’re in Texas rather than California. Standing tall with 3 inches of meat, big chunks of delicious charred meat await you. Topped with cabbage slaw and a white roll, it’s definitely worth a trip down the 405 even during rush hour. They even serve a Texas Reuben which is slathered in BBQ Ranch along with sauerkraut and cole slaw.