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Langer’s Delicatessen, Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Langer's Deli / Scrise.com; written by Jan Newberry

Langer’s Delicatessen, Los Angeles

Even the late Nora Ephron, New York City’s opinion maven, once claimed that this no-frills deli in L.A.’s MacArthur Park neighborhood makes the “finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world.” You could tuck into a button-back banquette and read the dense menu, but don’t bother: Hand-cut pastrami with Swiss and homemade coleslaw on rye is all you need to know.

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