A picture is worth a thousand words, the Langer’s #19 with a chocolate malt… sandwich paradise! That’s pastrami on rye, swiss cheese, cole slaw and Russian dressing. This stuff just melts in your mouth and for my money, it’s even better than Katz’s in NYC. And the chocolate malt? It’s the real thing, unchanged since 1947 when Langer’s opened.
Langer’s Delicatessen is at 704 S. Alvarado near downtown LA. It’s also in a not so very nice neighborhood, just across from MacArthur Park. Remember the old Jimmy Webb song sung by Richard Harris? Yes, it’s THAT MacArthur Park. So it’s best to drive there and park one block away at 7th and West Lake Street where they have their own parking lot and will validate your ticket at the restaurant when you pay your bill. Follow the link and look over the menu, but on your first visit I’d still go with the classic #19 and try the other dishes on subsequent visits. And if you’re not in the mood for a chocolate malt? How about an egg cream? Or maybe a chocolate phosphate? There’s always a root beer float. The menu is HUGE so you’ll never run out of choices.