Went to Johnnie's a few nights ago (around 1am) after a 4-5 year hiatus. I got to say I was really disappointed.
First, the pickle, which I remember loving and being very impressed with, was not as crunchy as it used to be. I good pickle, but not the amazing pickle that I remember.
Then we got some onion rings. They were unremarkable, probably frozen.
Then, of course, the pastrami. Now I know that you cannot compare this type of pastrami to Langer's because doing so would not be fair. After all, there are two pastrami camps, the deli camp (Langer's) and the greasy spoon camp (Johnnie's). To do Johnnie's some justice, I would say that the actual pastrami meat is probably the best greasy spoon pastrami meat I have eaten. The roll it came on, however, was a terrible piece of airy bread that was just disappointing. The overall sandwich was nothing that special.
The real nail in the coffin were the prices. I am amazed at the audacity of Johnnie's to charge $9+ for a greasy spoon pastrami, when one could go to Langer's and get the real deal for an almost equal price. I just don't get it. Yes, I know it's open late and that's its main draw, but when I take into the food, high prices, and other late night options, I have to permanently reject Johnnie's from my list.
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