Late last night, hubby and I went to Canter's. Believe it or not, I have never been, nor have I ever had their catering. Guess what? I feel I haven't missed anything. It was kind of wierd. I had such high expectations.
I had hot chocolate and a hot corned beef sandwich on rye with swiss, coleslaw, and russian dressing (which is my deli usual).
Hubby had straight up hot pastrami on rye.
Hot chocolate: tasted like vaguely chocolate flavored milk.
My sandwich: I can say that the ratio of ingredients was perfect, but the corned beef was kinda blah. Coleslaw was good and swiss was good.
His sandwich. Also kinda blah.
Both sandwiches, the meat was (dare I say?) too tender. As though, if I ate it with my eyes closed, I'd think it was lunch meat (as in ground up, pressed back together, and sliced). The pastrami tasted a lot like bologna but the peppery bits were good.
The rye, don't get me started on the rye, it was not rye-y enough, the bread was too thick and too soft.
Now here's the clencher (or is it clincher? Eh, no matter.). I'm not saying that Langer's Deli is the best deli overall, nor am I saying it is authentic, but their pastrami sandwiches put Canter's to shame.
It's been years since I've been to Juniors, Nate N' Al's, Art's, Greenblatt's, and Brent's, but if you asked me right now who makes the best pastrami sandwiches, I would say Langer's, hands down. I don't think I'll ever go back to Canters.
Oh, almost forgot, my opinion on the pickles: Good level of garlic, but too vinegary.
Best pickles EVER are made by Milt and Rhoda Schwartz from Studio City who (used to?) cater.