Over the weekend my friends and I went to try Langer's because I read somewhere (I think NY Times) that their pastrami was comparable to Katz of New York. My wife and I have been reading the posts here and had our expectations set pretty high. Oh, before I go further I have to divulge that my wife loves Katz's pastrami sandwich. She was excited at the prospect of a comparable place on the west coast.
From the posts here I was a little worried about the neighborhood thinking it resembled those neighborhoods depicted in the gang movies. I was thinking Crenshaw, South Central, Compton. I went up there and was excited by the activity, kinda reminded me of the Mission district in San Francisco. I spent a few minutes talking with some of the guys offering green cards, I.Ds, and other documentation. I asked where they were 15 years ago. I did ask about a student I.D(discount at movies) and a state of Hawaii I.D (local discount), the former was too expensive and they didn't have the latter.
We get to Langer's at about 3:15pm and they place was sparsely filled. Our waitress takes our orders but has difficulty with my request of getting a juicy cut. Our food comes and everyone digs into their sandwiches. I take a look at my pastrami and was pretty disappointed. I lift the rye and see dried out pastrami slices, and they were very very lean. It's a couple dollars less than Katz but it had 1/3 the amount of meat, and the flavor was not there. My wife's assessment was about the same. She even said the pastrami I make is comparable, and I found the recipe on-line.
I'm glad I went though, the neighborhood is just awesome.