Summer Family Fun: Langer’s Delicatessen Restaurant

Jo Anne Disney

Los Angeles

Summer has arrived and it is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family and explore new places. Today we visit Langer’s Delicatessen – Restaurant located at 704 South Alvarado in Los Angeles. Why Langer’s you may ask?  Well for starters, it is right across from historic MacArthur Park where there is an abundance of green grass, trees and a wonderful lake.
Langer’s is a landmark in itself, founded in 1947 “with only 12 seats.” It has withstood “recession and the urban blight of drugs and gangs in the early 90’s, then rescued by – of all things in Los Angeles, a subway!” Langer’s was the 2001 winner of the James Beard Foundation Award. The Bertolli (Olive Oil) America’s Classics Ward “is presented each year to a select few restaurants noted for timeless appeal, beloved for quality food that reflects the history and character of their communities. The establishment must have been in existence for at least 10 years and be locally owned and operated.” Although Langer’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is known for the “best pastrami sandwich in America.” On Langer’s menu visitors wanting breakfast will find a variety of things to choose from whether an omelet, hot cakes or French toast. Lunch offers many choices from a pastrami and cole slaw sandwich with Russian-style dressing or a corned beef sandwich with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on grilled rye. Early dinner choices include homemade beef stew, ½ roast stuffed chicken, fish, baked ham, or a New York steak which include choice of soup or salad. And, Langer’s also offers a complete line of fountain treats and wonderful desserts.
Bring the family and have a great meal and then walk across the street to historic MacArthur Park for a game of catch or football or rent a paddle boat and cruise along the lake. Maybe you prefer something simple like checking out the views of Los Angeles. Langer’s is open Monday through Saturday and has “its own monitored parking lot at the northeast corner of 7th and Westlake, one block east of the restaurant.”

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