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23641 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1626
949-586-9200
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English first
Lake Forest, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The best pastrami sandwich in town. The portion size seems to have decreased somewhat over the last few months but still more than you can eat. I usually remove some of the meat and take it home for another sandwich. The pastrami is the real thing like the one you get in a kosher restaurant in L.A. Outstanding condiments selection.... More 

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New Mexico, USA
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

There's other food there, but pastrami sandwich is the main attraction. It's big, it's a little sloppy, it's delicious. If you're in the area and you're a pastrami sandwich fan, don't miss it. Order at the counter, take it to a table, pig out!

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San Clemente, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A little on the pricey side for a sandwich place but their bread, pastrami and onion rings are wonderful.

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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you want great pastrami sandwiches, this is the place. Only order one order of small fries if you have four people. That is more than enough to feed four people. It's crazy!

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irvine, ca
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I finally went to The Hat for their famous Pastrami sandwich. The portions are huge and the french fries that come in a bag are enough for two meals! The restaurant is always crowded so it's best to arrive before the lunch crowd comes or wait until they leave. The service is fast and the menu is quite extensive!

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Lake Forest, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ahhhmazing and the onion rings too! Pretty good hot dogs too.. Kids loved it!! Go to The HAT for a delicious Pastrami sandwich!

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Mountain View, California
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158 reviews 158 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

That is what is says on the sign, and it could be true. A very classic pastrami sandwich, piled high, on fresh bread. The saurkraut makes it a bit messy, but that's part of the idea. A true Lake Forest, California original fast food place, not too far off Interstate 5.

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Orange County, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
394 helpful votes 394 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Delicious flavorful world famous pastrami sandwiches. All the food is fresh & the onion rings were the best I have ever tasted. So crispy and not greasy like other folks' rings. I love all of the vintage pictures on the wall, and heritage of this long standing chain.

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Mission Viejo, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The flavor of the pastrami is not subtle so it makes you eat more of it. With about a pound of meat (my guess) I can leave one half for later and still does not lose its flavor or aroma. The bread gets somehwat soggy, but the flavors seep into it more. Whenever I need a pastrami fix, The Hat... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I have to say this is the best pastrami sandwich I have ever eaten. I suppose all the rest of the menu is as good but i'm hooked on the pastrami. The problem if it is one is it's SO MUCH food. Two people can share an order and be full. Watch out for the fries, a small order can... More 

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Additional Information about Hat

Address: 23641 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1626
Phone Number: 949-586-9200
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 am

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