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“Not a NYC Deli” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Hat

The Hat
491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
626-449-1844
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Ranked #22 of 591 Restaurants in Pasadena
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Los Angeles
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Not a NYC Deli”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

If you're looking for the kind of pastrami you find in a New York deli, don't go to the The Hat. But, if you're looking for something juicy, divinely greasy, salty and sublime do go to The Hat. It's not an every day event for me but an occasional, fantastic treat. Indulge yourself.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Makati City
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“The best pastrami sandwich outside New York”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had the famous pastrami sandwich with French fries with chili and cheese plus onion rings and just one comment those side dishes are huge and the six of us could not finish it without sacrificing our pastrami sandwiches. Next trip will try the roast beef au jus.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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63 reviews 63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Simply delicious, clean and affordable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Excellent Roast Beef au Jus and Pastrami sandwich.
If you pay for a large Fries, be ready for the big bag of Fries.
Delicious and not greasy.
Clean place as well as restroom.
Highly recommended for a casual lunch break.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brea
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Pastrami; requests followed.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

They have a good system. Always crowded but worth the wait.

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Pasadena, California
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69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“Don't hate me...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

It's all about the pastrami at The Hat. Huge, artery clogging portions of it, dripping from an Italian roll. Not deli pastrami. For a proper deli sandwich you will have to go all the way to Korea town to eat at Langler's. Don't hate me...but by comparison, I the hat is barely above average.

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