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1 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801-5049
9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

I have enjoyed the Hat for years, however I bought 4 Pastrami's and paid almost $40.00. I remember when you could get them for $6.50 and now $8.99. I may come here once a year now as I would rather go and spend $40.00 towards a decent meal.

Thank Steven M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Some people say it isn't the best pastrami, but it's tender, tasty and melts in your mouth. The wet fries are also pretty delicious. It can be a little pricey as far as sandwiches go, but the portions are huge.

Thank Y2047KJcarolh
Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Best Pastrami sandwich on the planet. This is not the deli style sandwich with other toppings on rye, it is on a roll bread with just meat, mustard, and pickles (and they dip the bread in the pastrami drippings for extra flavor). Yesterday, I also tried the chili cheeseburger. I tasted very much like a Tomy's cheeseburger (which is a... More 

Thank hoonieskang
Barnegat, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Stopped by this little drive-in not knowing what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Lots of delicious pastrami piled on the hoagie roll. I ordered the orange drink thinking it was a soda. What a nice surprise. It was like drinking an orange creamsicle.

Thank Benbiz
San Gabriel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Ok so its not healthy. Its the best pastrami ever. This HAT is the original and their servings are generous. If you go to the other Hats they don't stuff them like this place. Friends in AZ have me pick up a cooler full before I go visit. I wrote good on a budget because my husband and I share... More 

Thank ckpsgv
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Every so often, you just have to stop here for a hot pastrami sandwich and fries! The portions are huge, so come hungry. The cost is reasonable, and the service is fast and friendly

Thank 86michealb
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016

Good cheeseburgers, fries, hot dogs, etc. Grilled cheese, too. Easy to park in the lot right behind it. Old school.

Thank smdyl
Whittier, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

I first went to 'The Hat' with my father in 1959, I was 8YO. I remember because we went to get the car washed and after we went for lunch at 'The Hat' I had a half and dad the other half. I had never had Pastrami before and it was heavenly. I have been going to 'The Hat' ever... More 

Thank Bob L
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

If you are looking for LA pastrami...this is one of the best. Pastrami dip is great and the "small' fries are enough for two to three people. Fries are also tasty. This is the original location and a great stop if you are in the area.

Thank WalkingDude1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2015

This one is the original. It was pouring rain [good for drought] and a bit cool at 6pm but we braved the picnic tables under cover, and NOTE THERE IS NO INDOOR SEATING. Had the Pastrami, it was very good and those chili cheese fries are a huge portion....brought some home. Those and a large drink was over $20. It... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast Food, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801-5049
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alhambra
  • Phone Number: 626-282-0140

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?