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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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Beverly Hills, California
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64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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153 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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196 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank flyboy1320
Los Angeles, California
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108 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Simply one of the biggest pastrami sandwiches you can get in town. If you're tired of the usual fast food joints and want something different, The Hat should be the first choice. Stick with their pastrami sandwich and chili cheese fries.

Thank Donaldinc
Tulare, California, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

If you've got pastrami on your mind, go grab it up! Fries are good, and they give you about a thousand of them. Why not get a cherry coke to go with?

Thank Jennifer B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Fast Food, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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?