There's something about pastrami that makes people go a little bit off the rocker. Business owners throw their margins out the window by heaping the stuff into imposing piles and sliding it all between two slices of bread. Diners don't think twice about digging into fistfuls of pastrami before heading back into the office, despite the inevitable food coma. There's little sanity that surrounds pastrami for some reason, and that's exactly what makes it so appealing.
Below is a collection of Los Angeles's best pastrami makers, from classicists working in the thickly cut Jewish deli tradition to those preferring the thinly cut Southern California original — especially topped over burgers or wrapped inside burritos.Read More