Classic Eats #8 Old School New Year: Keep Voting!

classiceatsThe votes keep coming in and currently Downtown Deli Smackdown is winning with 64% of the votes. If you were hankering for the Hollywood Resolution Buster, then you better get voting and get your friends to join in too! No matter what, vote if you haven’t already. Survey will be up until Monday morning, January 18.

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Classic Eats #8 = Saturday January 23rd
The start times will be determined by the locations chosen. We usually start around 5pm to A) beat the crowds and B) give you time to head out to other Saturday night activities afterward. If Langer’s V. Cole’s wins, we will start even earlier because Langer’s closes at 4pm.

Another incentive for the Downtown Deli Smack Down to win is that it could end in time for you to see the opening night of The Derby Dolls. And if you want to work out a bit before hitting the pastrami, check out Down and Derby on Thursday, Jan. 21!

Click past the jump to read all about our candidates.

Hollywood Resolution Buster:

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles: Have you had this magical combo that came to us from Harlem? The restaurant is not as old as some in LA, only about 30 years or so, but the reputation is solid. We will be going to the original location on Gower in Hollywood. Boardners, since 1942, is west on Hollywood from Roscoe’s, right around the corner from Musso and Frank. The Art Deco rooms and bar are still gorgeous, the back patio is perfect for an evening’s refreshment. The glitterati used to spend time here and it’s rumored that Elizabeth Short had her last drink here before stepping into the night and becoming the Black Dahlia. Do you need further proof that Boardner’s is an LA Classic? I thought not.

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
Boardner’s

Downtown Deli Smack Down:

Langer’s has been family owned since 1947 and serves what many people say is the best pastrami in the country. Let’s find out! (Langer’s is old school and closes at 4pm so we’d need to get there early.) Cole’s has been around since 1908 and recently went through a refurbish and kind of rebirth. Some of you think it’s a great thing, some of you don’t. Put your vote where you opinion is and let’s see how well that $1.6million was spent.

Langer’s
Cole’s

Westside Alka-Seltzer Fest:

Tito’s Tacos has been in Culver City since 1959 and I’ve been on many a film set when the late meal was a greasy box of Tito’s and the crew was stoked. The lines are long, almost no matter when you drive by. Just around the corner is Johnnie’s Pastrami where since 1952 they’ve been serving up pastrami, hot dogs and great fries. Bring the Bromo!

Tito’s Tacos (Warning: the website has a theme song when you click on the link. I can’t find the off button!)
Johnnie’s Pastrami

2 Replies to “Classic Eats #8 Old School New Year: Keep Voting!”

  1. I’m going to vote, probably for the early one, so I might be able to attend. FWIW, here is a list of some of the conflicting events on my schedule for that day in case these tickle anyone’s fancy:

    -LA Kings @ Detroit Red Wings 4:00PM (but this can always be stored on the DVR for now)

    -USA vs. Honduras soccer match at Home Depot Center 6:00PM

    -The Godfather (digital restoration) at The Egyptian 7:30PM

    -Elmer Gantry (50th Anniversary Screening) at the Aero followed by discussion with Shirley Jones 7:30PM

  2. By the way, KPCC was running a news story about national Pastrami day, which was yesterday (Thursday, 1/14). In the story they mention that LA Weekly’s Jonathan Gold has declared Langers as the home of America’s best Pastrami sandwich.

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