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Pastrami Wars

2009_01_nora.pngEd Levine, on behalf of Serious Eats, enlisted none other than Nora Ephron herself to judge a Biggie vs. 2Pac East Coast - West Coast Pastrami-Off between NYC's Katz's, and LA's Langer's delicatessens. Katz's hand sliced pastrami proved flavorful and balanced, with nooks and crannies, and plenty of juice. But, what has put Langer's at the top, time and time again, is its double-baked rye bread. A side-lined revelation? Put Katz's meat on double-baked rye. Lots of pastrami was consumed, but no winner was formally announced because Nora wanted a re-do with Langer's meat hand-sliced just like Katz's. Stay tuned. [SE via Eater LA]