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Langer's: The Next Step

Oh, yeah. It's worth it. We live a half-hour (with good traffic) away, too. We used to go there more often and eat in, but now we get the rye bread, pastrami, pickles, coleslaw - whatever - as separate items and have wonderful sandwiches at home. I think it's hands down the best deli in So Cal.

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Langer's Delicatessen
704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Jan 11, 2010
Poot728 in Los Angeles Area

Perdue's BBQ is great -- Pasadena

Ha! Yes, it is a cliche in the sense that it's overused, but it's a pretty common expression that every BBQ lover knows - maybe "practically falling off the bone" would describe it better when the meaning is "sooo tender - but still on the bone"!!

As for everyones comments about the horrible service - their excuse Friday was that no one showed up for work. So here we have it: Surly or non-existent customer service, the ding-ding of a microwave reheating food, long waits, blaring TV, the taste of Smart & Final canned food. I agree that the quality of the meat itself is good, but the owners don't seem to care for either their customers or their employees. What a shame.

And I love love love barbecue - baby backs aren't my favorite, though. And my grandma didn't own a crockpot, but she always made those weird dishes like lime jello with celery and god-knows-what-else in it.

Nov 16, 2009
Poot728 in Los Angeles Area

Perdue's BBQ is great -- Pasadena

"Falling off the bone" just means very tender, so unbunch your panties. My point was that the only positive quality was that the ribs were tender. Not all rib joints drown their ribs in sauce - I enjoy it when it's cooked with the ribs and especially when it's carmelized on the grill. Being the first - and last - time at Perdue's I didn't expect it to be so bad.

Nov 15, 2009
Poot728 in Los Angeles Area

Perdue's BBQ is great -- Pasadena

What a disappointment. This place doesn't compare to Philips. Got a sampler last night, brisket, pork ribs, chicken, hot link, short ribs - the only good thing I can say is that the meat is slow cooked and falls off the bone. The ribs had a lot of fat, which can be quite tasty when done right. But here it was just blobs of greasy fat tissue and really gross. Gooey raw sauce was unnecessarily slathered over much too smokey ribs, the "Texas Toast" was soggy and saturated with butter - I mean you could wring it out and butter another couple of slices. I was expecting baked beans and instead got chili beans (what the?) and the cole slaw? It has apples in it and tasted just like the junk your grandma made that you pushed around on the plate and only pretended to eat. The hot link was hot, flavor typical of any other hot link, but it was really dry. The brisket was just very thinly sliced, no particular flavor, with a nice, big ribbon of soft fat running along the top of each slice. Could have used a trim. Never got to the chicken - I was already feeling a bit queasy. I was hoping against hope that we might finally have another Robbie's Rib Cage, but not even close.

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Perdue's Q BBQ
456 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

Nov 14, 2009
Poot728 in Los Angeles Area