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Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Hey, you're of course entitled to your opinion. While I wish you could find the humor in the absurdity of it all (as I do), I also can't lose sleep over it, either.

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about 1 hour ago
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Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Tongue-in-cheek.

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about 1 hour ago
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Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Thanks for taking a chance on BFWP™. I'm glad it paid off for you.

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about 2 hours ago
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I get your point completely. I just disagree entirely.

If you're familiar with my many Chowhound musings you know that I can be very sensitive to price gouging (see my many Chowhound rants on hipster economics skewing and outsizing prices for everyone). I do not see this as price gouging at all (though I do have a problem with the disingenuous "high quality bag" argument.) Hell, let 'em charge $5.00 a bag if they want. I don't care one whit, as long as it helps to retrain the populace to do the right thing, then it has served its purpose.

I think it's relevant to note that Whole Foods has been giving 10 cent per bag refunds for years now, yet it seems that people haven't really made an effort to change their habits en masse until an actual penalty was put in place across the board. It goes to show you the power of the economic disincentive.

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about 2 hours ago
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

To paraphrase Apu from the Simpsons, on why he loves America so much:

"I have the freedom to say, think and charge whatever I want."

For what it's worth, I don't have a problem with the $0.30 charge. Since we should all be bringing our own bags anyway, I'm all for anything that discourages the practice.

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about 2 hours ago
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Obama at Canter's

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politic...

1. He should have gone to Langer's.
2. Where the hell did his motorcade park?

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about 12 hours ago
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

I'm no fan of Five Guys, and I love In-N-Out burgers for what they are- a fine fast food burger and a great value. However, I can't pretend not to see the 800 lb. gorilla that is In-N-Out's fries. (I think this is why I shouldn't be a parent-- if I had a dumb and/or ugly kid, I just don't think I'd be able to pretend they were brilliant and beautiful.)

There's some major "emperor's new clothes" syndrome going on with those fries. "Well done" makes them less terrible, but it doesn't make them good.

There, I said it. I will still love In-N-Out Burger forever, just like I would love my ugly and/or dumb kid. But since it's my choice, I just prefer not to order the fries (and/or have a kid).

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Jul 26, 2014
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The reason I ask, by the way, is because Eater doesn't seem to have a problem pimping shitty pastrami (e.g. Johnny's) when it appears in venues where the customer base is noticeably dissimilar from Factors'.

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Jul 25, 2014
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>> it doesn't fall within Eater's scope, obvs.

What is Eater's scope, exactly?

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Jul 25, 2014
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Well, they're certainly entitled to their opinion.

In any case, it's encouraging to see them making a sincere effort.

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Jul 25, 2014
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And apparently, it just started happening:

http://factorsdeli.com/whats-new-hand...

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Jul 25, 2014
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Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2014
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The rye was OK. It didn't have the nice brittle crust like Langer's, but as I said earlier they did steam toast it so it had similar qualities of the crispy edge and tender interior. There were far more caraway seeds in this bread than in Langers' version.

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Jul 25, 2014
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After 18 years in this city I've somehow never made it to Label's Table, and for no good reason. So yeah, I'd love to have an excuse to go. Email me offline and we can discuss a sandwich swap. (I didn't find the groupon you're referring to)

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Jul 25, 2014
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I've been for the fish.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/978413

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Jul 24, 2014
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I haven't tried Wexler's pastrami yet. However, my understanding is that they do. I'm sure someone will correct me (gently) if I'm wrong :)

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Jul 24, 2014
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No, I picked this sandwich because a work colleague enjoys this place, and it was his turn to pick the restaurant. I was totally surprised to find that they've begun Langer's-izing their pastrami sandwiches. I had no prior knowledge that this was happening.

Plus, Factor's is so far off the FUB™-media radar (Eater LA, etc.), I figured it could be years before anyone under 60 reports on this place :)

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Jul 24, 2014
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Sorry! Thanks for playing :)

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Jul 24, 2014
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Tough break, A5 Kobe :)

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Jul 24, 2014
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As far as going back, sure- I'd do it. $11 for that sandwich (coupon price) which includes fries and UNLIMITED FREE PICKLES, thank you non-FUB™ pricing!) was really quite a bargain. (I upsold myself on the onion rings for an extra buck or so). I'd be sure to specify next time to leave off the inedible gristle. That wasn't nice.

And yes, they were very clear that they will use the hand cut, extra steamed pastrami on request for any pastrami sandwich on their menu (and there's no extra charge for it.)

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Jul 24, 2014
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You win the grand prize, P :) Well done! Let me know when and where you'd like to meet for pastrami :)

I almost gave it to weinermobile for matching the plates, but you nailed it by guessing that they've begun to hand cut. (They're also copying Langer's by double toasting and extra-steaming.)

See attached photo, which was tacked up at the hostess' podium.

As for the pastrami itself, they made a real effort, which I have to salute them for. Their carver needs some lessons (I got several slices which were cut with tough gristle in the middle, so I had to deconstruct my sandwich and eat it with a knife and fork.) Plus, Beaver mustard just isn't right on pastrami. It's got a pungent sweetness (maybe from wine?) that doesn't sit well with me... Gulden's is just fine. But the slabs of meat were quite thick, mostly tender (a few reaching for jerky, though I enjoyed the textural contrast.) Spicing was mild and inoffensive. $10.99 after applying a $3 off coupon, from Factor's email list. Overall, a considerable effort considering how low our collective Chowhoundly expectations of this place have become.

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Jul 24, 2014
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OK, that's a fine guess, but incorrect :)

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Jul 24, 2014
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Fellow Chowhounds,

When making guesses, please refer to House Rule #3. Please back up your guess with a rationale that logically follows.

For example, kevin did a great job guessing Langer's because of the thick slices. (It was wrong, but at least he followed the rules ;)

Any guesses without backup will serve only as conversation pieces and not a official guesses. (There's a reason for this, which I'll reveal when this is over.)

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Jul 24, 2014
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It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™**!

You may ask :)

I'll give details once Mr Taster's **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™** has concluded.

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Jul 24, 2014
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Yes, photo was taken at the restaurant.

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Jul 24, 2014
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And, you'll notice there's a flat french fry at the back of the plate. Langer's only sells crinkle cut fries.

(That was your first clue.)

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Jul 24, 2014
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It is not from Langer's.

No meat for you!

NEXT!

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Jul 24, 2014
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It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™**!

The first Chowhound to NAME THAT PASTRAMI wins an extra special prize-- the adulation and admiration of Los Angeles Chowhounds everywhere (and perhaps a lunchtime pastrami sandwich with yours truly... if I like you :)

HOUSE RULES:
1. You may ask specific questions about the physical characteristics of the pastrami or the sandwich itself
2. These photos were taken this afternoon somewhere in Los Angeles County.
3. You must back your answer up with reasoning. Spaghetti-at-the-wall answers listing random delis will be considered solely for discussion purposes only, and will not qualify as an official answer to MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™**.
4. Other questions about the nature of this pastrami sandwich will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Extra clues will be strategically disseminated if and when they are required.

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Jul 24, 2014
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Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

I have not, though I've been recently advised that it's worth making another visit.

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Jul 24, 2014
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Bludso's For White People™- first visit.

Zing!

Good one.

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Jul 24, 2014
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