Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.
66: Pastrami Reuben at Art's Delicatessan.
The motto at Art's Deli in Studio City is “Every sandwich is a work of art.” The deli, which has changed little since it opened in 1957, serves all the Jewish deli classics: creamy chopped liver, rich matzoh ball soup.
I'm not sure that every sandwich is a work of art, but the reuben certainly is. A reuben is one of those things that requires more than just the requisite ingredients — it requires a little magic. There are plenty of reubens out there that don't have the right amalgamation of warmth and tang and smoosh. Art's has that magic in spades.
You can choose from pastrami, corned beef or turkey (or pay extra for the Super Reuben and get both pastrami and corned beef). I prefer the pastrami. The grilled rye is toasty and warm, the towering mass of pastrami juicy, the sauerkraut tangy, the Russian dressing creamy; it all adds up to an over-the-top, gloriously delicious mess of a sandwich. As a bonus, it comes with one of Art's fantastic, garlicky pickles.
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