Pasadena >Food & Dining > Hat
491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.154416 -118.132626
Neighborhoods: West Central
Great food and fast service. The food here is super sized. So plan on sharif unless your really hungry or want to take some leftovers home. Just to give you an idea, the fries are served on a drink tray.
Best pastrami in SoCal – Ever since Togos went to a lower grade of pastrami and microwaves instead of steaming, The Hat is the only game in town for classic pastrami. I recommend the double-dip au jus.
If you ask nicely, they'll pack a 'lunch kit - with the ingredients and bun and au jus packed separately so you can put it together and nuke it up for lunch the next day.
The pastrami burger with cheese is also awesome, and only order the onion rings if you and company have the appetite to polish off a gallon-size bag!
THE WHITE CASTLE OF PASTRAMI – This place is to pastrami what White castle is to burgers. Not quite the real thing but tastes great!
For true pastrami go to Langers. But this is tasty and relatively cheap. ($6.79 a sandwhich)
I'll be back!
San Gabriel Valley's "world famous" pastrami dip tradition for more than 40 years. – In Short
A combination stand-up or sit-down restaurant, this SoCal institution packs orders in paper bags--no matter whether diners are eating in or taking the food to go. Famous for its signature peppery, pink pastrami dip; the thinly shaved meat is griddle-fried and strewn across French rolls, accompanied by dill pickles and mustard. Burgers are served in generous portions and dressed with Thousand Island dressing. A large side order of fries should easily feed a group of four.
Don't forget the Burgers! – Obviously The Hat is renowned for its pastrami. However, do not forget their burgers! We tried them on a whim one day and WOW, they are DELICIOUS! Just great! Yummy beef and fresh cristp lettuce, tomato, onion (all made to order, of course) We are fans of Pie n Burger and Continental Burger and the Hat burgers are easliy just as good. And CHEAP. The pastrami is $6.49, the single burger is $2.49. (you can also get a double burger- enormous). Try the onion rings too- so good!
Great Sandwiches - Huge Portions – High-end fast food, in a cheerful setting. And yeah, the Pastrami sandwiches are delicious, but so are the Chili Dogs, and the Roast Beef too...
And if you order the Wet Fries, you better have some people with you to help finish eating the order -- they give you enough to feed four people (and that's no exaggeration).
Great pastrami – I'm not a big pastrami fan so when I first walkted into this restaurant, I wasn't expecting anything great. I tried the Pastrami dip and ever since then, I've been a fan. Absolutely great pastrami. Love how they dip the bread like a french dip sandwich before wrapping it up. Great portions of pastrami. 6.49 for a pastrami dip but the heaping amounts of fries are only $2-3.50 and it's good for about 3 people. Chili fries are pretty tasty as well. Great amounts of food. Gotta get the pastrami!!!
Brown bags of goodness – Whether I'm sitting in or taking my order to-go, the brown sack served at The Hat can always brighten my day. The pastrami is superb. The chilli cheese fries are to die for. The turkey sandwiches are even noteworthy. All in all, this is a great lunch spot nestled in an almost forgotten section of Pasadena.
Best Pastrami anywhere – Everytime I visit California I must make atleast not one but two stops at The Hat because the Pastrami Dip is so good that I am not able to eat pastrami from anywhere else!
best onion rings – onion rings made properly and you get a liquor store paper bag full of them. can't here here too often or you get burned out and become sickened by the thought of eating their food. pastrami is wack; cheap greasy meat which is soaked up by the cheap bread and disentigrates. if you like their pastrami, you're never had real pastrami. go find an italian deli, i'd much rather go through the trouble of making my own than eat this greasy insult. can't comment on much else, just aviod the pastrami.
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