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Old 02-24-2011, 11:06 AM   #1
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im looking for the best place to get a california style pastrami sandwich in oregon, not the european style either,

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Old 02-24-2011, 11:43 AM   #2
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California style? As in Johnny's Pastrami in Culver City? Where they steam the pastrami that must be 50% fat, then the dip the hoagie roll in the juices, slather mustard on the soggy bun, pile on the meat, and it's impossible to eat without dribbling down your chin and wearing half the sandwich? That kind of California style?

Gosh! I've been here for over 23 years and I've yet to find one!
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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yep thats the kind ive been searching for, thats always the first thing i eat when i visit relatives a big ole sloppy pastrami
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California style? As in Johnny's Pastrami in Culver City? Where they steam the pastrami that must be 50% fat, then the dip the hoagie roll in the juices, slather mustard on the soggy bun, pile on the meat, and it's impossible to eat without dribbling down your chin and wearing half the sandwich? That kind of California style?

Gosh! I've been here for over 23 years and I've yet to find one!
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:25 PM   #4
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Closest thing is probably Kenny & Zukes in downtown PDX. Decent portions but not cheap. Recommend the "Ken's special" (pastrami, chopped liver, cole slaw and russian dressing).
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k&z has good sandwiches but not quite cal style they are more east coast/euro style
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
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k&z has good sandwiches but not quite cal style they are more east coast/euro style

If you like great sloppy sandwiches ... although not pastrami, I like the pork sandwich at a food cart in Portland on SW 9th and Alder named the People's Pig". Warm, moist, fatty slices of pig on a great toasted roll with olive oil, onions, minimally dressed (few veggies). Known as simply the "porchetta". My son calls this a "manwich"

good eats!
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:20 PM   #7
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Jersey mikes makes a good pastrami. Not cali style though.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:25 PM   #8
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yep thats the kind ive been searching for, thats always the first thing i eat when i visit relatives a big ole sloppy pastrami
oh my HECK! Now you've got me craving one of those big ol' gross things!
And the pickles they set out on the tables. Pickled cucumbers. They're not crisp at all and look like awful science experiments sitting in their cloudy brine. MMM! man, those were good!
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:02 PM   #9
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I've never really cared for Pastrami or Corn Beef for that matter. We went to Kenny and Zukes for lunch last weekend and I have to say their pastrami is incredible. I know it isn't the wear on your shirt style you are looking for but the smokyness and cure were just wild good darn stuff.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:10 PM   #10
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When I learn how to cure my own pastrami, I'll have y'all up for a CA Style sammich!

gosh, and here I never realized it was a style unique to CA...
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:13 PM   #11
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Might try Micheals Meats on Sandy. They dip sandwiches in I think roast beef juice they make there and they are pretty darn good.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:31 PM   #12
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There was a thread on here awhile back showing how to make your own Pastrami. Once the weather gets better I'm gonna take one of my elk roasts and give it a try. If all goes well I'll have to look up on the internet about this cali style samich....................
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:26 PM   #13
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When I learn how to cure my own pastrami, I'll have y'all up for a CA Style sammich!

gosh, and here I never realized it was a style unique to CA...

I spent years learning how to make pastrami the way I like it. My method takes a minimum of 3 weeks to cure, then there is the slow smoking and...

Needless to say, even doing 30# batches at a time, family and friends are always wanting more.
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I spent years learning how to make pastrami the way I like it. My method takes a minimum of 3 weeks to cure, then there is the slow smoking and...

Needless to say, even doing 30# batches at a time, family and friends are always wanting more.
Care to share?
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:34 PM   #15
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There was a thread on here awhile back showing how to make your own Pastrami. Once the weather gets better I'm gonna take one of my elk roasts and give it a try. If all goes well I'll have to look up on the internet about this cali style samich....................

My first attempt at brining/smoking an elk roast last year, was just kinda OK, a little dry.

For St Patty Day, I'll be using a marblely fat beef brisket, I think the brine penetrates better because of the fat content. Just my theroy.

Four Seasons near the old Beaverton GI Joes has great pastromi.

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Old 02-24-2011, 06:45 PM   #17
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Never found a Pastrami around here like the ones at Jims in Downey Ca.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:15 PM   #18
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Any style, let me know what you find out, I LOVE pastrami, so yummy.

Dipped in aujus or juices like that.

Makin' me hungry again
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:38 AM   #19
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I've found Gartner's pastrami to be quite good compared to the norm.....not a sandwich shop.
It's lean and not overly salty.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:58 AM   #20
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Only place in town I know that has Cali style Pastrami is Togo's, on the Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy at SW 99th. Never been there, but there used to be another one in Tualatin that I stopped at now and again. Very good pastrami, but not the best. ( They're a chain. )
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:06 PM   #21
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Only place in town I know that has Cali style Pastrami is Togo's, on the Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy at SW 99th. Never been there, but there used to be another one in Tualatin that I stopped at now and again. Very good pastrami, but not the best. ( They're a chain. )
Yeah, Togos is pretty good for a chain.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:32 PM   #22
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I hate to bring this to the top again, but I had a hankerin' so I searched Johnnie's pastrami in Culver City - wow! NOTHING has changed... except the prices

And I thought they were expensive back in the day!

http://johnniespastrami.com/

OMG, check out the video! MMMMM!!! Gosh, I wish they didn't have a website!
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:28 PM   #23
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Once you get the brine and smoking down it's hard to beat home made. If you make some kraut to go with it , even better
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