The Hat

During a recent trip to Alhambra in Los Angeles, I checked out the original Hat restaurant, known for the best pastrami in Los Angeles. We were celebrating Veronica’s grandmother’s 98th birthday. Instead of cake, she asked for a take-out pastrami dip sandwich from The Hat, which has been located in Alhambra since 1951.

This historic L.A. restaurant, known for its World Famous Pastrami, looks like nothing special  from the street. But when you see the lines of loyal patrons lining up  on the corner of Garfield and Valley, you know it must be worth the trip.

Since its opening in 1951, The Hat expanded its locations to Brea, Glendora, Lake Forest, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga,  Simi Valley, Temple City and Upland. But for the best experience, dine at the original in Alhambra.

In addition to their famous 1/2-pound pastrami sandwich (served on a French roll with mustard, pickles and au jus), The Hat menu includes a variety of burgers, hot dogs and cold sandwiches. Be sure to add a side order of chili fries, topped with tomatoes and pickles, or wet fries served with gravy. You can also get onion rings, potato salad and chili on the side.

Drinks include soft drinks, iced tea, coffee, milk, lemonade and Horchata Ole (a Mexican rice milk drink). If you can’t make it to The Hat in Alhambra, they now have locations in Brea, Glendora, Lake Forest, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Simi Valley, Temple City and Upland.

The Hat is located at 1 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91801. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Call (626) 282-0140.

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