The Hat

Discovering The Original Hat in Alhambra: A Foodie Adventure

The Hat, a Los Angeles fast-food institution, boasts a history intertwined with the city’s culinary landscape. Here’s a glimpse into its past and present offerings:


While often mistaken as the original location, The Hat in Alhambra wasn’t the first. The true origin story starts in 1951 in Boyle Heights, where Maurice Maretsky and Alvin Annenberg opened the first Hat, now a King Taco.

The Alhambra Story:

The Alhambra location, established by a relative of the original founders, opened in 1951 and is often represented as the original due to its similar three-window design. Although technically the second location, it has become an iconic symbol of The Hat brand.

The hat pastrami sandwich

Pastrami Paradise:

From the very beginning, The Hat has been synonymous with world-famous pastrami. Their signature dish, the Pastrami Dip Sandwich, features thinly sliced, tender pastrami dipped in a savory jus, creating a truly addictive flavor experience.

Beyond Pastrami:

While pastrami reigns supreme, The Hat’s menu also features other classic American fare. Here are some of their offerings:

  • Hamburgers: Available in various styles, from the classic cheeseburger to the chili cheese burger.
  • French Fries: Crispy and perfectly seasoned, a must-have alongside any sandwich.
  • Onion Rings: Thick-cut and golden brown, another popular side option.
  • Drinks: Soft drinks, milkshakes, and iced tea are available to quench your thirst.

A Local Favorite:

The Hat in Alhambra, with its rich history and delicious food, has earned a special place in the hearts of Angelenos. It’s a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a taste of classic American fare with a focus on their signature pastrami. So, if you find yourself in Alhambra and craving a juicy pastrami sandwich, The Hat is definitely worth a visit!

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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