Pasadena >Food & Dining > Hat
491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.154416 -118.132626
Neighborhoods: West Central
Hugest portions I have ever seen!!! – We are from out of town and had never been there before so we made the mistake of ordering way too much. I ordered the roast beef and chilli cheese fries and my husband ordered the pastrami, onion rings and potato salad. Well from this place you could stuff at least four people with just those items. I did not care for the roast beef but the pastrami was really good. The fries and onion rings come in portions so large you would think they messed up your order and gave you triple what you asked. We were truly stunned by how much food we had. The prices are amazing for how much you get. I thought the chilli was a bit bland and could've used salt but by the time I ate some I was so stuffed I just didn't bother. We would definatley go back again.
Best pastrimi! – I cruised on down to the Hat this past Friday to finally see what the hooplah was all about. And I must say that the Hat has definetaly lived up to the praise. The pastrimi was thinly cut and contained minimal amounts of fat. It would've been even tastier if they had added more pickles. I also got a side order of wet fries after a recommendation from a co-worker. This unfortunately didn't turn out as good as the sandwich. The gravy tasted like mud. I had about a dozen or so, as did my chum. The serving was huge!!! I brought it back to my village of Eagle Rock to have my comrades finish it off.
The Ultimate Pastrami Sandwich – I've been a pastrami lover most all of my life. I've searched high and low for good pastrami sandwiches in each local where I have lived or worked. I have to say without a doubt, The Hat is the ultimate classic pastrami sandwich served on a french roll with mustard and pickles, the old fashioned way. Yes there many good deli restaurants that offer great pastrami sandwiches deli style on rye bread with swiss cheese but for the old fashioned way, this is the place. Good lean, very flavorful well seasoned pastrami and a very generous amount for one sandwich. Their other food is good too but for Pastrami, this is it!
Plain ! – The food was good, well I should say ok. The prices were ok about 5.80, but don't expect any thing fancy. This is no Jerry's Deli in ambiance, but then again the prices arent the same either. I guess the old adage is true, "you get what you pay for".
Pastami Heaven – Before The Hat I didn't understand what the big deal was about Pastrami. If there is a "Pastrami Heaven" - this is it. As if the Pastrami wasn't lean and tasty enough alone - they DIP it in juice (bun and all) before they wrap it up. I don't get into fries that much either but this place makes them the old fashioned way - big and crisp!! Share them - they come in a huge brown bag that I've personally not been able to make a dent in.
Eat there - it's like sharing a religious experience!
Pastrami – There is no reason to go into The Hat if you're not going to get the pastrami. I'm sure their other sandwiches are good, but their pastrami is amazing. If you're gonna order fries or onion rings, be sure you have a friend with you because the portions are obscene.
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