Hat

★★★★★
  • 491 N Lake Ave

    Pasadena, CA 91101

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  • 626-449-1844

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Sun 10am-10pm, Mon-Sat 9am-10pm

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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.

3
★★★★★

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.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: fast service, generous portions

Cons: no locations in L.A. or SF Valley.

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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!

2
★★★★☆

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!

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Value, taste, parking, friendly service

Cons: Calories

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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).
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2
★★★★☆

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).
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Pros: Good food, great portions, fair prices

Cons: You always eat too much, and need a nap afterwards!

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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!!!

2
★★★★★

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!!!

Pros: Portions

Cons: Pastrami was a bit pricey

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Best sandwiches anywhere. OUTSTANDING FOOD.

It's like stepping back in time.

It's a little rushed, crowded and the staff moves you thru like a machine. But the sandwiches - esp the pastrami are the best in the state!

4
★★★★☆

Best sandwiches anywhere. OUTSTANDING FOOD.

It's like stepping back in time.

It's a little rushed, crowded and the staff moves you thru like a machine. But the sandwiches - esp the pastrami are the best in the state!

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Great food, quick service

Cons: Tough parking at times

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: simply the best pastrami

Cons: none

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: onion rings, price to portion ratio

Cons: pastrami

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I live within walking distance of the Pasadena location of The Hat on Lake Ave and visit quite often for a quick lunch. While the pastrami is what they are famous for, I also like very much their burgers and hot dogs and recommend the Pastrami burger. The portions are huge.

5
★★★★★

I live within walking distance of the Pasadena location of The Hat on Lake Ave and visit quite often for a quick lunch. While the pastrami is what they are famous for, I also like very much their burgers and hot dogs and recommend the Pastrami burger. The portions are huge.

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I have been eating here since I was a kid. Always the same order too, a pastrami and chili cheese fries. I think I have eaten at just about every single The Hat there is in So. Cal! When the Glendora one opened and I went the people even recognized me from the Pasadena shop! Embarassing!

I don't know about the rest of the items, but I do know that the portions are GI-NORMOUS! SO be warned!

2
★★★★★

I have been eating here since I was a kid. Always the same order too, a pastrami and chili cheese fries. I think I have eaten at just about every single The Hat there is in So. Cal! When the Glendora one opened and I went the people even recognized me from the Pasadena shop! Embarassing!

I don't know about the rest of the items, but I do know that the portions are GI-NORMOUS! SO be warned!

Pros: Pastrami, chili cheese fries, orange whip!

Cons: sometimes there is a crowd

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The Hat has a couple locations in the Greater Los Angeles area and is a great small little restaurant. Health conscious people should probably avoid this place though.

The pastrami dip is pretty much what this place is kind of know for. And I absolutely love pastrami sandwiches, and they really pile the pastrami on in thick layers.

4
★★★★☆

The Hat has a couple locations in the Greater Los Angeles area and is a great small little restaurant. Health conscious people should probably avoid this place though.

The pastrami dip is pretty much what this place is kind of know for. And I absolutely love pastrami sandwiches, and they really pile the pastrami on in thick layers.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: price, quantity, free drink refills

Cons: roast beef

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The best Pastrami sandwiches I've ever had. One order is enough to feed your pastrami craving for months. It comes piled and overflowing on a roll, and you can barely get your mouth around it. Very very tasty! If you order their onion rings or fries (huge by themselves), then have fun rolling out of there on the ambulance stretcher!

5
★★★★★

The best Pastrami sandwiches I've ever had. One order is enough to feed your pastrami craving for months. It comes piled and overflowing on a roll, and you can barely get your mouth around it. Very very tasty! If you order their onion rings or fries (huge by themselves), then have fun rolling out of there on the ambulance stretcher!

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Pastrami

Cons: Not enough pickles, Wet Fries

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Great Pastrami, Generous portions, several locations

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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".

1
★★★☆☆

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".

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Big Portions, Friendly people, Plenty of Tables

Cons: Parking is slim

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Pastrami, Pastrami, Pastrami

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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…

 

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