World Famous Pastrami
|Current owner(s)||C & J Food Company, Joseph R. Conzonire, President|
|Food type||Pastrami, Burgers, Dogs, Sandwiches, Onion Rings, Fries, Chili Cheese Fries,|
|Street address||1 West Valley Boulevard, Corner of Garfield Avenue and Valley Boulevard|
The Hat is a Southern California fast-food restaurant chain specializing in pastrami dip sandwiches. This iconic eatery, once local only to the San Gabriel Valley, has been offering its "World Famous Pastrami" to Southern California residents since 1951. Its customers consume 13 to 15 tons of pastrami per week.
The Hat's first restaurant was built in 1949 at the corner of 3rd Street & Ford Blvd. in East Los Angeles. This restaurant was eventually sold and torn down, replaced with a still extant King Taco restaurant. The second Hat Restaurant is located at the intersection of Garfield & Valley in Alhambra and has been serving World Famous pastrami dip sandwiches since 1951. The historic Garfield Theater was located across the street from The Hat. The company has kept to its roots by keeping its retro neon signs featuring a chef’s toque and the words "World Famous Pastrami”.
The pastrami dip sandwich is the restaurant's signature item. It comes on a French roll with mustard and pickle. The restaurant also serves burgers, dogs, sandwiches, onion rings, fries and chili cheese fries, another customer favorite. They may have been one of the first places to offer a pastrami burger. The Hat offers no table service, so all of the items are wrapped to go, but paper plates are given to customers who wish to "dine in."
There are 11 locations around Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties, in Alhambra, Brea, Glendora, Lake Forest, Monterey Park, Murrieta, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Simi Valley, Temple City and Upland.
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