The Hat

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The Hat
The Hat, Alhambra.jpg
World Famous Pastrami
Restaurant information
Established 1951
Food type Pastrami, Burgers, Dogs, Chili, Sandwiches, Onion Rings, Fries, Chili cheese fries
Street address 1 West Valley Boulevard, Corner of Garfield Avenue and Valley Boulevard
City Alhambra
State California
Country United States
Other locations Multiple

The Hat is a Southern California fast-food restaurant chain specializing in pastrami dip sandwiches. This eatery, once local only to the San Gabriel Valley, has been offering its "World Famous Pastrami" to Southern California residents since 1951.


An original 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 Hat" originates from the restaurant's logo, a chef's hat.


The Hat World Famous Pastrami Sandwich
The Hat Chili Fries

The pastrami dip sandwich is The Hat's signature item. It comes on a French roll with mustard and pickle. The Hat also serves burgers, dogs, chili, sandwiches, onion rings, fries and chili cheese fries. Their chili cheese fries with pastrami on top are another customer favorite. The Hat may have been one of the first places to feature the 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”.


As of 2018 there are 11 locations around Southern California in the cities of Alhambra, Brea, Glendora, Lake Forest, Monterey Park, Murrieta, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Simi Valley, Temple City, and Upland.


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