The Hat

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The Hat
The Hat, Alhambra.jpg
World Famous Pastrami
Restaurant information
Established 1951
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
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.[1] This eatery, once local only to the San Gabriel Valley,[2] has been offering its "World Famous Pastrami" to Southern California residents since 1951.[3][4] Its customers consume 13 to 15 tons of pastrami per week.[5]


Chili fries, The Hat

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 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. The Hat may have been one of the first places to feature the pastrami burger.[citation needed] 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.


  1. ^ Neil, Dan (2004-11-24). "Table Talk". Deseret News. [full citation needed]
  2. ^ "Best of OC". OC Weekly. 2001-09-20. 
  3. ^ "The Hat - Lake Forest, CA [Eating]". 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  4. ^ "The Original Hat of Pasadena". Pasadena Weekly. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  5. ^ Faught, Andrew (October 4, 2000). "Deli May Spread To Burbank". Los Angeles Daily News.