I asked if he could recommend any places in Burbank, and before I knew it, we were in my Mirthmobile cruising the best that Burbank’s delis have to offer.
Like mayonnaise scraped over a Kaiser roll, we spread out. We had to — Danger Sandwich and I learned the hard way that most of the mom-and-pop delis in Burbank aren’t open on the weekends.
Luckily, Moore’s Delicatessen was. Situated at Third Street and Orange Grove, its proximity to Cartoon Network makes it a favorite hangout of artists who have staked their claim on the walls of the back room. There, characters from just about every animated series produced in Burbank form a mural welcoming diners to their seats.
We tried the City Hall, Moore’s version of a Reuben. You have to ask for it grilled, but you’ll be happy you did. The light cole slaw on the sandwich lends a satisfying crunch, while the pickle from A1 Eastern Pickle Company in L.A. was a nice treat on the side. You can’t beat a free side of potato salad, either.
The meat itself was slightly salty and a bit dry, but tender and not overpowering. Danger Sandwich told me it’s hard to do cold pastrami because when the fat congeals from cooling, it can sometimes add a too-chewy texture. No such problems were found in the City Hall.
We learned that nearly every place in Burbank serving pastrami will say it has the best pastrami. Such a claim was made at Burbank Deli & Market.
For two East Coast natives, this shop was a welcome taste of home. No frills, no big sandwich production line. Just a guy behind a counter ready to make you whatever you want.