The Hat and I have a few things in common. We are both born and "bread" in Southern California; The Hat in Alhambra, and me in Hollywood. But still, what's a few zip codes between friends?
The original Hat opened in 1951, on Valley Blvd. and Garfield Avenue, and I made my screeching debut in 1956, so its got 5 years on me. With due respect to elders, The Hat expanded throughout
the San Gabriel Valley, and my family expanded and migrated to the San Fernando Valley. Locations today include Alhambra, Brea, Glendora, Lake Forest, Montery Park, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Simi Valley, Temple City, and Upland. Please find an excuse to
be in one of these cities for...well, I don't know, something.
We prefer the Pasadena location though parking can be a bit tight. Have patience, a space will open up. The Pastrami Dip Sandwich
($7.99) is simply wonderful. Thinly sliced meat melts in your mouth and is well-flavored, served on a fresh, soft roll with mustard and pickles. I've never had pastrami like this before. Roast Beef with either au jus or gravy
($7.99) is piled high and well-seasoned on a soft roll. Small fries ($2.69) or onion rings ($3.99) make a perfect side, and neither is small! Rings are thin and super crunchy while fries are served in a brown paper bag. Help yourself to packets of ketchup. Burgers
include the Pastrami Burger ($7.99), Double Chiliburger ($5.39), Turkey Burger ($4.69) and Hamburger ($3.49). If it's a cold sandwich you're after, try the chicken or tuna salad ($5.59) with a side of Chili Fries ($5.29). Soft drinks, iced tea, Orange
Bang, Pink Lemon Ole, and Pina Colada Bang, as well as coffee and milk are also available. Portions are huge, so come hungry.What IItalic (Ctrl+I)n
and Out did for the burger, The Hat does for pastrami! The Hat 491 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena (626) 449-1844. Mon-Sat 9 am- 10 pm, Sun 10 am- 10 pm.
Recommended Sandwiches: Pastrami Dip, Roast Beef Dip.