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Apparently pastrami burgers are also very popular in Salt Lake City, but the idea most likely came from here - Jonathan Gold is quoted as saying they're an "atavistic souvenir of the decades when Chicanos and Jews both lived along Brooklyn Avenue in Boyle Heights." Whatever genius decided pastrami and burger should go together is a mystery, but they were definitely on to something.
You usually find the specialty at old road-side looking stands, places like any of The Hat locations, Tom's Burgers in East LA and Dino's in Lincoln Heights. Astro Burger has a great one. Heck, even Carl's Jr. attempted it at some point. We discovered the wonders of the pastrami burger at Tops in Pasadena earlier this week. Umamicatessen has a fancified pastrami burger, and Hole in the Wall often runs it as a special.
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