But the one thing I haven't featured - and don't remember eating since I was a teenager - is the thing they are most famous for: a pastrami sandwich. So on my most recent trip I decided to give it a try. It was $7.49 - fifty cents more than the last time I noticed the menu. Not exactly cheap, but I wouldn't call it expensive, either, especially when you are handed the half-pound sandwich.
Fortunately, I have packets of condiments in lots of places: both the glove compartment of my car and one drawer in my kitchen are full of them. And a pocket in my Jack Sack has a few different varieties scattered around. Some people - including one person very close to me - say that I "have a problem." But on days like this, it comes in handy. I squeezed some additional yellow mustard and two packets of relish onto the sandwich. It helped immensely.
I liked the pastrami dip at The Hat. I didn't love it - there is nothing there that I really love - but it was better than I thought it was going to be. I only eat at The Hat once or twice per year, and this sandwich wasn't good enough to make me change that, but this will be my go-to item from now on.