NY Style Deli Sandwiches - Where are you?
I was just reading a past post about the Bacon Egg and Cheese sandwich so ubiquitous to the New York street cart and started fantasizing about heading to my corner deli and picking up a hot ham and cheese on a french roll or a Cubano brimming with salty pork, cheese and pickles pressed right in front of me. Is there any place like that out here? A one stop shop where you can get a fabulous, ooey gooey melty sandwich of your choice, along with some delicious chips and a soda to boot? Don't need (or want) anything fancy, just looking for a great place to drop by (with picky SO in tow,) pick up fabulous treats for the beach or a car trip and finish by licking the paper because the sandwich was THAT good. Any advice Chowhounds?
Hi.. L.A.'s a big place. Where's your preferred environment? How about Portos, in Glendale or Burbank? Or Clementine, in Century City? Or Surfas, in Culver City?
Here are my sandwich place reco's that are tremendous in the Valley/LA Area:
Sherman Oaks: Gourmet on the Go - Magnolia/Sepulveda...very good panini's, excellent hoagies and fresh salads with outstanding ingredients. Also make a great pizza but that's another discussion. Very yummy lemon iced bundt cake too!
Northridge: Brent's Deli - Corbin/Parthenia...closest thing to a NY style sandwich with savory corned beef and peppery pastrami. Good pickles too! Also have a full deli where you can take out salads, meats, their double baked rye bread...OH and of course black and white cookies.
Mission Hills: Matt and Tonys Sub Shop - 118 Fwy/Sepulveda. Huge, sloppy sandwiches with delicious meats covered in the trio (chopped pickle, tomato and onion) with or without seasoning. Known for their pepper steak and pastrami. Bread choices are soft Italian or a hard seeded roll, both popular.
Hollyweird: Canters Deli: Fairfax/Melrose zone. Great take out for picnics. There are violent opinions on this board about the quality of Canter's food, but I'm an advocate. Love their sandwiches, bakery and take out deli.
Not exactly the kind of deli you might be thinking of.
Eastside Market Italian Deli
1013 Alpine Street (near Dodger Stadium/Chinatown)
An institution in LA since 1928 for great sandwiches hot and cold. All sandwiches are $6.10 including tax. Excellent Italian cold cut sub. The kind of meatball or sausage sandwich you'd get at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy.
Big selection chips and drinks to take on the go or eat there.
Lunch hang out for the city & county workers.
I was there this morning and LAPD SWAT team was picking up 310 sandwiches to go.
Closed Sundays open 8am-4pm M-Fr 8am-2pm Sat.
If you like Pittsburg/Philly/Brooklyn style delicious greasebombs, Victor Jr.'s is the spot in Culver City. Also consider La Dijonnaise in C.C. just east of Victor's on Washington. Dijonnaise doesn't have the weathered Mel's Diner look, but the prices are really reasonable and their French Dip, Turkey & Brie, and Ham sandwiches are the best executed hand-held meals in the neighborhood.
Nate N'Als, BH; Art's, Studio City; Langer's, downtown; Brent's, valley & Westlake (all good)
Katella Deli, Los Al (fair) & Tommy Pastrami, FV (fair, excellent rye & brisket)
Bristol Farms & Gelson's (OK, good slaw & potato salad, good freshly baked turkey & prime rib when available)
TJ's (some decent stuff, very mixed)
Pomelli's, NB (fair to good)
Whole Foods (variable)
Jerry's (usually lousy, but sometimes unexpectedly OK)
Being a sub freak, I finally tried Eastside Market's combo cold cut sandwich today, what a disappointment. The meat to bread ratio was OK but the quality and selection of the meats was not good - cheap cooked ham, no cappicola, OK hard salami.
For a truly great sub, I'd have to go to Busy Bee Market in San Pedro or to the well known Bay Cities in Santa Monica.
I can't rec Eastside Market for their cold sandwiches for either quality or value but, their hot roast beef on the other hand is fabulous.