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Sandwiches in Culver City

One of the staples of my girlfriend's diet is sandwiches. She's not a big eater, but she does appreciate a good sandwich.

So I'm trying to think of places in the 'hood where I can get her something really good.

Here are some places we already hit:

She likes Johnnie's Pastrami. She loves Sorrento's and we should go there more often. I just turned her on to Famima, and she loves the paninis there. Also the paninis from Pavilions.

She hates Roll and Rye.

What am I forgetting?? (other than the obvious -- Quizno's or Subway -- yuck!)


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  1. If she likes sub style sandwiches, try Victor Jr's on Washington Boulevard, next to the Coffee Conservatory. I really like their subs and their pizzas are pretty good new york style pizzas too.

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    1. re: NAspy

      Thanks NAspy -- I got her a sub from Victor Jr's yesterday -- she LOVED it, and actually ate the whole thing for one meal (very unusual for her -- she usually saves some for later).

      Thanks -- great rec!

    2. I eat steak and chicken sandwiches at Markie D's on Washington all the time.

      I can't get into the debate about whether or not they are authentic Philly steak sandwiches (or chicken sandwiches) but they are good. I like 'em with grilled onions and hot peppers.

      El Criollo Rincon (or whatever the name is, I always misspell it) on Sepulveda next to Big 5 makes a Cuban sandwich that I order sometimes (without cheese ... but that's just me).

      Taqueria Sanchez (on Inglewood) has good tortas.

      ALSO (and this breaks my personal rule about going too far outside a poster's stated geographic boundary): Uncle Darrow's makes damn fine po'boys. UD's is west of Culver City on Washington at Lincoln, but maybe it's a mile and a half west of the western edge of Culver City. If sandwiches are all you eat, it's worth the extra five minutes.

      Also, Outdoor Grill makes good bar-b-cue sandwiches. Where Washington Place meets Washington Boulevard (the western, not the eastern, intersection). That may or may not be Culver City ... the border in that area is completely random. It's right next to CC if it isn't in Culver City,

      1. The Cemitas Poblanas from Angelica Taco Truck that parks in front of the Smart & Final on Venice Blvd and Clarington, have received many positive reviews on Chowhound.

        1. Poster says Subway and Quizno's are Yuck, so this is risky, but there is one of the few remaining Togos on the north side of Venice across from the Wendy's. I like Togos -- the onion roll bread, the hot pastrami or the turkey, roast beef and cheese (#8).

          I love Bay Cities in Santa Monica, and I'd like to try Sorrento's but I don't know exactly where it is. I travel up and down Sepulveda all the time and it hasn't jumped out at me...

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          1. re: nosh

            Nosh, Sorrento's is located 2 blocks south of the Toys 'R Us/Pavillions Shopping Center on the east side of Sepulveda, by Jefferson Blvd. The meatball sub I had from Sorrento's was too salty though.

          2. Thanks, Norm... That reminds me of an often overlooked place for a superior ham sandwich -- there is a Honeybaked shop right around there but to the west side of Sepulveda.

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            1. re: nosh


              I KNEW this post would lead to "duh" moments for me!! You're going to laugh, but I drive past that Honeybaked every day on the way to work, and I've been there myself a few times. It's on Jefferson, north side of the street, just west of Sepulveda. Next to a Winchell's Donuts...


            2. Roll & Rye is a respectable Kosher style deli at Jefferson & Sepulveda.

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              1. re: Briggs

                I like it too -- a little pricey for what you get, but I don't mind dropping in occasionally. But for some reason my girlfriend really doesn't like it. I'll have to find out what exactly the problem is....

                1. re: Neely_Ohara

                  I hate Roll and Rye sandwiches too (although I like them for other things like salad and breakfast.) My problem is I usually get turkey, and theirs is dried out and tasteless. Also, their sandwiches consist of (too much) meat & (generic) bread, blech. They even charge extra for tomato!

                  1. re: writergirl

                    Yeah, that was the impression I got of them too! I recently ordered their ruben however and it was much better than their typical stuff... still... I much better spend the $$$ elsewhere...

                    1. re: writergirl

                      Yep -- that's what she said: Too much meat. But I got her the Matzoh ball soup the other day when she was sick, and she really liked that!

                2. Thanks everybody -- these have been some fantastic suggestions. And PaulF -- I don't mind expanding the geographic boundaries a bit, so no problem. I guess I really meant "Culver City-ish"

                  1. Had a steak sandwich at Tender Greens a while back... I think it was $10 with a salad. It was quite good. I think you can choose from steak, chicken or Ahi.

                    1. I had a great pulled pork sandwich at Wilson last month. They have a bunch of tasty looking open faced sandwiches there.

                      1. I love the sandwiches at Bluebird and Surfas, both in CC.

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                        1. re: hrhboo

                          I was going to suggest Surfas, as well.


                          Here's a link to a thread on Surfas Cafe:


                        2. Our extended family had a bunch of excellent sandwiches at La Dijonnaise recently, and it was not at all expensive. Very pleasant. Just down the street from Surfas, on the edge of the Helms complex.

                          1. Definitely Tender Greens. Oh so good.
                            The little Argentinean sandwiches at Grand Casino.
                            The above-mentioned cemitas from the truck are great.

                            1. Hi, sorry this doesn't have to do with sandwiches or Culver City (though I can give you suggestions of them of you're ever in Irvine or SGV, heh) But I was wondering if your user name is from a Bright Eyes song

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                              1. re: crystaw

                                Mine? No, Neely O'Hara is the Patty Duke character from Valley of the Dolls -- that's Patty in my avatar, in a scene from the movie.

                                I'm almost never in OC -- otherwise I'd take you up on the sandwich recs :)

                              2. When I worked in the area, I used to love the sammiches at Joyce's in the strip mall at Overland and Jefferson. Primarily a pizza place but their 18" pizza subs and cheesesteaks were tasty - I could eat a whole one per sitting - god I miss my metabolism!
                                Is that place still open?

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                                1. re: SoCalMuncher

                                  Joyce's is still there. Have not tried the subs, but the pizzas are good! Now I think I'll give the subs a try.

                                  1. re: SoCalMuncher

                                    Joyce's subs are great and huge. The atmosphere is very strip-mall, with those brown formica tables, video games, and a pinball machine, but the sandwiches are really tasty. Wish I could remember one well enough to describe it, but all my brain can come up with right now is "yummy."

                                    Joyce's Submarine Sandwiches
                                    10712 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                                  2. how's the meatloaf sandwich with chipotle at bluebird bakery. is it all beef or what? i might give it a try that is if i can actually get there on a weekday and before 5pm. that is.

                                    1. there is markie d's for a philly cheesesteak sandwich as stated above.

                                      i believe metro cafe and aroma cafe serve up serbian and bonsian sandwiches, respectively.

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                                      1. re: wilafur

                                        special shoutout Wilafur -- love the avatar! I have one who looks just like that!

                                      2. I can vouch for the meatloaf sandwich at Bluebird. Quite tasty. Though you can throw a dart at the menu at BB and not go wrong, the real star is their chicken melt (creamy chicken salad with melted cheese on olive bread). Hmmm, delicious!

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                                        1. re: purediva

                                          yup! I love their veggie sandwich... one of the best sandwiches ANYWHERE... :)

                                          1. re: Dommy

                                            our office ordered lunch from Bluebird today and everyone was very happy. Loved the chicken salad pressed samich. yummy

                                        2. The pulled pork sandwich at Wilson is pretty awesome, and huge. That said, it's served open-face, so it's more of a knife-and-fork meal than the typical sandwich experience.

                                          1. Vons Signature sandwiches are surprisingly good, using Primo Taglio cold cuts and fresh baked artisan breads. My favorites are: Chicago South Sider, Smoke Stack, Primo Italiano (I omit the olive mix), and Hail Caeser. The paninis and chicken Caeser wrap aren't bad either, but at $4.99 (and the don't add tax), they're much better (and much better value) than anything at Quiznos or Subway. Check Vons weekly ad circular: there are frequent $1 off coupons -- and sometimes, even $2 off coupons.

                                            Best cheesesteak in town: Great Western Steak and Hoagie at Venice and Superba; I always get the #5: cheesesteak (white American cheese) with (marinara) sauce and onions. I lived in Philly for 5 years, and it's as good as anything you'll find there and <$6.

                                            1. Take a road trip to Rinaldi's in El Segundo. Great sandwiches!

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                                              1. re: Wes

                                                From Culver City to El Segundo???
                                                Wes, you own an OVNI or some such?

                                                1. re: RicRios

                                                  Thanks everybody -- these have been some fantastic suggestions. And PaulF -- I don't mind expanding the geographic boundaries a bit, so no problem. I guess I really meant "Culver City-ish"

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                                                  Neely_Ohara Feb 10, 2007 07:48AM

                                                  For such short distances we usually just transport.

                                                  1. re: Wes

                                                    Cows End in Marina Del Rey is delicious! I usually get the Black Forest toasted with turkey instead of ham and it is scrumptious!! Sometimes the lines can get kinda long but it's definately worth the wait!


                                              2. If you don't mind venturing a short distance outside of Culver City, then get thee to Outdoor Grill (located next to the carwash where Washington Blvd. and Washington Place merge/diverge between Centinella and Lincoln) for a really good BBQ Tri-tip sandwhich.

                                                I'd also 2nd the rec. for Markie D's, but I'm 99% sure I read in another thread that its no longer there - taken over by a hot wings establishment I think.

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                                                1. re: Marvin

                                                  Outdoor Grill is actually in Culver City. The City is about a block and a half wide at that point, but the Grill is still technically within city limits! And I second your vote for it...everything I've had there has been so tasty.

                                                  Outdoor Grill
                                                  12630 1/2 Washington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90066