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L.A. Egg Salad

I was wondering where Angelenos eat their egg salad. True egg salad appreciators know the fine and subtle differences between what they do and don't like in what seems like a simple, but remains a somewhat complicated dish. I personally have had many of the egg salads in the Hollywood-to-the-beach corridor and there are some good ones and some terribly unimpressive ones. My personal type of egg salad strikes a balance of mayonnaise where it is not runny at all, but dry from yolk either. If it almost "fake"looking when scooped it is fine by me. Additionally the egg needs to be well chopped, but not finely chopped. Long strands of yolk are unacceptable. My winners thus far are The Brighton Grill (well chopped and consistent (also important)), Greenblatts (Good but always towing the too-much-mayo line), Broadway Deli (even chop, good mayo dispersal), Bud's Deli (though the chicken salad is better, I do like their take on the egg despite the fact that it could use one more round of chopping) ...I don't care for Clementine's too-homemade-y style, nor the dry crumble at Coral Tree Cafe. This only touches on the subject at hand, but I'm interested in hearing more...

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  1. The Egg Salad sandwich at Euro Pane in Pasadena is wonderful. Some of the best egg salad ever. For quick and easy, I do like Gelson's Tarragon Egg Salad.

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    1. re: Tom P

      I too love the egg salad at EuroPane, but I'm not sure that it's what the OP's looking for - the eggs being more soft-cooked and being in large chunks/wedges doesn't appeal to all everyone. But it is wonderful!

      1. re: ElsieDee

        Forgot to add, I recall having had a good egg salad sandwich at Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock - but that was some time ago and I can't recall all of the details of the sandwich (dice of the egg, amount of mayonaise, any add-ins).

      2. re: Tom P

        Ditto on Gelson's Tarragon Egg Salad. Not too much mayo, not too much tarragon and great on crackers.

      3. Have you ever tried the egg salad at Al Gelato in Beverly Hills? I've never tried it, because I'm not a big egg salad fan, but it looks very good (and huge).

        Just a note, Al Gelato is cash only.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The egg salad at Neiman Marcus Fresh Market in BH is excellent

            1. re: B Minus

              I personally like the Egg Salad on rye toast at the Apple Pan. That is what I always eat there..

            2. I love love the Egg Salad sandwich at Le Pain Quotidien, but I'm not sure if it's the OP's type of ES. Still, the capers and anchovies add something special in my view.

                  1. re: mrpullings

                    Euro Pane
                    950 E Colorado Blvd
                    Pasadena, CA 91106
                    (626) 577-1828
                    Cross Street: Mentor Avenue, one block East of So. Lake Ave.

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Okay so there are lot of rave reviews for Euro Pane... and I'm a big egg salad fan. Any clues as to what makes this one so great? I'd love to hear about it before I trek out there.

                      1. re: starqrtrs

                        It's not for everyone - my mother absolutely despises it, and she loves egg salad sandwiches. Here's a brief description (of what sets it apart) from memory:

                        - the eggs seem to be freshly boiled (they're still warm) and they're not completely hard-boiled - not runny, but the yolks are just barely set
                        - the eggs aren't chopped into a fine dice - they're more quartered (or eighthed?) and kind of folded into the dressing
                        - the dressing is a light, flavorful, fresh mayonnaise that seems to be more of a binder than an specific "part" of the dish
                        - served open-faced (I always get it on a toasted baguette, can't recall the way it normally comes) with a sprinkling of fresh herbs.
                        - Each bite is pretty much the essence of a hard-cooked egg.

                        Only two ways to improve the sandwich, in my mind: fresh ground pepper and a sprinkling of sea salt.

                        FYI: The pastries are incredible - save room! Also, service can be pleasant and efficient or surly and laxadasical - seems to depend on who's there that day. Some people have said they'd not go back because of the service - I've had some bad experiences myself, but not so bad that I'd never eat there again.

                  2. re: sambrown3

                    Are you refering to that Pasadena deli, or to our current Anglo-French relations?

                    Or maybe, to the 1.3++++ exchange rate?

                  3. Walter's in Beverly Hills has great egg salad! Try it!

                    1. I agree with you about Clementine's and Greenblatt's egg salad. Go up the street from Greenblatts's deli to the Canyon Country Store. It is the store that is half way between Mulholland and Sunset boulevard on Laurel Canyon. It has superb egg salad at the deli counter that is quite a bit better than Greenblatt's.

                      1. Years ago I had a very good egg salad at Joans on Third. Don't live in that area any more so I don't know if they still serve it, but it was excellent.

                        1. Joan's On Third for simple good not too mayonnaisey.

                          For a more foodie version, try Black Dog Coffee on Wilshire near Fairfax - they make egg salad slightly curried and with mango chutney (which I get on the side). YUM!