Sandwich in Pasadena
Have this craving for a GREAT sandwich. Unfortunately don't know a great spot in Pasadena other than the Pasadena Sandwich company (can I really say how much I love this place...not enough time or space) which is closed after 2. Can anyone recomend any other places? Thanks
I was totally underwhelmed the one time I went to PSC, so any and all of the following rank above it in my Pasadena sandwich hierarchy, though I'll probably give PSC a second chance one of these days.
Lee's Hoagie House
There's also a place I've been meaning to try but haven't made it there yet. It's a tiny little market on Michigan Ave., between Del Mar & Cordova, that has fresh-made sandwiches.
They also make good sandwiches at Whole Foods.
re: Jack Flash
I've only been to PSC once. Very nice people working in the place, but the pastrami sandwich I had was disappointing. The pastrami was cut very thick and had a ham-like texture; in fact eaten blindfolded it would be mistaken as ham. Too thick, wrong texture and hard to chew. Hmm.. maybe it WAS ham.. no, it wasn't quite like ham, either, but more like ham than good pastrami. I wouldn't mind going back to try something else just because they were nice over there.
Yeah, PSC is my favorite goto spot for sandwiches as well (love the hat collection!)
If you want an alternative, maybe try the Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, which is just basically a stone's throw south of Pasadena. They are open until 8 p.m. and have great beer selections.
1145 E. Las Tunas Drive
Well, you already named the top spot.... I think the service, friendliness and food at Pasadena Sandwich Co are way above anything else in the area. That said, I think reasonable alternatives are Lee's Hoagie House on Colorado (tried at the recommendation of fellow chowhounds, pretty good) and Lovebirds, also on Colorado just east of Lake. Lovebirds does close early, I think, so you want want to check before heading there in the late afternoon.
I like Lovebirds as well, but know that a lot of people on the board don't. Europane is across the street and is good, but has very poor service in my opinion...
We also like Vince's Deli on California. It is in the shopping center across from Huntington Hospital. Just basic sandwiches, nothing fancy. But REALLY good (we think!)