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May 27, 2007 02:54 PM

the best SANDWICH in (Los Angeles) period.

Does LA have sandwiches that are stacked mile high with roast beef or pastrami?
Any tasty accompanying spreads or mouth-watering condiments that makes one crave for more...

Any secret garlic sauces or homemade spreads that really compliment add the synergistic effect, where the end product is much greater than the sum of the two pieces of bread + whatever your heart desires to be put in between.

In my earlier post I inquired about delicious, interesting, i am simply asking fellow LA chowhounds for your favorite rec for SANDWICHES....

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  1. Let's start with the Langer's hand cut pastrami on rye and go from there.

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    1. re: mc michael

      I second Langers, but I'd like to point out that it's not stacked "mile high"
      But give it a try and maybe you'll find that great pastrami doesn't need to be monster portioned like at Carnegie Deli.

      1. re: mcmal

        Sorry, but you both are deli misguided. The best deli in the LA area is Brent's in Northridge (have not been to their 2nd location in Westlake Village).

        And they have the best sandwich, the Black Pastrami Reuben, with their Brisket Ortega Melt not too far behind. Get homefries with onions instead of fries it's a plate overflowing with heaven.

        1. re: GroovinGourmet

          We're only taking the hand cut pastrami at Langer's and maybe a Dr. Browns.

          1. re: GroovinGourmet

            Brent's CAN NOT compete with langer's pastrami.

            1. re: GroovinGourmet

              As a regular at both brent's and Langer's, I have to say that the pastrami at Langer's is much superior. Virtually everything else on the menu is better at Brent's. In fact, I love Brent's whitefish salad with some rye bread and pickles more than just about anything else I've ever eaten at a deli.

              1. re: GroovinGourmet

                "Deli misguided" I think not. Sorry but Langer's pastrami sandwich is second to none. Three votes to one! I guess that settles it!

                1. re: adlevy

                  Would you say you were "Deli-luded"?

                2. re: GroovinGourmet

                  I'd give anything for a deli war to break out. Brent's versus Langers. Now that's a shootout I'd pay to see. May the best deli win. Smackdown!!!

                    1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                      Philipes has gone down hill. last two times were pretty sad.

                    2. re: GroovinGourmet

                      I disagree with the Brents recommendation. I found Brent's to be so-so, edible but nothing to write home about, and the service was horrid!

                      1. re: Mst917198

                        Just order their whitefish salad and you'll be happy -- it's the best thing on the menu, the best whitefish salad in LA, and one of the best things to eat in LA.

                        1. re: glutton

                          I went to Brent's for the first time recently and everything was spectacular. Much better than any of the delis further south.

                      2. re: GroovinGourmet

                        I agree....Brent's in Northridge is the great! We have had catering from there many times and the cookies there are amazing! Love their rugalah (?) We make a trip to the Valley just for their cookies.

                      3. re: mcmal

                        I have to agree...Some places try to get away with piling their meat high...usually fatty if we are talking pastrami.

                      4. re: mc michael

                        Agreed. the number 19 is tough to beat.

                        1. re: anothernotch

                          I had the #19 (paid for the lean cut) today, it was so perfect, I got dizzy. I planned a couple appointments in the area around a Langers lunch, and it was so totally excellent. I am a regular at Brents and a life-long Philippe's loyalist, but the #19 (lean) today was in another class altogether. Eating that at the counter while reading the last Al Martinez column in the LAT was a bittersweet experience.

                          1. re: Otius Gojius

                            YES on Langer's #19, with a dish of their potato salad and a cream soda. Nothing comes closer to heaven. If the doctor gets on you, they will also make it with thin sliced turkey too.

                        2. re: mc michael

                          Agree. The Langer's number 19 would be my pick. Thi gets it exactly right (as usual) here: .

                          1. re: David Kahn

                            A friend suggested I have the #19. I don't like rye bread, coleslaw, or pastrami... 3 bites into the sandwich, and he was talking to me, but I wasn't hearing anything. The angels wept, and I have never tasted a better sandwich in my life. It is magical.
                            Brb, I have to change my pants now, just thinking about it.

                          1. re: DoctorQuality

                            This sandwich is so good, I nearly passed out last time I had one.

                            1. re: reverendalexg

                              Everyone I know is obsessed with this sandwich! My boyfriend happily waits in line for over an hour at least once a week. I personally find it waaaay overrated. The few times I've tried it the bread totally shreds the roof of my mouth making it extremely uncomfortable to eat. Tastes good enough, but definitely not my favorite.

                              1. re: hrhboo

                                My goodness... Have the boy fax his order in!! Its the only way to get it... just fax and pick it up!


                                1. re: Dommy

                                  He's since learned that they keep a stash of prepared sandwiches in a basket on the counter so he can just grab n' go. Don't tell anyone, I assured him his secret would be safe.

                                  1. re: hrhboo

                                    I know this was a while ago, but I really hope you've changed your tune.... many people have died and/or been late for important meetings in order to savor the godmother....

                                  2. re: Dommy

                                    Ordering on-line is even easier! Don't forget to bring cash so you can use the shorter cash-only line.

                                  3. re: hrhboo

                                    Ha, yes the bread has a crispy hard crust that can be a bit rough on the mouth. But it's damn good IMO ... I've learned to eat it carefully enough to avoid damage. :)

                                    1. re: QualityMart

                                      This is another reason why one must allow a resting period with the Godmother. Once it is wrapped for a bit, then the crust starts to give, although never really looses its great texture... TRUST me... Get a god mother, let it rest for about 1/2 hour (Nothing bad will happen, with all the salt in the meats and vinegar in the dressing a such), and THEN enjoy... the experience is otherworldly and is WHY the Godmother is the perfect picnic/doger game/hollywood bowl sandwich...


                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        We had the Godmother for the first time this weekend and it was AMAZING!!! My husband is from Brooklyn and has had many gripes since being in LA about the sandwhich options. We live in West Hollywood and I am sure we will be driving to Bay Cities in Santa Monica on a regular basis! Fantastic! Thanks to everyone who enthusiastically recommended this sandwich!

                                        1. re: cecibean

                                          You may have read this elsewhere in this or other posts relating to ordering at Bay Cities - you can fax your order in - having it waiting for you ain't bad - as Dommy! has mentioned - the flavors meld nicely with a little aging... I think faxing just before you leave from WeHo would be perfect timing... Check out their online menu - lots of great sammies that your hubbie could probably relate to...

                                        2. re: Dommy

                                          Dommy, I agree that the sandwiches are great after a 30 minute rest but I'd add one caveat to this. Bread is baked throughout the day, so you're always getting fresh bread, but sometimes, you'll get a roll that was just brought out from the oven. When the sandwich artist hands me a cold sandwich wrapped in the white deli paper that is warm to the touch, my heart skips a beat and I know I have to eat the sandwich as soon as possible to savor the warm crusty yet pliable bread playing against the cool meat and vegetable filling.

                                          1. re: Wolfgang

                                            I sir, have never had such good fortune... Thanks for letting me know!!


                                    2. re: reverendalexg

                                      heard good things about the "godmother", but what makes it such a great sandwich?

                                      1. re: Rina

                                        It's got a lot on it. The bread is good. And it tastes good with all the trimmings piled on it.

                                        1. re: mc michael

                                          Evolution - I don't think any great icon in the food world happens overnight...

                                        2. re: Rina

                                          IMO it's the peppers that sell the thing. And good quality meats. Make sure to get it with "the works", which'll get you peppers and italian sauce amongst others. I wouldn't say the sandwich is heavenly (as opposed to some of my favorite sandwiches in other cities), but it's definitely a hearty and satisfying meal.

                                          1. re: QualityMart

                                            Actually, the "peppers" topping varies. The mild is chopped marinated peppers. The hot is mostly an olive spread with peppers.

                                      2. re: DoctorQuality

                                        where is baycity? friends were talking about it the other day....

                                        1. re: mmmclapclap

                                          Bay Cities is on Lincoln North of the freeway.

                                        2. re: DoctorQuality

                                          Bay Cities has the best deli sandwich bread in town. Light, crunchy, just enough flavor to accent the sandwich without overpowering the other flavors. The Godmother is a top notch sandwich.

                                          1. re: HerbyN

                                            Bay Cities is really hard to beat. I second, or triple, the Godmother sandwich. Simply awesome.

                                          2. re: DoctorQuality

                                            I have had Bay Cities and IMHO, there is a better place in Agoura (I know it's a trek). Italia Deli & Bakery. The perfect blend of meat, cheese and toppings on your choice of homemade Italian Hard or Soft Roll. Totally worth the drive though call ahead -- they get slammed.

                                            Italia Deli & Bakery

                                            Italia Deli & Bakery
                                            5657 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

                                          3. Lnager's s the best tasting, But I think Art's in Studio City has the "mile high" sandwiches, of all varieties. They're pretty good.

                                            I like the sandwiches at Artisan Cheese gallery, especially the duck confit!

                                            Porto's does some OK cuban sandwiches.

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                                            1. re: Diana

                                              Second the sandwiches at Artisan Cheese Gallery. I too like the duck confit, but I've enjoyed every sandwich. Make certain the sandwich is accompanied by a precious few Tony Packo's Pickles and Peppers.

                                            2. Langer's pastrami and Bandera's French dip. Neither are packed a mile hile, but they are both still substantial and delicious

                                              1. Here's two - not exotic but solid.

                                                First, go to Bay Cities on Lincoln in Santa Monica and wait in line (or on line, whatever)and order a spicy sopressata with provolone, italian dressing and - this is crucial - spicy pepper salad. If you don't like this sandwich email me and I will refund your 5$. But save me the rest.

                                                I have also been making repeat trips to Havana Sandwich Co. on Main St. in El Segundo for their Miami Cuban which is a classic Cuban with salami added. Best Cuban in town IMHO.

                                                Looking forward to more replies on this topic.

                                                7 Replies
                                                1. re: BIM

                                                  Brent's deli for mile high, Langers for flavor. The godmother at Bay Cities for those who long for something close to an East coast sub.

                                                  1. re: Mateo R

                                                    Completely agree Mateo. My mother lives about a mile from Brent's and I make it a point to go there at least twice a month. Their mile high corned beef is to die for....however, I'm almost surprised that out of ALL these 350+ replies....there hasn't been ONE mention of the corned beef at MaGee's in Farmer's Market. It is the second oldest restaurant in the maketplace itself, and of ALL the corned beef in this city of angels, I have to none that none of the above places...including Brent's, Langer's Nate n' Al's, or any other deli can touch it!! It literally melts in your mouth. It also, IMHO has the BEST french dip sandwich...topping both Philippe's, (by a landslide) and Bandera's hands down!!! Phillipe's will NOT give you any extra au jus for dipping...(really pisses me off) and the sandwich is NOT that big. Everyone who has commented on either a french dip or a corned beef sandwich on this blog needs to try MaGee's and then give me your response because you are ALL missing out. I grew up on Nate n' Al's deli and although their corned beef has improved greatly over the years, it still doesn't compare to either Brent's, and can't hold a candle to MaGee's! I'm a foodie AND a chef, and it still amazes me that after being gone from here for the most part of almost 30 years until my recent return to live full time, that each and every time I came back to visit, MaGee's was still there, exactly as I remembered it, tried and true EVERY single time. Do yourselves a favor and GO GO GO. You won't be disapppointed!!

                                                    1. re: DBoos

                                                      Magee's NOT MaGee's. But for me, it's their French Dip...awesome! Been eating it for about +30 years!

                                                  2. re: BIM

                                                    I love Bay Cities.

                                                    I really love vietnamese sandwiches in Westminster. Lee's is the best known, I think. They're not mile high, by any means, but it has spiciness with lots of herbs like cilantro. And they're like $1.50 last time I bought some. Can't beat that.

                                                    1. re: BIM

                                                      What sandwich at Bay Cities is $5 ? are they selling half sandwiches now?

                                                      1. re: Burger Boy

                                                        The Poor Boy small is $4.00 as is the vegetarian.

                                                      2. re: BIM

                                                        Thanks BIM for the recommendation for good Cuban in LA! Can't wait to give it a try!