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Tuna Fish Sandwich

Can anyone recommend a good tuna fish sandwich? A sandwich in which the tuna salad is mixed well with a good flavor. Tuna melt suggestions would be great as well.

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  1. Since you didn't specifiy location...

    I love the tuna melt at Coffee Table (in Eagle Rock). Surfas (in Culver City) also has a great tuna panini (with no mayo).

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    1. re: Obessed

      The one at Surfa's in one of my absolute favorites in the city. No mayo, fiscalini cheddar, herbed tuna...delicious.

    2. Where are you? If you're within shouting distance of Pasadena, the tuna at Pie'n'Burger is good enough to warrant choosing it instead of a burger. Requires both hand, due to bulk of contents. Nice fresh tuna flavor; they either use oil-packed or have found a way to make the water-packed crap taste good.

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      1. re: Will Owen

        I am in Los Angeles but I am willing to travel pretty far for a good meal.

        1. re: foodfever

          LA?!!! Get a Tuna Melt @ Langers. I'm sure you've tried their pastrami, but the tuna melt is JUST AS GOOD. Has small crunchy cubic celery and carrots interspersed. 7th & Alvarado.

      2. They have good tuna salad sandwiches at Nate 'n Al's in Beverly Hills.

        They have a good tuna melt at Fred 62 in Los Feliz.

        1. Clementine's in century city always has classic tuna, and sometimes has a melt.
          Very tasty

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          1. re: asnyder

            I second Clementine's tuna melt!! I don't think I've ever had a sandwich that I didn't like there, tuna or otherwise.

          2. I like the tuna sandwich and melt at the Beverly Hills Diner. (It's always fresh, and they don't use too much mayo.)

            Also, don't think I've every ordered it myself, but I seem to recall people having good things to say about the tuna sandwich at the Apple Pan.

            Beverly Hills Diner
            474 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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            1. re: David Kahn

              I haven't had the tuna sandwhich at Beverly Hills Diner, but I really like the place. Although some say its just following the menu of the Johnny Rockets it used to be, personally, I find the quality much better. Chili is good, fries are good, burgers are good. What's to argue?

              Meanwhile, yes, the Apple Pan does have good tuna salad sandwiches. My brother loves them. They are a little on the sweet-relish side for me. I prefer tuna that is made with dill rather than sweet pickle, which is why I didn't mention the Apple Pan in my first post, although I thought of it.

              1. re: DanaB

                I am a crazy tuna fish sammy fan and the best there is in LA is the Apple Pan. They'll put cheese on it and toast the bread for you if you ask, but I don't know that they'll do a straight up melt.

                1. re: Lmo1823

                  Does the word "sammy" have any regional, cultural or historic basis, or is it just lazy modern slang, like "natch" and "whatev"? Personally I find it like nails on a chalkboard.

                  1. re: wutzizname

                    My brother brought it back from college in West Virginia years ago. I think it's cute. And apparently so do the marketing gurus at Quiznos...

                    1. re: Lmo1823

                      I dont like it either. Prefer S A N D W I C H.. As to the tuna. The Kettle in Manhattan Beach on Rasin Toast is very good in my opinion..

                  2. re: Lmo1823

                    An enthusiastic third here for APPLE PAN's classic, old school version. I'm also a fan of SANTA FE IMPORTS' decadent take, which, I'm convinced, uses Genova Tonno -- mmmm Gen-ova to-nno ... arggghhh -- as well as the elegant, herbed version at CHAMPS ELYSéES on Roberston across from Il GELATO. That said, I lament the demise of AIRSTREAM DINER if for no other reason than for it's tuna sand. For some odd reason, it never matriculated to its sister restaurant, FRED 62, whose "White-Trash Tuna Fish Sandwich" is as crass as, well, FRED 62.

                    Champs Elysees
                    275 S Robertson Blvd Ste A, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

                    Santa Fe Importers-Marisa Foods
                    1401 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

                2. re: David Kahn

                  As long as someoone else has already dared bring up diners, I will note that I very much like the tuna melt at Ruby's in Redondo Beach (probably all Ruby's are similar). If you like wheat bread, I think you'll be especially pleased, as they do use a good one. I've had one at Johnny Rockets and it was not nearly as good.

                3. I love the tuna sandwich on Fraiche's lunch menu.

                  1. My favorite is the tuna sandwich at Joseph's Deli in Woodland Hills. The rye bread is part of what makes it great. Crisp crust with soft inside. Chewy but not too chewy.

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                    1. re: LMelba

                      Just to add to my earlier post, I had a really great tuna sandwich at Marv's Deli this last week, the tuna salad itself was fresh, bits of celery, not to much mayo, but just enough... and again, really good rye bread.

                    2. sweet tuna at Jerry's deli...
                      curry tuna sammie at say cheese silverlake..
                      great tuna salads at healthyca in noho...
                      + vivian's studio city...
                      fish 'burger' at airstream century city...brilliant spices.
                      apple pan...
                      house of pies hollywood...try tuna club.


                      1. I like the tuna melt at the Rose Cafe. They add tarragon to the tuna - a combo I'd never had before there and it's just...magic. Add their rosemary bread and it's all delicious.

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                        1. re: jencounter

                          La Brea Bakery has a great tuna melt and a nice, but austere, tuna salad sandwich.

                        2. Best tuna melt I've ever had was at Fromin's deli in Encino. It's the way the tuna is prepared -- mixed with mayo, the right amount of pickle relish, a dash of garlic and white pepper, and challah. Grilled to perfection.

                          And I love tuna melts maybe equal to anything (including great pastrami), but nothing else gets me as warm and fuzzy.

                          1. The tuna melt at Toast is pretty good. I also got a surprisingly good tuna sandwich at The Hat once.

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                            1. re: Velvet Elvis

                              I really like the tuna melt at Toast....it is delish!

                            2. My favourite has always been at Hot Wings Cafe -- there's two, one in the 300 block of North Brand in Glendale, and then another one block east of Melrose and La Brea.

                              1. Whole foods has a really good tuna salad in their sandwhich bar. They can "toast" it but not the same as a melt.

                                Reel Inn when it was at the 3rd street promenade had an excellent tuna melt. They closed and haven't been to the Malibu location.

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                                1. re: Xericx

                                  I absolutely love the tuna at Whole Foods. Just the right amount of everything in their tuna.

                                  1. re: Xericx

                                    I was already thinking Whole Foods. Their cranberry tuna salad is great--cranberries, red onions, not too much mayo (actually, I like a bit more). Just stand at the deli and request that on a roll or bread-wheat is great with this tuna salad.

                                  2. I will put on a flack jacket before making this recommendation because the mortar shells will be incoming. I LOVE Canters Tuna, especially with a thick cut of their bacon and lettuce on toasted rye. There is nothing else at Canter's I care to eat but this sandwich rules. Many years ago I asked Bella the owner/manger to put it on the menu as "Dr. Bob's BLT." Nothing doing!.

                                    1. The tuna sandwich at Walter's To Go in Beverly Hills is excellent. Walter's is a diner on the main floor in the Endeavor building at the corner of Camden and Wilshire. You can get food to go, but they have a lot of tables, too.

                                      They also have terrific onion rings.

                                      Walter's To Go
                                      9601 Wilshire Blvd.
                                      Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                                      1. re: pinpei

                                        Finally someone mentioned Walter's to go! Seriously,the best tuna i have ever tasted. perfect amount of ingredients and not mushy. I sometimes order a couple scoops by itself with some melba crackers and cottage cheese. Delicious!!!!!

                                      2. Have you tried your Tuna Melt tuna salad mix with curry?
                                        It's pretty good.

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                                        1. re: French Fry

                                          The tuna melts at Brickhouse are made with a little curry powder. The cooking isn't always consistent (sometimes your toast is burnt, sometimes it's soggy, sometimes it's just right), but the flavor is always good!

                                        2. the tuna sandwich at the wine store on larchmont blvd is very good...although they don't seem to offer it every day.

                                          1. a friend of mine raves about the tuna melt at the Parlor in Santa Monica on Wilshire near 15th.

                                            1. Anywhere West Side? I prefer seared Ahi sandwiches over tuna melts, tuna burgers, tuna salad.

                                              Also looking for a great Florida-style 'grouper' or white fish sandwich.

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                                              1. re: ElJeffe

                                                "The Parlor" in santa monica (sports bar, upscale) makes a nice "seared ahi tuna sandwhich. 15th and Wilshire.

                                              2. how about in the south bay area (tuna melt), thanks

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                                                1. re: jaymor

                                                  Its been a while, but isn't the tuna melt at the kettle pretty decent? Try Bristol Farms Cafe as well..they have nice sandwhiches and I recall a decent tuna melt.

                                                2. Tudor House in Santa Monica has a very delicious tuna sandwich.

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                                                  1. re: Juji

                                                    Brent's has the best Tuna Melt I have ever had.

                                                  2. Victor Jr's on Washington Blvd. across from Sony Studios makes great tuna salad. It has a nice jolt of black pepper, and it comes on their excellent sandwich roll, the same one as is used for their Italian beef, chicken, parm, meatball, etc.

                                                    1. If you don't mind the wait, Euro Pane's tuna salad on their rosemary currant bread is to die for.

                                                      Euro Pane Bakery
                                                      950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

                                                      1. Dave's in Eagle rock has my hands down favourite Tuna sub. Ask for extra pepper spread that he makes from scratch every day. When it's cold his Tuna melt is pretty Awesome too.

                                                        Dave's Chillin-N-Grillin‎
                                                        2152 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA‎ - (323) 490-0988‎

                                                        1. Tuna melt! Yes!
                                                          I like the tune melts at the delis, including Froman's in Encino (my personal favorite), or Brent's in Northridge. Art's also does a decent tuna melt. I always order them with a tomato. Tuna melt and fries, ahhhh.

                                                          A good tuna melt has some garlic powder, white pepper, and maybe a dash of pickle relish. I prefer cheddar cheese to any other kind as well.

                                                          1. This is a little strange, but I like the pre-made tunafish on croissant sandwich in the cafeteria at Harbor General UCLA Hospital. 3.99 or less, I believe. Just a basic tuna w/mayo mixed in, plus lettuce and mabe tomato. Very tasty. Also Mrs. Vics bbq potato chips, the only ones I can find with decent flavor these days.

                                                            1. Finally got around to trying the tuna melt at Langer's. Quite good. Pricey, but big enough to split. I made two meals out of it.

                                                              Also had the tuna sandwich at the newish Golden State on Fairfax the other night, and really enjoyed it. Not a melt. Nothing fancy. But somehow very good. Served on Cibatta which isn't usually my favorite, but seemed to work for this.

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                                                              1. re: wutzizname

                                                                Tuna salad on homemade ciabatta bread at Belwood Bakery in Brentwood is so delicious. Not too much mayonnaise, lots of very good seasoning. I love it!

                                                              2. As with all things sandwich related, BAY CITIES DELI, has the best tuna salad sandwich I've had in LA. So many good choices there it's hard to decide!