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Tuna Fish Sandwich

foodfever Dec 6, 2007 02:32 PM

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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    Obessed Dec 6, 2007 02:39 PM

    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
      mollyomormon Feb 5, 2009 11:20 AM

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

    2. Will Owen Dec 6, 2007 02:40 PM

      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
        foodfever Dec 6, 2007 03:14 PM

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

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          RoachCoach Dec 7, 2007 12:30 AM

          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. DanaB Dec 6, 2007 02:41 PM

        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.

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          asnyder Dec 6, 2007 03:43 PM

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

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          1. re: asnyder
            sarahvagaca Dec 7, 2007 12:31 AM

            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. David Kahn Dec 6, 2007 04:19 PM

            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
              DanaB Dec 7, 2007 12:02 AM

              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.

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                Lmo1823 Dec 13, 2007 12:23 PM

                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
                  wutzizname Dec 16, 2007 10:58 AM

                  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.

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                    Lmo1823 Dec 17, 2007 12:22 AM

                    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...

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                      Foodandwine Feb 5, 2009 11:42 AM

                      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..

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                    Kris P Pata Dec 16, 2007 11:28 AM

                    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
                  deanalt Apr 29, 2009 03:02 PM

                  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. hrhboo Dec 6, 2007 04:21 PM

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

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                    LMelba Dec 6, 2007 06:35 PM

                    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
                      LMelba Dec 17, 2007 09:50 PM

                      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.

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                      limaboy Dec 6, 2007 06:37 PM

                      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.


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                        jencounter Dec 7, 2007 06:21 AM

                        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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                          Wolfgang Dec 7, 2007 08:21 AM

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

                        2. Golem Dec 7, 2007 08:22 AM

                          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.

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                            Velvet Elvis Dec 7, 2007 09:50 AM

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

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                              CarlieInLA Dec 7, 2007 09:53 AM

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

                            2. Das Ubergeek Dec 7, 2007 11:20 AM

                              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. Xericx Dec 7, 2007 11:48 AM

                                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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                                  foodfever Dec 7, 2007 03:33 PM

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

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                                    schrutefarms Feb 5, 2009 10:55 AM

                                    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. Ciao Bob Dec 7, 2007 12:48 PM

                                    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!.

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                                      pinpei Dec 7, 2007 05:54 PM

                                      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
                                        richd2004 Feb 5, 2009 06:46 AM

                                        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!!!!!

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                                        French Fry Dec 7, 2007 05:59 PM

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

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                                          naboli Dec 17, 2007 10:41 AM

                                          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!

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                                          nachos Dec 11, 2007 03:13 PM

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

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                                            PimpinDG Dec 13, 2007 11:53 AM

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

                                            1. ElJeffe Dec 16, 2007 10:23 AM

                                              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
                                                Xericx Dec 16, 2007 10:40 AM

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

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                                                jaymor Dec 16, 2007 12:41 PM

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

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                                                  Xericx Dec 17, 2007 12:18 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                  Juji Dec 17, 2007 08:26 AM

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

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                                                    SIMIHOUND Dec 18, 2007 12:15 PM

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

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                                                    gnarlex Dec 18, 2007 12:31 PM

                                                    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. maxzook Dec 18, 2007 12:33 PM

                                                      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. PurpleTeeth Feb 5, 2009 09:48 AM

                                                        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. Golem Feb 5, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            broncosaurus Feb 5, 2009 02:24 PM

                                                            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. wutzizname Apr 20, 2009 04:13 PM

                                                              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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                                                                maudies5 Apr 20, 2009 05:45 PM

                                                                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!

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                                                                assassin Apr 20, 2009 06:04 PM

                                                                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!

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