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gigacat Apr 29, 2008 07:21 PM

I'd travel almost any distance for a good BLT. Where can I find the best on in LA?

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    Wes May 2, 2008 11:12 PM

    The best "Fast Food" BLT is Arby's.

    It is surprisingly good. $6. The bread is GREAT! Lots of tasty Bacon and well, tomato is tomato. Only downside it the lettuce is not iceberg.

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      pschachter May 2, 2008 04:44 PM

      Kokomo's which used to be in the Farmer's Market. Has it already moved to its new location?

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        naboli May 2, 2008 08:30 PM

        I also like Kokomo's blt. The place has just relocated to the NE corner of Martel and Beverly Blvd -- a few blocks east of its old home.

        And I like the "PBT" - a blt spinoff - at La Bottega: pancetta, burrata, heirloom tomato, arugula, and simple white toast. Sounds very similar to the sandwich mentioned by SGV Gal above -- and it was featured on the cover of Bon Appetit last summer when it was available. It will likely be back this summer.

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        SGV Gal May 2, 2008 12:13 PM

        Porto Via Italian Food on California in Pasadena. Made with with Crispy Pancetta, Arugula, Tomatoes & Basil! It's the best! The owners said that the recipe my be published in Bon Appetit.

        My first post - definitely wanted to share this info.

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          David Kahn May 2, 2008 01:54 PM

          Welcome to the board!

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          chestercopperpot May 2, 2008 10:53 AM

          Rustic Canyon's at lunch is pretty good.

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            Wrong Girl May 2, 2008 08:09 AM

            Madame Matiese on Sunset near the Sunset Junction has an amazing BBLT. The second B is a huge slab of brie and makes the sandwich that much better. It's pretty cheap, too...around $8.95, I believe.

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              Paliman May 2, 2008 07:30 AM

              The best BLT? Hands down...John O'Groats on Pico just west of Beverly Glen.

              Great bacon, crispy, thick, and flavorful, a real tomato, even in March. It is a very satisfying meal.

              1. khh1138 May 1, 2008 02:53 PM

                I'm partial to the BLT at Europane. They only make a certain amount each day, so order early in the day before they run out. But I usually pick their egg salad instead. Both are great.

                950 E Colorado Blvd
                Pasadena, CA 91106
                Phone: (626) 577-1828

                Cross Street: Mentor Avenue

                Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-5:30pm, Sun 7am-3pm

                1. scurvy May 1, 2008 11:38 AM

                  The best BLT ever is at 410 Boyd downtown. It has brie and avocado and high-quality bacon. It is gooey and over the top. Their fries are pretty ruling too.

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                    ZoeZ May 1, 2008 12:42 PM

                    Hustler Casino at 1000 W Redondo Beach Blvd in Gardena has an unbelievably delicious BLT - terrific sour dough bread; mayo pasted right to the edges of the crust just like Mme Zoe's Aunt Tootsie used to do; applewood bacon crisp but not brittle, juicy tomatoes and crunchy lettuce leaves - whole leaf not chopped. BLT Nirvana.

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                    lafoodie7 May 1, 2008 10:33 AM

                    I had an amazing BLT at Le Pain Quotidien on Doheny in BH. Nice to sit outside. Bread good (toasted), thick bacon, ripe tomatoes...a pleasant surprise!

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                      JeetJet May 1, 2008 02:40 AM

                      The Peach Café has a good up-town version they call the “BLTA” which includes avocado and their pesto sauce. Check out the link below and see the coffee menu also.

                      The best old-school BLT I can think of is at Moffett’s. The bread seems to be just right for a BLT.

                      I have never had a BLT at The Pines but I have had their bacon on a burger and in a breakfast burrito. I cannot get that bacon off my mind because the flavor, thickness, size, and texture are simply perfect. This bacon would make a great Down-Home style BLT. I am not sure if BLT is on their menu but they are the kind of place that does everything they can to make you happy. If you head out toward that direction (Palmdale) you must stop there. In the saying, "Bacon Rules," ... well, this is the bacon that rules.

                      The Peach Café

                      Moffett’s Family Restaurant, Chicken Pie Shoppe (Soups, Sandwiches, Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Pot Pie & fruit Pies)
                      1409 S. Baldwin Ave.
                      Arcadia, CA
                      (626) 447-4670
                      Two blocks South of Huntington Drive next to Sav-On Drugs

                      The Pines

                      Edit, Lucky Boy in Pasadena does not have bacon. I am not sure what those large hand fulls of stuff without flavor is but it is not bacon as we know it.

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                        JeetJet May 2, 2008 08:20 PM

                        Oh, one more.... Auntie Em’s Kitchen has a good Up-Town version. I had one when I went for lunch once. It is called the “B.L.A.S.T. Applewood Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Sprouts & Mayo on a Rosemary Roll”. A good finish would be the Whoopie Pie or Red Velvet.


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                        lifelike Apr 30, 2008 11:47 PM

                        I'm partial to the BLT at Pete's in Downtown L.A. on 4th and Main. The chipotle mayo makes a big difference, and the bread alone is worth the price of admission.

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                          gsw Apr 30, 2008 08:20 PM

                          Cora's Coffee Shop in Santa Monica has a great BLT Salad! the B is fantastic, thick cut and salty-sweet, and the T are from the farmers' market.

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                            bellabar Apr 30, 2008 08:18 PM

                            City Bakery...

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                              macbeth1 Apr 30, 2008 08:05 PM

                              Clementines in the summer when heirloom tomatoes are in season.

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                                ns1 Apr 30, 2008 04:59 PM

                                Doesn't la mill have a killer BLT?

                                1. Bob Brooks Apr 30, 2008 04:22 PM

                                  It's been a while, but I recall that The Farm, Beverly Hills, had a pretty good one.

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                                    maudies5 Apr 30, 2008 02:56 PM

                                    Kate Mantilini does a great BLT

                                    1. dotrat Apr 30, 2008 01:00 PM

                                      my kitchen....or when I'm not cooking Litorati

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                                        SoCalMuncher Apr 30, 2008 12:58 PM

                                        Applewood BLT Club sammich at Jack n jill's

                                        1. blackbookali Apr 30, 2008 11:18 AM

                                          Joan's on Third

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                                            SauceSupreme May 1, 2008 06:46 PM

                                            Joan's gets my vote, as well.

                                          2. hrhboo Apr 30, 2008 12:04 AM

                                            The best BLT ever is the one on Lucques' lunch menu during the summertime.

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                                              David Kahn May 2, 2008 11:28 AM

                                              Totally agree.

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                                                Tom P May 2, 2008 07:08 PM

                                                Another totally agree. That is one remarkable sandwich.

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                                              wineaux73 Apr 29, 2008 07:23 PM

                                              I could have sworn I had a really good one at Apple Pan. I think I'm right.

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                                                jessejames Apr 29, 2008 07:56 PM

                                                BLT, add burger and cheese.

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                                                  maudies5 Apr 30, 2008 02:58 PM

                                                  You won't find a slice of bacon or a slice of tomato at The Apple Pan.

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                                                    kevin May 1, 2008 10:22 AM

                                                    the closet thing to a blt at apple pan, would be the slice ham and lettuce on white bread or wheat.

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