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Oct 17, 2009 02:12 PM

Tamarind Ave Deli: Go now

Ive been to this place a couple times and it's a great addition to Hollywood. Good Boars Head Deli making Subs for an ok price(like9 bucks with tax). Bay Cities it is not. But today something happened.

Today I got the #1; beef brisket, horseradish sauce, caramelized onion, smoked mozzarella and arugula. When the guy was cutting the brisket I thought it was for two sandwiches, it all went to mine. I live by Coles and Phillipes and what I had today rivals them both. A huge factor was the amount of meat and its heavy fat content. If you like it lean, go elsewhere. I have noticed that at Bay Cities your sandwich can vary depending on who is behind the counter, well mark it down that on Saturdays there is a guy at Tamarind Ave Deli who is on a mission. Seriously worth the $9.

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  1. In addition, the menu offers, for example, Prosciutto di Parma, Dublin Dr. Pepper, and something called Jersey meatballs. (That last item may need a disambiguation page. ;-) Sounds like an interesting place to try, but those hours -- 11 to 4 -- may kill the deal for people outside the immediate vincinity.

    They also have a great start on a 1992-era Web site ( ). Too bad their Web designer decided to use images instead of searchable text.

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    1. re: Harry Nile

      That site is dated but I really cant stand having to kill my volume when I open sites to some restaurants . . . Bazaar for example

      1. re: blackbookali

        Or this ridiculousness:

        thanks for the rec; I might have to drive over next saturday to try that sandwich.

        1. re: blackbookali

          When the title of your splash page is "This web site coming soon" and the title of your main page is "Untitled Document," you might be in need of a better website designer.

          Tamarind Ave. Deli
          1471 Tamarind Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      2. Is this place by any chance of Sunset near Bronson, and shares a corner with a very cute looking pizza place and Mexican restaurant?

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        1. re: schrutefarms

          Yes, Delancey is the pizza place and Mission is the Mexican joint. All owned by the same guy.

        2. While lacking some of the creativitiy of George Abou-Daoud's sandwiches, Gelsons on Franklin and Bronson also serves Boar's Head meat sandwiches, and the advantage there is you might also find yourself across the street at the Oaks Gourmet Deli, where the sandwiches are probably even more creative, yet with many more lunch options - making that intersection the future lunch destination for me when in that area, and there is also another place just east of the Gelsons and Pimai thai that is supposed to also be good, yet cannot even remember its name.
          Not taking anything away from the Tamarind Deli, but...

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          1. re: carter

            The place in the Pimai center is Locali, and they feature healthy, and some local food.

            They also have packaged food from some local and ethnic restaurants like Nyala Ethiopian. And they have a selection of various flavors of Kombucha.

            It's a small but interesting place with a unique offering.

            1. re: carter

              Tamarind's sandwiches seem pretty darn inventive without going into the realm of the bizzaro (at least reading from the descriptions provided on their website) and their soda selection seems downright inspired, with flavors such as Waialua Pineapple and Abbondio Pompelmo & Fragola (among others).

              1. re: carter

                I have to say I used to live off those boars head sandwiches at Gelsons but they have some really terrible sandwich makers behind the counter and their prices have risen to astronomical, if I remember correctly $10 for a sandwich made on sliced bread. Went to Oaks today, really cool place, reminds me of Joans on Third a bit. I will be trying their short rib sandwich very soon . . .

                1. re: blackbookali

                  Think the sandwiches at Gelsons are either $7.99 or $8.99. Good sized too, with many additions at your option.