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Best sandwich on a fresh, crusty baguette?!?!?!?!

I've just started eating bread, starch, etc. again after a 15 month hiatus. I am CRAVING a great sandwich on a fresh, crusty baguette. Where can I find it on the Westside or LAX area? Bay Cities really doesn't do it for me, so please, no GodMother recs.

After that baguette, I'll be looking for great mac n'cheese, carrot cake and a grilled cheese sandwich. Any help in that area appreciated as well!

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  1. Banh mi! Unfortunately not so easy to find on the Westside, though you should check out the location of the Nom Nom Truck. (Banh Mi Che Cali it ain't, but...)

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      1. re: Hershey Bomar

        Agreed. We are talking about their gristly, gross cold cuts, right?

    1. Mendocino Farms has a great variety of wonderful sandwiches on great breads supplied by Bread Bar and Dolci Forno Bakeries. Their original downtown L.A. has very limited hours, the newer location is open later and their newest location in Marina del Rey is open everyday, 11-9!

      http://mendocinofarms.com/

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      Mendocino Farms
      300 S Grand Ave Ste Lp40, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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      1. re: sel

        A 2nd for Medocino Farms in Marina Del Rey. I love their Prosciutto & Roasted Chicken with local Gioia fresh mozzarella, crushed honey roasted almonds, basil pesto, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Mendocino Farms 'Baja ............' sandwich on a Bread Bar roll, under Summer 2010 Specials with lobster tails, bacon etc. is a must before they switch their menu for fall! Make sure you eat it over the wrapping paper cause there is a lot of lobster meat that you don't want bouncing off of your shirt (or blouse) soiling Chef Judy's clean floor!

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          Mendocino Farms
          444 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      2. Cured salmon, goat cheese and arugula on baguette at Huckleberry!

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        1. Bread bar has a very good simple ham sandwich on a salt encrusted baguette.

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          1. re: JudiAU

            And remember, you can get take out Bread Bar sandwiches at their El Segundo factory location, too.

            1. re: Bob Brooks

              Went to BREADBAR in El Segundo and was TOTALLY underwhelmed. Had the dark chocolate baguette - doughy and a bit stale, a cheese cherry danish- eh, and the brioche was the best taste, but not anything outstanding. Did not have a sandwich, but it seemed iike this was day old stuff...not fresh for that day's output. A very poor use of calories!

          2. French Market Cafe on Abbot Kinney has great sandwiches.

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            French Market Cafe
            2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd Ste 200, Venice, CA 90291

            1. I suggest the Jamon Serrano bocadillo at La Espanola Meats in Harbor City: Fresh, toasted baguette, hand-cut jamon serrano inside, with or without chees (Manchego). Hot out of the toaster, with some sangria = Heavenly.

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              La Espanola Meats
              25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

              1. Geez, I feel like I'm mentioning Banh Mi My Tho almost everyday at this site.

                I completely agree with the banh mi answers. Anyone in LA is missing out if they haven't had the #8 at Banh Mi My Tho. But go to Lee's or Saigon Sandwiches all the same.

                Banh Mi is where it's at for LA in my opinion. The Italian and Greek sandwiches just aren't as good here as in Chicago / East Coast.

                Oh, and for mac 'n' cheese... I must give credit where it's due. When Whole Foods has just made their mac 'n' cheese at the hot bar, man it's good. I don't do any shopping there and only like the salad bars, hot and cold, and their bakery section (not bad). But outside of these three areas, forget it. And skip all of their soups at the salad bar. So, you know I'm being honest when I say their mac 'n' cheese is seriously good... and consistently good.