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Sep 30, 2010 01:23 PM

Sandwiches in San Pedro

Found an incredibly good deli in San Pedro. It's in an unlikely place - in a liquor store called the Beach City Market. Had a fantastic pulled pork sandwich, just $6.99 for an 8-incher. The proprietor, a mad foodie known as Bucky gave me a taste of his hand-made pastrami. I think it might be the best I've ever had - mild, tender and bursting with flavor. I wish this joint was in my neighborhood because the rest of the extensive sandwich menu really got my mouth watering. This place is a little off the beaten path, but worth a detour if you're in the vicinity. I'm looking forward to trying Bucky's Cuban sandwich and the "Big Kahuna" which according to the menu is honey ham, slow roasted pork, swiss cheese and grilled pineapple slices. He's also got daily soups and hot entrees. Can't wait to go back. It's at 2801 S. Pacific Ave., in San Pedro, at corner of Pacific & 28th.

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  1. Sounds good! Do they do a meatball sandwich by any chance? What other places in San Pedro do you like for sandwiches? One thing, you said it was mild but then you said it was bursting with flavor, I am confused. Thanks

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      I live in San Pedro and can tell you that Busy Bee, A-1 Italian Meats, and The Sandwhich Saloon are all great sandwich shops.

      Beach City Mkt is also a great place to visit.

      I've pretty much eaten in every food establishment in San Pedro. Some are hits, other...not so much.

      1. re: Novelli

        So then, between Gaffey Street Diner and the Pacific Diner for breakfast, which gets the nod from you? (or is there another place you like better than either of these two?)

        Gaffey Street Diner
        247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

        Pacific Diner
        3821 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

        1. re: Servorg

          HA! Pacific Diner is a San Pedro institution!..Don't know if it's the nostalgia, but I'll go there before even considering anything else. In addition, the Omlette and Waffle shop about 10 blocks south down Gaffey has incredible breakfasts as well.

          I personally think that Gaffey St Diner has kind of slipped up lately and is having trouble keeping consistant. At least, it seems that way, ever since they decided to stay open later for dinner.

          just my .02

          Pacific Diner
          3821 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

          1. re: Novelli

            Thanks for the feedback. Next time I'm down that way I'll try and make time to eat at the Omelet and Waffle shop.

            1. re: Servorg

              no problem!

              If you want a little sweet treat, I would also recommend Mishi's Strudel on 7th.
              The absolute best and freshest homemade Hungarian strudels, goulash, and crepes ever.

            2. re: Novelli

              I noticed a difference in the biscuits the last time I was at Gaffey Street Diner and the waitress confirmed my thought and said there was a new cook. My favorite there is still the chicken fried steak.

              Gaffey Street Diner
              247 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

        2. re: Burger Boy

          have you ever had the meatball sandwich at busy bee?.....they have one and i have been meaning to try it.......if you or anyone else have please comment.

          1. re: jaymor

            I really like meatball sandwiches but rarely find a good one outside my own kitchen. Nearly always they're made from (fine-ground) beef only, which produces a dense, unappealing texture in meatballs, and they're cooked (too briefly) in an uninspired sauce. In San Pedro, I've tried the meatballs at Big Nick's, and, except for having an unidentifiable off-flavor, they were actually not bad -- better than average. But Nick's was still far from the great homemade variety made from 70%-75%-lean ground beef, Italian sausage, and veal (4:2:1, in my version), cooked slowly for hours in a great San Marzano tomato sauce, and served on an excellent roll with roasted sweet peppers and a good, sharp provolone.


            1. re: Harry Niletti

              I will be right over with a case of PBR!

          2. re: Burger Boy

            sorry, but i meant my post down below to go here.

          3. This post reminded me of something.

            Not in San Pedro, but has anyone been to Ma N Pa Grocery in nearby Long Beach?

            In addition to a great roast beef sandwich, Ma N Pa makes one outrageously great burger.

            It comes with cheese, bacon, lettuce, iceberg lettuce and pickles. I ask for the burger without the shredded iceberg lettuce and it's almost the perfect non-controversial burger. The baked to order bun (that's sort of a cross between a brioche and an English Muffin) provides a good crunch without being too chewy and the hand-formed patty is ground fresh everyday -- strike that -- ground fresh every order.

            Ma ‘n Pa Grocery
            346 Roycroft Avenue
            Long Beach

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              haven't had the burger, but their fried chicken is crazy good!