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Best DIRTY Sandwich in LA

mrgreenbeenz Jul 8, 2011 12:25 PM

A lot has been written on this board about the best sandwich in LA. Yes, I do love the Godmother. I am willing to be labeled a heretic for my obsession with the Langer's Reuben (or Rachel... whatever). But sometimes I want something a little filthy, a little naughty, a lot greasy - yes - I want a DIRTY sandwich.

Below are a few of my favorites.

#1 - Torta Balderas at Metro Balderas - For sheer filth this is hard to beat. Pounded, breaded steak, jamon, a fried egg, chorizo, and.... julienned hot dog?!?! Oh yes. Add some avocado and tomato and you are most definitely in business. No 30 minute shower can get off the raw filth of this sandwich.

#2 - Sausage and Meatball - Eastside Deli - Passable Italian sausage and a very respectable meatball on a rubbery roll slathered in peppers and marinara. A Godmother it ain't - but trust me - you want to stay away from the Italian cold cut here. And don't say nobody didn't warn you about their vaunted "D.A. Special." Sausage and Meatball is the only thing to order here. But that doesn't mean you won't feel bad about it after. Very bad.

#3 Banh Mi Dac Biet at Buu Dien - This is the only banh mi I know of where the bottom of the sandwich drips out a glorious, industrial-looking sludge of mayo and fish sauce every time. Not the clear fish sauce. The grey stuff. That smell won't come of your fingers for days.

#4 Bacon Cheeseburger - Patra Burger. I know it's bad but I keep coming back for more. I've had relationships like this and they always end badly. This is the epitome of the nasty diner burger - a frozen patty topped with shredded lettuce and a thousand-island type sauce. Cheap, dirty and served with fries. I've had relationships like that too.....

Et tu Los Angeles?

Eastside Market
1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Buu Dien
642 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Patra Burgers On Sunset
1524 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Metro Balderas Restaurant
12727 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

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    reality check Jul 8, 2011 12:42 PM

    A pulled pork or brisket sandwich from Bludso's, are good and messy!!

    1. scottca075 Jul 8, 2011 04:14 PM

      Is there anything dirtier than a Tommy burger?

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      1. re: scottca075
        wienermobile Jul 8, 2011 04:52 PM

        No there isn't. I need at least a dozen or more napkins at Tommy's.

        Tommy's Original World Famous Hamburgers
        14601 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

        1. re: wienermobile
          Feed_me Jul 8, 2011 05:02 PM

          How about a pastrami sandwich from Johnny's on Adams? Not Johnnie's on Sepulveda in Culver City. The place on Adams is 24 hour and while I've never had any problems some people are leery of the area. It's a couple of blocks east of Crenshaw on Adams. The sandwich (ask for the "pastrami dip") has a humongous amount of meat cooked in broth in a roll with pack of pickle (pretty nice one or two) and some of those yellow peppers. It's under 9 bucks (a bargain). http://www.johnnyspastrami.com/Site/w...

          1. re: Feed_me
            bad nono Jul 8, 2011 08:20 PM

            I had an excellent burger there once, and it's only after I had paid for it I saw another customer with the pastrami sandwich. It looked magnificent, and for the record, I don't even like pastrami. Next time I am ravenous in this area, I'll try it.

          2. re: wienermobile
            Riccardo Jul 15, 2011 11:21 AM

            To taste the real traditional/historical L.A. urban vibe of Tommy's (as well as the chili, which you'll be tasting for at least the next day or two) you need to go to the original site at Beverly & Rampart.

            1. re: Riccardo
              wienermobile Jul 15, 2011 12:34 PM

              100% agree on Tommy's on Rampart.

          3. re: scottca075
            Jelly71 Jul 8, 2011 04:58 PM

            Only if you make it a double.

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            nosh Jul 8, 2011 04:55 PM

            I'm with you on Eastside Market Deli, but I can't get past the dipped hot roast beef and pastrami, served with cheese and soft peppers. Very unusual for me to find a sandwich I usually can't finish.

            Eastside Market
            1013 Alpine St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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            1. re: nosh
              Bruin2 Jul 8, 2011 06:19 PM

              Plus one. Love the roast beef and pastrami. Isn't it the number 7?

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                malibumike Jul 9, 2011 09:26 AM

                It is the #7, my favorite. When I used to work just up the street from there I would go there on a rainy day(makes me more hungry-dont know why) and get 2 #7's with some pepronicini peppers and hog out . The best.

            2. Servorg Jul 8, 2011 05:08 PM

              I'd never heard of Patra Burgers before...so thanks for that. I found a menu for them online and added it to the place link. Very cool sounding place...

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              1. re: Servorg
                nosh Jul 8, 2011 05:11 PM

                Is that the menu from 2006?

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                  Servorg Jul 8, 2011 05:14 PM

                  I'm not sure...and when I went back I found out that I can't access any of the food parts of the menu..only the cover shot. Damn I hate when I find that out AFTER posting! And Sporq seems to have gone under as a site, since I get a file not found or some such when trying to get to any of their menus now a days.

                  1. re: Servorg
                    nosh Jul 8, 2011 05:20 PM

                    I'm getting it by clicking on the Patra's link in the OP and then the "See Menu" link. Cover page and sections working for me -- but I'd be very happily surprised if the prices are still accurate. Still -- rather have old prices than none.

                    1. re: Servorg
                      goodhealthgourmet Jul 8, 2011 05:21 PM

                      and when I went back I found out that I can't access any of the food parts of the menu..only the cover shot.
                      that's because they've changed their website (and menu) since appearing on season 2 of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.

                      here's the new site, click the "Menu" link on the left.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        Servorg Jul 8, 2011 05:44 PM

                        Thanks so much GHG. I added the website and the menu to the place link.

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                          goodhealthgourmet Jul 8, 2011 05:51 PM

                          always happy to help...i should have thought to update the place link - you're so good about that!

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                  andytseng Jul 8, 2011 05:13 PM

                  It didn't make the cut for J. Gold's list of favorite Ahogada sandwiches, but I like the one at Cook's Tortas.

                  Cook's Tortas
                  1944 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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                    Bruin2 Jul 8, 2011 06:18 PM

                    Filthy, naughty, greasy, but delicious? Look that up in the dictionary, and you'll see a picture of the original Oki Dog: Flour tortilla filled with two dogs, pastrami, chili, cabbage if you want it, and cheese. I have struck a deal with the wife and cardiologist that I get to have one a year, but only after a UCLA victory!

                    Oki Dog
                    5056 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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                    1. re: Bruin2
                      Servorg Jul 8, 2011 06:33 PM

                      "I have struck a deal with the wife and cardiologist that I get to have one a year, but only after a UCLA victory!"

                      I'm sure that the basketball team will deliver for you with at least one... ;-D>

                      1. re: Bruin2
                        mrgreenbeenz Jul 9, 2011 01:08 AM

                        How could I forget the Oki dog? Don't get much dirtier than that.

                      2. ipsedixit Jul 8, 2011 07:57 PM

                        The Roast Beef Dip at the The Hat, with extra gravy.


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                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          wienermobile Jul 8, 2011 11:38 PM

                          Nice. Pastrami Chili Cheese Fries with that?

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                            ipsedixit Jul 9, 2011 12:15 PM

                            Only if I bring a defibrillator with me.

                          2. re: ipsedixit
                            tissue Jul 9, 2011 10:01 AM

                            Pastrami dip!

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                            New Trial Jul 9, 2011 01:07 AM

                            Almost any sandwich at Moscow Deli would satisfy your drip quotient. I am partial to the Odessa.

                            Moscow Deli
                            3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                            1. Peripatetic Jul 9, 2011 04:22 AM

                              I practically need a rain pancho and dropcloth to eat the cemita milanese at Don Adrian. I once made the mistake of eating one in the car and the resulting cleanup was horrific. So good, though . . .

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                              1. re: Peripatetic
                                Servorg Jul 9, 2011 04:30 AM

                                That is one great sandwich and by far my favorite cemita poblana at Don Adrian.

                                Taqueria Don Adrian
                                14902 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

                              2. DrBruin Jul 9, 2011 10:27 AM

                                How about a 4x4 "Animal-style" from In and Out? (It's a hamburger sandwich.)

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                                  Norm Man Jul 9, 2011 11:13 AM

                                  For a dirty sammie, check out one of the gut busting "Fat Sandwiches" at Fat Sal's deli in Westwood:

                                  Fat Sal's Deli

                                  972 Gayley Ave

                                  Los Angeles

                                  310 208-5070




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                                    bulavinaka Jul 9, 2011 11:45 AM

                                    Rinaldi's on Main Street in El Segundo reminds me of this topic. A fair amount of their sandwiches fall in this category - most are overly generous on number and amounts of ingredients. My regular sloppy sandwich there is The Godfather.


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                                      yogachik Jul 9, 2011 07:55 PM

                                      For me, nothing beats the Westwood at Nate n' Als. It's just a turkey sandwich on rye with coleslaw and thousand island dressing, but if you ask them to substitute the 1,000 island dressing with their house dressing (the one they use on the chef salad), it's the messiest, most delicious, most wonderful, and probably most incredibly fattening thing in this city.

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                                      1. re: yogachik
                                        reality check Jul 9, 2011 09:46 PM

                                        What is Nate & Al's "house dressing" a ranch style dressing? Italian style? Nate & Al's is one of the few delis I haven't tried in LA. Looking forward to going, since I've heard good things.

                                        1. re: reality check
                                          yogachik Jul 9, 2011 10:21 PM

                                          It's a russian dressing - sort of like their 1,000 Island (which is also made there), but without the relish. It has a lot of garlic and yet is sweet (probably a lot of sugar). It's a pink, mayo-based, dressing.

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                                        Riccardo Jul 15, 2011 11:25 AM

                                        If you're ever in OC, try the authentic, Chicago-style Italian Beef dipped sandwich with giardiniara relish at Portillo's in Buena Park (the only local branch of the Chi-based hot dog chain).

                                        1. LA Buckeye Fan Jul 15, 2011 02:15 PM

                                          If you ever feel like getting dirty in the Santa Clarita Valley (and why wouldn't you?there is little else to do) I love the hot salami sandwich at Maria's Deli on Lyon's Avenue. Cold sandwich, spicy salami. I find it messy, but that may be more about the number of beers I've had then the actual sandwich.

                                          Maria's Italian-American Deli
                                          22620 Lyons Ave, Newhall, CA 91321

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                                          1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                                            Will Owen Jul 15, 2011 05:06 PM

                                            When I'm in that vicinity and want something my doctor would consider utterly unacceptable, I can't help falling into the Way Station and getting some mess of sausage, hash browns, gravy and eggs. But I will keep Maria's in mind, thanks!

                                            1. re: Will Owen
                                              LA Buckeye Fan Jul 18, 2011 11:02 AM

                                              My pleasure, Will. Mmmm...Way Station hash browns.

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                                                Will Owen Jul 18, 2011 01:16 PM

                                                Yeah … what's with that place? Half their stuff comes out of Smart & Final cartons, I don't think anything is fresh but the salad greens and the eggs, but it all works. For me, anyway. And those amazing fluffy hashbrowns, yessss …

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                                            scrunchface Jul 24, 2011 03:39 PM

                                            Vegetarian sandwich from Cafe Tropical is a yummy drippy mess. Want meat? I recommend the turkey.

                                            Cafe Tropical
                                            2900 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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