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Jul 8, 2011 12:25 PM

Best DIRTY Sandwich in LA

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

    1. Is there anything dirtier than a Tommy burger?

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      1. re: scottca075

        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

          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).

          1. re: Feed_me

            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

            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.

          3. 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

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

              1. re: Bruin2

                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. I'd never heard of Patra Burgers 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: nosh

                  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

                    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

                      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

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

                        1. re: Servorg

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

                2. 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