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Top 5 London Sandwiches?

tenedor Aug 16, 2011 02:21 PM

Hey all,

I'm on an ambitious gastronomic quest and would love a little guidance from some locals. You can help me by answering the following:

If you could only have five more sandwiches in the London area for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Please try to limit them to sandwiches that we could all purchase (i.e. not something that your grandmother makes once a year). Otherwise, you can be fairly liberal in what you decide to count as a sandwich - burger, taco... perhaps even a pork bun if you really feel strongly about it.

Feel free to give a bit of justification for your choices where appropriate.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. limster RE: tenedor Aug 16, 2011 02:45 PM

    Porchetta sandwich @ Gastronomica, Borough Market -- wonderful porky goodness. (The coppa de testa is a decent second.)

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      gembellina RE: tenedor Aug 17, 2011 04:49 AM


      1. psycho_fluff RE: tenedor Aug 17, 2011 04:48 PM

        Hot salt beef Sandwiches are great. Although sadly, the infamous Blooms of Whitechapel shut years ago there are apparently still some good places to get one out there.


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        1. re: psycho_fluff
          zuriga1 RE: psycho_fluff Aug 18, 2011 03:30 AM

          I'm probably in the minority (no pun intended), but I do wish all the salt beef sandwiches here cut the meat much thinner, the way it is in the States. Those thick slices don't appeal to me at all. The rye bread isn't good either, so I usually get mine on a bagel - at least at Selfridge's.

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            psycho_fluff RE: zuriga1 Aug 18, 2011 06:06 AM

            The salt beef beigels at Blooms were the best. Not cr@ppy, hard 'bagels' but proper Jewish Beigels. Sorely missed!

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              brokentelephone RE: psycho_fluff Aug 20, 2011 12:04 PM

              I tried Blooms 3 times, and each time it got progressively worse -- definitely the worst salt beef sandwich I've ever had was served at my final visit. Good riddance to that place.

              I think they got their bagels (or beigels LOL) from Carmeli's down the road which I think are decent enough -- Daniels in Temple Fortune is better in the area.

              If we're talking about Golders Green there is a great Israeli falafel place called Pita Plus (or something) with excellent falafel.

              1. re: brokentelephone
                Theresa RE: brokentelephone Nov 9, 2011 01:07 AM

                Why "LOL"?

                I believe "beigel" was the original Yiddish and European spelling before they were exported to the US ...

                I'm no expert, but I'm a fan of Beigel Bake on Brick Lane - and I like the salt beef cut thickly!

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                  zuriga1 RE: Theresa Nov 9, 2011 02:14 AM

                  Not to be picky, but Yiddish words are difficult to spell in English because Yiddish letters look like Hebrew and it's all just a guess. That's why so many Eastern European names were misspelled when people immigrated.

                  I think Fantastic Bagels at Finsbury Park are very tasty.

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                    brokentelephone RE: zuriga1 Nov 11, 2011 11:37 AM

                    I think you're thinking of Happening Bagels in Finsbury Park?

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                      zuriga1 RE: brokentelephone Nov 11, 2011 09:57 PM

                      LOL! Of course. Well, they are Fantastic compared to a lot of others.

                  2. re: Theresa
                    gembellina RE: Theresa Nov 9, 2011 03:31 AM

                    I think bt was making a tongue-in-cheek reference to another thread where there was a slight disagreement about the spelling...

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                      Theresa RE: gembellina Nov 9, 2011 03:37 AM

                      Ah ... :o)

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            cathodetube RE: tenedor Aug 21, 2011 03:24 AM

            Are you writing an article or book?

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              sdv231 RE: tenedor Aug 22, 2011 12:28 PM

              Are you really going to eat sandwiches in L.A., Chicago, the bay area, London, and Miami ? As you have posted this same question on all these boards.

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                ShekhaV RE: sdv231 Aug 25, 2011 07:46 AM

                Depends on what you're looking for in a sandwich? I really love Italia Uno's Sandwiches on Charlotte St

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                  Chatsworth RE: sdv231 Nov 7, 2011 08:39 PM

                  Good catch on the multiple postings. This sounded to me from the first post like a would-be journalist in search of an article. Let's see what comes up.

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                    gembellina RE: Chatsworth Nov 8, 2011 03:15 AM

                    This has already been answered on the Chicago sandwich thread. A project for culinary school, apparently.

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