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Aug 21, 2011 02:56 PM

Top Five L.A. Sandwiches?

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 L.A. 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. 1. Any Langer's Deli Pastrami Sandwich.
    2. Brent's Deli Black Pastrami Rueben.
    3.Tie between Mendocino Farms Steak BLT and their Prosciutto & Roasted Chicken.
    4. Bay Cities Italian Deli Godmother. (i love that bread)
    5. Big Mista's BBQ Brisket sandwich..
    Runners up
    Nom Nom Truck's Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi
    Fundamental's hot short rib sandwich
    & Apple Pan's Egg Salad

    Apple Pan
    10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Langer's Delicatessen
    704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Bay Cities Italian Deli
    1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Brent's Deli
    19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

    Mendocino Farms
    4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

    fundamental Los Angeles
    1303 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Oh sorry, how could I forget the barbeque pork belly sandwich at Animal,

      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      1. re: wienermobile

        "The Sandwich"-Roma Deli
        Marinated Pork Cemita-Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita
        Godmother-Bay Cities
        Bahn Mi (with pork)-Bahn Mi My Tho
        Italian Sub-Marios Italian Deli

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        1. Probably a new Food Network or Travel Channel TV show, but I'll bite.

          Bay Cities Deli - The Godmother, spicy with everything
          Langer's - Pastrami or chopped liver, but not together
          Nate 'n Al's - Hard salami
          Porto's - Cubano sandwich
          Bahn Mi My Tho - Special Cold Cut Ham Sandwich
          Philippe the Original - Lamb double dipped
          Gallo's Deli - Gallo Combo

          There is a 374 answer post to this same question about 5 days back.

          Philippe the Original
          1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. maybe the person is doing a article/book on sandwiches of the world or something...

            my favorites...
            1. porto's bakery, cubano sandwich
            2. philippes, lamb french dip with blue cheese
            3. cooks tortas, sandwiches change daily
            4. artisan cheese gallery, spanish turkey sandwich
            5. bay cities deli, the godfather

            1. re: penguinfoodie

              Thanks for your serious response!

              Rest assured, I am not a Food Network executive nor do I have any plans to exploit this information to a profitable end. This is for a school project. And since threads in food forums generally inform many more people than just the OP, I don't think I'm doing anyone a disservice here. And for what it's worth, I'm hoping to taste a lot of the recommendations the next time I'm in any of their respective cities.

            2. I don't think I've tried enough sandwiches to make up a top give, but I highly recommend the egg salad sandwich at Europane in Pasadena!

              1. Langers- #19 (Pastrami)
                Brents Deli- Pastrami
                King Torta- (torta sandwiches)
                Bay Cities- Godmother
                Banh Mi My Tho- Shredded chicken banh mi

                King Torta
                4521 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032

                Banh Mi My Tho
                304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

                1. 1. #7 at Eastside Italian Deli (Pastrami, Roast beef, provolone cheese, bell peppers, sauce)

                  2. #1 Combo at Billy’s Deli in Glendale (Pastrami, turkey, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing on rye)

                  3. House Cured Pastrami or the Cuban Sandwich at Beach Citiy Market Deli in San Pedro

                  4. Big Steve Combo Sandwich at Pasadena Sandwich Co. (Corned beef, turkey, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese & Russian dressing on rye)

                  5. Pastrami dip at Dino’s on Pico & Berendo (Yeah, IMO it really is better than ALL its similar rivals!)

                  Honorable mention - Torta from El Atacor #11 on N. Figueroa near Ave. 26.

                  And sorry, but I’m just not a fan of Langer’s.

                  Pasadena Sandwich Co
                  259 Sierra Madre Villa Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107

                  El Atacor Restaurant
                  3520 N Figueroa St Ste 3, Los Angeles, CA 90065

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                  1. re: Sam D.

                    Old post I know but pretty sure you mean Beach City Grill for number 3

                    1. re: ndukka562

                      No, I did not mean Beach City Grill. But I did misspell "City".

                      Beach City Market Deli is at 2801 S Pacific Avenue in San Pedro.