Top Five L.A. Sandwiches?
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!
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..
Nom Nom Truck's Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi
Fundamental's hot short rib sandwich
& Apple Pan's Egg Salad
10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324
4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
fundamental Los Angeles
1303 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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
maybe the person is doing a article/book on sandwiches of the world or something...
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
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.
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!
Langers- #19 (Pastrami)
Brents Deli- Pastrami
King Torta- (torta sandwiches)
Bay Cities- Godmother
Banh Mi My Tho- Shredded chicken banh mi
4521 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Banh Mi My Tho
304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803
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
Bay Cities - sausage and peppers with provolone and marinara
Langers - #19 pastrami
Dan's Supersubs - roast beef (hot) with extra meat, cheese, no mayo or onions
Cafe Tropical - Cubano. Gotta have a proper Cuban roll and they've got it.
Cole's - French dip (beef or lamb)
2900 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Two others to consider other than the ones already listed:
Larchmont Wine and Cheese black forest ham and Joan's on Third mortadella
Bay Cities Godmother, spicy
Wally's Cheese Box - Italian Hero or Fresh Mozzerella
Surfas - Jorge's Chicken Sandwich
26 Beach - California Roll Burger
A Frame - double cheeseburger
Portos - Chicken Torta
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292
I don't get out as much as many of the esteemed chowhounders on the LA
Board...so take mine with a grain of Kosher Salt
1. Spicy Salami Sandwich at Maria's Italian Deli in Santa Clarita
2. Brent's Deli Black Pastrami Rueben in Northridge
3. Brent's Turkey salad on sour dough
4.Egg Salad on Olive Bread at Europane
5. Roast Beef and Peppers at Final Score in Santa Clarita.
19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324
Maria's Italian Deli
202 W Holt Blvd, Ontario, CA 91762
Julienne's lamb sandwich was my favorite, but they've gone and changed the bread since 2011, at least on the menu. It used to be the rosemary-raisin, which sounds weird but was the perfect compliment; now I think it's some kind of whole-grain stuff. I don't know if they'd swap the bread for you …
#1 for Philippe's, and I LOVE that "bus station"! Who needs fries when there's that killer potato salad, and then there's the mustard. Lamb dip for me too.
I love that, but I think it's suffering a bit from its popularity. He's making them ahead during the slow times and apparently selling all he makes, but he sometimes uses the crusty plain rolls, which I really like, and sometimes the softer (and tougher) seeded rolls, which I kinda don't. Today's was a seeded one. I need to make a point of asking. I did leave him in a good mood, because I brought in the article about five great area sandwiches, with his listed first, from yesterday's Pasadena Sun.
To each his or her own. I want a crust that crackles when I bite it instead of compressing under my teeth; to my mind that Amoroso roll the Philly crowd are so partial to is hopeless in a cold sandwich because the crust is like leather. Yes, I like the flavor of those sesame seeds, but not the soft toughness they impart.
I wonder if Rosario could be persuaded to mark the packages? Probably not, but it won't hurt to ask.
Can't think of 5 now, but nods to Langer's #19 and Mendocino Farms Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi on grilled panini.
Not a sandwich fan as a general rule, the three below are the ones that I have enjoyed:
Bay Cities Pastrami or Corned Beef, but not together
Umami's Signature Burger
I'm not much into sandwiches generally, but I do like the gourmet-ish sandwiches at Wally's Cheese Box and The Cheese Store of Silver Lake, as well as the buffalo mozzarella sandwich at Pizzeria Mozza (don't like their smoked stracchino sandwich). I also enjoy the smoked salmon weekend brunch sandwich at Huckleberry, and remember enjoying the grilled salmon sandwich at Little Dom's, though it's been a while since I ate that.
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
1. Langer's - pastrami on rye (no slaw, dressing, cheese)
2. Bay City Deli - Godmother, spicy.
3. Busy Bee Market (San Pedro) - BBQ chicken w/ cheese and extra sauce
4. Eastside Deli - meatball
5. The Hat - pastrami dip (sentimental fave but I doubt it'd hold up)
Busy Bee Market
2413 S Walker Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731
I recently found my new favorite LA area sandwich at Mario's Deli on Broadway in Glendale. IMO, they have sandwiches that rival Bay Cities, my favorite being a roast pork sandwich that is seriously tasty. The pork reminds me of the kind you find in cuban restaurants - very juicy and very flavorful.
Mario's is a italian market very similar to Bay Cities but without the crowds and the hassle.
Missing from this list are Simple Things and Golden State, also the chicken sandiwch at Son of a Gun and the cemitas at Don Adrian.
The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
1) Langer's #19 (pastrami, swiss and cole slaw). Legendary.
2) The Spice Table's cold cut banh mi. By far the best banh mi i've ever had, and i've had them at about 30 different palces including in Vietnam.
3) The "sandwich" at Roma Deli in Pasadena. Small little market, but you can ask for a sandwich at the deli counter, which is the simplest, most authentically Italian sandwich I've had here: Good roll, olive oil, and a couple slices each of mortadella, sopressata, prosciutto and provolone. Not a lot of fillings, but just a perfectly constructed sandwich. I like the Bay Cities Godmother, but this "sandwich" is the real deal.
4) Phillipe's lamb dip with blue cheese. Can't get it anywhere else, and it's only $6!
5) Tops' hoagie-style boiled pastrami sandwich (original location only, on Colorado in eastern Pasadena). Puts the Hat's and Johnnie's versions to shame.
The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
In no particular order (and excluding burgers, because otherwise it would be too hard to pick!):
- Bay Cities - Godmother (Works, Spicy)
- Mendocino Farms - Not So Fried Chicken
- The Spice Table - Banh Mi
- Mozza2Go - Porchetta
- Bottega Louie - Fried Egg
I almost included Cole's French Dip (Lamb with Feta), which I love, but I decided that I love it as much for the sides as for the sandwich itself - so it gets an Honorable Mention, as does pretty much every sandwich at Joan's On Third.
Joan's On Third
8436 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Bay Cities Italian Deli: The Godmother + spicy + The Works. Huge, heaping italian sandwich (capicola, mortadella, etc.) on to-die-for bread. Hot peppers are added when you ask for spicy, and The Work's is mayo, deli mustard, and other good stuff. The bread is just heavenly. This sandwich is on this board a lot I've seen, but for all the right reasons-a true LA classic.
Il Tramezzino: "Chicken Special" Grilled Chicken Panini. I'm not a big panini fan because they tend to be dry. Not this one-the garlic pesto sauce they put on it makes it melt in your mouth. The chicken is moist and flavorful, and the bread is awesome. Comes with avocado and provolone. Amazing anytime-great for lunch, or for a drunken treat at 3:30am.
In N Out: Double Double + Animal Style. Sell-Out, but it's that good. It's also really cheap. Animal style takes it to another level. I'm sure this will raise criticism but I don't care-I love this sandwich.
Phillipe the Original: Lamb French Dip. Order it double dipped (locals know what's up), and load it up with that sinus-clearing spicy mustard they have on the tables. I don't care who invented it or where it was invented-Phillipe's is the best around.
Langer's Deli: Pastrami. Doesn't matter if you like to load it up or keep it to the basics. The meat is so perfect you won't care if you have mustard, slaw, cheese, etc, or not. Get it on rye (duh).
Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1825 Redondo Ave, Signal Hill, CA 90755
460 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
While I love the Godmother at Bay Cities, try the caprese sandwich with extra balsamic venegar. Imaging some fresh buffalo mozzarella, some nice sliced fresh tomotoes, thinly shaved yellow onions, some pieces of fresh basil with salt, pepper, balsamic venegar on that amazing bread! Its heaven.
The meatball sandwhich with provalone is also delicious at Bay Cities.
• Langer’s pastrami (a cappella)
• Mendocino Farms’ Three Little Pigs
• Houston’s French Dip
• Eastside Market’s #7 (roast beef/pastrami)
• Le Saint Amour’s Croque Madame
I have no argument with the replies. I wanted to add Oinkster's pulled pork. I admit, I haven't had it for awhile, but it's one of the few sandwiches I've ever craved.
-ANYTHING from Bay Cities...I don't eat red meat so I haven't tried the Godmother. But the bread and meats are so tasty that even a turkey breast sandwich from this deli is faaabulous
-egg salad from Europane
-grilled cheese sandwich with grilled onions from In-n-Out
Langers pastrami, plain, make sure to ask for "hand sliced and not lean" to make the waitress roll her eyes
Joan's on Third Mortadella (light on the mustard)
Clementine - Cold Meatloaf with 1,000 Lakes dress on white country bed
Clementine - tuna melt (cheating to include two from one place I know)
How can no one mentioned grilled cheese at Campanile, both classic and variations?
any banh mi, anywhere
most of the little sandwiches at Rockenwagner Bakery at the Promenade in Santa Monica, especially the hard salami verion paired with a seasonal salad (white peach last time, stunner)
Phillipe's lamb dip with a side of pickled beets and custard
Joe Jost's - Special
Philippe's - Doubled Dipped Beef
Langer's - basic Pastrami
Top Baguette - BBQ Beef Banh Mi
Santa Fe Importers - Something with fresh cuts of meat
I'm keeping burgers out of this. While one can argue that burgers could be considered a sandwich, I just consider it a totally different category.
1. Langer's #10
2. Angelica's Cemitas Truck cemitas poblanas w/ milinesa
3. Bay Cities Godmother
4. Momed's duck shawarma
5. Euro Pane's open-faced egg salad sandwich on any of their offered breads*
*This probably should be higher on my list. For the fact that I otherwise despise boiled eggs, this egg salad is that good. And the only reason I first tried it is because you Hounds spoke so highly of it. Rarely does something live up to the hype - Thank You.
I'd agree with most of these places-but I'd have to add Cook's torta in Monterey park and banh mi my tho in alhambra.
I woudn't know if this is a top five sandwich, but I found Sorrento Italian Market on Sepulveda in Culver City while working in the area. I absolutely loved this place. $ 3.95 for a large capicola and the small is the one I would order for something like $ 2.75. Many other sandwiches served from this long time owned family deli.
I have to add the Sloppy Joe at the Spice Table (a special) and the Brisket Banh Mi at Gjelina Take Away. The former is an Asian take on an American sandwich and the latter is an American take on an Asian sandwich, and both are amazing.
my top 5 (not in any order):
* bay cities - godmother
* mendocino farms - steak BLT
* son of a gun - fried chicken
* huckleberry - BLTA
* animal - pork belly sliders (does this count as a sando?)
Tamarind Deli- Hollywood S of Sunset...get the #1
Unami Burger- just go
Bay Cities on Lincoln in Santa Monica- Godmother
All about bread on Melrose- another one - just go
No one mentioned Fiore Market Cafe in So. Pasadena by the post office. Their cold rare roast beef sandwich and roast chicken sandwich is the best esp with their home made bread.
Melody Bar & Grill has tasty sandwiches...try the Elvis Peanut butter and bananas on grilled sourdough with a side of honey or the Philly Cheese Steak!!
There are great sandwiches already mentioned so I'll add my all time favorite:
My number one sandwich is Artisan Cheese Gallery's roasted lamb sandwhich. Tender roasted lamb with feta, pesto, red onions, and greens on a toasted baguette. AMAZING!
Artisan Cheese Gallery
12023 Ventura Boulevard Studio City, CA 91604
Langer's No. 1 sandwich (pastrami, Russian dressing and coleslaw) on rye or kaiser roll
Bandera's French dip
A-1 Imported Grocery's Italian torpedo
Honor Bar's chicken sandwich
Philippe's French dip with their excellent mustard
What a fun topic! Hope you were able to get helpful information from all those who responded. Mine would be, in no particular order except what I can recall:
Son of a Gun's fried chicken sandwich
Mendocino Farms pork belly bahn mi
Grilled Cheese Truck's cheesy Mac & rib
Steak sandwich special at Freddy Smalls
Pastrami Nosh at Plan Check
(in alphabetical order)
Attari Sandwich Shop - tongue
Fundamental LA - porchetta (I haven't seen it in over a year though)
Jeff's Gourmet Sausage Factory - old-fashioned pastrami
Langer's - hot pastrami (as is)
Philippe the Original - beef or lamb dip (double-dipped)
This might be a little low-brow for many Hounds:
Pastrami Burger at Troy's Drive-In No. 8 on York in Highland Park. Make sure to get your fries extra-crispy.
Troy's Drive-In No. 8 - 4738 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042
Yesterday I went to Sqirl Cafe on N Virgil for breakfast and had their Proof bakery toasted brioche with tomato chutney, wild chanterelle mushrooms, goat cheese, dill, pickled onions, and a perfectly fried duck egg on top of everything. Incredibly good. Their problem is this is such a tiny space. They do have an outside patio area, but no heaters. So yesterday was delicious, but on the chilly side.
720 N Virgil Silver Lake (just N of Melrose on the east side of the street)
Brent's - Corned Beef Reuben (love their corned beef more than anyplace)
Phillipe's - Roast Beef double dipped, with a marinated hard boiled egg ¢5 Coffee.
The Hungry Cat - The Pub Burger, is mind blowingly good
Victor's Deli - Makes a pretty good Reuben, and I used to get turkey sandwiches with lettuce, avacado and italian dressing that were fantastic, and so much meat you could take half home and have a huge sandwich the next day.
Dos Arbolitos - The Pit BBQ Torta is pretty good, though probably not in the top 5, but I am not thinking of anyplace else right now.
Oh boy! I love sandwiches! These are not in any particular order, I love them all. It just depends on what I'm craving on that particular day.
1) Mendocino Farms Not-So-Fried Chicken (with buffalo sauce)
2) Bay Cities Godmother (with mild pepper mix)
3) Swingers Stuffed Grilled Cheese (sourdough and cheddar with caramelized onions, avocado, and tomato. Dipping in French's mustard is a MUST. Kills the roof of your mouth.)
4) Simple Things Thanksgiving sandwich
5) Phillys Best Cheesesteak (with sweet peppers and cheeze whiz)
I know there's more, but that's my top 5, off the top of my head :)
- mr baguette banh mi dac biet
- blue table roast beef tenderloin on baguette (ask for the rarest cut of roast beef if you can)
- europane egg salad sandwich
- jeff's old fashioned pastrami
- little dom's fried soft shell crab sandwich
runners up: blue palm's brewhouse el fuego steak melt and langer's pastrami.
Please add to list:
-La Brea Bakery's Autostrada sandwich
-Son of A Gun's mini lobster rolls
-La Espanola's Jamon sandwich
Pork Belly Banh Mi - Mendocino Farms
Porchetta Sandwich w/ Fried Egg - Prochetta Truck
Caprese Sandwich, add Parma Prosciutto - Bay Cities Deli
Dungeness Crab Roll - Lobsta Truck
Lamb Dip, double dipped, w/ swiss - Philippe the Original
Thanks for the rec, you're right, it was phenomenal! Served warm on that fresh ciabatta bread, with the cheese melted, soooo good! And the side salad was also really tasty, I love their house balsamic vinaigrette. Definitely a keeper, thanks for the heads up, in my own backyard even, which is not an easy thing to do!
Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese Store's Salami on Baguette (MY FAV)
Bay Cities's Godmother
Son of a Gun's Fried Chicken Sandwich
In-n-Out's Cheeseburger Animal Style
1) #7 hot roast beef and pastrami at Eastside Italian market and deli on Alpine just west of china town.
2) #21 cold roast beef and pastrami from above.
3) Langers pastrami swiss cheese and cole slaw.
4) Same as above from Brents deli.
5) Almost any sandwich from Dans super subs in Woodland Hills.
1. Phillip's BBQ - Sliced beef with 1/2 hot and 1/2 regular BBQ sauce.
2. Langer's #19
3. Tamarind Deli - #1, Hot brisket with horseradish
4. Vinny's Pizza - Meatball sandwich
5. Victor's Restaurant - Corned beef, Brooklyn style
Milo and Olive makes a wonderful sandwich using their homemade chicken meatballs which goes on their made to- order -pizza bread, with arugula.OMG, it is so delicious! Definitely shareable,if you are not big eaters. Not always on the blackboard menu, but ask for it.They always have the meatballs and they always have pizza dough.
the tempeh-baga at humble potato
whole wheat TOASTED bun (the kind that has some subtstance and texture and holds together)
fried tempeh strips
grilled onions that taste like grilled onions instead of tasting like stewed onions.
lettuce (freshly washed and cut IN HOUSE--not the limp stuff from a bag)
i get the add on of the yuzo slaw (a buck upcharge)
i sub regular ketchup for their red sauce
and they provide me with a couple of ounces of tonkatsu sauce in addition with no upcharge
the combination of textures and flavors work terrifically together--they are not just a mishmash of stuff used as a grease delivery vehicle as so many other veggie burgers are, AND the bun is substantial enough to hold the whole thing together (somethng rarely seen with burgers that have topping piled all over them)
although this is far from diet food, it will not catapult you into the next size up as long as you refrain from the fries.
I just now finished a steak BLT from Mendocino Farms...I might be bumping one of my choices for that one...it's one of the best sandwiches I've ever had! (I've had it maybe 5 times before, and it's extremely consistent.) Very tender steak, roasted tomatoes, I don't know (or care) what else, because it's perfect! Oh, BTW, I get it without bacon. While I love bacon, sometimes I find that it takes center stage, and I like to taste the steak more.
-Cemita de Milanesa from Angelicas Cemitas de Poblanas truck parked on Venice Blvd.
-Grilled Pork Bahn Mi from Tan Hoang Huong in Westminster. I think there secret is that they use mayo and BUTTER in their sandwich. Their bread is baked on site.
-Medio Noche from Portos Bakery
-The Classic Italian Cold Cut from Dan's Super Subs
-The Meat Ball Sub from Cavaretta's Italian Grocery in Canoga Park
-Lobster Roll from Hungry Cat Hollywood, but Santa Monica Seafood's version is close 2nd.
I know, that was more than five....
Still on the quest for the BEST pulled pork sandwich in LA, maybe the Hounds can help a girl out..
Tuna Salad from Dave's Chillin and Grillin
Medio Noche from Portos Bakery
#19 from Langers
Hard salami from the Eagle Rock Italian Bakery
Lamb Dip, double dipped with swiss from Phillipes
Tortas from King Torta or La Abeja take the Torta Trophy for sure.
4521 Valley Blvd #102, Los Angeles, CA 90032
3700 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065