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Best Sandwich in Pasadena?

I am picking up Christmas lights at STATS today on South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. Would like to sit down and have a nice sandwich before then -- all types/ethnicities are in the mix. All recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    1. A guilty pleasure of mine is The Hat on Lake. Paper thin fatty pastrami dip piled high.

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      The Hat
      491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Every time "The Hat" is mentioned by name, I believe the price of Lipitor inches up another penny or so.

      2. I agree with ipse about Fiore's roast beef sandwich (note: actually in South Pas). If you're looking for something in Pasadena proper, then my favorites are the meatloaf sandwich at Euro Pane and the meatball sub at Porta Via. I also have a soft spot for the basturma sandwich at House of Basturma, but it's not to everyone's tastes.

          1. re: Bob Brooks

            Not sure that's a sandwich as so much a creation all unto itself.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              God yes.
              I don't really think of it as a sandwich, either, but yes, go there, do that.

            2. re: Bob Brooks

              yeah I finally had this and holy mother of god, top 5 sandwich. Never had an egg salad like that before.

            3. Sorry I didn't see this earlier; I would have suggested Elements Cafe, just on the other side of the park. They have some really nice sandwiches. The suggestion for Porta Via was also spot on (that's where we got our sandwiches today). I'm also quite partial to Lee's Hoagie House, but the other two are much more convenient to your shopping destination. Hope you found something tasty.

              1. Don't know if Little Pietro's, next to Roma Deli, on North Lake is still around - both are worth checking out. I was partial to LP's signature hoagie.

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                1. re: Selter Head

                  When was the last time you went to Pietro's? Reportedly it used to be run by Rosario's nephew (Rosario is the proprietor of Roma Deli), but went downhill after the ownership changed. I'm not sure when this happened.

                  1. re: Peripatetic

                    Just go a little further south to Alhambra...

                    Go to Banh Mi My Tho... get the #8 for $2.75. It's one of the best sandwiches I've ever had on this planet, let alone near Pasadena.

                    1. re: mikeinla10

                      I do like Banh Mi My Tho, but note that it's about 5 miles / 20 mintues south of Pasadena and there isn't any seating (OP said: "would like to sit down and have a nice sandwich"). Usually we consume our sandwiches at the west entrance of Lacy Park in San Marino (off St Albans Rd), which has nice seating.

                2. Egg salad sandwich at Europane. Remember to get a bunch of salted caramel, raspberry, and pistachio macarons for dessert.
                  Any sandwich at Root Beer Joe's Sandwich shop so long as you get the garlicky sauce and the pepper spread. They have a great selection of root beers to go with your sandwich.
                  Roast beef and avocado at Lovebirds Cafe. Make sure you get a black and white cookie, too.

                  1. I am late to the thread, but my favorite sandwich around Pasadena, nay, Los Angeles, is the lamb sandwich at Julienne's in San Marino. Take Lake south and turn right at Mission.

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                    Julienne
                    2649 Mission Street, San Marino, CA 91108

                    1. Prime rib French dip at Houston's