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Best Sandwich in Pasadena?

jranen Dec 3, 2011 09:32 AM

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. ipsedixit RE: jranen Dec 3, 2011 12:06 PM

    Fiore Market Cafe. Get the roast beef.


    1. wienermobile RE: jranen Dec 3, 2011 12:10 PM

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

      The Hat
      491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

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        ipsedixit RE: wienermobile Dec 3, 2011 12:12 PM

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

      2. Peripatetic RE: jranen Dec 3, 2011 01:17 PM

        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. Bob Brooks RE: jranen Dec 3, 2011 03:16 PM

          The egg salad at Europane.

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            ipsedixit RE: Bob Brooks Dec 3, 2011 07:52 PM

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

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              khh1138 RE: ipsedixit Dec 18, 2011 11:30 AM

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

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              ns1 RE: Bob Brooks Jan 31, 2012 09:40 AM

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

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              Jack Flash RE: jranen Dec 3, 2011 09:57 PM

              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.

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                Selter Head RE: jranen Dec 3, 2011 10:20 PM

                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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                  Peripatetic RE: Selter Head Dec 4, 2011 02:09 AM

                  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.

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                    mikeinla10 RE: Peripatetic Dec 4, 2011 11:10 AM

                    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.

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                      Peripatetic RE: mikeinla10 Dec 4, 2011 03:05 PM

                      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.

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                  attran99 RE: jranen Dec 4, 2011 12:01 PM

                  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. ocshooter RE: jranen Dec 5, 2011 05:08 PM

                    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.

                    2649 Mission Street, San Marino, CA 91108

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                      Ernie RE: jranen Dec 19, 2011 02:43 PM

                      Prime rib French dip at Houston's

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