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Real, Traditional Club Sandwich in LA?

Ok, where can I find a real, honest to goodness Club Sandwich in LA? Even the diners seem to alter it. Basically, I am looking for:

Turkey (or chicken, if you must), bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayo on three slices of white toast, cut in quarters, on the diagonal. Extra bonus if they're secured with toothpicks with the colored plastic on the ends.

I don't mind having to ask them to hold the cheese, ham, mustard or avocado, but anything other than triple-decker, white toast is a deal-breaker.


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  1. That sounds like the one at Junior's Deli on Westwood Blvd. just north of Pico.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Junior's is closed as of the end of 2012. RIP

    2. A friend ordered one at Bottega Louie when we went for lunch. It may have had avocado, but I can't remember.

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      1. re: alliebear

        WAY too many extemporaneous ingredients: French ham, turkey, smoked bacon, Gruyère, tomato, avocado, hard-boiled egg & watercress.

          1. re: Withnail

            Oh, hahaha. It did not look like it had all of that extra stuff on it. Nevermind. :)

        1. Shutters on the Beach has a chicken club that's pretty nice. Nueske bacon, perfectly cooked chicken. I have spent my life trying to avoid mayo, so I rarely order a club.

          The obvious place to get a traditional club might be at a country club, (that's where I had my first club sandwich with 5 grape juice transfusions) but I haven't been to one West of the Rockies.

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          1. re: AeroDoe

            Funny about mayo. I too used to HATE it. Thought it was the most disgusting thing ever. Now? Not so much! I'll check out Shutter's, thanks!

            1. re: AeroDoe

              I love the one at Shutters - but it is on a chewier bread (sourdough maybe?) rather than white toast. I happen to like that better, but it's not 100% traditional. Love the shoestring fries too.

              1. re: cookie monster

                You know what? You're right about the bread not being white. I had forgotten that detail.

                It's probably because the whole time I am eating one, I am thinking to myself:

                "Thank G-d room service listened to me and didn't put mayo on this glorious club! Praise all order-takers who remember details like how much I loathe mayo! What if it had been slathered with mayo again like last time? Do other people burst into tears when presented with mayo on their club? This club is awesome!"

            2. I would head to Canter's on Fairfax.

              1. Pann's by the airport (LAX). Exactly like you describe.

                1. The diningroom at Rancho Park golf course in west LA. Good place for breakfast too.

                  1. Astro's in Silver Lake has one as you described.

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                    1. re: LaLa Eat

                      As does Rick's just down the street at Fletcher and Riverside. I'm a little surprised, actually, by the question. I like club sandwiches and have little trouble at all finding ones as described by the OP. The problem with them only seems to arise when you go to hip, trendy or fancy places.

                    2. I think Greenblatt's has a pretty traditional one. And I agree...it's gotta have the toothpicks with the colored plastic!

                      1. The best club sandwich I've had in town is at Doughboy's on 3rd. Everything is fresh and the toasted french pan de mie bread is killer, but not square. Lulu's on Beverly make a very good traditional club sandwich - square bread diagonal cut.

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                        1. re: Fryboy

                          I had the Doughboy's today. Good, but 2 strikes against it: the way it's cut (wedges) and the smoked turkey, rather than roasted. Good mayo, though! I'll try Lulu's, but they're gonna have to hold the swiss and replace the aioli with mayo! :-)

                        2. If you are in Eagle Rock, we always get the turkey club at Pete's Blue Chip. It's great and they put in a slice of american cheese along with grilled turkey deli slices. It's not fancy but we like it.

                          1. You're not going to believe me, but head to Marix Tex Mex in Santa Monica Canyon. They have a traditional club sandwich that is exactly what you seek. I have a friend who drags me there every so often to satisfy his club sandwich craving and he swears it's the real deal.

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                            1. re: yogachik

                              I forgot about Marix. They have the club at the WeHo location as well, and it is good. They also make a pretty good burger. (What can I say - I'm not a big Tex mex fan but my friends love Marix, so I know the menu pretty well.)

                              1. re: cookie monster

                                I actually love their fajita tacos on the happy hour menu :) So it's not all that difficult for my friend to "drag" me there.

                              2. re: yogachik

                                Wow. I've never even heard of this joint.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  So this wasn't you, way back when, recommending it? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7010... ;-D>

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Nope. That's not me. Also, that Kevin used a capital K. And I'm pretty sure 'ritas are not part of my vernacular.

                                    So is Marix like a chain joint?

                                    Now I want a club sandwich too.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      >>Nope. That's not me. Also, that Kevin used a capital K.<<

                                      Still - I'm impressed with the powers of "Sixth Sense Servorg" - that post is like years old. What's the next Mega numbers??? :)

                                      1. re: bulavinaka

                                        Don't you know that the Magic 8 Ball has been renamed Google? When guessing the Mega number I always use Pi...(a certain CH symmetry there, no?).

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          Fearing your clairvoyant powers, I'm turning off my brain and going to yelp...

                              3. Basically, I am looking for:

                                Turkey (or chicken, if you must), bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayo on three slices of white toast, cut in quarters, on the diagonal. Extra bonus if they're secured with toothpicks with the colored plastic on the ends.


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                                  1. re: Withnail

                                    I remember having a good one at Kokomos when they were at the Farmer's Market. Haven't been to the relocated Kokomos.

                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                    Funny that you mention Denny's. Years and years ago, Denny's Superbird was my favorite item on their menu. Essentially a club SW with avocado. Denny's doesn't make it that way anymore, a mere shell of its past. Good luck to withnail in his/her search.

                                    With the popularity of bacon today, I wonder if any place is serving a quality gourmet club sandwich, which is not the OP's request. But it would have roast turkey with great bacon and avocado? Sorry for the hijacking of this post.

                                    1. re: Ogawak

                                      Wow...that's a flashback. I used to like the Superbird, too!

                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                      i'd imagine that the Denny's version uses turkey roll or chicken roll, or some other compressed gelatinous stuff.

                                      maybe i'm wrong. . . .

                                      1. re: westsidegal

                                        Ok, now for once, I agree with you that the gelatinous roll is pretty darn gross.

                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                          I do remember that square one dining makes a good one,

                                          And I over the past couple years I have had the one at BeaBea's in Burbank, which for some odd reason never seems to get any love on this board.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            This is Square One Dining's description of their club sandwich:

                                            "smoked turkey, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, bibb lettuce, tomato and red onion with aioli on white bread. $11.25

                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                          This is the first time I read this thread and I swear to God the first place I thought about was Denny's. Then I saw Ipse's reply. This is, without a doubt, the right answer!
                                          I am 9 months too late. But Ipse does it again.

                                        3. As others have said, I have seen them everywhere. Jans has a good one and even Norm's has a decent one. I like it whole wheat toast myself.

                                          1. I frequently get the club sandwich at Canter's, Swinger's, and the 101 Coffee Shop on Franklin. I believe all 3 are unadulterated versions of the classic (unless I'm forgetting something), and all three are entirely decent, although I think the 101 may be the better of the 3.

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                                            1. re: wutzizname

                                              Hustler Casino on West Redondo Beach Blvd in Gardena has a BLT to die for - sour dough with butter and the mayo spread to every crumb up to the crusts (not removed) and copious amounts of applewood bacon strips, heirloom tomato and crunchy romaine and neatly cut into quarters diagonal - fairy quarters my Mum used to call that.

                                              1. re: wutzizname

                                                Since my OP, I've been to Swingers many times. It's my favorite so far, even though they use sourdough. Cafe 50s is good too, but it's not a real triple decker.

                                                1. re: Withnail

                                                  Seeing as you appear to still have a hankering for a classic club you might check out Pann's as PeteEats suggested back in April. http://panns.com/burgers.htm#sandwiches I'm not sure about the finer points like the cut in wedges and toothpicks, but it appears to be just what you're looking for. It's kind of the right environment for that type of sandwich too.

                                                  1. re: Feed_me

                                                    Also Pann's uses their in house fresh roasted turkey for the sandwich, and so does Brent's Deli in Northridge.

                                              2. Le Petit Four on Sunset makes a great club sandwich (they roast their own turkey). You will, however, need to request the 3rd piece of toast. Darn tasty fries too.

                                                1. Poolside cafe at Beverly Hills Hotel. I had it with grilled chicken but it's pretty darned good, complete with fancy toothpicks to prevent toppling. Opting for chicken in your club usually results in getting "real" meat as opposed to processed turkey. I shudder at the thought of what Denny's would serve labeled as "turkey."

                                                  1. 1) Canter's Deli
                                                    2) Langer's
                                                    3) Swinger's
                                                    4) House of Pies
                                                    5) Du Par's
                                                    6) Jan's

                                                    1. I'm late to the party but the Hamburger Hamlet at least used to have exactly what you described. I only hesitate because I've not had one from them in many years so I can't swear if its even on their menu any more, but might be worth checking.

                                                      1. I resisted replying to this post because I am really out of the loop, but in the past the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach made the greatest club sandwiches as exactly described.

                                                        1. I'm late replying too, but I recently had a good club sandwich from the Gobbles & Oinks food truck. It was parked in front of Wine Expo for an event I attended there. Their other sandwiches got rave reviews from others at the party as well.