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Real, Traditional Club Sandwich in LA?

Withnail Apr 4, 2012 01:37 PM

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. Servorg RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 01:42 PM

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

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      Servorg RE: Servorg Jan 10, 2013 04:31 PM

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

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      alliebear RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 02:00 PM

      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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        Withnail RE: alliebear Apr 4, 2012 02:16 PM

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

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          kevin RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 02:59 PM

          bea bea's in burbank.

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            alliebear RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 07:47 PM

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

        2. AeroDoe RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 02:15 PM

          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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            Withnail RE: AeroDoe Apr 4, 2012 02:18 PM

            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!

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              cookie monster RE: AeroDoe Apr 4, 2012 05:07 PM

              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.

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                AeroDoe RE: cookie monster Apr 4, 2012 08:43 PM

                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!"

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              RelishPDX RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 02:33 PM

              I would head to Canter's on Fairfax.

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                PeteEats RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 03:02 PM

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

                1. Baron RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 03:05 PM

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

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                    LaLa Eat RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 03:41 PM

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

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                      estone888 RE: LaLa Eat Apr 5, 2012 08:11 AM

                      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. perk RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 04:28 PM

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

                      1. Fryboy RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 05:00 PM

                        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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                          Withnail RE: Fryboy Apr 4, 2012 05:25 PM

                          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. TIRGL RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 05:53 PM

                          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.

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                            yogachik RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 06:47 PM

                            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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                              cookie monster RE: yogachik Apr 4, 2012 07:07 PM

                              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.)

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                                yogachik RE: cookie monster Apr 4, 2012 08:32 PM

                                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.

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                                kevin RE: yogachik Apr 4, 2012 07:28 PM

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

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                                  Servorg RE: kevin Apr 4, 2012 07:32 PM

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

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                                    kevin RE: Servorg Apr 4, 2012 10:08 PM

                                    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.

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                                      bulavinaka RE: kevin Apr 4, 2012 10:21 PM

                                      >>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??? :)

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                                        Servorg RE: bulavinaka Apr 5, 2012 03:59 AM

                                        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?).

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                                          bulavinaka RE: Servorg Apr 5, 2012 07:55 AM

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

                              3. ipsedixit RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 08:40 PM

                                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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                                  Withnail RE: ipsedixit Apr 4, 2012 09:52 PM


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                                    maudies5 RE: Withnail Apr 4, 2012 10:39 PM

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

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                                    Ogawak RE: ipsedixit Apr 5, 2012 01:19 PM

                                    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.

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                                      perk RE: Ogawak Apr 5, 2012 11:44 PM

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

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                                      westsidegal RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2013 06:59 PM

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

                                      maybe i'm wrong. . . .

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                                        kevin RE: westsidegal Jan 16, 2013 07:04 PM

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

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                                          kevin RE: westsidegal Jan 16, 2013 07:05 PM

                                          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.

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                                            Sam D. RE: kevin Jan 17, 2013 04:21 AM

                                            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

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                                          selfportrait93 RE: ipsedixit Jan 16, 2013 07:24 PM

                                          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.

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                                          paprkutr RE: Withnail Apr 5, 2012 08:47 AM

                                          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. wutzizname RE: Withnail Apr 5, 2012 09:04 AM

                                            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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                                              ZoeZ RE: wutzizname Apr 5, 2012 11:29 PM

                                              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.

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                                                Withnail RE: wutzizname Jan 10, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  Feed_me RE: Withnail Jan 10, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    wienermobile RE: Feed_me Jan 10, 2013 04:43 PM

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

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                                                      Withnail RE: wienermobile Jan 10, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                      Sounds perfect!

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                                                sfgirl22 RE: Withnail Apr 6, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                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. JeMange RE: Withnail Apr 6, 2012 04:04 PM

                                                  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."

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                                                    JosephEBacon RE: Withnail Jan 10, 2013 09:53 PM

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

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                                                      HastaLaPasta RE: Withnail Jan 16, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                      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. Gypsy Jan RE: Withnail Jan 16, 2013 09:13 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                          Juji RE: Withnail Jan 17, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                          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.

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