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The best pork sandwich in LA

trojans Oct 3, 2012 08:43 AM

I had an exquisite lechon sandwich from of all places a food truck, Get Toasted. Every bite was packed with flavor and hit all the right notes. This was hands down the best sandwich I have had in a long time.

The second best, and a close one at that was at Fundamental LA that I tried yesterday based on this review http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871194 this was also a flavor bomb.

Can you guys recommend any other amazing pork sandwiches?

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    dgusanz Oct 3, 2012 08:50 AM

    Porchetta sandwich at Sotto on lunch (not sure about dinner) menu.

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      ns1 Oct 3, 2012 09:02 AM

      pork belly banh mi @ spice table (which I personally prefer over the pork belly banh mi @ mendocino)

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        Dirtywextraolives Oct 3, 2012 10:07 AM

        Really? I love that bahn mi at Mendocino, but I don't believe it is made with the pork belly, just the Kurobata(?) pork, IIRC. Will have to give it a try at ST, thanks!

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives
          ns1 Oct 3, 2012 10:07 AM

          This is how it's described on the Mendocino menu:

          Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi 9.95
          Our Chef’s playful take on the Popular Vietnamese Sandwich with braised, caramelized kurobuta pork belly, housemade pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, jalapenos, chili aioli on panini grilled ciabatta

          Mendo = banh mi style
          Spice Table = langers #19 style

          just IMHO

          1. re: ns1
            Dirtywextraolives Oct 3, 2012 05:36 PM

            I'm no doubting you, obviously I have eaten the sandwich many times and was not reading the menu. I was recalling the texture of the pork, and it doesn't feel like pork belly to me, it's almost shredded, which made me think it was a shoulder cut.

            Anyhow, when you phrase it as you have in your last sentence, makes me think that I would still prefer the Mendo sandwich. Thanks for clarifying.

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
              ns1 Oct 3, 2012 05:41 PM

              no arguments there. Mendo just felt like pork to me (kinda dry pork too, not luscious fatty pork belly ). ST actually tasted like pork belly - it was fatty as hell and melted in my mouth.

              Gotta try both though, just to say you did it :)

              1. re: ns1
                Dirtywextraolives Oct 3, 2012 05:53 PM

                Twisted my arm & talked me into it..... Hard sell that it is. ;)

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                  ns1 Oct 3, 2012 06:03 PM

                  1. It is not actually described as a banh mi on the menu. Everybody and their mom just started calling it that because it's so freaking similar to a banh mi
                  2. I seem to be alone in my preference of ST > Mendo?


                  1. re: ns1
                    cacio e pepe Oct 4, 2012 02:17 PM

                    You are not. I personally find the Mendocino banh mi to be an out of balance sandwich. The fact that it indicates it was even remotely influenced by a banh mi is borderline fraud.

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          ns1 Oct 11, 2012 06:09 PM

          Well you guys missed out. Spice Table is now closed for lunch until further notice - plumbing leak destroyed some of the baking equipment.

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            Jwsel Oct 11, 2012 10:07 PM

            I loved the pork belly bank mi from Mendocino Farms. I had it for the first time last night and it was fantastic.

          2. JAB Oct 3, 2012 09:35 AM

            The Mojito at Cooks Tortas: roasted pork, garlic mojo, slow cooked onions

            1. TonyC Oct 3, 2012 10:03 AM

              cemita de pierna at Los Poblanos Cemitas truck Boyle Heights

              Pork belly gua bao at Four Seas (San Gabriel or Hacienda Heights)

              Pork burger at Bun Bun Tea House (Arcadia)

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              1. re: TonyC
                JAB Oct 3, 2012 10:05 AM

                Pork burger at Wood Spoon as well.

              2. ipsedixit Oct 3, 2012 10:17 AM

                BLT at Lucques

                Porcetto at Sotto

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                  thisisrichard Oct 3, 2012 10:36 AM

                  Looks like I need to go to Sotto for lunch...

                  The Banh Mi at Ink.Sack is pretty good.

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                  1. re: thisisrichard
                    Ciao Bob Oct 4, 2012 12:51 PM

                    Gotta disagree on the ink.sac Banh Mi. I did not like it at all. It sounded good but the pork was not flavorful, the chicharron was all mushy and the veggies/mayo/spices bland.

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                    Dirtywextraolives Oct 3, 2012 05:51 PM

                    The sloppy roast pork with fried broccoli rabe , Philly-style, at Next Door by Josie, on Pico in Santa Monica. Still haven't tried other things on the menu since I crave this now, it's delicious.

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                      thisisrichard Oct 4, 2012 08:57 AM

                      Oh yes, I second this. This sandwich was fantastic.

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                        trojans Oct 4, 2012 12:46 PM

                        I just had this sandwich for lunch. The broccoli rabe was fantastic however, it was not quite the porky flavor bomb like the Get Toasted truck or Fundamental LA.

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                      ns1 Oct 3, 2012 05:53 PM

                      Anyone here got a rec for a medianoche BETTER than Porto's at a competitive price level?

                      Not interested in a $26 kurobuta pork belly medianoche...

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                      1. re: ns1
                        linus Oct 4, 2012 08:26 AM

                        a click or two away(if you're talking about the porto's at hollywood way and magnolia in burbank), mambo's (at victory and western) medianoche and cuban are better than porto's. not that either of them are anything to write home about.

                        1. re: linus
                          ns1 Oct 4, 2012 09:33 AM

                          Well then, since I love the Porto's medianoche, got a rec for one that IS worth writing home about?

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                            linus Oct 4, 2012 11:18 AM

                            i'm a little confused. you asked for a better medianoche than porto's. i suggested mambo's. where's the disconnect?
                            actually, cafe tropical's better than both of them, but it's been years since i've been there, and it's on sunset.

                            1. re: linus
                              ns1 Oct 4, 2012 11:40 AM

                              There's no disconnect; you basically slammed both, so I'm just curious if you had a rec that's worth writing home about ;)

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                                linus Oct 4, 2012 01:42 PM

                                your definition of slam is different than mine. that being said, i'm happy to oblige now: porto's medianoche and cuban sandwich is b.a.d. not worth buying or eating.

                                1. re: linus
                                  ns1 Oct 4, 2012 02:45 PM

                                  guess it's time for a medianoche crawl :)

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                                    linus Oct 4, 2012 03:26 PM

                                    see, i prefer the cuban sandwich. i like that bread better. to each their own.

                      2. wienermobile Oct 4, 2012 03:19 PM

                        The barbeque pork belly sandwiches at Animal.

                        1. trojans Oct 4, 2012 03:26 PM

                          I'm going to have to try this one out too. http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/10/a-...

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                          1. re: trojans
                            Dogbite Williams Oct 12, 2012 09:46 PM

                            That sandwich sounds so good that I bookmarked the link.

                            Thanks, trojans.

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                              Dirtywextraolives Oct 13, 2012 10:02 AM

                              Yes, that does look killer.... Never heard of Marcona, though.

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                                Servorg Oct 13, 2012 11:40 AM

                                We have had one report from an L.A. hound that didn't rave about this place, or this sandwich, previously: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841503

                                1. re: Servorg
                                  Dirtywextraolives Oct 13, 2012 12:55 PM

                                  Interesting...thanks for the link.

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