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The best pork sandwich in LA

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

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

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      1. re: ns1

        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

          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

            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

              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

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

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  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

                    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.

        2. re: ns1

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

          1. re: ns1

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

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

            1. 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

                Pork burger at Wood Spoon as well.

              2. BLT at Lucques

                Porcetto at Sotto

                1. 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

                    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.

                  2. 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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                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                      1. re: thisisrichard

                        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.

                    2. 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

                        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

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

                          1. re: ns1

                            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

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

                              1. re: ns1

                                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

                                  guess it's time for a medianoche crawl :)

                                  1. re: ns1

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

                      2. The barbeque pork belly sandwiches at Animal.

                          1. re: trojans

                            That sandwich sounds so good that I bookmarked the link.

                            Thanks, trojans.

                            1. re: trojans

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

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                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