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Fresh roasted turkey sandwiches ?

kevin Oct 11, 2012 04:00 PM

I still can't quite find these. Basically they are not turkey cold cuts nor are they full on hot turkey sandwiches.

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  1. westsidegal RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 04:10 PM

    the last good ones i had were:
    1) the one served to me at the MAIN DISH which is on Pico sort of near the golf course.
    dunno if they are even still in business
    2) the jewish deli style turkey sandwich served to me at Nate 'n Al's

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      nosh RE: westsidegal Oct 11, 2012 04:31 PM

      The Main Dish is still going, or at least appears to be.

      This is a place with a cafeteria-type line. You can eat in but most of the business appears to be take-out or delivery. It is on the north side of Pico just west of Patricia (Rancho Park Golf course) and just west of Century City. Remember over two decades ago when Elmer Dills and Merrill Schindler did a restaurant show on KABC radio? I think they still have ads from them.

      What they do, and do well, is roast whole turkeys and serve full Thanksgiving-style meals, along with other comfort food. You gotta respect any business that has a model and has managed to stay open for so long. Must be doing a lot right -- rents aren't cheap in that area.

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        kevin RE: nosh Oct 11, 2012 04:33 PM

        They do still have ads from those kats. You are correct. And I believe it's still in operation. I do have to say the room is pretty depressing the turkey sandwich I had there was OK nothing special, though I was going to order the turkey dinner but it was not late enough in the afternoon for them to have the freshly roasted turkey dinner on hand.

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        sel RE: westsidegal Oct 12, 2012 10:04 AM

        It's called The Main Course. I haven't been for years but my mom picked up a full dinner there last week and really joyed it.

      3. wienermobile RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 04:11 PM

        Pann's and Brent's both do really good hand carved fresh turkey sandwiches. Surprisingly also Koo Koo Roo on Wilshire and 20th in Santa Monica is hand carved to order.

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          wienermobile RE: wienermobile Oct 11, 2012 04:25 PM

          ...and Philippe's Turkey Dip & Langer's Hot Turkey sandwich... or really go for it with Langer's #9 triple decker Turkey, Tongue and Roast Beef.

        2. ipsedixit RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 04:19 PM

          Lawry's at LA Live.

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            kevin RE: ipsedixit Oct 11, 2012 04:33 PM

            I almost even forgot that there was a Lawry's @ la live.

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              SilverlakeGirl RE: ipsedixit Oct 11, 2012 04:44 PM

              ... and Lawry's offshoot: The Tam O"Shanter in Atwater Village celebrating its 90th anniversary at that site.

              They also carve fresh roast beef, prime rib, corned beef and pastrami at their Ale & Sandwich Bar.

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                perk RE: SilverlakeGirl Oct 11, 2012 06:42 PM

                I love the Ale & Sandwich Bar. Always an interesting crowd, too!

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              la tache burger RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 05:18 PM

              Such a good question!! I have been contenting myself with Trader Joe's carved turkey breast. Not bad. At least it's the general idea, not deli meat, and their package makes several sandwiches.

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                Jack Flash RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 07:58 PM

                Magee's Kitchen, in Farmers Market, serves a fresh carved turkey sandwich in addition to its roast beef and corned beef selections. It's simple and straightforward roasted turkey on a roll. Period.

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                  Dommy RE: Jack Flash Nov 9, 2012 09:19 AM

                  I had their corned beef sandwich yesterday and it was as good as ever, handcarved with the utmost care. Simple, delicious, honestly put all those other 'high polish' new places opening up in the farmers market to shame.



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                  nosh RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 08:14 PM

                  Ok, I am almost embarrassed posting this. But I got a Groupon for Cafe 50s on Santa Monica Blvd. in WLA. I got the hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes. It was gravy-covered on lightly toasted bread. I ordered it with extra gravy. It was delicious. The turkey did not taste or cut like processed turkey roll -- may actually have been authentic. Very satisfying. Worth a try...

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                    ipsedixit RE: nosh Oct 11, 2012 08:23 PM

                    You should be embarrassed. Not for the Cafe 50 visit, but for ignoring the OP's question. :-)

                    (OP: "Basically they are not turkey cold cuts nor are they full on hot turkey sandwiches.")

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                      kevin RE: ipsedixit Oct 11, 2012 09:25 PM

                      yeah, nosh, you should be very very very embarrassed. :)

                  2. ipsedixit RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 08:24 PM

                    I just realized I think there are certain Pavilions and Ralphs that serve fresh roasted turkey sandwiches.

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                      Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 08:40 PM

                      May not be accessible to you, but the track at Santa Anita has the Best Carved roast turkey sandwiches I have ever had in the city outside of my own kitchen. Granted, you need to pay admission & parking to go there, so unless you don't mind watching the beautiful ponies, this is the real deal.

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                        LA Buckeye Fan RE: Dirtywextraolives Oct 12, 2012 10:51 AM

                        That was the first place I thought of too, Dirty. Also second on Brent's Deli.

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                        Jack Flash RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 09:23 PM

                        I would think that any place that serves a good roasted turkey dinner - maybe Pann's, or someplace like that - makes (or can make) a regular ol' sandwich with its fresh roasted turkey. Old Du-Par's, under its prior ownership, would be another such place, and maybe it still is. Most delis, too.

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                          EricDC RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 09:34 PM

                          Bristol Farms (the grocery store) makes a great one at their sandwich counter. They have 7 locations around LA (Locations here: http://www.bristolfarms.com/locations...?


                          I can only speak to the Lincoln Ave spot north of LAX, but it's fantastic.

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                            kevin RE: EricDC Oct 14, 2012 08:32 PM

                            i did have that at the westchester location which is the one i believe you are talking about and it was pretty darn good.

                          2. perk RE: kevin Oct 11, 2012 11:21 PM

                            I had a really good one at Mendocino Farms, but I'm not sure if it's still on the menu. May just be a seasonal special.

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                              condiment RE: kevin Oct 12, 2012 11:10 AM

                              Sycamore Kitchen.

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                                kevin RE: condiment Oct 14, 2012 08:37 PM

                                Yeah, I tried Sycamore Kitchen which was decent at best. But the cherry chutney or rather mostarda was exceptional. Something one can hopefully purchase by the bottle at Sycamore and used as jam atop buttered bread.

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                                sasha1 RE: kevin Nov 8, 2012 05:08 PM

                                I love the one at Larchmont wine and cheese store. Just had it today.

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                                  paprkutr RE: sasha1 Nov 8, 2012 06:45 PM

                                  Absolutely. I love to get the fresh buratta sandwich and add fresh turkey. Von's has fresh turkey

                                2. Mattapoisett in LA RE: kevin Nov 8, 2012 06:30 PM

                                  Loreto's Fried Turkey
                                  983 W. Compton Blvd.
                                  Compton, CA 90220


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                                    mwhitmore RE: kevin Nov 8, 2012 07:17 PM

                                    Your post got me thinking back to my college days. Elsie's in Cambridge cooked up a fresh turkey every day, and carved it off the bone _to_order_ for sandwiches. No idea if it is still there, but you have struck the 'mystic chords of memory'. Thanks.

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                                      RevodNeeliE RE: mwhitmore Apr 21, 2014 11:41 PM

                                      mwhitmore ... Sad to say that Elsie's has been gone for quite a while ... I miss the FRESSER !!!

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                                        Veggo RE: mwhitmore Apr 22, 2014 12:20 PM

                                        I remember Elsie's because when I went in to order a turkey deluxe my car was stolen! Those guys are fast.

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                                        Sam D. RE: kevin Nov 8, 2012 09:16 PM

                                        In the basement food court of Macy's Plaza, 7th & Grand, there is a sandwich stall that carves the turkey for your sandwich right in front of you and makes a very decent sandwich. Sorry, I don't know the name but you can't miss seeing the carvery there because that entire food court is pretty small. After your sandwich. you can treat yourself to some cookies from the Lovin' Oven in the same food court.

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                                          sasha1 RE: Sam D. Nov 18, 2012 09:04 PM

                                          When Lovin Oven was in the Arco building in the 1990s, they had some awesome corn muffins. Do they still?

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                                          yogachik RE: kevin Nov 9, 2012 03:34 PM

                                          When I want a turkey sandwich and am nowhere near Nate n Als (my go-to), I head to Izzy's in Santa Monica. Fresh roasted turkey, fresh rye.

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                                            kevin RE: yogachik Nov 11, 2012 04:01 PM

                                            Yeah, I recently had it there, but it was just not flavorful enough. But Izzy's is primarily useful for some late-night eating.

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                                            JosephEBacon RE: kevin Nov 18, 2012 09:22 PM

                                            Capriottis in Beverly Hills does a great roast turkey sandwich, the "Bobbie", has fresh roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce on Italian bread.

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                                              NeverEnough RE: kevin Nov 25, 2012 10:30 AM

                                              John O' Groats has a very good, fresh roasted turkey club.

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                                                flowergirl RE: kevin Apr 22, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                Trader Joe's "Turkey Gobbler" is one of the best I have had - only available around the holidays.

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                                                  jessejames RE: kevin Apr 22, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                  Dark meat sandwich at greenblatts. Still very underrated deli. Better pastrami than langers too. For real.

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                                                    manku RE: kevin Apr 22, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                    Gelson's has them everyday...look in deli next to hot section. They're a little dry, bread isn't great but serviceable.

                                                    I always enjoyed Koo Koo Roo - the few remaining locations may still have them.

                                                    My favorite was three guys on Madison, but that's a little out of the way...

                                                    1. perk RE: kevin Apr 22, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                      The Larder on Burton Way.

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