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Fresh roasted turkey sandwiches ?

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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. 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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    1. re: westsidegal

      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.

      1. re: nosh

        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.

      2. re: westsidegal

        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. 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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        1. re: wienermobile

          ...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.

          1. re: ipsedixit

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

            1. re: ipsedixit

              ... 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.

              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

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

            2. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: Jack Flash

                  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.



                2. 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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                  1. re: nosh

                    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.")

                    1. re: ipsedixit

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

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                      2. 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.

                        1. 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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                          1. re: EricDC

                            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. 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.

                              1. re: condiment

                                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.

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

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                                1. re: sasha1

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

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


                                  1. 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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                                    1. re: mwhitmore

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

                                      1. re: mwhitmore

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

                                      2. 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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                                        1. re: Sam D.

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

                                        2. 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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                                          1. re: yogachik

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

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

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

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

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

                                                  1. 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. The Larder on Burton Way.