All About the Bread
Just wondering if anybody has tried this place. I recently went there because I was hungry and we just so happened to drive by it. It is located just around the corner of Pink's on Melrose. Now I am by no means a meatball sandwich expert but I can tell you that this meatball sandwich was really good. Soft pillowy meatballs and a marinara sauce that had the right amount of sweetness, tanginess, and spiciness all topped with provolone and parmesan. But the best part is the bread that mops up all that great sauce. The best way to describe the bread is "Bay Cities" like. I really enjoyed the meatball sandwich there, but it seems to me that most of the other sandwiches are boar's head meat judging by the case of meats in the window.
I will definitely be going back, anyone else have any recs on other sandwiches worth getting there. And if you have not been there, I highly recommend the meatball sandwich.
I really like this place! Spot-on description of the bread, btw.
I order the meatball sub and the mixed cold cuts sub at every sandwich shop I try, and they have one of the better meatball subs I've tried in LA (the field is not that crowded). The Italian-style sandwich is also very good, if slightly below Bay Cities' quality.
The first time I went (lunch time), I got the Italian sub/sandwich (their version of the Bay Cities godmother) and I thought it was pretty good. Yes, their deli meats are Boars Head---so if they had better quality Italian cold cuts, the sandwich would be better. But it was a solid Boars Head sub. The Italian sandwich @ Mozza2go (which is a couple blocks away) is much much better (and worth the extra $ IMHO).
The second time I went, it was after work (5:30ish) and I needed a quick bite on my way from Hollywood to Santa Monica. I stopped in and got their turkey "signature" sandwich. It was horrible. Maybe the sandwich veggies (lettuce, tomatoes) were sliced/shredded for lunch and were sitting around since then. The lettuce was inedible---wilted and mushy. I ended up removing the turkey and provolone, ate just that and threw the rest of the sandwich away (the lettuce made the bread soggy).
That last experience made me want to write off the place. But I've heard other good reports about the meatball sandwich in addition to the positive posts here---so maybe I'll have to go back and try it. But if that turkey sandwich was any indication, I'll try the meatball mid-day for lunch.
The place is a complete and blatant rip off of Bay Cities. It isn't "like" Bay Cities. It's an exact replica, only somehow just slightly worse overall.
HOWEVER, the meatball sub at BC just isn't spectacular, and AATB makes a better one.
So for meatball: AATB
For everything else: BC
In general: whichever's closer
The westside certainly doesn't need a branch.