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SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 01:25 AM

SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

In a bit of a landslide, the dish of the month for Los Angeles for June 2013 is Sandwiches.

Here's a link to the vote: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906996

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of sandwiches as possible during the month of July. While the tried-and-true (e.g. BLT, Grilled Cheese, Ham, etc.) are all fair game, let's see how intrepid the LA 'Hounds are willing to be in seeking out the most unusual iterations of this classical culinary construction.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Looking forward to seeing what people find.

Thanks again for participating.

Edited to add: Here's a link to a map aching has created to chart the suggestions in this discussion: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...

  1. Porthos Jul 1, 2013 08:19 AM

    It's a shame Harry's Deli is closed. Otherwise I would be able to add an excellent angus ribeye sandwich and pulled pork sandwich to DOM.

    Calling A5 Kobe. Any recs for patacon pisao or jibarito con lechon in OC? I'll try to add at least one of these.

    Game on.

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    1. re: Porthos
      JAB Jul 1, 2013 08:27 AM

      Ever been to Ole' Spain Delishop on Macarthur in Santa Ana for Spanish sandwiches?

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        Porthos Jul 1, 2013 08:37 AM

        Nope. What's good there? How is the paella?

        Also plan on doing Moscow Deli on Harbor at some point and adding a gratuitous plate of dumplings.

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          JAB Jul 1, 2013 08:40 AM

          Sorry, I hoped that you had been.

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            BrewNChow Jul 21, 2013 11:29 AM

            ARE YOU SERIOUS? I can't believe you haven't gone. It's very similar to La Espanola, if you've been there. Paella Tues and Fri at lunch ~12:30, one of the food gems of OC for sure. I like the sandwiches that have peppers on them, I think there's two, I forget their names.

            1. re: BrewNChow
              Porthos Jul 21, 2013 11:47 AM

              Never even heard of the place until Sandwich DOM. Another DOM success!

              Regarding the paella, what do you mean by ~12:30. Do they run out quickly or is that when it's ready?

              1. re: BrewNChow
                Porthos Jul 23, 2013 01:14 PM

                Here you go. Ole Spain Delishop.

                The Espanola with domestic Serrano, Pamplona chorizo, manchego, piquillo peppers on warm crusty bread. Very good.

                The paella mixta. Tasty. Haven't been to Spain to sample paella yet so I'm not properly calibrated but overall it's tasty and has the little sticky bits from the bottom of the pan JL talks about. They are soft and not crunchy though.

                 
                 
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                  JAB Jul 23, 2013 01:25 PM

                  My man!

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                    Norm Man Jul 23, 2013 02:03 PM

                    Porthos, thanks for the great pictures.

                    How much $ for the Sandwich? How much $ for the Paella?

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                      Porthos Jul 23, 2013 02:15 PM

                      Sandwich was around $8. Paella was $9-ish. Paella is a bit pricy since there isn't much meat or seafood in it but it is very tasty.

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                      Ciao Bob Jul 23, 2013 02:16 PM

                      "I'm not properly calibrated" - that's one I will have to remember.

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                        linus Jul 23, 2013 03:09 PM

                        it's entirely possible i reject this notion of "properly calibrated." to paraphrase duke ellington, there's two kinds of food in this world: good and bad.
                        if it was good, it was good, regardless of previous paella experience.

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                          Porthos Jul 23, 2013 03:37 PM

                          Good is all relative. I personally would like to properly calibrate myself and plan on doing so next year. Then I will be better able to judge just *how* good this version is. Currently it is tasty good.

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                            linus Jul 23, 2013 05:59 PM

                            good is relative to...what, exactly?
                            like the duke said...good/bad.

                            now, if you want to judge it purposely against paella in spain, that's, well, something to do. but i don't understand why you can't judge a dish on its own merits.

                            then again, i could be wrong. let's say you've eaten paella at some joint in l.a. all your life, and really enjoyed it. like, it makes you happy when you eat it.

                            off you go to valencia, and you try the paella there, and you wonder what the fuck you've been eating and loving all these years.
                            i dunno, that situation makes me kinda sad.

                            1. re: linus
                              Porthos Jul 23, 2013 06:13 PM

                              Good/bad = black/white. If only life were that simple. There are grades and shades of each.

                              Ignorance can be bliss. Enlightenment can be rewarding.

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                                linus Jul 23, 2013 06:15 PM

                                now hold on just a gol durn minute.

                                how can loving a piece of food be ignorant?

                                the duke wasn't into shades of black and white. his fantasies were...black and tan.

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                                  BrewNChow Jul 25, 2013 10:41 PM

                                  "ignorance can be bliss. Enlightenment can be rewarding."

                                  Now THAT is the real quotable phrase from this. I think most of us can reflect on a time in our lives when our food outings were blissful, but unenlightened. I can only speak for myself when I say the enlightened part has been overall more blissful.

                                  Sure, there are certain things I enjoyed before that I sadly can't enjoy the same way now; but the things I enjoy now I enjoy to a higher degree than before.

                                  On topic, tried a couple sandwiches at Lola Gaspar in OC this month, the french dip and the bacon cheeseburger, both were awesome. "The Duke" seal of approval for LG.

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                      New Trial Jul 2, 2013 01:17 AM

                      The sandwiches are quite good and the paella (Tuesdays and Fridays only) is decent. They often have a good homemade soup as well.

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                        J.L. Jul 2, 2013 03:12 AM

                        Thanks for reminding me of the terrific bocadillos at La Espanola.

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                          OCSteve Jul 16, 2013 03:59 PM

                          I went today and had the Serrano ham sandwich. The meat and manchego cheese were very good, but I thought the bread overpowered the other ingredients just a bit. The bread was good, if just a tad dry; crusty exterior with a soft interior. It was a fine sandwich, but nothing spectacular.

                          Is there a sandwich that you particularly like there? I will be back to try the paella and other menu items based on all of the good things I've heard about it.

                           
                          1. re: OCSteve
                            Porthos Jul 16, 2013 04:04 PM

                            Thanks for taking one for the team! Looking forward to hearing about the paella.

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                              OCSteve Jul 16, 2013 04:10 PM

                              No problem! I agree with you, though. This DtoM would have been a great excuse to spend lots of quality time at Harry's.

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                              New Trial Jul 17, 2013 12:06 AM

                              I normally have the Catalana but sometimes go for the Espanola instead.

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                                OCSteve Jul 17, 2013 08:31 AM

                                Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.

                          2. re: Porthos
                            A5 KOBE Jul 1, 2013 09:54 AM

                            The only jibarito I know of is located in Glendale at a place called Mofongos Comida Caribena.

                            As far as patacon pisao, I have no clue. I was wondering that myself to be honest..lol Whenever I travel to NY that is one of the first things on my list of things to eat because the Caribean food is just so much more plentiful.

                            But definitely check out MCC for the jibarito con lechon.

                          3. Porthos Jul 1, 2013 12:31 PM

                            Tortas Sinaloa Santa Ana.

                            Torta Especial: roast leg of pork, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled onions. $5.39

                            Roast pork is so tender and moist.

                            Delicious.

                             
                            1. JAB Jul 1, 2013 12:37 PM

                              DOM Mistress, is a ground beef patty between a split roll a sandwich?

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                                jgilbert1000 Jul 1, 2013 03:40 PM

                                No, its a hamburger, which is a separate category.

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                                  A5 KOBE Jul 1, 2013 04:33 PM

                                  Hamburger is the contents inside the sandwich, correct?

                                  So a meatball sandwich is not a sandwich?

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                                    Porthos Jul 1, 2013 04:51 PM

                                    I think most people would consider a meatball submarine sandwich a sandwich but a burger not a sandwich though a burger is technically a ground beef patty sandwich.

                                    Maybe because no one really calls it a ground beef patty sandwich.

                                    1. re: Porthos
                                      JAB Jul 1, 2013 04:52 PM

                                      Huh?

                                      1. re: Porthos
                                        PeterCC Jul 1, 2013 06:12 PM

                                        What about a patty melt?

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                                          kevin Jul 1, 2013 06:16 PM

                                          In my worthless opinion, a patty melt would be a sandwich. It's a very different foodstuff than a hamburger whereby the burger patty, melted american cheese, and browned onions between two slices of griddled rye bread forms a triumpharate of indescribable goodness.

                                          Now get thee to Pann's.

                                          1. re: kevin
                                            A5 KOBE Jul 1, 2013 09:45 PM

                                            Dupar's has a section on the menu called "Hamburger Sandwiches"

                                            http://www.du-pars.com/Du-par_togo_me...

                                            Also to note, their patty melt is pretty darn tasty.

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                                              ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 09:50 PM

                                              What about the "hot cake sandwich" ?

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                                                A5 KOBE Jul 1, 2013 09:56 PM

                                                McGriddle?

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                                                  ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 10:15 PM

                                                  Damn you.

                                                  Now I'm hungry and I've already brushed my teeth!

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                                                    J.L. Jul 1, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                    Now don't you go and make me post a pictorial essay on the golden arches...

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                                                      kevin Jul 1, 2013 10:47 PM

                                                      JL, please do just that.

                                                      I'm much rather see a pictorial essay on McD's especially if it's a part of your own self-styled 10 courser meal there.

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                                                        PeterCC Jul 1, 2013 11:14 PM

                                                        How about written? "The Filet-o-Fish sandwich is a pescetarian's dream. The flaky globally sourced ichthyal protein is skillfully shaped into rectangular form. The maximally processed formage pairs perfectly with the gelatinous tartar sauce..."

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                                                          J.L. Jul 1, 2013 11:28 PM

                                                          Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to Chef Kroc's kitchen is the astonishing consistency of its dishes.

                                                          ... AND the #14 has a room temp shelf life of up to 7 days!

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                                                            kevin Jul 2, 2013 04:34 AM

                                                            7 days ?

                                                            I thought it was 7 years.

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                                                              nosh Jul 3, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                              C'mon, after about 7 months it would get kinda gross.

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                                                                J.L. Jul 3, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                Probably not as decomposed as you might think...

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                                      ns1 Jul 1, 2013 03:55 PM

                                      Too bad cuz I had a glorious patty melt today.

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                                        JAB Jul 1, 2013 04:50 PM

                                        Where?

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                                        ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 06:29 PM

                                        Folks, can we have a LA 'Hounds agreement that hamburgers should be reserved for it's own category and a possible future DotM?

                                        I think steak sandwiches and patty melts are fair game, but if we start doing hamburgers I think it deplanes the entire category of Sandwiches.

                                        Agree?

                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                          JAB Jul 1, 2013 06:39 PM

                                          Sure but, patty melts should be grouped with burgers.

                                          1. re: JAB
                                            ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 06:43 PM

                                            Sure, if one were to just consider the ingredients (e.g. hamburger patty and bread), but it is the *way* that a patty melt is made -- i.e., fried in butter on a frying pan -- that differentiates it from a typical burger.

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                                              Dirtywextraolives Jul 1, 2013 08:00 PM

                                              Burgers can be fried in butter in a frying pan. All. The. Time. So does that mean only open faced burgers are sandwiches but those with a top bun cannot be considered a sandwich? It just seems ridiculous. If you want to narrow it, stipulate that in the very beginning at the nominating process. Otherwise, it's fair game as a sandwich.

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                                            Dirtywextraolives Jul 1, 2013 07:55 PM

                                            Not unless we also agree to only posting about food we are eating currently in the month, not just a bunch of posts of random sandwiches we ate whenever.....

                                            Otherwise, too bad, I'm counting hamburgers as sandwiches. If you didn't want the category to be so damn broad, you should have stipulated that when it was nominated.

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                                              VenusCafe Jul 8, 2013 02:44 PM

                                              Agree!

                                          3. A5 KOBE Jul 1, 2013 01:40 PM

                                            B-Mans double ABC burger count?

                                             
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                                              Porthos Jul 1, 2013 02:10 PM

                                              I'm no DOM master-of-all-I-survey but we should save burger for another month to do it justice. Otherwise you could argue "hotdog" is a sandwich.

                                              Sandwich seems broad enough already.

                                              1. re: Porthos
                                                A5 KOBE Jul 1, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                I agree.

                                                But then comes my next question, do we consider a gyro sandwich a sandwich?

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                                                  ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                  But then comes my next question, do we consider a gyro sandwich a sandwich?
                                                  ____________________

                                                  Sure.

                                                2. re: Porthos
                                                  ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                  Yes, thank you Porthos.

                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9075...

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                                                  jgilbert1000 Jul 1, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                  No.

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                                                    Dirtywextraolives Jul 1, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                    A burger MOST DEFINITELY is a sandwich.....

                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                      wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                      No it's a burger.

                                                      1. re: wienermobile
                                                        ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                        This is a great metaphysical discussion ... "What is a sandwich?" Or "What is a burger?"

                                                        If a burger is a sandwich, then is a sandwich also a burger? If not, why not?

                                                        All great topics of discussion, but for this DotM can we table that and just agree, for now, that Sandwiches for July be limited to non-burgers?

                                                        Thanks.

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                                                          Dirtywextraolives Jul 1, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                          So you're going to draw the line with what is technically a sandwich..... But not call out those who are posting about things they ate God knows when? I call foul!

                                                          When you write up the little blurb to start the thread, maybe you should set out the ground rule there, instead of us having to hash out everything once the thread has already started.....

                                                          Hamburger definition from the Food Lovers Companion, third edition: "it consists of a cooked patty of ground beef SANDWICHED between two bread halves, usually in the form of a Hamburger bun."

                                                          What in that description makes a burger not a sandwich?

                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                            LA Buckeye Fan Jul 5, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                            Or you can just say "thank you ipse, for providing this forum."

                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                              A5 KOBE Jul 5, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                              I am still waiting for the rationale from the people that say a hamburger is not a sandwich.

                                                              Examples of sandwiches

                                                              A hamburger, one of the most popular types of hot sandwiches

                                                              A Reuben sandwich
                                                              The following represent common varieties of American sandwich.[20]
                                                              BLT
                                                              Cheese sandwich
                                                              Philadelphia cheesesteak
                                                              Club sandwich
                                                              Dagwood
                                                              French dip
                                                              Hamburger
                                                              Monte Cristo
                                                              Muffuletta
                                                              Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
                                                              Pilgrim
                                                              Po' boy
                                                              Reuben
                                                              Sloppy joe
                                                              Submarine sandwich

                                                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandwich

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                                                                nosh Jul 5, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                It is not whether a hamburger can be considered a sandwich; I'm sure most will agree it can be.

                                                                The issue is, for the purposes of this Dish of the Month, whether burgers (and dare I say hot dogs) should be included. And I think the answer is no. There are lots of other threads about burgers, and certainly we'll come around to burgers as a focused DotM in the future.

                                                                But for this thread, let's eat and evaluate the huge spectrum of other sandwiches.

                                                                1. re: nosh
                                                                  ipsedixit Jul 5, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                  Thank you, nosh.

                                                                  Exactly my point up above.
                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9075...

                                                                  1. re: nosh
                                                                    A5 KOBE Jul 5, 2013 09:41 PM

                                                                    I totally agree it should not be included simply because it is an iconic dish and deserves its own DOTM topic. But some here still believe that a burger is not a sandwich.

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                                                                      silence9 Jul 5, 2013 11:29 PM

                                                                      Concur. Soon, someone will question whether a hotdog (and bun) is a sandwich.

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                                                                      jgilbert1000 Jul 8, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                      There is no tablet from Moses, just a general consensus from most people that a hamburger should be its own category.

                                                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                SilverlakeGirl Jul 1, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                I think if you consider a burger to be a "sandwich", then you should forever remove the "burger" as being a separate category.

                                                                Once a burger is a "sandwich" it can never fly as its own "best burger in LA".

                                                                Harumph!

                                                                Note: A burger is not a sandwich IMO.

                                                                1. re: SilverlakeGirl
                                                                  wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                  Thank you! A burger is not a sandwich. On most menus they have a burger section and a separate
                                                                  sandwich section. Do they call it In N' Out Sandwich?

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                                                                Kalivs Jul 1, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                But the place I go to always asks me if I want a plate or a sandwich? They definitely think its a sandwhich

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                                                              jgilbert1000 Jul 1, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                              Houston's roast beef dip sandwhich.

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                                                                wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                ....and Westside Tavern's Lamb Dip & Philippe's The Original Lamb Dip too.

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                                                                  wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                  ...and Portillo's yummy Chicago Italian beef dip (also come in extra large like the one I had on Sunday).

                                                                   
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                                                                    jessejames Jul 2, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                    that looks really good and juicy!

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                                                                      jgilbert1000 Jul 2, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                      Where is Portillos?

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                                                                        wienermobile Jul 2, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                        Buena Park. 2 blocks east of Knott's Berry Farm. Peppers & cheese are extra. Portillo's has one other California location in Moreno Valley.
                                                                        http://www.portillos.com

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                                                                      jgilbert1000 Jul 2, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                      Phillipe's is an LA Institution (and we don't have many of them and they should be preserved) but I don't think the sandwhich is all that fantastic. Its good, but the Houston's roast beef dip is far better.

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                                                                        MissBubbles Jul 3, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                        at Phillipe's the Lamb Dip is the only way to go. Agree the beef is done better elseware.

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                                                                          Bradbury Jul 5, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                          And at about 3x the price, it had better be...

                                                                          But yeah, the lamb dip is the way to go at Philippes. With blue cheese. And a smear of that sinus-blasting horseradish mustard. And a purple egg and baked apple on the side. And a glass of Silver Oak. God bless America.

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                                                                            PeterCC Jul 9, 2013 09:59 PM

                                                                            Am I the only one who likes the pork at Philippe's? As I said elsewhere on this thread (I think), I was a lamb dip guy there forever, but switched semi-permanently to pork, it's that good.

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                                                                              JAB Jul 10, 2013 06:18 AM

                                                                              I concur. It's very tasty.

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                                                                                schrutefarms Jul 10, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                My Dad always gets the pork. He loves it.

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                                                                              schrutefarms Jul 5, 2013 09:01 PM

                                                                              I was raised going to Phillipe's, so I think nostalgia has made it impossible for me to think one from another place is better...but for the record I've never had Houston's. But I'm still going to say I like Phillipe's better. Mmmm....mouth watering....my order---

                                                                              double dipped beef
                                                                              macaroni salad
                                                                              pickle
                                                                              baked apple
                                                                              beer or lemonade

                                                                              And then stopping by the candy stand for a pack of Sen-Sen (which is SO hard to find!)

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                                                                                kevin Jul 5, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                                Is sen sen the flavored toothpicks ????

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                                                                                  schrutefarms Jul 6, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                  No, they're the weird soap-meets-black licorice tasting tiny black squares that come in a little blue and red foil pouch. Definitely an acquired taste!

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                                                                                    Tripeler Jul 24, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                    Sen Sen?

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                                                                                      schrutefarms Jul 24, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                      Sen-Sen!

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                                                                                        kevin Jul 24, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen-Sen

                                                                                        I will have to try it next time at Phillipe's the Original.

                                                                                        Thanks.

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                                                                                          schrutefarms Jul 24, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                          A little goes a long way. And remember what I said, it's an acquired taste :)

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                                                                                            kevin Jul 24, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                            I'll probably munch on the whole package after my meal at Phillipe's.

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                                                                                              schrutefarms Jul 24, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                                                              You say that now...

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                                                                                      bulavinaka Jul 24, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                      I think add some menthol and/or camphor.

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                                                                                    ns1 Jul 6, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                    a meal powered by nostalgia

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                                                                              Jelly71 Jul 1, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                              I am going to use this thread as an excuse to go to Dan's Super Subs in Woodland Hills as many times as possible. I already do, but now it's in the name of "research."

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                                                                                itsmejulie Jul 6, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                You just read my mind! I love Dan's Sub's!

                                                                              2. wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                Langer's pastrami on rye mustard only...

                                                                                 
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                                                                                  wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                  ...and a Brent's Black Pastrami Rueben.

                                                                                   
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                                                                                    Dommy Jul 1, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                    In the same day?

                                                                                    --Dommy!

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                                                                                      wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                      Just days apart...and worth it.

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                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Jul 1, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                        IT'S ONLY JULY 1st!! Hold off and don't blow your whole wad in the first day, JEESH!

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                                                                                      Porthos Jul 1, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                      Sorry. Doesn't count.

                                                                                      You're going to have to do it again this month and throw in the version from Umamicatessen to boot ;-)

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                                                                                        wienermobile Jul 1, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                        I like Umamicatessen's Pastrami but I just don't love their rye bread.

                                                                                         
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                                                                                          Porthos Jul 1, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                          Sure would like some fresh pics from this month instead of old stuff ;-)

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                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Jul 1, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                            Right?! This is really a bit much.... At least wait a day or two between posts, to give us the impression you actually ate these, THIS MONTH!

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                                                                                              ipsedixit Jul 1, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                              You go, girl!

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                                                                                        kevin Jul 1, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                        The Brent's sandwich does look great. But a pastrami from Langer's wins every time.

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                                                                                      whiner Jul 1, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                      Ok, guys... If I want to try the best Philly cheesesteak in northish, and / or westish LA area, where do I go?

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                                                                                        nosh Jul 1, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                        Philly West, a divy bar on the east side of Westwood Blvd. just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Parking in back. Very inexpensive, not huge, but very rich and tender cheesesteak.

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                                                                                          kevin Jul 1, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                          I'll second that.

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                                                                                            Jase Jul 1, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                            At the risk of triggering another round of burger vs sandwich debate, may I also suggest trying the cheesesteak hambuger combo.

                                                                                            I've done it a couple of times and you have to ask for it and be prepared to explain you're willing to pay full price for both. Hold the lettuce and tomato. It's rich and meaty and super delicious.

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                                                                                              J.L. Jul 1, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                              Gonna have to agree on Philly West for good cheesesteaks.

                                                                                              They make damn good hoagies as well, since we're on the sandwich topic.

                                                                                              Now I'm starting to talk like kevin...

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                                                                                                pnutbuddah Jul 2, 2013 12:24 AM

                                                                                                I still recall the first time I had a cheeseburger at Philly West. The moment the sandwich hit my taste buds, I had the taste sensation of cheeseburger hoagies I had eaten growing up in Pittsburgh over thirty years ago. They're channeling some real Philly energy!

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                                                                                                  nosh Jul 3, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                  I loved the cheeseburger at Philly West the first few times I had it. Wrote lovingly of it on this board. I can understand your characterization -- I've come to order it without mayo, because for me the mayo and melted white cheese become a gloppy mess. I yearn for those first couple cheeseburgers -- the big, oblong patties were wonderfully charred medium-rare juicy meaty burgers. But then a couple came out closer to medium-well and were dense and in the past couple years I've gone back to their cheesesteak.

                                                                                                  p.s. -- if you order their fries, you MUST specify very crispy welldone.

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                                                                                                    kevin Jul 24, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                    Indeed they are.

                                                                                                    But the stiff drinks are even better.

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                                                                                                  jgilbert1000 Jul 2, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                  Is it close to Eduardo's?

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                                                                                                    kevin Jul 2, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                    yes, a little less than half a block away.

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                                                                                                      nosh Jul 3, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                      Just south -- parking behind (don't use the Eduardo's stripmall parking) and accessible from the next street south off of Westwood Blvd.

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                                                                                                  New Trial Jul 2, 2013 01:26 AM

                                                                                                  Nearer to DTLA but I think the ones at Boos on Virgil are the closest to the ones I loved in Philly. The South Philly Experience truck also excels (the broccoli rabe is terrific, too).

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                                                                                                    Jase Jul 2, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                                    Based on my last two orders, The South Philly truck has gone severely downhill from when they first started. I used to hit them regularly and have now stopped.

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                                                                                                      Dommy Jul 2, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                      I agree... The last sandwich I had there was a TRAVESTY. They have gotten cheap with the meat and careless with the assembly (The bread was horribly sodden)

                                                                                                      --Dommy!

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                                                                                                    jessejames Jul 2, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                    I prefer papa jakes on little santa monica, better philly bread, whiz, better relish (sweets or hots) -- not huge and kinda pricy---boos just opened up a new branch in ktown -- they are really solid.

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                                                                                                      Dommy Jul 2, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                                      Is the KTown location open?! We were Boos Blocked this weekend because they are closed on Sundays. :( But we were thrilled to learn that a location was opening closer to us... :)

                                                                                                      --Dommy!

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                                                                                                        jessejames Jul 2, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                        I am not sure but saw this where the old quiznos was on WIlshire/Alexandria.

                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                          LAgirl2 Jul 2, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                          wow---really good news! not that virgil/fountain was a horrible drive, but would love this in walking distance!!!! :)

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                                                                                                            LAgirl2 Jul 15, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                                                                            drove by the "new" Ktown location yesterday---i was hoping that they were open---not yet. still under renovation. can't wait!

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                                                                                                              jessejames Jul 16, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                              yes let us know -- i am excited too!

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                                                                                                          jessejames Jul 2, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                          was just told they are getting ready to open...eta within the month...

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                                                                                                            Dommy Jul 2, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                            Wonderful, Wonderful news! :D

                                                                                                            --Dommy!

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                                                                                                      chris1621 Jul 1, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                      Had lunch brought into work today from Simplethings. There were two large platters of different sandwiches to chose from and I decided on the Prime Rib sandwich. It was really good, look forward to using the BBE that came a couple of weeks ago to go there and try more from the menu. I really liked the "jammy onions" that this sandwich had, could have even used a little more IMHO.

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                                                                                                        schrutefarms Jul 3, 2013 09:49 PM

                                                                                                        If you are a fan of Thanksgiving, try the Thanksgiving sandwich from Simple Things-super carby, but I ain''t scared! Dee-lish!

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                                                                                                        OCSteve Jul 2, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                        In honor of July's DotM, I finally tried Phillppe's for the first time yesterday. I had the beef dip, and my dining companion had the turkey.

                                                                                                        I understand that this place is an institution, but I don't get it. Was it good? Yes. Did it blow my mind? No. I also don't get all the hype about how hot the mustard is. Again, it was good, but I didn't think it was all that hot. The chili was quite good, and I will return to try the lamb someday. For beef, though, I will stick with Houston's.

                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                          Searching4Dunny Jul 2, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                          The lamb dip is better than the beef or turkey.

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                                                                                                            OCSteve Jul 2, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                                            That's what I've heard, but I wanted to try the "original". Also, I do love lamb, but wasn't in the mood for it yesterday.

                                                                                                            The problem is, I don't get up to LA all that much, and I have a really hard time not going to Langer's if I'm in the area. I also love the Black Pastrami Reuben at Brent's, but that's an even longer trek.

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                                                                                                              Searching4Dunny Jul 2, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                              I hear that. I am usually dissuaded from Phillippe's in favor of better sandwiches in the area. I only really end up at Phillipe's when it is around 7-8a and I am not in the mood for breakfast foods.

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                                                                                                                nosh Jul 3, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                Just to the west past the other side of Chinatown is Eastside Deli Market. HUGE hot sandwiches -- many love the roast beef and pastrami that comes with an undetectable slice of cheese and some soft peppers. Half is pretty much all I can consume in a sitting.

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                                                                                                                  malibumike Jul 6, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                  Nosh is right, hot roast beef and pastrami with marinara,cooked peppers and cheese called the #7, the cold counterpart to this with lettuce, tomato, and mustard is the #21. On a cold rainy day I would get 2 of them for lunch and walk a half a block to my office at Metropolitan Water District. You know a place is good when you see city workers lined up. Distance and traffic means I hardly make there now.

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                                                                                                                    Searching4Dunny Jul 6, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                    This sounds great. I will have to try Eastside Deli Market next time up that way. Thanks for the info.

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                                                                                                                      nosh Jul 6, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                      Whenever I've ordered the #7, it is served with the roast beef and pastrami au jus or juices, not a tomato sauce marinara. I guess you can ask for the marinara?

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                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                The lamb is also good, but still not mind blowing.

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                                                                                                                PeterCC Jul 2, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                My progression over the past nearly two decades since I first tried it was beef at first, then lamb for a while, and I've been sticking to pork for the past decade. It's not dry and has a nice clean, rich flavor. I usually pair it with swiss.

                                                                                                                I'm not sure that mind-blowing how I'd describe it. It's an institution that serves good food at not crazy expensive prices. My kids are 5th generation Philippe's patrons (my wife's great-grandfather used to take her grandmother, and her grandmother took her dad, and so on).

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                                                                                                                  OCSteve Jul 2, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                  I get that. I have places and dishes from my childhood that have lots of nostalgic value, but that's about it. I find myself ordering a Big Mac once a year or so for that very reason. I remember my grandfather taking me to McDonalds for my first one when I was a kid. My taste in burgers has become a little more refined, but ahh the memories.

                                                                                                                  I also agree that it's a good value. I'm definitely not knocking the place, but my lunch companion yesterday said he couldn't decide if he liked Philippe's or Langer's better. I told him he was out of his mind.

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                                                                                                                  jwexler Jul 2, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                  was there yesterday as well.... have not been in years and i was not mind blown either... much rather go to langers if i am driving all the way downtown

                                                                                                                3. aching Jul 2, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                  If anyone is looking for some inspiration, I used this thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803030) to make a map:

                                                                                                                  https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...

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                                                                                                                    ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                    That's awesome, aching.

                                                                                                                    Would you mind doing a map with just the sandwiches sampled in July as part of this Sandwich DotM?

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                                                                                                                      aching Jul 2, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                      Sure thing! Although it's a little hard to tell sometimes when someone's actually tried the sandwich versus just yelling out sandwiches that they like. But I'll do my best!

                                                                                                                      Here's where we are so far:
                                                                                                                      https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...

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                                                                                                                        ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                        Perfect. Thank you so much. You da best!

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                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                          I need to figure out how to do that.... Wicked cool.....

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                                                                                                                            ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                            aching

                                                                                                                            Your map is now on the OP.

                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9075...

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                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                        Calling J.L.! Paging J. L.! Here's my lunch from yesterday, your beloved Bahn Mi!

                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                          ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                          Tell us where, so that aching can update his map.

                                                                                                                          Thanks.

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                                                                                                                            aching Jul 2, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                            Her. =)

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                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                              Mi casita del martinis..... ;p)

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                                                                                                                                Wayno Jul 2, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                I think that place is in my new neighborhood. :-)

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                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                  It certainly is! We may need to do a chow BBQ to welcome you to the neighborhood!

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                                                                                                                                  ipsedixit Jul 2, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                  I think I've been there.

                                                                                                                                  The martini was really good, a bit dirty but good.

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                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Jul 2, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    That's how the bartender rolls.... ;-)

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                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 11, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                    Ok, I'll be there for the martini's.

                                                                                                                                    No need to get any fancy gin, in the right proportions made by a great bartender, Gibley's will do quite nicely.

                                                                                                                                    A few of those and I'm good to go.

                                                                                                                                    thanks dirty sexy olives.

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                                                                                                                                Ernie Jul 2, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                Bánh mì thịt nướng from Bánh Mì My Tho

                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                  aching Jul 2, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                  I really want some of that.

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                                                                                                                                    Ernie Jul 2, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                    So good and the $2.75 price tag can't be beat!

                                                                                                                                2. Wayno Jul 2, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                  Lately, I've enjoyed the Chicken Ligurian Panini at Ferrarini, in BH on Brighton between Camden and Bedford, consisting of chicken, pesto, grilled zucchini, sun dried tomato, smoked provolone & garlic basil aioli. If you haven't been, this is a pretty good Italian deli, at least for that neighborhood (BH Triangle). They sell good ciabatta and various imported Italian products, including a nice selection of pastas, meats and oils. On a separate topic, I say that a hamburger is, indeed, a sandwich; but, there's no reason that the DOM cannot be sandwiches other than burgers (and tacos).

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                                                                                                                                    silence9 Jul 2, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                    Euro Pane's soft-yolk/open face egg salad sandwich, on rosemary/currant toast. with arugula, and sun-dried tomato pesto.

                                                                                                                                    I buy two at a time, hoovering down the first one and then dreamily lingering over the second one. Then take a nap like a kitten having its chin chucked...

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                                                                                                                                      maudies5 Jul 2, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                      One of my favorite sandwiches was the Chatham sandwich. Chatham was a terrific Scandiavian style restaurant which was in Westwood for many years. I also remember it being the first restaurant with a communal table.
                                                                                                                                      The Chatam sandwich was freshly roast turkey,baked ham,Swiss cheese,cole slaw and 1000island dressing. All served on Swedish Rye. Kate Mantilini pays homage to the Chatham by preparing the same sandwich, except the rye bread is different. It is a big sandwich and Kate M will sell a half along with cup of soup. BTW, cup of pea soup and half a CHatham.

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                                                                                                                                        yogachik Jul 23, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                        Chatham remains my favorite sandwich that ever existed in LA. One of the waitresses had the recipe (the secret is in the bread and the dressing), and opened a little cafe on Motor - it was there about 10 years and then sadly, closed. Kate Mantilini's isn't anywhere near as good - my mother says Hillcrest CC does a sandwich that comes close, but isn't the same.

                                                                                                                                        My current favorite sandwich is the Westwood at Nate n Al's: Turkey, cole slaw, russian dressing (but ask for the house dressing, instead), on rye.

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                                                                                                                                        JohnHanks Jul 2, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                        Cacao Mexicatessen.

                                                                                                                                        Mexican Sammich.

                                                                                                                                        OHHH YEAH!

                                                                                                                                        1. Porthos Jul 3, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                          Oyster Po'boy at Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa.

                                                                                                                                          Today of course.

                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                            kevin Jul 3, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                            I liked it but I didn't think it was great.

                                                                                                                                            And it's served open-faced.

                                                                                                                                            Does that still count as a sandwich ?

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                                                                                                                                              Wayno Jul 3, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                              Oh fuck, Kevin, don't ask that. It will just start another excruciating diversion like the one, "is a hamburger a sandwich for DOM purposes?"

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                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Jul 3, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                Well, ipse was fine with counting a patty melt, which is an open faced burger, so I think it must count ;)

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                                                                                                                                                  ipsedixit Jul 3, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                  .... a patty melt, which is an open faced burger"
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                                                                                                                                                  Not picking a fight, but how in the world is a patty melt an open faced burger?

                                                                                                                                                  The attached photo, which is sort of stock generic patty melt, is nothing -- at least in my opinion -- like an open faced anything, much less a burger.

                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 3, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                    The only place that I have seen it open faced was at The Hamburger Hamlet.

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                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Jul 3, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I have seen many patty melts served open faced, and I think of them that way....

                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                    Porthos Jul 3, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I'm pretty sure kevin does it on purpose and isn't even serious half the time. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                    Is an "open faced sandwich" a sandwich?

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                                                                                                                                                      SilverlakeGirl Jul 3, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Yes, it's in the title of the name:

                                                                                                                                                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_sa...

                                                                                                                                                2. SilverlakeGirl Jul 3, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                  The market closing early today allowed me the rare opportunity to eat lunch out.

                                                                                                                                                  I chose one of my favorite daytime spots: Café Stella at Sunset Junction. I always love sitting outside under their giant awning. Café Stella starts out well but becomes crowded as the day progresses. It's less obvious during the week, however, I recommend an early visit.

                                                                                                                                                  I actually have never had anything I didn't like at Café Stella. I have had many of their sandwiches and their excellent hamburger served with confit of tomatoes, aioli and fennel onion jam. Sadly, they have removed their jambon-beurre sandwich but have added an open faced tuna sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                  Today, I ordered the outstanding Croque Madame. A fine flavored French ham sandwich with Gruyère cheese. A perfectly cooked egg is perched atop. I marvel as the white is cooked yet the yolk is runny and delectable. It is served with two or three butter lettuce leaves imperceptibly dressed and sprinkled with minced herbs.

                                                                                                                                                  i had today's with a glass of wine but should you order coffee, they will fetch it for you from Intelligentsia next door.

                                                                                                                                                  Here is a photo [not taken by me but at the resto in question]:
                                                                                                                                                  http://tinyurl.com/m5vvaev

                                                                                                                                                  As with any sandwich at this restaurant, the bread at Café Stella has integrity. Almost a pan de mie, it stands up to the prep.

                                                                                                                                                  A very fine sandwich indeed!

                                                                                                                                                  Their brunch menu:
                                                                                                                                                  http://cafestella.com/brunch/

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                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 3, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Is there anything good in the seafood range on their menu ?

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                                                                                                                                                      SilverlakeGirl Jul 3, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Certainly not on their brunch menu [link provided]. The menu linked, however has changed quite a bit from the menu I saw today.

                                                                                                                                                      They have added a tuna [tartare] sandwich ... but I have not tried it.

                                                                                                                                                      As for dinner, they have limited offering of seafood ... only three on the menu linked. None of which I have tried.

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                                                                                                                                                      SilverlakeGirl Jul 3, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Not sure as to the nuking of my link. For the heck of it, I'll try again:

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/café-s...

                                                                                                                                                    3. WildSwede Jul 3, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Hedgehog Cafe on Sunset in Echo Park. Vegan/Vegetarian (cheese, no meat) place. Cute corner spot, free wi-fi. Ordered the Ventana Sandwich: plain foccacia (asked them to toast it a little bit), tomatoes, lettuce (arugula), avocado, sprouts, the best damn pickles I have ever had, dijon. Added jack cheese. Came with an arugula salad which was dressed in a lemony vinaigrette. The special salad of the day was kale and they were more than willing to mix some in with my arugula side salad. $8. Iced coffee. Very good.

                                                                                                                                                      2201 Sunset Bl/Mohawk

                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                                                                                                                                                        CLowe Jul 3, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Finally, FINALLY made it to Labels Tabel today for the pastrami sandwich on rye. I know it's a good sandwich when I'm ooing and ahhing and the only components are meat, bread, and mustard. This may be my favorite bite this year... Other than that Elvis dessert at MB post.

                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                          nosh Jul 3, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Glad you liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                          schrutefarms Jul 3, 2013 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I'm going to throw in that I've loved every single sandwich from Mendocino Farms. The steak BLT is heavenly, as is the Not-So-Fried Chicken. With buffalo sauce. Everything is better with buffalo sauce. Ev-er-y-thing.

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                                                                                                                                                            WildSwede Jul 5, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Agreed! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                              chris1621 Jul 8, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I love Mendocino Farms too! The Not-So-Fried chicken is my favorite sandwich, along with the Lemongrass Steak Banh Mi.

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                                                                                                                                                                chris1621 Jul 19, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Finally made it over to Mendocino Farms today for lunch and grabbed my favorite, the Not-So-Fried Chicken sandwich. Fantastic as usual! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                linus Jul 4, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                just before the starting gun, i had the serrano/brie/fig jam at sweet salt in toluca lake.

                                                                                                                                                                the sandwich was off the menu for awhile, and i'm glad it's back. however, i remain baffled as to why anyone would put brie on a sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                the fig jam is...o.k.
                                                                                                                                                                however, it's a high quality ham on good bread. and they have zap's cajun dill tater chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka Jul 4, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not a Francophile but I run into the brie/ham combo a lot at places that offer French-influenced food. So blame the French? I thank them for it.

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                                                                                                                                                                    linus Jul 4, 2013 10:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    i dunno, i dont ever recall seeing brie on a sandwich in gay paris. but now i sound like a ass. my point is, a good brie is a great thing. a poor brie on a sandwich puts the lemon right in my eye.
                                                                                                                                                                    ive never had a good brie on a sandwich. waste of good brie, i think.
                                                                                                                                                                    he said, not too briefly.

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                                                                                                                                                                      bulavinaka Jul 5, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      You've been there and I haven't. I'll take your word. I guess good brie is all in thw eye of the beholder; regardless, I enjoy it in a sandwich. Given a choice, I'll take most any brie short of smelling like ammonia over most cheeses in my sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                        linus Jul 5, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        ain't it grand we's all different?

                                                                                                                                                                2. ipsedixit Jul 4, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Ham and cheese sandwich at ______.

                                                                                                                                                                  Go ahead, J.L., feel free to fill in the blank.

                                                                                                                                                                  Cheers.

                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                    J.L. Jul 4, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Olympic Bakery, Rosemead.

                                                                                                                                                                    Brings back wonderful memories... Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                    I don't expect fireworks for everyone when the eat this thing, but did you like it, ipse?

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                                                                                                                                                                      ipsedixit Jul 4, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      My friend, after a ride up (and down) from JPL to Mt.Wilson, just about anything will taste pretty fucking good.

                                                                                                                                                                      So, to answer your question, yeah I liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                        J.L. Jul 4, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Ha! I had a similar epiphany after my run on the Paseo Miramar trail!

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                                                                                                                                                                      maudies5 Jul 4, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Belwood Bakery in Brentwood makes a fine ham and cheese

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                                                                                                                                                                        gpatt55 Jul 12, 2013 03:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        The Combination at the Apple Pan is a pretty spectacular H&C. Outrageous amounts of both and the crunch of crisp iceberg.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. WildSwede Jul 5, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        The Club Sandwich at Pumpernickel Deli; 2 locations in Pasadena. A classic - I get it with their wheat bread, toasted well "but not burned" with extra mayo. Hits the spot every time.

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                                                                                                                                                                          cdub Jul 5, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          A grinder at which wich. First time there and was pretty impressed. It's no bay cities but damn good without the drive to Santa Monica

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                                                                                                                                                                            WildSwede Jul 8, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            A Which Wich is opening in Pasadena.

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                                                                                                                                                                              wienermobile Jul 8, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Which Wich is much much better than both Subway and Quizos. I do like their turkey sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Jul 8, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                yes, but it's not better usually than non-chains.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  cdub Jul 8, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  better than jersey mikes too. don't get the appeal of that place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ns1 Jul 11, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Jersey Mikes is the most similar to sandwiches I got in Jersey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      chris1621 Jul 12, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      My dad says the same thing (he grew up in NJ). He loves Jersey Mikes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Jul 12, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yep, totally agree.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. gr8pimpin Jul 5, 2013 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Italia Deli in Agoura Hills. Italian cold cut on a hard roll. Perfection!!! I like this place better than Bay Cities.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. A5 KOBE Jul 5, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Had a torta cubana at El Gallo Giro. It was great other than the chewy milanesa that pretty much ruined it for me because one bite and the whole thing came out.

                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                    ipsedixit Jul 5, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    The curse of the bite-size sandwich the shape of a fist-sized meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      A5 KOBE Jul 5, 2013 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      And the worse part was I forgot to get extra napkins and ate it in the car. Not my finest hour for me and my heather gray tshirt.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. MissBubbles Jul 7, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Fish King Oyster Po'Boy Review- They just added this to their menu, it was $7. Oysters were fresh and nicely fried with a cornmeal crust. 5 piled on a hot dog style roll with mayo, lettuce & tomato. Add hot sauce at the table. Pretty good, I wouldn't drive across town for it but it def satisfied the oyster sandwich craving I get when I have been away from the Pacific Northwest too long. Next time I would add two more oysters, leave off the flavourless tomato and ask for some lemon.

                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                      ipsedixit Jul 7, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never felt that an Oyster Po'boy needs tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                      When I get my favorite Po'boy at Little Dom's it's always with "no tomatoes"...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        MissBubbles Jul 7, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree, even if they were good I would still leave them off. They detract from the oysters.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Porthos Jul 7, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night at The Ranch Saloon in Anaheim.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Brisket sliders, blue crab sliders, and buffalo chicken sandwich (not pictured).

                                                                                                                                                                                      The brisket sliders were amazing. Could eat 10 of these things.

                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Jul 7, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        This is all food in the bar, right ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Porthos Jul 7, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          At the Saloon next to The Ranch which is a steakhouse. You can order it seated anywhere in the Saloon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Jul 7, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        BBQ pork on garlic cheese toast at the Bear Pit in Mission Hills. It is our standard order, along with an extra bowl of house made pickles. We get it with the cole slaw and baked beans. I like to put the vinegary slaw right on top of the thinly sliced pork, and top it all with the old fashioned BBQ sauce they make. Hits the spot, and it's our go to place before hitting the range. My husband's family has been going there, now for three generations.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                          jessejames Jul 8, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Is this chinese bbq roast pork? I have only fond memories of a sandwich called "the Emperor" at Pop-Ins in Monticello NY that was chinese bbq roast pork on garlic bread with some sweet and sour sauce...pretty tasty oasis in the middle of the borscht belt. I'd love to reconnect with this in LA....

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Jul 8, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            No. It's Missouri BBQ.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Jelly71 Jul 8, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Last week I went to Cricca's Italian Deli in Woodland Hills for the first, and probably last, time. I got the Turkey Bacon Ranch sub and added avocado. It was HUGE. It was just ok. And this might be my fault for not paying attention, but it was served hot. And that just made the flavors seem a little off to me. I hate hot lettuce. When it comes to a turkey sub, I like it cold.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Should have gone to Dan's Super Subs like I planned.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. A5 KOBE Jul 8, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Had the chipotle roasted turkey sand at Tops. It was pretty unremarkable. No pics, not worthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried zucchini was excellent as usually though.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. wienermobile Jul 8, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Surprised not much of a mention for Bay Cities Italian Deli. I love their chicken parm & the pastrami also. but it their hot fresh Italian bread that puts their sandwiches over the top for me. Not a big fan of the Godmother.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Porthos Jul 8, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably because no one has gone yet this month and thus trying to play by DOM rules. Just talking about it is so much less exciting than actually having it this month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Kudos I say.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Jul 8, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The salmon patty burger. at the westside tavern.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 Jul 11, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've given the GM 4-5 tries and I have come to the conclusion that I strongly dislike it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. WildSwede Jul 8, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Sandwich from Roma Deli.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, the delicious Tortas Ahogatas from Tortas Ahogadas el Guero. Their potato tacos rock, too!
                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.tortasahogadaselguero.com/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Xan7hos Jul 11, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bought a couple of the sandwiches at Roma. Much have been spoken of these sandwiches: confident, minimalist. an exercise in restraint. Yet it works so damn well. Texture wise the slices of italian meats and cheese go perfect with the bread they use. It really is an inspiring and delicious sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jul 11, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, it definitely is. My friend went and picked one up for each of us on Monday and she said that Ross told her he is selling 500 a day!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will usually go next door and get a drink and take some of their chiles that are next to the drinks (same kind they give you at Tommy's) with the juice they are in. Open the sammy, pour some chile juice on the bread and eat. Wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        linus Jul 11, 2013 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        but how do the sandwiches now compare to when he was making them one at a time?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          WildSwede Jul 12, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, good question. I prefer them when they are made to order - as the one was I had the other day. My friend asked for extra olive oil on both, so he just put more oil on the ones he was making. However, I am not sure if there really is a difference since the meats/cheese/oil probably meld together a little better once they warm up together. However, if he is selling 500 a day they probably don't sit out very long. I have seen about 10 at at time sitting there ready to go. But I guess I just like biting into the sandwich that I know - the one with cold meats and cheese!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 8, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    do tortas count ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jul 8, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would think so - they are a sandwich. Anyway, I posted about a Torta Ahogada today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Searching4Dunny Jul 8, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had the hot pastrami sandwich at Ruby's Sandwich Saloon in Costa Mesa. Unremarkable and nothing to write about other than to advise against ordering this sandwich here. I hear the squaw bread is good but since I went with pastrami I took it on a roll. Average place - below average pastrami sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. wienermobile Jul 8, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Had Plan Check's Southern Fry sandwich (smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles) again today at lunch and I think it's my favorite non-pastrami sandwich in LA at the moment. So good both smokey and crunchy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jase Jul 9, 2013 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Concur it's a great sandwich and at that price a steal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            aching Jul 24, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had Plan Check's Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich (a special) for lunch today. I don't think it's much different from the Southern Fry except spicier and no ham as far as I could tell. It was absolutely delicious, but I feel a little guilty now (which I often do after a Plan Check meal) - it must have been 10,000 calories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Searching4Dunny Jul 24, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a feeling next month's DOM is going to be having many a folk feeling guilty ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Jul 24, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably more like 1500 calories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aching Jul 24, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I might have been exaggerating. But it felt like 10,000!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              linus Jul 8, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              the blt at the cafe at the gene autry museum is pretty good. the other sandwiches i saw looked tasty as well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              and they have sarsaparilla.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Jul 8, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                sasparilla ? that sounds great. didn't know one could find it outside of knott's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE Jul 8, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sarsaparilla reminds me of this..lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R07cC...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 8, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    well, right now i sure could go for a white russian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. aching Jul 9, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I tried Ink Sack last weekend - three sandwiches (split between two people, which I think it about the right ratio):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                banh mi pork butt, pork belly, chicharrónes, pickled vegetables, onion spread $6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the jose andres, aka “the spanish godfather” serrano, chorizo, manchego $6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                turkey melt camembert, mostarda, arugula, mayo $6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The turkey melt was my favorite, followed by the Jose Andres. The banh mi tasted nothing like a banh mi to me, although it was tasty. Their bread, which is sort of ciabatta-ish, is delicious, and the quality of the ingredients is great too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Porthos Jul 9, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nice pics! Thanks for the report!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. wienermobile Jul 9, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just saw Eastside Italian Market Deli's DA Special sandwich (Italian Beef+meatball+sausage+Pastrami) on Food Network last night. Anyone ever tried it? I want me some of that now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 9, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that is the DA special if I'm not mistaken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't tried it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just had everything together except for the sausage. but it's kind of a delcious mess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Porthos Jul 9, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Moscow Deli of OC in Costa Mesa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drive by this every day on the way to work. Thought it would be perfect for sandwich DOM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Got the Odessa sandwich which was Odessa kielbasa on Russian bread, lettuce, tomato, and some Odessa sauce which looked like some sort of relish. Very good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Couldn't resist a dumpling DOM flashback and got the Pelmeni. Outstanding! Flavorful, with juicy meat filling, and perfect one mouthful bites. The dough is of perfect thickness and chew, like a 101 Noodle Express or Dean Sin World dumpling. Every bit as delicious and flavorful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you DOM. Will definitely be back for the stuffed cabbage, borscht, spicy meat soup, and more Pelmeni of course. There is also some really nice looking smoked sturgeon. As in the whole sturgeon with the head on nice looking smoked sturgeon. Also available was smoked halibut, smoked salmon, and smoked steelhead trout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.moscowdeli.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chowseeker1999 Jul 9, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that looks delicious porthos! :> what's the main flavor in the pelmenis?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Porthos Jul 9, 2013 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Menu says chicken or pork mixed with beef. Your guess is as good as mine! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. aching Jul 9, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Point of order, Ipse - does the Gyro Sandwich at Papa Cristo's count? They call it a sandwich, but for the purposes of this DOTM it may be too much of stretch. It was damn good though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ipsedixit Jul 9, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sure. Looks great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nosh Jul 9, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I read on this board that the gyro at Papa Cristo's sometimes is a special with discount pricing. Anyone know anything about this? What is their usual price?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Jul 9, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Get on their email list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's usually I believe 7.99, but with the not so frequent email coupon it comes out to 4.99, usually they have these deals on holiday periods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LAgirl2 Jul 11, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Even though I live in Ktown, I haven't been there recently. I need to get back. I think their gyros are good for LA and when you add in picking up other goodies in their store---it's a great place to pop into.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thor123 Jul 9, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Duck Schwarma at Momed is very good. Also like the chicken curry sand at Le Pain Quotidien.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Jul 9, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Damn, I haven't been to Momed yet but those duck shwarmas and their pastries and elaborate coffee drinks (i.e. Turkish cofee lattes) keep tempting me there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ipsedixit Jul 9, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would be remiss if I did not take this one brief moment to pimp aching's work in doing his Google Maps mashup of all of the sandwich places mentioned in this DotM thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See aching's hard work here: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Jul 9, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aching, can you do the same for the BBQ & taco threads also?? Pretty please?! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A5 KOBE Jul 9, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, good work aching. That map is getting really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aching Jul 10, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, all - I'm glad you like it! And Dirty, I can make the other DOTM maps - I'll let you know when they're ready!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JAB Jul 10, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I nominate aching for LA HOTM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Jul 10, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      YAY! Thanks so much for your hard work! Meatballs & Martinis for All at Dirty's House, woo hoo!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Really ???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm down, especially the martinis part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Always gin, right ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What's your address ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Jul 10, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll pick up some gin just for you, me I can't touch that stuff.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What's your brand, Bombay Sapphire? Aviator? Hendricks?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Jul 10, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We will also have to get a gold medallion award, kind of like a taste vin, for aching to wear around town and sport that sucker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Porthos Jul 9, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Indeed! Thanks for the hard work aching!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WildSwede Jul 11, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, aching - thank you! You're kinda my hero right now! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jase Jul 9, 2013 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finally tried Label's table for their pastrami based on board rec. It wasn't bad but not something I'd go out of my way for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The meat wasn't rich enough for me. But as a neighbourhood sandwich I think it's great. $8.50 for a generous sized sandwich, nice crusty rye bread. $1.95 for bottled Dr. Brown's sodas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jessejames Jul 10, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The pastrami is Kossacks brand (or something like that)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Try the brisket and ask for au jus...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jase Jul 15, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Russack's I found out afterwards. I must have missed it when I was reading the pastrami threads. I happened to be over there and tried them. Can't say I'd really recommend them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd rather do my Sat morning deal of driving from the Westside to Langers for a pastrami brunch. Followed by some seafood from the Mariscos Jaliscos truck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jessejames Jul 16, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i can't argue with Langers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Porthos Jul 10, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheesesteak from Philly's Best Santa Ana. I usually get it without cheese for health reasons. Today, for DOM, the real deal with cheese and the extra 210 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Probably not great by Philadelphia standards but oddly satisfying. The amoroso rolls really make a difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Jul 10, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for Health reasons ??? are you kidding me ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            at least, you took one for the team for sandwich of the month day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nosh Jul 11, 2013 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I go to the Philly's Best in Encino (south side of Ventura Blvd. in a big strip mall) and really like the philly cheesesteaks (w/ onion, white american cheese). Get the fries welldone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            silence9 Jul 11, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Almost forgot to mention The Cheese Box at Wally's, in Westwood. Really esoteric (to me, anyway) selection of quality cheeses and meats, on really good bread/baguette/brioche, grilled or otherwise. I recall having a duck prosciutto and gouda (with truffle?) & arugula on a grilled/pressed brioche, and I wanted that sandwich to never end! Alas, no place to sit...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The shop also sells preserves, spreads and the kinda expensive ingredients that you'd find in Giada DeLaurentis's fridge. A nice splurge if you're in the area, or to stock up on edibles for foodie friends...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              aching Jul 11, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love Wally's sandwiches too. BTW, there is a place to sit - not much of a place, but it's a picnic table that's kind of wedged between Wally's and the building to the south. You get there through the parking lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Jul 11, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They must have changed the menu becauuse they did not have anything as fancy as the duck prosciutto when I went there a year ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But the ingredients were of a very high quality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And it was pricey, but for 9 bucks for most of the sandwiches to 10 bucks, it was not anymore expensive than bay cities. And I think the quality here is much much much much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. wienermobile Jul 11, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just had my guilty pleasure the pastrami bomb at The Hat. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger And I'll have pastrami chili cheese fries with that please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wienermobile Jul 11, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo of my tasty pastrami gut bomb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 11, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You had the whole sandwich and the pastrami chili cheese fries in one sitting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My hats off to you wiener.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can almost barely polish those two with an avocado sammy on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wienermobile Jul 11, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No way I could finish those fries. They can feed a family of 4 by them self.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Jul 11, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Damn that looks good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where you sharing with others ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This takes the food porn prize of too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Porthos Jul 11, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The mortadella, capocolla, porchetta sandwich with provolone, spicy peppers, and slaw all on warm crusty bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A complete and perfect sandwich. The cold cuts and even the slaw is sliced paper thin which makes a big difference in taste and texture. The slaw has just the right amount of acidity to brighten things up and bring it all together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Asked them to make a meatball sandwich on the fly since they have great bread and great meatballs. Request to buzz the tower denied :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Jul 11, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you had a salumi sandwich and a meatball sandwich too ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm impressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OCSteve Jul 11, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I guess I'm on a beef dip kick this month. I had a business lunch at Morton's today, and that's what I had. It was good, but not great. Definitely not worth the $19.50 price tag. The beef didn't have much flavor without a dip in the au jus (then again, I guess that's what it's there for), and I didn't care for the green peppers on the sandwich. I'll stick with their prime burger from now on at lunch. Now I'm really craving the Houston's version. Maybe next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kevin Jul 11, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That doesn't look that great from the looks of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, defrinnitely stick to the 13ozer prime burger from now on. That's where it's at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And I do believe that it's a few bucks cheaper than the french dip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OCSteve Jul 11, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Correct on all counts, but that's where lunch was, and I wanted to get something in the spirit of DotM. Lesson learned, and I will be back to the burger next time I go in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It wasn't as bad as the picture suggests. I'm not a good photographer, and I was there on business, so I didn't want to make too big a production of taking the pic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Jul 11, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            true, no worries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. PeterCC Jul 11, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Got both the Maine (cold w/mayo) and Connecticut (warm w/butter) lobster rolls from Cousins Maine Lobster today. Still like them better than the other lobster rolls I've had (Lobsta Truck, Son of a Gun) but kept getting little shell fragments in the Maine roll (no issue with the CT roll). Weird because lobsters are one of the easier crustacean to extract meat from without a lot of shell. Still delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Jul 11, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          so far i like lobsta truck the best, though i have not tried cousijns yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WildSwede Jul 11, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Exactly same for me, Kevin. But by looking at the picture, LT's just LOOK better and more appetizing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. JAB Jul 12, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bahn Mi Che Cali today for lunch. Buy 2 get one free! 2 meatball and 1 pork. Yes Kevin I did kill all 3!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Jul 12, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ok, but did you also grab a cafe sua dua to wash it all down ???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JAB Jul 12, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just a bottled water. Like Porthos, I'm counting calories. ;>)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Porthos Jul 12, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah! You beat me to it! Was going to do meatball and grilled beef patty! And special number 2.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strong work!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. ElsieDee Jul 12, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lee's Hoagies in Pasadena (Colorado Blvd., just west of Sierra Madre Blvd. north side of the street. Several of us ordered take out:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - BLT: LOTS of bacon, but it was very well done (as in overcooked to the point of, well, losing the bacony-goodness and just being shardlike when biting into the sandwich), on toasted white. Tomatoes were plentiful and fresh, lettuce was iceberg, cold, and crisp. Right amount of mayo, for my tastes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Cheeseburger Hoagie (no idea if this will count as a sandwich or not): good, solid, lots of meat, cheese, and veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Tuna Melt: on sourdough (no idea if that is default or not) with swiss and tomatoes (again, no idea of what comes with it, normally). Very good. Bread a little greasy, but not annoyingly so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Grilled Vegetarian Sandwich with Avocado and Mushroom: looked delicious but didn't get to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like Lee's: friendly and fast service, fresh food, very good prices. They close at seven during the week and at four on Saturdays, closed on Sunday. http://leeshoagie.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. WildSwede Jul 12, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just got (and am currently eating) the BBQ Pork from Lee's Sandwiches (different than Lee's Hoagies that ElsieDee just posted about). This one is the one that has Bahn Mi. The sandwich is very good. Not overly stuffed - which I am okay with. I asked for extra jalapenos and cilantro and those chiles are potent today. Bread is fresh-baked; soft and chewy. Fresh veggies. Very good. $2.99. Boom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE Jul 12, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Which Lee's though because some are better than others. The one in Chino Hills is absolutely terrible. Chewy non crunchy bread and super sweet meat and veggies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WildSwede Jul 15, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the one in Pasadena, on Colorado. Right across the street from Target.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LAgirl2 Jul 15, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had that sandwich a couple of weeks ago. Very tasty and you can't go wrong with the price! I'm going to be back over that way on Saturday---are any of the other sandwiches good or should I stick w/ the BBQ pork?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jul 16, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, that price is amazing. I have only been there twice and the other time I got something that had the Jambon on it but not headcheese. Looking at the menu, I cannot be sure which one it was - maybe #17: Jambon & Pork Roll with Pate. I liked it well enough, but prefer the BBQ pork. Next time, I plan on trying the Grilled Pork. The guy behind the counter said that this one had more flavor than the BBQ pork when I asked. I also got the vegetarian spring rolls. Interesting. Next time, I will try the shredded pork one. Only problem with this location is the parking. Had to drive around a couple of times which is a pain. Also, I have heard people complain about the wait, but I go after 3, so it has not been an issue and they are very nice about answering questions since the menu is pretty big. They say that they bake fresh bread every 30 minutes and I believe it. $1/baguettes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BrewNChow Jul 21, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I strongly recommend the grilled pork over the barbeque pork at Lee's. The "grilled pork" is the thit nuong pork that is usually labeled BBQ pork at other banh mi places. What Lee's calls bbq pork is a pretty lame version of chinese char siu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I always ask for extra meat at Lee's and the best thing they have there is actually their banh bao. I'd get that over one of their middle-of-the-road banh mis any day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dommy Jul 21, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My favorite at Lees is the meatball... you never feel like they get stingy with the meatball...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WildSwede Jul 22, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Smart to ask for extra meat. Especially if the older guy is making your sammy. It was almost non-existent in the sandwich I had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BrewNChow Jul 23, 2013 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              True at all their locations. You know who makes an awesome banh bao? Ba Le. That probably isn't a sandwich, is it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WildSwede Jul 17, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am currently eating the Grilled Pork sandwich from Lee's. It is okay; I asked for extra cilantro and jalapenos, but am not sure the 4 slices of jalapeno and three sprigs of cilantro on a 10" sandwich can be considered "extra" tho. Prefer the BBQ Pork.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LAgirl2 Jul 21, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            after your post about the grilled pork, i stuck to the BBQ pork. really tasty. for me, the amount of jalapeno and cilantro were perfect (maybe the grilled pork needs more). it's a great quick and cheap lunch. none of the other bahn mi sounded that interesting to me (and i don't know why anybody would go there and order a ham and cheese). i did have a had time deciding to hit up Lee's or go instead to Settebello across the street.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WildSwede Jul 22, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, Lee's vs Settebello is a toughie! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JAB Jul 22, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Really, Lee's = the McDonald's of Bahn Mi and Settebello = The French Laundry of Pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WildSwede Jul 22, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ok

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LAgirl2 Jul 23, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One is a quick fast food lunch, the other is a sit down restaurant. Both tasty for different reasons. I opted for the quick lunch due to scheduling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are the meatballs pork or a combo beef/pork?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jul 23, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On the menu, it says Pork Meatball (Vietnamese Style). That is the only meatball on the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Jul 14, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was able to try the warm (CT style) lobster roll today for lunch at Connie & Ted's. It was everything it should be: a split top roll that was griddled on the cut sides, full of tail & claw chunks, lightly heated up in warm butter, and perfectly cooked lobster meat. Not huge, but certainly large enough and satisfying. For $20, it had about the amount of meat you would get from a 1lb. lobster, and came with a large portion of crisp French fries. I would say for the money, it was a decent value; even more so for me as it took me back to my childhood on the CT & RI shores. I had been craving one like this since the beginning of summer, so it really hit the spot. This now means I will have to go back soon and try the clam roll, and see how that measures up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JAB Jul 14, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Off topic but, did you happen to try the clam fritters?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Jul 14, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OF COURSE I DID, LOL!! They are clam cakes, btw....and they were just like how my Mom & I make them, very good representations of what you get in RI, except they serve them with lemon & tartar sauce, which is unnecessary, but fine. They were good, fluffy inside with pieces of clam and crispy, salty outside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JAB Jul 14, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You had me worried. ;>) Thanks for the review.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin Jul 14, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                20 bucks ain't half bad considering that the Lobsta Truck charges rougly $12 for a tiny morsel, which does not include fries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jul 14, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's what I was thinking, also. And sitting out on the very pleasant patio was quite nice. Great service, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. aching Jul 15, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sycamore Kitchen - Banh Mi Style Sandwich. This was a pate sandwich, surprisingly, served on sandwich bread rather than baguette. Like the banh mi I tried last weekend at Ink Sack, this one didn't taste anything like a real banh mi to me - its flavors were quite delicate - I would have liked the pate to be more assertive and and I didn't taste any chilis, which I really like in banh mi. But it was very fresh and tasty and a nice bite on a hot summer day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Servorg Jul 15, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't believe no one has mentioned Fundamental LA for one of their most creative and delicious sandwiches. I can still recall the meatloaf sandwich I had from them involving BBQ sauce schmeared on their combination beef and pork loaf with celery root puree & crunchy pickled cabbage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finally, they really do gild the lily in a good way by adding some fried brussels sprout leaves. All on toasted sourdough, which to my way of thinking is the perfect vessel to sail this ship of tasty state into one's salivating maw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have my eye on their current menu and am leaning toward their garlic roast beef sandwich with spinach artichoke dip and pickled red onion on brioche.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 15, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thanks for the clarification on whether it's a beef or pork or both loaf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aching Jul 15, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I really wish they were open for lunch on the weekend (or offered their lunch menu at dinner time). I've been trying to get there for lunch for the longest time, but it's hard for me during the week. However, smoked brisket poutine sounds pretty amazing, even if it doesn't qualify for DOTM...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Searching4Dunny Jul 15, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried Benjie's Deli in Santa Ana for the first time on Friday. Pastrami on Rye with side of potato salad. Pastrami was too fatty and nowhere near as flavorful as Langers or even The Hat. The place in general is a step down from Canter's. Glad we have a jewish type deli in OC but I don't see myself going back anytime soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Been having bad luck with the pastrami sandwiches around town lately. I should switch to something SoCal generally does well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BrewNChow Jul 21, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Came to a similar conclusion about a month back, about both Benji's and OC pastrami in general. Even the Hat location in Lake Forest seems somehow sub-par compared to the LA location I tried when I lived there. Maybe I'm just crazy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Searching4Dunny Jul 22, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, the pastrami scene in OC is very weak. I will give the Surfas in Costa Mesa a try and see what they can do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wienermobile Jul 22, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Try the Hat. Thin and fatty but oh so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            23641 Rockfield Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lake Forest, CA 92630

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Searching4Dunny Jul 22, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've been to that location of The Hat several times (albeit not in about 8 years now). While I recall that it was good enough to satisfy my pastrami cravings years ago, this was before I ate the pastrami at Katz (NYC) and Langer's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, given the slim competition in the OC, I may just end up at The Hat sooner than later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. WildSwede Jul 15, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Pastrami Dip from Gene's Grinders in Monrovia. I get the dip on the side (sometimes I don't even dip the sammy in it - I eat it with a spoon!). Enough meat for 2 sandwiches. It is closer to the type of pastrami you get at the Hat vs. the one at Langer's. Very, very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Jul 15, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          better than the hat ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WildSwede Jul 16, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ummm, God. Hard to answer. I like them both. I almost get the feeling that Gene's is better quality. But they are both very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linus Jul 15, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          today i had "the combo" at santoro's sub shoppe in burbank.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eh, it was o.k., i guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          burbank is quite possibly the worst food neighborhood in l.a. county.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Jul 15, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really do like beabea's over there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And i do like papa george's hy mart for their sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i used to somewhat like santorno's (and it reminds me in a crappy way of what a NJ-sub is like but not quite).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linus Jul 15, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not a fan of bea bea's at all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is papa george's hy mart the one on camarillo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              near lankershim?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              because i like their sandwiches a lot, but a) that's north hollywood and b) i wish they were a buck cheaper, or a buck bigger. extremely nice folks, though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of course, if there's a different hy mart you're speaking of, the secretary will disavow this entire post.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ns1 Jul 15, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hy mart is great, but they are pretty damn expensive. however, that armenian bread is godly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                if I'm in Burbank looking for sandwiches, it's pretty much going to be Porto's or Jersey Mike's. Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake if I'm looking to spend $10-13 for a solo diner sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linus Jul 16, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  porto's sandwiches aren't worth the line. jersey mike's i had once and it was meh-city; maybe that deserves another try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i like the sandwiches at sweetsalt, and think for the quality of ingredients, they're fairly priced and way above diner level. and they dress the salad on the side perfectly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  which sandwiches at hy mart come on armenian bread? everything i order is always in a wrap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  btw, ns1, you were right about the chicken shawarma at joe's falafel on cahuenga.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  let's face it, north hollywood towers above burbank, foodwise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ns1 Jul 16, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we'll have to agree to disagree re: portos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    re: jersey mike's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's not the best sandwich, per se, but it's the closest representation to a NJ style italian sub that I've found.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    re: hymart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    armenian bread available by request, I usually get it with the italian sub. yes, one of my favorite italian subs in the city is from Hy Mart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes, NoHo towards above Burbank food wise. I live in NoHo but work in Burbank so I gotta play both sides!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linus Jul 16, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      noho is way above burbank.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the subs at the liquor store at victory and alameda aren't bad. people like the fish and chips there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      santoros is o.k. giamela's less so.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      there's a place near poquito mas on olive/buena vista that is o.k. and one in the strip mall at alameda/glen oaks. i think they're both named tony's.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      btw, that strip mall has a doner joint with a pretty good sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yep, disagree we shall again. i like other stuff at portos (not enough to brave the line all that often) but their sandwiches are n.g.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the cuban is better (though not that great, truth be told) at mambo's not too far away.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i still miss the cuban joint that was where costco is now, at burbank/victory. they had a good cuban sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ns1 Jul 16, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that deli inside a liquor store is big willie's grill (or something like that) and I've been harping about their FnC for years. That place I also originally found on CH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        there's a new place on riverside that opened up to great reviews, pics seem great as well

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/novo-cafe-bur...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Jul 16, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ok, i'm gonna make there for the fish and chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i did remember that someone or many posted about that particular joint years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          btw, i found the riverside cafe to be truly dreadful, i believe it's in burbank or on the border between there and somewhere else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ns1 Jul 16, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            there's more than a few terrible restaurants on Riverside...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            also: not claiming big willie's has the best FnC on earth, but most certainly best I've had within 10 miles of Burbank for $10. Pretty decent value too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The tacos/cheese steak are terrible though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linus Jul 16, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i don't think the fish and chips at big willie's is worth travelling any great distance for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ns1 Jul 16, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "i don't think the fish and chips at big willie's is worth travelling any great distance for."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                can't argue with this sentiment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linus Jul 16, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the cheese steak at philly's best in burbank is alright, i guess.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                probably better than the one at philadelphia sandwiches in noho. maybe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                philly's best definitely better than south street in burbank.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 Jul 16, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  miles better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the 3 philly cheesesteak places around (philadelphia sandwiches in noho, philly's best/south street in burbank) I prefer philly's best

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  random:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  once rolled into Philly's Best on a Sunday, saw Leno with his car friends chilling having a sandwich. His hair was all f'ed up like he just came back from a 50 mile ride. Didn't see any cars that would belong to him outside, however.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nosh Jul 16, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hit the Philly's Best on Ventura in Encino after golf today. Very good philly cheesesteak w/ onions, as always. I was pretty hungry after 18 holes, but I could only get through half of the sandwich and most of the properly welldone, as requested, fries. Ok, remainder will be warmed up for the late innings of the allstar game tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Philly West is still my favorite -- smaller but cheaper, really rich tasting. Have not yet tried Boo's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Jul 16, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Philly West is even better to kick back some beers or grab some relatively reasonably priced stiff drinks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        J.L. Jul 16, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You might even catch me in there during an Eagles game...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Jul 16, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When they open at 9am on Sundays ???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linus Jul 16, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i think that novo cafe is the joint that was being remodeled forever, across from the orange motel, and sort of kitty corner from olive and thyme, which has excellent salads and pricey sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i'll have to give it a go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ns1 Jul 16, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes, it's the new restaurant that opened up across from tangerine. They seem to be making their pasta fresh, which is what intrigues me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Jul 16, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh, tangerine is the hotel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i think i know exactly where you are talking about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you guys don't like bea bea's at all ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ns1 Jul 16, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's an okay breakfast spot but Eat in NoHo much better IMO. Never been there for lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 Jul 16, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  btw, Papoo's is now soft open as an Umami.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/07/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot dogs and hamburgers are cousins to sandwiches right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JAB Jul 16, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kissin' cousins.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Jul 16, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In my opinion, Pappoos Hot Dog Show was terrible ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But I did like the name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ns1 Jul 16, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it most certainly was. I'll report back on the new Umami there soon enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linus Jul 16, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ooh, somebody bought that space. neato.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sadly, theresa's family restaurant -- which was awful -- is turning into a starbucks, just down the road from the tallyrand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ns1 Jul 16, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i love *$, hope it's a drive-through!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jelly71 Jul 16, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I work in the area and I really wanted to like Theresa's. But it was so blah. And I love junky diner food, so that's not a snob talking. Do we really need another Starbucks, though? Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I really did like Papoo's. The steak fries were always good. The burgers were ok. It's nothing I would have gone out of my way for, but when you have to go to lunch every day, it wasn't a horrible option.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Jul 15, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i think we are talking about the same place. yeah, it is about a buck and a half too pricey especially for north hollywood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yeah, my bad. that's not burbank anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. wienermobile Jul 16, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just had Mendocino Farms Steak BLT again and it's still one great sandwich. Very generous with the steak too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. PeterCC Jul 16, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just picked up the Belly Up (smoked pork belly, cole slaw on brioche) and the Chop Tots (chopped smoked brisket on top of tater tots with melted cheese) from Pork Belly's Sandwich Shop on Abbot Kinney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will write a full review later, but first impressions are good. The pork belly slices in the Belly Up are thick and fatty, smokey, crispy around the edges. The cole slaw balance the fattiness of the meat out a little, and has not too much mayo. Really enjoying it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The poutinesque Chop Tots are also pretty good. The chunks from the outer edges of the brisket had a nice smokiness that I wish carried through to the chunks from the center. The BBQ sauce is not too sweet and not too heavy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.porkbellysla.com/ or http://www.bellyupla.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New Trial Jul 20, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Had the Belly Up today and concur. Also wanted to note how welcoming everyone there was--one of the owners, John, was out front greeting customers and helping guide them through the menu. I had the regular tots which were tasty but a bit oily (something the chop and cheese would probably even out).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PeterCC Jul 20, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Had two other sandwiches from there. Belly Up still my favorite. See my full review here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/909501

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                aching Jul 29, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We tried Pork Belly's this weekend and found it good, but not as great as we hoped. We had the Belly Up (Smoked BBQ Pork Belly topped with homemade coleslaw on a brioche roll.) and the Chop (Brisket smoked for over 12 hours in our in-house smoker then chopped. Topped with our homemade BBQ sauce and Cole Slaw on a brioche roll.). Both sandwiches were tasty but to us lacked something - or perhaps it was the balance of filling to bread was off - they tasted a little dry. I would also have liked the smoky flavor to be more pronounced. But I would certainly return and try some of the other offerings, and I did love the Slop Tots (tater tots with Sloppy Joe topping).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Belly Up: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27309894@N02/9393198731/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Chop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27309894...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. johnnyshungry Jul 16, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Roccos on Vermont makes a good Italian beef & cheese dip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I crave it more then Boos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmmm I need to do a side by side challenge

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Jul 16, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is Rocco's in the old Vito's pizza space across from LACC's campus ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    johnnyshungry Jul 18, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No it's up farther next to Il Capriccio across the street from Dresden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Searching4Dunny Jul 16, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had the Croque Milo today at Milo and Olive made with prosciutto, raclette, sun dried tomatoes, fried egg on some nice crusty sliced bread. The egg, bread, prosciutto and cheese were very good. The sun dried tomatoes were ok and I could have done without them. The major flaw for me was the addition of rosemary, which I did not find appealing in taste or texture. All in all, it was an interesting croque but I prefer the ones at Church & State and Bouchon. The bread was delicious, however, and I will be back to try the other baked offerings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. aching Jul 17, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had a Hollywood Bowl picnic from Clementine last night which included smoked turkey, mealoaf, caprese, and grilled vegetable sandwiches. I had the grilled vegetable, which was made with hummus, chunky artichoke relish, and greens on toasted wholegrain bread - it was delicious. (I've really never had a bad sandwich from Clementine, come to think of it.) I also have to give them credit for the concept and execution of the Hollywood Bowl picnic - it was a cinch to order, and they package each sandwich with a small salad, a cookie, and utensils in a cardboard box with a very cute label saying what's inside. The whole thing was a big hit with our guests. I have no problem making my own picnic, but this was so easy and perfect, I think I'll be doing it again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jul 17, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good to knoe, aching. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today, I had the Amalfi sandwich at Paninoteca Maggio in the City of Orange. Very tasty with fresh, flavorful ingredients (vine ripe tomato slices I'm looking at you). Save for the slight excess of balsamic glaze, I thought it was a very well made sandwich. Now, that one of the more basic sandwiches has passed the test, I am eager to try out the porchetta sandwich (the Tuscan), which the owner described as having cracklingly crispy skin. I would have ordered it today but after a slight string of less than stellar sandwiches lately, I decided to minimize my risk taking today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://paninotecamaggio.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mrsjoujou Jul 18, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had the porchetta last year and I was not impressed. It was kind of dry and not much meat in the sandwich. Their meatball was not that great either. Maybe they have improved since then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Searching4Dunny Jul 19, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the heads up. Now I'm not disappointed that I skipped the porchetta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kevin Jul 18, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the Circle ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Searching4Dunny Jul 19, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On Memory and Main near Main Place Mall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. aching Jul 19, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BBQ Pork Banh Mi from the Ăn Nam Truck ($6) - I'm no banh mi expert, but I thought this was pretty damn good, particularly considering the limited options we have here on the Westside. The pork was succulent and well-seasoned, and the garnishes were just what they should be. The baguette was just so-so, but I wasn't expecting too much, so I wasn't disappointed. The Ăn Nam Truck parks by my office every Friday and based on today's success I will definitely return to try their other offerings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            granadafan Jul 20, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Six bucks? The Banh Mi sandwiches in places like Banh mi my Tho or Che Chali generally go for around $3.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              aching Jul 21, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know - but try finding a place like that in Santa Monica.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bulavinaka Jul 21, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yup - six bucks in SM v. Driving out to BMMT or BMCC in SGV is not an option.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ernie Jul 22, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yup, you can get two BBQ pork bánh mì on fresh baguettes at Bánh Mì My-Tho for $5.50 plus tax

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jase Jul 21, 2013 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They are near my work at least once a week. I like the sandwiches too and $6 for westside is a steal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But I actually like their garlic noodles more. I'll get the side order of garlic noodles and a side of the pork meatballs. It's pretty generous portion for $4 and pretty tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aching Jul 26, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today I tried the 5-Spice Grilled Chicken Banh Mi. The flavors were great, but I wasn't crazy about the texture of the chicken, which was a bit chewy for my taste. Next time, I'm trying the Grilled Pork!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maudies5 Jul 19, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am going to consider the incredibly delicious Veggie Burger which I had today at R+D Kitchen a sandwich. Have never had one which even came close to the deliciousness of this one. R+D Kitchen is on Montana between Euclid and 14th. The place is always packed, parking is non-existent and they take no reservations. I would go through all kinds of hell to have that Veggie Burger again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JAB Jul 20, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Odd in that the Newport Beach location takes reservations via Urban Spoon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Jul 20, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Really ???? Ok. I'll make a visit on a weekday day after the lunch rush about 230 in the pm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WildSwede Jul 20, 2013 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have you tried the VB from The Counter? Only VB that I actually crave.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          schrutefarms Jul 21, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everything I've had from The Counter has been really good. By far my favorite sliders (well, them and Islands). The only thing that sucked was the grilled cheese-it was still hard and cold in the middle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          schrutefarms Jul 21, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If we are going for veggie burgers in this thread, then I'm going to nominate the one from Real Food Daily. It's awesome. A bit squishy for the ciabatta roll it comes on, but that doesn't bother me none.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chinchi Jul 20, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stopped in Proof Bakery to pick up one of their daily sandwich offerings. Decided on the sopressata with mozzarella, arugula salad, and olive tapenade. All sandwiches are served on their freshly baked thin baguette sprinkled with fleur de sel. Perfect balance of ingredients and flavors. Best lunch I had this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Porthos Jul 20, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reuben from the cafe at Surfa's OC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Initially disappointed when I saw it was thinly sliced pastrami and not thick cut. One bite wiped away my preconceived judgement. Pastrami was tender, sauerkraut not too sour with nice texture, grilled rye, flavorful dressing. Not too greasy. Would definitely return for this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kevin Jul 20, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wonder if they have it at the CC location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are the sandwiches already made to order ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Or can one specify for instance no cheese or no Russian ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the heads up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ns1 Jul 21, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chicken shwarma wrap w/ laffa bread, Joe's Falafel (Universal City)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              my favorite shwarma wrap in the city thanks to the uber fresh laffa bread (lavash bread?) that's made minutes before being used for your sandwich. Literally made to order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saw someone in front of me get the chicken kebab wrap that also looked outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you like spice you must get the addictive hot sauce to go with the wrap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was supposed to take a picture but by the time I remembered it was already in my belly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ciao Bob Jul 22, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had their falafel laffa Saturday - should have photographed it for this. SO DAMN GOOD. Surely my sandwich of the month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ns1 Jul 22, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i wasn't a fan of the falafel wrap. the way they wrapped it made it unbalanced for me - some bites full of falafel, some bites nothing but salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ciao Bob Jul 22, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    <<nothing but salad>>
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I like thos bites as much as the ones with the falafel, that bread with salad, hummos and hot sauce! Works for me very nicely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Jul 22, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ok, it's been a while since i've been there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'll hit up joe's laffa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      their hot sauce is great too,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linus Jul 22, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i dig their hot sauce, but they sure dole it out by the thimbleful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i like the falafel and the chicken there. i don't think i'm capable of using the words "unbalanced" and "sandwich" in the same sentence unless it's dumped in my lap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ns1 Jul 22, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i find 2 thimblefuls more than sufficient for 1 sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linus Jul 22, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            well, i like it a lot, and only get served the one thimbleful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i suppose i could be bold and ask for another, but that whole "oliver!" thing has traumatized me away from that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that said, nice folks there. the guy gave me a free piece of baklava last time i was there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ns1 Jul 22, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "oliver!"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah I just ask for 2 every time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i can't believe they have the balls to charge 2.50 for baklava. it's good enough but it aint worth 2.50.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linus Jul 22, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                allow me (or rather the interwebs) to explain:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4iEdM...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chowseeker1999 Jul 21, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fun topic. :> not sure if Lobster Roll counts as a sandwich? but i got to try Connie & Ted's Lobster Roll (w/ hot drawn butter) today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                as i said in another thread: it was delicious! :>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                besides the gorgeous space and relaxing dining, i found Chef Michael Cimarusti's version to be the lightest version here in the city so far. it's a lighter touch compared to Lobsta Truck (which i really like also); it doesn't feel as greasy or heavy (perhaps the quality of the butter they use?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i had Connie & Ted's lobster roll with hot drawn butter, instead of the mayo version (they offer both). there was more meat than Lobsta Truck's standard version, but then again, Lobsta Truck's is $13 compared to $20 for C&T (but you get a giant order of freshly fried french fries).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the best part was that the lobster tasted really fresh: they have a lobster tank filled with live lobsters, and my roll had what looked like an entire lobster tail and some claw perhaps, it was very fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Dommy Jul 21, 2013 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After throwing myself at the last DotM, I kinda took this one to stride. Sure, I've had sandwiches, some pretty good ones (Top Round, Boos, etc...) but nothing that hasn't been mentioned before or really surprised me... But something that has surprised me, upon every visit has been Gentlemen's Butchershop...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Run by a meat distributor (He deals mostly in Illinois Raised Angus) Won Ju, he is always trying something new. He dry ages his own rib eyes (wonderful!), even once had a Tofu sausage (Had to pass). We were looking at a package of ready to boil Corned Beef... he proudly said he made his not with brisket, but Tri Tip... AND he also had some prepared for sandwiches!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Most of the Deli Sandwiches at Gentlemen's use boarsheads meats. However, his Brisket Corned Beef are prepared in house. I asked just for a regular sandwich to taste the goods (I should have done a custom order because they made it a regular sandwich is letuce and tomato, which aren't exactly the best pairing for corned beef), but overall it was a great sandwich… the tri tip lead for at tender and less fatty corned beef, which actually highlighted thet corning spices. I can’t wait to try the brisket sandwich next…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin Jul 22, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    brisket is also house-made or boar's head meats ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i haven't heard of this place beffore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bulavinaka Jul 22, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I googled "Gentleman's butcher shop" and got a few hits. Might this be it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.yelp.com/biz/gentlemans-bu...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bulavinaka Jul 22, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi Dommy!, you and matt P never cease to amaze me with the amount of food acreage you folks take in. Gentleman's Butchershop is one of those old school Chow finds on your part. It's an actual butcher shop and deli counter tucked around the blind side off a corner strip mall on the corner of Palms and National in Palms. The first giveaway are the two bbq smokers out front - an older traditional bbq smoker sticking out on the corner, and the newer Traeger sitting by the entrance. The place is about the right size for an operation like this, and the guys working behind the two cases are super cordial and accommodating. The meats in the case are like showcase specimens exemplifying what particular cuts of quality meats and sausages should look like - I've seen nothing like this in the Westside. The other case has the various cold cuts, house-prepared meats, deli salads, and a hot case/steam table with roast chicken and hot sides.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've seen many Hounds call out, "big deal," on Boars Head meats, and that's fine, but to me, it's like this place is establishing a baseline for their sandwich ingredients that aren't prepared in-house. Now the meats prepared in-house are the ones that make this place worth a trip. We went based on your post and got the corned beef (tri-tip is was) sandwich and brisket hoagie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The corned beef tri-tip was warm, sliced thin and stacked high in the sandwich. The counterman asked if I'd like cole slaw in there, and I said, "Sure - why not?!" It came with a side (I got potato salad) and a pickle. That was one great sandwich. As professed, the corned beef was lean yet flavorful, tender and moist. I took a couple of bites of just the corned beef and confirmed how good it was. The pickling spices weren't over the top - they contributed just enough flavor to compliment the beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Brisket hoagie was another killer sandwich. If you like the beefy tenderness of brisket, this is the sandwich to order. My son reluctantly acquiesced a couple of bites of his foot-long and I really didn't want to give it back to him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This place deserves a separate post. Please start up a dedicated one for them - your reputation carries a lot of weight. Getting buried in this megathread is not right for a place of this quality.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        maudies5 Jul 22, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I frequently pass this corner. Looking forward to stopping. Sounds so good. A big+ for Chowhound.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bulavinaka Jul 22, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While the roast chicken looked very good, I went straight for the hot sandwiches. This seems to be where the gold mine of house-made meats are used.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          According to one of the countermen, Gentleman's Butchershop has been open for about three months now. They are on yelp of course, but only a handful of posts have been accumulated - very positive posts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ciao Bob Jul 22, 2013 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really interesting find.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How 'bout the bread, Dommy! or Bulavinaka?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Obviously, 2/3 of every sandwich's structural content is bread, and sadly, most of this thread - like most LA sandwich slingers - are indifferent to the bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Langer's Rye aside, how much earth shattering bread does LA have?