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SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

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=...

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  1. 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.

    24 Replies
    1. re: Porthos

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

      1. re: JAB

        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.

        1. re: Porthos

          Sorry, I hoped that you had been.

          1. re: Porthos

            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

              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

                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.

                 
                 
                  1. re: Porthos

                    Porthos, thanks for the great pictures.

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

                    1. re: Norm Man

                      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.

                    2. re: Porthos

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

                      1. re: Porthos

                        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.

                        1. re: linus

                          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.

                          1. re: Porthos

                            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

                              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.

                              1. re: Porthos

                                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.

                                1. re: Porthos

                                  "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.

                    3. re: JAB

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

                      1. re: JAB

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

                        1. re: JAB

                          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

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

                            1. re: Porthos

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

                            2. re: OCSteve

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

                          2. re: Porthos

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

                              25 Replies
                              1. re: JAB

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

                                1. re: jgilbert1000

                                  Hamburger is the contents inside the sandwich, correct?

                                  So a meatball sandwich is not a sandwich?

                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                    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: PeterCC

                                          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

                                            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.

                                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                                              What about the "hot cake sandwich" ?

                                                1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                  Damn you.

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

                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        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..."

                                                        1. re: PeterCC

                                                          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!

                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                            7 days ?

                                                            I thought it was 7 years.

                                                            1. re: kevin

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

                                                              1. re: nosh

                                                                Probably not as decomposed as you might think...

                                    1. re: JAB

                                      Too bad cuz I had a glorious patty melt today.

                                      1. re: JAB

                                        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

                                          Sure but, patty melts should be grouped with burgers.

                                          1. re: JAB

                                            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.

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              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.

                                          2. re: ipsedixit

                                            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.

                                          3. B-Mans double ABC burger count?

                                             
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                                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                                              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

                                                I agree.

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

                                                1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                                                  Sure.

                                                  1. re: jgilbert1000

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

                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                        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.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          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

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

                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                              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

                                                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                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

                                                                    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.

                                                                    1. re: nosh

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

                                                                    2. re: A5 KOBE

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

                                                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                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

                                                                  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?

                                                              3. re: jgilbert1000

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

                                                            2. Houston's roast beef dip sandwhich.

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                                                              1. re: jgilbert1000

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

                                                                1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                   
                                                                      1. re: jgilbert1000

                                                                        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

                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                      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.

                                                                      1. re: jgilbert1000

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

                                                                        1. re: jgilbert1000

                                                                          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.

                                                                          1. re: Bradbury

                                                                            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.

                                                                              1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                My Dad always gets the pork. He loves it.

                                                                            1. re: jgilbert1000

                                                                              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!)

                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                Is sen sen the flavored toothpicks ????

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  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!

                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

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

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

                                                                                        Thanks.

                                                                                        1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

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

                                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                      I think add some menthol and/or camphor.

                                                                            2. 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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                                                                              1. re: Jelly71

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

                                                                              2. Langer's pastrami on rye mustard only...

                                                                                 
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                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                   
                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                      Sorry. Doesn't count.

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

                                                                                      1. re: Porthos

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

                                                                                         
                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                                            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!

                                                                                      2. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                      1. re: whiner

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                            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.

                                                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                                                              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...

                                                                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                1. re: pnutbuddah

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  1. re: pnutbuddah

                                                                                                    Indeed they are.

                                                                                                    But the stiff drinks are even better.

                                                                                                  1. re: jgilbert1000

                                                                                                    yes, a little less than half a block away.

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                2. re: whiner

                                                                                                  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).

                                                                                                  1. re: New Trial

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    1. re: Jase

                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                  2. re: whiner

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                      1. re: Dommy

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

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                        1. re: jessejames

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

                                                                                                          1. re: LAgirl2

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

                                                                                                            1. re: LAgirl2

                                                                                                              yes let us know -- i am excited too!

                                                                                                        2. re: Dommy

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

                                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                            Wonderful, Wonderful news! :D

                                                                                                            --Dommy!

                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                      1. re: chris1621

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

                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                        1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                          The lamb dip is better than the beef or turkey.

                                                                                                          1. re: Searching4Dunny

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              1. re: Searching4Dunny

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                  1. re: malibumike

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                      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?

                                                                                                              2. re: Searching4Dunny

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

                                                                                                              3. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                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).

                                                                                                                1. re: PeterCC

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                2. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                  1. re: aching

                                                                                                                    That's awesome, aching.

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                      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=...

                                                                                                                      1. re: aching

                                                                                                                        Perfect. Thank you so much. You da best!

                                                                                                                        1. re: aching

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

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

                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                          Thanks.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: Wayno

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

                                                                                                                                2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                  I think I've been there.

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                              2. Bánh mì thịt nướng from Bánh Mì My Tho

                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                  1. re: aching

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

                                                                                                                                1. 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).

                                                                                                                                  1. 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...

                                                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                                                      1. re: maudies5

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                      2. Cacao Mexicatessen.

                                                                                                                                        Mexican Sammich.

                                                                                                                                        OHHH YEAH!

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

                                                                                                                                          Today of course.

                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Porthos

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

                                                                                                                                            And it's served open-faced.

                                                                                                                                            Does that still count as a sandwich ?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                              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?"

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                  .... 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.

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                  2. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                    Is an "open faced sandwich" a sandwich?

                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                                                                                                      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. 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

                                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

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

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

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

                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                        ain't it grand we's all different?

                                                                                                                                                                2. Ham and cheese sandwich at ______.

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

                                                                                                                                                                  Cheers.

                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                    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?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                      Belwood Bakery in Brentwood makes a fine ham and cheese

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cdub

                                                                                                                                                                            A Which Wich is opening in Pasadena.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: WildSwede

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cdub

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                      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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MissBubbles

                                                                                                                                                                                      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"...

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                        This is all food in the bar, right ?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                          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....

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried zucchini was excellent as usually though.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The salmon patty burger. at the westside tavern.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aching

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably more like 1500 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linus

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nice pics! Thanks for the report!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Porthos

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chowseeker1999

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Thor123

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I nominate aching for LA HOTM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aching

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Really ???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm down, especially the martinis part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Always gin, right ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What's your address ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Indeed! Thanks for the hard work aching!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jase

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for Health reasons ??? are you kidding me ?

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: silence9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: silence9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo of my tasty pastrami gut bomb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Damn that looks good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where you sharing with others ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This takes the food porn prize of too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you had a salumi sandwich and a meatball sandwich too ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm impressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: PeterCC

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            :)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: JAB

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strong work!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LAgirl2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LAgirl2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BrewNChow

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --Dommy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BrewNChow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: WildSwede

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LAgirl2

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: WildSwede

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LAgirl2

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Searching4Dunny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BrewNChow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Searching4Dunny

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            23641 Rockfield Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lake Forest, CA 92630

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When they open at 9am on Sundays ???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: linus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In my opinion, Pappoos Hot Dog Show was terrible ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But I did like the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ooh, somebody bought that space. neato.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sadly, theresa's family restaurant -- whi