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My Sandwich of the Year - Roasted Pork Sandwich - A Cut Above Butcher Shop - East Side (of SaMo) -

Ciao Bob Feb 20, 2014 01:00 PM

Fantastic porchetta on toasted rye -- the cuts will vary day-to-day I was told, but today's was porchetta (alas, no crunchy rind that I could detect). But still a massively flavorful sandy.
It is hard to walk by Tacos Puntas without being pulled into that orbit but glad I kept the thrusters going today, all the way to 24th and SMB. YUMMY!
Menu shot and Sandy shot attached.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Ciao Bob Feb 20, 2014 01:15 PM

    But, but, but, Bob!

    It's only February!

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      Ciao Bob RE: ipsedixit Feb 20, 2014 01:48 PM

      I know. But. You know when you know that you know even when there is no rational justification for knowing it?

      Like love at first s(b)ite? The lightly smoked Gouda and pickled onions are the perfect foil for the heavenly, rich pork. The aoili and mustard (for a change) do not scream-out their presence, trying to take center stage, but blend in very, very nicely.
      Close to perfect. I know.

      BTW - Why not keep a (SOTY) Sandwich of the Year thread going at all times?

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        kevin RE: Ciao Bob Mar 6, 2014 08:46 PM

        Do they make a great veggie sandwich here too for the teetolers ?????

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          Servorg RE: kevin Mar 6, 2014 08:49 PM

          They do a kale salad for the folks who think they'll live forever if they just eat "healthy" all the time...

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      Butter Fight RE: Ciao Bob Feb 20, 2014 01:21 PM

      Sounds incredible. I haven't heard anything about this place.
      How's the meat price/quality?
      Is it Lindy and Grundy's level?

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      1. re: Butter Fight
        Ciao Bob RE: Butter Fight Feb 20, 2014 01:58 PM

        The sandwich was expensive - a shade under 12 bucks.

        Cannot speak to the meat price/quality nor compare to to L/G, not my areas of expertise. But, I get the distinct sense they are trying to "carve" out a spot that is high on the price chain by deploying the buzz-words and buzz-practices of quality/organic/humanely raised to justify the prices. Bargain hunters should probably stick to Stater Bros.

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        chrishei RE: Ciao Bob Feb 20, 2014 01:26 PM

        I missed out on that (!!!), but had the steak sandwich that was good. Had a brief tour of the place too when they first opened - very promising in general. Porchetta is going to be available full-time, but they'll mix up the preparation (they're getting whole hogs in weekly).

        1. Servorg RE: Ciao Bob Feb 20, 2014 01:52 PM


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            nosh RE: Servorg Feb 21, 2014 09:42 AM

            No prices on that online menu -- boo!!

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              Ciao Bob RE: nosh Feb 21, 2014 09:44 AM

              there are on my picture (of the sandwiches).

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                Servorg RE: nosh Feb 21, 2014 09:45 AM

                Per CB above the $12 range can be expected...

            2. wienermobile RE: Ciao Bob Feb 21, 2014 09:46 AM

              Is there anywhere to sit and eat or is it just to-go?

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                Servorg RE: wienermobile Feb 21, 2014 09:47 AM


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                  wienermobile RE: Servorg Feb 21, 2014 09:49 AM


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                goldpackage RE: Ciao Bob Mar 6, 2014 05:01 PM

                split the korobuta pork sandwich on rye and the italian salumi sandwich with someone today. both fantastic! if i was going alone and had to choose one it would be the salumi - every aspect was spot on, and the roll it was on was perfect!

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                  Ciao Bob RE: goldpackage Mar 10, 2014 09:26 AM

                  I had the salami last week - it too was great.
                  My parents did not love the tri-tip.
                  I am crazy for their Farro Salad too.

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                    goldpackage RE: Ciao Bob Mar 10, 2014 10:44 AM

                    will try the farro salad next time! thx for the tip!

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                  gratchie RE: Ciao Bob Mar 6, 2014 09:13 PM

                  Do they deliver?

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                    Servorg RE: gratchie Mar 7, 2014 05:25 AM

                    Not at this point in time but maybe they will get signed up with one of local delivery services like Eat 24 or GrubHub at some point. We can only dream.

                  2. EarlyBird RE: Ciao Bob Mar 7, 2014 10:13 AM

                    A Cut Above Butcher Shop
                    2453 Santa Monica Blvd
                    Santa Monica CA, 90404


                    I had no idea what "east side of SaMO" meant - city or the 30 mile long Santa Monica Blvd.

                    Just thought I'd share for others.

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