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Tuna Melt

lesliesue May 5, 2014 10:14 AM

Who makes the best one in West LA?

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  1. wienermobile RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 10:24 AM

    Pann's. Gigantic too

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      noahbites RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 10:27 AM

      It was years and years ago, but I remember having a really great one at Langer's. If I recall correctly, they basically made two thin patties, crisped up both sides, and then put it on the bread, so it had multiple crispy layers.

      I haven't had it in a while because I still end up ordering the pastrami.

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        wienermobile RE: noahbites May 5, 2014 10:33 AM

        That sounds really good noahbites...

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          wienermobile RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 12:13 PM

          Found some photos of Langer's great looking tuna melt:

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            Ernie RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 01:03 PM

            Yum that looks so good! Now, if I can only tear myself away from the No. 1 . . .

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              wienermobile RE: Ernie May 5, 2014 01:16 PM

              I'm in the same boat…..

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                phamschottler RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 09:46 PM

                Wow, this sounds/ looks amazing.

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                ipsedixit RE: wienermobile May 8, 2014 04:19 PM

                My issue with Pann's Tuna Melt is that it does not taste of fish, much less of any tuna that I am familiar with -- canned, fresh, or otherwise.

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                  wienermobile RE: ipsedixit May 9, 2014 10:45 AM

                  Could it be Land Tuna?

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                    lesliesue RE: wienermobile May 9, 2014 11:31 AM

                    Is that related to the Land Shark?

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                      lesliesue RE: wienermobile May 9, 2014 11:36 AM

                      Wienermobile, do you have a day job? I mean this enviously. Food is, I am told, the staff of life.

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                    Tripeler RE: wienermobile May 18, 2014 03:49 AM

                    This makes me wonder -- would a Tuna Melt be Kosher?

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                      lesliesue RE: Tripeler May 18, 2014 05:34 AM

                      Depends on the interpretation, as I understand, but it should be as fin fish are neutral, and otherwise the ingredients are dairy.

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                        Tripeler RE: lesliesue May 18, 2014 06:38 AM

                        Thanks for the response.
                        I couldn't help but wonder.
                        It's not exactly the "triple trayf special" one sometimes finds in dim sum (pork, shrimp and crab dumplings...) but certainly a concern.

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                          lesliesue RE: Tripeler May 18, 2014 10:37 AM

                          This is a concern why?

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                          wienermobile RE: lesliesue May 18, 2014 08:47 AM

                          Correct: Fish is considered pareve---neither meat nor dairy, and can therefore be combined with both. So, tuna melts would be considered kosher.

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                  maudies5 RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 10:45 AM

                  Santa Monica Seafood makes a great one

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                      ilysla RE: maudies5 May 5, 2014 08:06 PM

                      Thirding this rec. I love theirs.

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                        latindancer RE: ilysla May 8, 2014 04:10 AM

                        Respectfully disagree.

                        I had one recently, based on a recommendation from CH, and I found it overly sweet as if they'd used relish or too many red peppers or something. I ended up throwing it away.

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                          ilysla RE: latindancer May 8, 2014 10:37 AM

                          That's too bad. =(

                          For me, I actually like the balance of the flavors (which seem "stronger" than the tasteless tuna at, say, Literati). Nicely grilled, too.

                          Also really like the texture (which makes it a better dish for me than the tuna salad sandwich at Amandine, which I also really like). I like my tuna sandwiches to be heavily mushy (same w/ chicken salad sandwiches).

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                            latindancer RE: ilysla May 8, 2014 12:51 PM

                            Wish you'd been there and I'd have given you my expensive, not worthy sandwich.
                            To me, a tuna melt requires little other than a quality tuna with a nice cheese pairing along with stellar toasted, buttery bread.
                            I don't like a sandwich filled with fillers that fights the taste of the main ingredient.

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                            maudies5 RE: latindancer May 8, 2014 07:59 PM

                            They use fresh tuna, lemon juice, very scarce mayo, indeed, some red peppers, no evidence of relish. I often buy their tuna salad in the deli case. Very fresh. They make that tuna salad all day long as it is so popular. Same tuna that they use in the cafe for the tuna melt. Clear winner.

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                              latindancer RE: maudies5 May 8, 2014 09:58 PM

                              Glad you like it. The best tuna melts I've had in my life never saw a red pepper.
                              I was really looking forward to it, actually went out of my way for it because of the discussion about them a few months ago, and ended up taking a couple of bites and tossing it.

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                                Dirtywextraolives RE: latindancer May 9, 2014 08:21 AM

                                I would not be pleased to find bell peppers in my tuna melt either.... I like peppers, but not with tuna. Thanks for the heads up so I won't waste money trying it, I am actually quite picky about how my tuna salad should taste.

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                                  maudies5 RE: Dirtywextraolives May 9, 2014 05:31 PM

                                  FYI, if you are ever at S.M. Seafood ask one of the men behind the fish counter if you could please taste the tuna salad. It is always in the deli case and is the same tuna salad they use in the tuna melt. They are always very nice about giving samples.

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                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: maudies5 May 9, 2014 05:37 PM

                                    Thanks, that's really good to know.

                      2. wienermobile RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 11:27 AM

                        Years ago i liked the one at Marie Callender's but I have not had it for years.
                        The one at Lenny's Deli in Westwood is not bad.

                        1. wienermobile RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 11:39 AM

                          Not Tuna but TLT Foods in Westwood Village has a great Blue Crab Grilled Cheese on
                          Grilled Sourdough, Blue Crab, Cheese Blend, Scallions

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                            wienermobile RE: wienermobile May 5, 2014 12:18 PM

                            The Blue Crab Melt at TLT:

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                            lesliesue RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 02:54 PM

                            FYI, since I posted the inquiry, I have had the only tuna melt in my life that was so flavorless and greasy it was inedible. Even my cats didn't care for it.

                            Roni's Diner on little Santa Monica near Charleville. A Subway is a few doors from it, and I highly recommend that everyone pick their sandwich and skip Roni's.

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                              paprkutr RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 07:41 PM

                              Jan's on Beverly east of LA Cienega makes a really good one. Today I was at OK I Dog on Pico and had a tuna melt and it was very good, didn't skip on the tuna.

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                                phamschottler RE: paprkutr May 5, 2014 09:45 PM

                                I had the tuna melt at Jan's years ago and was very surprised by how much I liked it. If it's still as good, then I definitely recommend that.

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                                tastycakes RE: lesliesue May 5, 2014 08:44 PM

                                Blue Palms on Hollywood Blvd. and Gower has a nice version with tomato and fennel.

                                1. orythedog RE: lesliesue May 8, 2014 09:48 AM

                                  Does anyone know of a tuna melt made with tuna from SPAIN? That's the GOD of tuna, or so I'm told.

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                                    SMBeetle RE: orythedog May 8, 2014 10:54 AM

                                    Surfas in Culver City does, and it's a great sandwich.

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                                    jessejames RE: lesliesue May 8, 2014 03:24 PM

                                    there's the hatfield's yellowtail croque mssr.

                                    1. aching RE: lesliesue May 8, 2014 06:39 PM

                                      I had an excellent one from simplethings in Westwood Village the other day. I'm craving it now, in fact...

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                                        lesliesue RE: lesliesue May 9, 2014 08:32 AM

                                        Thanks wienermobile. Those pictures have changed my opinion of Langer's.

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                                          lesliesue RE: lesliesue May 9, 2014 08:34 AM

                                          When I was young (seemingly an eon ago), tuna melts were often served open-faced with the cheese on top broiled. Do these exist anymore?

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                                            foodnmusic RE: lesliesue May 9, 2014 09:57 AM

                                            Rainbow Bar and Grill serves them this way with a side of a 3 hour nap!

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                                              lesliesue RE: foodnmusic May 9, 2014 11:38 AM


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                                              ilysla RE: lesliesue May 9, 2014 11:53 AM

                                              Mimi's Cafe does (or at least, did).

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                                              lesliesue RE: lesliesue May 10, 2014 09:47 PM

                                              In NY I frequented a deli that added chopped pickled jalapeños to their tuna which you could order plain or as a tuna melt. It made it a little spicy and a little saltier. I ate this every day for at least a year and craved it all hours of the day. Does such a thing exist here?

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                                                VenusCafe RE: lesliesue May 17, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                I've never had a tuna and melted cheese that I liked,

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