From gyros to lobster rolls to cemitas, a list of LA sandwich favorites.
Happy National Sandwich Day! I have to say that sandwiches might actually be my favorite food. I seem to always be in the mood for them. Who needs utensils when you have bread? So I thought I’d compile a list of the best ones I’ve been eating lately in my city, plus some old favorites.
- Gyros. I’ve been looking for a great place to eat Greek food in LA for a while now. After living in Astoria for 7 years, Abe and I have become snobs. The Good Greek Grill makes an excellent gyro (above) stuffed with fries, just like they do in Greece. Warning – double check the parking outside. Our car got towed the night we went, making this the most expensive sandwich I’ve ever eaten, for sure.
- Shrimp Skagen. This Swedish seafood sandwich tastes totally familiar – a lot like a Lobster Roll. The version at Olson’s Deli (below) has a lot of mayonnaise. Which brings us to…
- Lobster Roll. I love the versions they have at both Knuckle and Claw (here’s the recipe) and Blue Plate Oysterette. Practically every other place in LA serves teeny tiny lobster rolls, but both of these satisfy my craving for the same price.
- Reuben. My favorite one actually happens to be vegan, from Locali. The combination of all that cheese and Russian dressing is usually too much for me, but for some reason – not on fake meat.
- Pastrami. Langer’s Deli, of course! I wouldn’t dare go anywhere else.
- Cemitas. I have great love for the giant Mexican meat sandwich at La China Poblana. People who watch that video tell me they just show up and say, “Give me the Lynn!” which thrills me to no end.
- Grilled Cheese. The version at Salt’s Cure Happy Hour is simple and pretty perfect. But for one that is customizable (and quicker) stop by Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese on Melrose.
- Breakfast Sandwich. Abe loves the egg and cheese sandwich at LaMill Coffee so much he talks about it on a regular basis. They scramble the eggs until they’re soft and buttery, then serve it with Hook’s Cheddar, on a brioche bun. It tastes like a delicious, fluffy pillow.
- Pork Belly Sandwich. When I see this BBQ Pork Belly sandwich on the menu at K Ramen Burger Beer (below), it doesn’t immediately call to me. But then it shows up next to some duck fat tater tots, and I am sold. The meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender, surrounded by citrus cabbage and a fried egg on top. So yes, yolk is dripping everywhere.
- Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, I have to end on something sweet. To be honest, there are so many great ones in LA, but if I have to pick my favorite, I choose McConnell’s Ice Cream. You can customize your cookies and their stellar list of flavors, then roll it around in Thin Mint Cookies or Pie Crust. C’mon, now.