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LA's Most Epic Breakfast Sandwich Actually Uses Hash Browns as Buns

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The Cannibal in Culver City is behind this morning insanity

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

In the right context, decadence can be a virtue. That's certainly the case with The Cannibal's popular brunch item, the Double Down Sandwich, which marries ham, bacon, cheese, sausage, eggs, and some greens with two very hearty slices of hash brown. It's like a full morning breakfast plate, reconfigured so the diner can hold it in one hand.

Of course, that sort of craziness takes precision. Meats are made in-house, eggs get star treatment in the kitchen, and those perfectly fried hash brown slips are actually whittled off of a larger sheet of uncooked potato, prepped the night before for maximum effect. The results speak for themselves, as the hearty, crunchy sandwich has become one of the restaurant's star players at brunch — especially at $11 a pop.

Check out the video above to catch executive chef Francis Derby in action, whipping up a Double Down Sandwich — yes, it's a play in both name and substance on the KFC Double Down from a while back — from start to finish. There's something mesmerizing about the whole process, especially when that sheet of hash browns in-the-making comes out.

The Cannibal

8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (310) 838-2783