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A Handy Guide to Los Angeles' Best Sandwiches

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Los Angeles is a diverse city, especially with regard to its cuisine. As a true cultural melting pot, a compilation of LA's the best sandwiches wouldn't be complete without several ethnic representations. There are still many more sandwiches to add, but as the first edition, this one does touch on many different types: deli, Italian, Cuban, farm-to-table, classic American, even Persian and Korean. Without further ado, Eater presents a selection of the city's best sandwiches.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. #54 at Langer's Deli

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
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Most people love the #19 pastrami sandwich, but the real treasure is the #54, which is a true sandwich lover's combo of Langer's stellar pastrami and corned beef on two pieces of house-baked rye. The tomato-cream cheese pastrami sandwich is also worth a try.

2. Double Dip Lamb at Philippe the Original

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1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781
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Philippe is known for either inventing or being credited with inventing the French Dip but nearly a hundred years later, it doesn't really matter. Philippe's double-dip lamb sandwich with extra hot mustard spread on is a terrific bite of L.A. history.

3. Chicken Parmesan at Bay Cities

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-8279
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The Godmother sandwich is the most talked about sandwich in L.A., but the chicken parmesan and other hot sandwiches might be even better on the dense, house-baked Italian bread. Thick, juicy pieces of chicken breast, nicely breaded and served with copious marinara and topped with provolone cheese makes this sandwich the best one here, Godmother included.

4. Southern Fry at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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1800 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 288-6500
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Though the burgers are the main draw, the real star is the Southern Fry, a marvelous chicken sandwich to behold with wide eyes. The jidori chicken is fried to an elegant crisp almost like izakaya-style karaage and then paired with duck breast ham and pimento cheese before being placed between two swell buns.

5. Porcetto Sandwich at Sotto

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0210
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Available only at lunch from Wednesday to Friday, this ode to the glories of pork involves well-seasoned belly roasted to perfection with a crisped end. It's nestled between two house-baked slices of rustic bread and balanced with a vegetable giardiniera.

6. Short Rib Pastrami at ink.sack

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8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 651-5866
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Michael Voltaggio's award-winning ink restaurant is just steps from this casual sandwich grab-and-go, where the Top Chef winner puts together great ingredients in smaller packages, if only to have two sandwiches in one meal. The short rib pastrami is epic despite the small size, with horseradish and pickles to counter the meat.

7. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Son of a Gun

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8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9033
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A rare non-seafood item at this casual yet high-end nook of a restaurant on West 3rd from the Animal duo, the fried chicken sandwich has a thick battered crust and ample slaw. Definitely a must order if it's first visit.

8. Pork Belly Banh Mi at fundamental LA

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1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 444-7581
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Most of the sandwiches at this minimalist Westwood spot are very good, but the chicken torta and pork belly banh mi stand out. The banh mi gets a smear of duck liver pate and a smattering of pickled root vegetables.

9. Bacalao at Cook's Tortas

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1944 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 278-3536
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This East LA favorite makes a few dozen variations of tortas, but this version with salt cod stewed with spices and peppers makes the cut.

10. Double B-LTA at The Sycamore Kitchen

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143 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
While most of the menu plays it safe, Karen and Quinn Hatfield's casual bakery and sandwich shop on burgeoning La Brea has a terrific take on the classic BLT - this time with pork belly. Butter lettuce and avocado play second fiddle to the delicious sliced bread holding it all together.

11. Meatball Sub at All About The Bread

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7111 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 930-8989
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A bit of a Bay Cities knockoff, Mid City's All About the Bread still makes impressive sandwiches with a similar formula. The meatball sub has a heartiness that belies most food in L.A. with a marinara sauce that doesn't overwhelm the sandwich. Of course, some extra sauce is served on the side just in case.

12. Pork Belly Banh Mi at Mendocino Farms

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4724 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 822-2300
Known for making a great selection of seasonal sandwiches, Mendocino's Pork Belly banh mi probably doesn't resemble the Vietnamese sandwich very much, but makes up for it with large pieces of kurobuta pork, housemade pickles, and smear of spicy aioli placed in grilled ciabatta bread. You'll soon forget about authenticity after a bite or two.

13. Falafel Laffa at Joe's Falafel

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3535 Cahuenga Blvd. W
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 512-4447
In a city full of falafel, Joe's Falafel stands out for its laffa, a thin, naan-like bread that delightfully envelopes the well-spiced falafel. Lined with tahini sauce and flecked with house-made chili sauce, it's an ideal handheld meal.

14. Steak Oyster Sandwich at Tom Bergin's

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840 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-7151
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This off-the-menu item takes pan-seared ribeye, fried oysters, and Bearnaise sauce, and puts them on a butter-toasted roll. There's no way to go wrong with that.

15. Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Sandwich Shop

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531 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 627-1508
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This extremely simple Downtown shop does a good job with making familiar sandwiches that are a step above the average joint. The bulgogi cheesesteak is a Korean take on the Philadelphia classic, with marinaded meat and slices of jalapeno to spice it up.

16. Pan Con Lechon at Porto's Bakery & Cafe

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315 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 956-5996
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Served dripping with mojo sauce, this simple roasted pork sandwich seems to work perfectly with Tapatio. Placed on house-made a cuban baguette, it's an affordable sandwich that feels like an every day indulgence.

17. The Farmer at The Daily Dose

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1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 281-8300
Though the ingredients may change depending on what's in season, this sandwich is almost always greater than the sum of its parts (which are no slouch). The Farmer features roasted potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, chili jam and almond pesto for a great sandwich that won't make you miss meat.

18. Cubano at La Caridad Restaurant

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2137 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-0099
This low-key Cuban restaurant in Historic Filipinotown keep things simple and inexpensive. The Cubano sandwich and medianoche are both delicious, packed with pork and ham.

19. Lamb Tongue Sandwich at Attari

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1388 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 441-5488
The pickles dominate on this adventurous Persian sandwich in Westwood, but the tender, slightly gamey lamb tongue is a departure from the ordinary at Attari.

20. Cheesesteak at Boo's

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4501 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-1955
Perhaps the best and most authentic cheesesteak in town, a former fast food stand in Silver Lake isn't shy about their cheese whiz and grilled meat held together in an authentic Amoroso roll. Grilled onions and mushrooms are an ideal addition.

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1. #54 at Langer's Deli

704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Most people love the #19 pastrami sandwich, but the real treasure is the #54, which is a true sandwich lover's combo of Langer's stellar pastrami and corned beef on two pieces of house-baked rye. The tomato-cream cheese pastrami sandwich is also worth a try.
704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

2. Double Dip Lamb at Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Philippe is known for either inventing or being credited with inventing the French Dip but nearly a hundred years later, it doesn't really matter. Philippe's double-dip lamb sandwich with extra hot mustard spread on is a terrific bite of L.A. history.
1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

3. Chicken Parmesan at Bay Cities

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Godmother sandwich is the most talked about sandwich in L.A., but the chicken parmesan and other hot sandwiches might be even better on the dense, house-baked Italian bread. Thick, juicy pieces of chicken breast, nicely breaded and served with copious marinara and topped with provolone cheese makes this sandwich the best one here, Godmother included.
1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

4. Southern Fry at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

1800 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Though the burgers are the main draw, the real star is the Southern Fry, a marvelous chicken sandwich to behold with wide eyes. The jidori chicken is fried to an elegant crisp almost like izakaya-style karaage and then paired with duck breast ham and pimento cheese before being placed between two swell buns.
1800 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

5. Porcetto Sandwich at Sotto

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Available only at lunch from Wednesday to Friday, this ode to the glories of pork involves well-seasoned belly roasted to perfection with a crisped end. It's nestled between two house-baked slices of rustic bread and balanced with a vegetable giardiniera.
9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

6. Short Rib Pastrami at ink.sack

8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Michael Voltaggio's award-winning ink restaurant is just steps from this casual sandwich grab-and-go, where the Top Chef winner puts together great ingredients in smaller packages, if only to have two sandwiches in one meal. The short rib pastrami is epic despite the small size, with horseradish and pickles to counter the meat.
8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

7. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Son of a Gun

8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
A rare non-seafood item at this casual yet high-end nook of a restaurant on West 3rd from the Animal duo, the fried chicken sandwich has a thick battered crust and ample slaw. Definitely a must order if it's first visit.
8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

8. Pork Belly Banh Mi at fundamental LA

1303 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Most of the sandwiches at this minimalist Westwood spot are very good, but the chicken torta and pork belly banh mi stand out. The banh mi gets a smear of duck liver pate and a smattering of pickled root vegetables.
1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

9. Bacalao at Cook's Tortas

1944 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
This East LA favorite makes a few dozen variations of tortas, but this version with salt cod stewed with spices and peppers makes the cut.
1944 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

10. Double B-LTA at The Sycamore Kitchen

143 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
While most of the menu plays it safe, Karen and Quinn Hatfield's casual bakery and sandwich shop on burgeoning La Brea has a terrific take on the classic BLT - this time with pork belly. Butter lettuce and avocado play second fiddle to the delicious sliced bread holding it all together.
143 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Meatball Sub at All About The Bread

7111 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
A bit of a Bay Cities knockoff, Mid City's All About the Bread still makes impressive sandwiches with a similar formula. The meatball sub has a heartiness that belies most food in L.A. with a marinara sauce that doesn't overwhelm the sandwich. Of course, some extra sauce is served on the side just in case.
7111 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048

12. Pork Belly Banh Mi at Mendocino Farms

4724 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Known for making a great selection of seasonal sandwiches, Mendocino's Pork Belly banh mi probably doesn't resemble the Vietnamese sandwich very much, but makes up for it with large pieces of kurobuta pork, housemade pickles, and smear of spicy aioli placed in grilled ciabatta bread. You'll soon forget about authenticity after a bite or two.
4724 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

13. Falafel Laffa at Joe's Falafel

3535 Cahuenga Blvd. W, Los Angeles, CA 90068
In a city full of falafel, Joe's Falafel stands out for its laffa, a thin, naan-like bread that delightfully envelopes the well-spiced falafel. Lined with tahini sauce and flecked with house-made chili sauce, it's an ideal handheld meal.
3535 Cahuenga Blvd. W
Los Angeles, CA 90068

14. Steak Oyster Sandwich at Tom Bergin's

840 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
This off-the-menu item takes pan-seared ribeye, fried oysters, and Bearnaise sauce, and puts them on a butter-toasted roll. There's no way to go wrong with that.
840 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

15. Bulgogi Cheesesteak at Sandwich Shop

531 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
This extremely simple Downtown shop does a good job with making familiar sandwiches that are a step above the average joint. The bulgogi cheesesteak is a Korean take on the Philadelphia classic, with marinaded meat and slices of jalapeno to spice it up.
531 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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16. Pan Con Lechon at Porto's Bakery & Cafe

315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
Served dripping with mojo sauce, this simple roasted pork sandwich seems to work perfectly with Tapatio. Placed on house-made a cuban baguette, it's an affordable sandwich that feels like an every day indulgence.
315 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

17. The Farmer at The Daily Dose

1820 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Though the ingredients may change depending on what's in season, this sandwich is almost always greater than the sum of its parts (which are no slouch). The Farmer features roasted potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, chili jam and almond pesto for a great sandwich that won't make you miss meat.
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

18. Cubano at La Caridad Restaurant

2137 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
This low-key Cuban restaurant in Historic Filipinotown keep things simple and inexpensive. The Cubano sandwich and medianoche are both delicious, packed with pork and ham.
2137 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

19. Lamb Tongue Sandwich at Attari

1388 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
The pickles dominate on this adventurous Persian sandwich in Westwood, but the tender, slightly gamey lamb tongue is a departure from the ordinary at Attari.
1388 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

20. Cheesesteak at Boo's

4501 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
Perhaps the best and most authentic cheesesteak in town, a former fast food stand in Silver Lake isn't shy about their cheese whiz and grilled meat held together in an authentic Amoroso roll. Grilled onions and mushrooms are an ideal addition.
4501 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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