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.Read More
A Handy Guide to Los Angeles' Best Sandwiches
1. #54 at Langer's Deli
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
11. Meatball Sub at All About The Bread
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
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.
13. Falafel Laffa at Joe's Falafel
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.
14. Steak Oyster Sandwich at Tom Bergin's
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
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.
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16. Pan Con Lechon at Porto's Bakery & Cafe
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.
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17. The Farmer at The Daily Dose
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.
18. Cubano at La Caridad Restaurant
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.
19. Lamb Tongue Sandwich at Attari
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.
20. Cheesesteak at Boo's
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.