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A prosciutto and gruyere cheese baguette sandwich.
Breadblok’s prosciutto and gruyere cheese baguette sandwich
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20 Epic Sandwiches in Los Angeles

Italian subs, banh mi, and a plant-based mollete

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Breadblok’s prosciutto and gruyere cheese baguette sandwich
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Sandwiches are quite possibly the world’s most perfect, self-contained food, and Los Angeles boasts more than a handful of greats in the broad genre. LA residents are not averse to gluten and they love bread layered with hearty ingredients, from the French dip at Philippe the Original to the tiger prawn shrimp sandwich at Heritage Sandwich to the #19 at Langer’s. Simply put, there’s no shortage of sandwich excellence in and around the Southland. Here now are 20 epic sandwiches to try in Los Angeles.

Added: Prosciutto and gruyere sandwich at Breadblok, vegan molletes from Delicias Bakery, Italian combo at Eagle Rock Italian Bakery, tiger prawn shrimp sandwich at Heritage Sandwich, combo sandwich at Village Mart & Deli

Removed: All Day Baby, Brent’s Deli, Roma Market, Wax Paper Co

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Italian combo at Cavaretta's Italian Deli

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Open since 1959 in Canoga Park, Cavaretta’s is old-school, delicious, and reliable. Go for the Italian combo with mortadella, cotto salami, cappicola, provalone, pepperoncini, and a bit of hard salami to take things up to 11. The cannoli cannot be missed.

The Italian combo at Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli

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Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli opened in 1949, and diners can still find the shop’s massive counter dedicated to dessert and pastry. The classic Italian market also turns out some of the best sandwiches including a fantastic Italian combo made on crusty bread.

A combination of mortadella, salami, and cheese between crusty bread.
Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli Italian combo
Mona Holmes

Kold Kim Cheezy at Jeff's Table

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Jeff’s Table serves up sandwiches, salads, and soups inside Flask liquor store in Highland Park, and the “kold kim cheezy” is the boldest one. With thin slices of smoked pork shoulder ham accompany housemade kimchi, melted cheese, salted plum mustard, aioli, and chili oil on butter-griddled roll, it’s highly shareable. So is the bag of Irvin’s Salted Egg Potato Chips.

A layered sandwich with pork, kimchi, melted cheese, salted plum mustard, and aioli from Jeff’s Table.
Jeff’s Table’s “kold kim cheezy”
Mona Holmes

The vegan mollete at Delicias Bakery And Some

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Open since 1991, Highland Park’s Delicias prepares Mexican bakery classics while evolving with the times. In addition to preparing vegan pan dulce, the Highland Park bakery also serves an open-faced plant-based mollete sandwich layered with beans, vegan cheese, and soyrizo.

Pork Belly Banh Mi at Banh Oui

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Chef Casey Felton’s Hollywood restaurant is having a moment. Felton’s regular steady stream of customers have grown steadily thanks to the shop’s unique menu and a 2022 James Beard nomination. Her crusty, modern Vietnamese sandwiches are the star, like the $10 pork belly version, complete with pickled carrots and chicken liver pate. Be sure to add a side or two, like the sticky caramel wings or the gigantic bowl of fries.

Pork belly banh mi sandwich with beef, cilantro, and chiles.
Pork Belly banh mi at Banh Oui
Matthew Kang

The prosciutto and gruyere sandwich at Breadblok

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Breadblok’s sandwiches are for those choosing (or needing) the gluten-free life. The baked goods are outstanding with pastry along with a prosciutto and gruyere sandwich on a baguette with garlic aioli.

A prosciutto and gruyere cheese baguette sandwich.
Prosciutto and gruyere sandwich
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Dac Biet Banh Mi at Tip Top Sandwich

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Vietnamese sandwiches make an ideal lunch for busy folks working from home. Order a couple banh mi to-go and ask for the fillings to be packed separately. Reheat in the oven for crisp bread and warmed-through insides. The dac biet with pate, ham, and head cheese is particularly good.

A baguette layered with pate, ham, and head cheese.
Tip Top Sandwich
Cathy Chaplin

The charbroiled pork banh mi at Banh Mi My Tho

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Banh Mi My Tho gets supremely busy at lunchtime, so plan accordingly. There’s plenty of delicious bánh mì options to choose from with prices that seem impossibly low at $4.75 and under.

The chicken pesto sandwich at Village Mart & Deli

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This family-owned shop on the edge of El Sereno prepares incredible breakfast burritos, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Opt for the chicken pesto between ciabatta and grab a craft beer on the way out.

Honey Walnut Shrimp Sando at Katsu Sando

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Katsu Sando opened in 2021 with long lines and a rabid fanbase who learned to love these Japanese convenience store sandwiches from Daniel Son at Smorgasburg. But since opening a permanent location in Chinatown, Son has unleashed his most creative sandwich, a honey walnut shrimp sando held in with housemade milk bread with just the right balance of plump, crisp shrimp built into a makeshift patty, then topped with crunchy honey-glazed walnuts.

Honey and walnut encrusted shrimp between bread at Katsu Sando restaurant.
Katsu Sando.
Matthew Kang

Beef Double-Dip at Philippe the Original

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The purported inventor of the French dip over a century ago, Philippe the Original makes everything feel like time hasn’t passed, with sawdust floors, old-timer servers who prepare sandwiches to order, and coffee that’s payable in pennies. The beef double-dip is what aficionados get, with a heavy dose of salty jus and tender slices of roast beef with a few dabs of the famous spicy mustard to round it out. Others opt for a similar version with sliced lamb.

A french dip sandwich served on its side with juices in a cup.
Beef dip sandwich at Philippe’s
Wonho Frank Lee

#19 at Langer's Delicatessen

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An easy choice for the most popular pastrami sandwich at this historic deli in Westlake, just west of Downtown. This near-perfect Jewish deli sandwich features house-baked rye bread, Russian dressing, cheese, coleslaw, and freshly sliced slivers of the most achingly perfect smoked pastrami on earth.

#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

The mac and chick sandwich at Never Caged

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Never Caged sports a bold option that’s completely plant-based, the mac and chick sandwich. A pile of mac and cheese is placed over a hot “chicken” patty. It packs heat, and is filling.

Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams

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Mizlala delivers on a simple premise: quality Israeli food priced under $20 a head — with a fast-casual model, speedy service, and sizable portions. Anyone looking for an entry dish to the genre would do well to opt for the substantial stand-up chicken shawarma, with its pillowy pita and available spicy dips for spreading throughout.

Chicken shawarma on pita bread standing up at Mizlala restaurant.
Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams
Farley Elliott

Godmother at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

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Arguably the most iconic sandwich in Los Angeles, the Godmother is a classic Italian deli sandwich filled with Boar’s Head deli meats, cheese, mustard, and veggies, all contained in a house-baked bread roll. There are probably better sandwiches at Bay Cities, especially the hot sandwiches, but the Godmother is what everyone talks about, and is a must-try at some point in every Angeleno’s life.

OMG at Heroic Italian

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Santa Monica’s sunny landscape already has one iconic Italian sandwich spot: Can it handle another? In the case of Heroic Deli and Italian restaurant, the answer so far has been a resounding yes. There are lots of sandwiches to try on the menu, but the most eye-catching of all is the OMG, a stacked cold cut sub on crusty bread served with smoked mozzarella and just a touch of truffle.

A stacked Italian sandwich from a new deli, on a wooden board.
OMG from Heroic Deli
Farley Elliott

Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli

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Head to Inglewood for a taste of the Big Easy here in the City of Angels. Order any of the po’ boys at Sami Othman’s neighborhood spot, including ones stuffed to maximum capacity with shrimp, oysters, and catfish, and whisk taste buds away to Bourbon Street.

A po’ boy sandwich with shrimp, lettuce, and tomatoes at Orleans & York Deli in Los Angeles.
Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli
Orleans & York Deli [Official Photo]

The air-fried chicken sandwich at The Sammiche Shoppe

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Less than a mile away from the Forum, this Inglewood’s sandwich shop boasts an air-fried chicken sandwich that’s full of flavor between slices of ciabatta. While there, pickup Elaine’s Bread Pudding for dessert.

The tiger prawn shrimp sandwich at Heritage Sandwich Shop and Restaurant

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Chef Philip Pretty’s sandwiches are a sight to see. Not only are they gorgeous, but full of hand-selected farmers market ingredients. Try Heritage’s tiger prawn shrimp sandwich with lemon aioli, bell pepper, gem lettuce, jalapeño, avocado, and celery on a brioche bun.

A tiger prawn shrimp sandwich with lemon aioli, diced bell pepper, gem lettuce, jalapeño, avocado, and celery on a brioche bun.
The tiger prawn shrimp sandwich
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Meatball sandwich at Busy Bee Market

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Well before the pandemic, San Pedro’s Busy Bee had lines out the door. Many LA locals grew up on this food, especially the gloriously messy and incredible meatball sandwich. If indecisive, order a half-and-half option.

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Italian combo at Cavaretta's Italian Deli

Open since 1959 in Canoga Park, Cavaretta’s is old-school, delicious, and reliable. Go for the Italian combo with mortadella, cotto salami, cappicola, provalone, pepperoncini, and a bit of hard salami to take things up to 11. The cannoli cannot be missed.

The Italian combo at Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli

A combination of mortadella, salami, and cheese between crusty bread.
Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli Italian combo
Mona Holmes

Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli opened in 1949, and diners can still find the shop’s massive counter dedicated to dessert and pastry. The classic Italian market also turns out some of the best sandwiches including a fantastic Italian combo made on crusty bread.

A combination of mortadella, salami, and cheese between crusty bread.
Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli Italian combo
Mona Holmes

Kold Kim Cheezy at Jeff's Table

A layered sandwich with pork, kimchi, melted cheese, salted plum mustard, and aioli from Jeff’s Table.
Jeff’s Table’s “kold kim cheezy”
Mona Holmes

Jeff’s Table serves up sandwiches, salads, and soups inside Flask liquor store in Highland Park, and the “kold kim cheezy” is the boldest one. With thin slices of smoked pork shoulder ham accompany housemade kimchi, melted cheese, salted plum mustard, aioli, and chili oil on butter-griddled roll, it’s highly shareable. So is the bag of Irvin’s Salted Egg Potato Chips.

A layered sandwich with pork, kimchi, melted cheese, salted plum mustard, and aioli from Jeff’s Table.
Jeff’s Table’s “kold kim cheezy”
Mona Holmes

The vegan mollete at Delicias Bakery And Some

Open since 1991, Highland Park’s Delicias prepares Mexican bakery classics while evolving with the times. In addition to preparing vegan pan dulce, the Highland Park bakery also serves an open-faced plant-based mollete sandwich layered with beans, vegan cheese, and soyrizo.

Pork Belly Banh Mi at Banh Oui

Pork belly banh mi sandwich with beef, cilantro, and chiles.
Pork Belly banh mi at Banh Oui
Matthew Kang

Chef Casey Felton’s Hollywood restaurant is having a moment. Felton’s regular steady stream of customers have grown steadily thanks to the shop’s unique menu and a 2022 James Beard nomination. Her crusty, modern Vietnamese sandwiches are the star, like the $10 pork belly version, complete with pickled carrots and chicken liver pate. Be sure to add a side or two, like the sticky caramel wings or the gigantic bowl of fries.

Pork belly banh mi sandwich with beef, cilantro, and chiles.
Pork Belly banh mi at Banh Oui
Matthew Kang

The prosciutto and gruyere sandwich at Breadblok

A prosciutto and gruyere cheese baguette sandwich.
Prosciutto and gruyere sandwich
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Breadblok’s sandwiches are for those choosing (or needing) the gluten-free life. The baked goods are outstanding with pastry along with a prosciutto and gruyere sandwich on a baguette with garlic aioli.

A prosciutto and gruyere cheese baguette sandwich.
Prosciutto and gruyere sandwich
Courtesy of Breadblok

Dac Biet Banh Mi at Tip Top Sandwich

A baguette layered with pate, ham, and head cheese.
Tip Top Sandwich
Cathy Chaplin

Vietnamese sandwiches make an ideal lunch for busy folks working from home. Order a couple banh mi to-go and ask for the fillings to be packed separately. Reheat in the oven for crisp bread and warmed-through insides. The dac biet with pate, ham, and head cheese is particularly good.

A baguette layered with pate, ham, and head cheese.
Tip Top Sandwich
Cathy Chaplin

The charbroiled pork banh mi at Banh Mi My Tho

Banh Mi My Tho gets supremely busy at lunchtime, so plan accordingly. There’s plenty of delicious bánh mì options to choose from with prices that seem impossibly low at $4.75 and under.

The chicken pesto sandwich at Village Mart & Deli

This family-owned shop on the edge of El Sereno prepares incredible breakfast burritos, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Opt for the chicken pesto between ciabatta and grab a craft beer on the way out.

Honey Walnut Shrimp Sando at Katsu Sando

Honey and walnut encrusted shrimp between bread at Katsu Sando restaurant.
Katsu Sando.
Matthew Kang

Katsu Sando opened in 2021 with long lines and a rabid fanbase who learned to love these Japanese convenience store sandwiches from Daniel Son at Smorgasburg. But since opening a permanent location in Chinatown, Son has unleashed his most creative sandwich, a honey walnut shrimp sando held in with housemade milk bread with just the right balance of plump, crisp shrimp built into a makeshift patty, then topped with crunchy honey-glazed walnuts.

Honey and walnut encrusted shrimp between bread at Katsu Sando restaurant.
Katsu Sando.
Matthew Kang

Beef Double-Dip at Philippe the Original

A french dip sandwich served on its side with juices in a cup.
Beef dip sandwich at Philippe’s
Wonho Frank Lee

The purported inventor of the French dip over a century ago, Philippe the Original makes everything feel like time hasn’t passed, with sawdust floors, old-timer servers who prepare sandwiches to order, and coffee that’s payable in pennies. The beef double-dip is what aficionados get, with a heavy dose of salty jus and tender slices of roast beef with a few dabs of the famous spicy mustard to round it out. Others opt for a similar version with sliced lamb.

A french dip sandwich served on its side with juices in a cup.
Beef dip sandwich at Philippe’s
Wonho Frank Lee

#19 at Langer's Delicatessen

#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

An easy choice for the most popular pastrami sandwich at this historic deli in Westlake, just west of Downtown. This near-perfect Jewish deli sandwich features house-baked rye bread, Russian dressing, cheese, coleslaw, and freshly sliced slivers of the most achingly perfect smoked pastrami on earth.

#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

The mac and chick sandwich at Never Caged

Never Caged sports a bold option that’s completely plant-based, the mac and chick sandwich. A pile of mac and cheese is placed over a hot “chicken” patty. It packs heat, and is filling.

Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams

Chicken shawarma on pita bread standing up at Mizlala restaurant.
Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams
Farley Elliott

Mizlala delivers on a simple premise: quality Israeli food priced under $20 a head — with a fast-casual model, speedy service, and sizable portions. Anyone looking for an entry dish to the genre would do well to opt for the substantial stand-up chicken shawarma, with its pillowy pita and available spicy dips for spreading throughout.

Chicken shawarma on pita bread standing up at Mizlala restaurant.
Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams
Farley Elliott

Godmother at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

Arguably the most iconic sandwich in Los Angeles, the Godmother is a classic Italian deli sandwich filled with Boar’s Head deli meats, cheese, mustard, and veggies, all contained in a house-baked bread roll. There are probably better sandwiches at Bay Cities, especially the hot sandwiches, but the Godmother is what everyone talks about, and is a must-try at some point in every Angeleno’s life.

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OMG at Heroic Italian

A stacked Italian sandwich from a new deli, on a wooden board.
OMG from Heroic Deli
Farley Elliott

Santa Monica’s sunny landscape already has one iconic Italian sandwich spot: Can it handle another? In the case of Heroic Deli and Italian restaurant, the answer so far has been a resounding yes. There are lots of sandwiches to try on the menu, but the most eye-catching of all is the OMG, a stacked cold cut sub on crusty bread served with smoked mozzarella and just a touch of truffle.

A stacked Italian sandwich from a new deli, on a wooden board.
OMG from Heroic Deli
Farley Elliott

Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli

A po’ boy sandwich with shrimp, lettuce, and tomatoes at Orleans & York Deli in Los Angeles.
Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli
Orleans & York Deli [Official Photo]

Head to Inglewood for a taste of the Big Easy here in the City of Angels. Order any of the po’ boys at Sami Othman’s neighborhood spot, including ones stuffed to maximum capacity with shrimp, oysters, and catfish, and whisk taste buds away to Bourbon Street.

A po’ boy sandwich with shrimp, lettuce, and tomatoes at Orleans & York Deli in Los Angeles.
Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli
Orleans & York Deli [Official Photo]

The air-fried chicken sandwich at The Sammiche Shoppe

Less than a mile away from the Forum, this Inglewood’s sandwich shop boasts an air-fried chicken sandwich that’s full of flavor between slices of ciabatta. While there, pickup Elaine’s Bread Pudding for dessert.

The tiger prawn shrimp sandwich at Heritage Sandwich Shop and Restaurant

A tiger prawn shrimp sandwich with lemon aioli, diced bell pepper, gem lettuce, jalapeño, avocado, and celery on a brioche bun.
The tiger prawn shrimp sandwich
Courtesy of Heritage Sandwich Shop and Restaurant

Chef Philip Pretty’s sandwiches are a sight to see. Not only are they gorgeous, but full of hand-selected farmers market ingredients. Try Heritage’s tiger prawn shrimp sandwich with lemon aioli, bell pepper, gem lettuce, jalapeño, avocado, and celery on a brioche bun.

A tiger prawn shrimp sandwich with lemon aioli, diced bell pepper, gem lettuce, jalapeño, avocado, and celery on a brioche bun.
The tiger prawn shrimp sandwich
Courtesy of Heritage Sandwich Shop and Restaurant

Meatball sandwich at Busy Bee Market

Well before the pandemic, San Pedro’s Busy Bee had lines out the door. Many LA locals grew up on this food, especially the gloriously messy and incredible meatball sandwich. If indecisive, order a half-and-half option.