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A “kold kim cheezy” sandwich from Jeff’s Table.
A “kold kim cheezy” sandwich from Jeff’s Table
Mona Holmes

19 Epic Sandwiches in Los Angeles

Italian subs, banh mi, grilled reubens, and a vegan hot chicken option

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A “kold kim cheezy” sandwich from Jeff’s Table
| Mona Holmes

Sandwiches are quite possibly the world’s most perfect, self-contained food, and Los Angeles boasts more than a handful of greats. From the French dip at Philippe the Original to the Godmother at Bay Cities and the #19 at Langer’s, there’s no shortage of sandwich excellence in and around the Southland. Here now, are 18 epic sandwiches to try in Los Angeles.

Removed: Hey Joe at Perry’s Joint, breakfast sandwich at Calabama, masterpiece by Ggiata Delicatessen, Uncle Kief at Claro’s

Added: Lucy Mae at Sammiche Shop, “hot kim cheezy” at Jeff’s Table, meatball sandwich at Busy Bee, Italian combo at Cavaretta’s, charbroiled pork sandwich at Banh Mi My Tho, and the vegan mac and chick sandwich from Never Caged

A number of LA restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pastrami Reuben at Brent's Deli

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19565 Parthenia St
Northridge, CA
(818) 886-5679
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Brent’s black forest pastrami Reuben is stacked high and loaded with sauerkraut and cheese before getting the full-griddle treatment on the flattop. This one is worth a drive out to the Valley for deli fiends.

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2. The Sandwich at Roma Market

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918 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 797-7748

Renowned in Pasadena for its simple and satisfying prowess, the sandwich is the creation of Roma Market’s owner Rosario Mazzeo. Its foundation, a sturdy Italian roll drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, is layered with provolone, mortadella, spiced coppa, and salami.

3. Kold Kim Cheezy at Jeff's Table

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5900 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 381-5553
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Jeff’s Table serves up sandwiches, salads, and soups inside Flask liquor store in Highland Park, and the one to get is arguably the “kold kim cheezy.” Thin slices of smoked pork-shoulder ham accompany house-made kimchi, melted cheese, salted plum mustard, aioli, and chili oil on butter-griddled roll.

A “kold kim cheezy” sandwich from Jeff’s Table.
Jeff’s Table’s “kold kim cheezy”
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4. Pork Belly Banh Mi at Banh Oui

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1552 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 645-7944
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Since opening its first brick and mortar space in Hollywood, Banh Oui is making the most of the full kitchen. The sunny restaurant with the amazingly colorful mural is now turning out more crusty, delicious modern Vietnamese sandwiches 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 at Banh Oui
Pork Belly Banh Mi at Banh Oui
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5. LT’s Hot Catfish Sandwich at All Day Baby

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3200 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 741-0082
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Nashville hot spices have captured the imagination of LA’s chefs and diners in recent years, and the latest and greatest in this white-hot genre is the hot catfish sandwich served at All Day Baby. Layered between the plushest of potato buns are thinly sliced white onions, bread and butter pickles, a swipe of mustard aioli, and a magnificently battered and seasoned filet of catfish. The crisp cayenne coating clings to the fish, bringing crunch and spice in equal parts to each bite.

A fried catfish sandwich with onions and pickles.O
LT’s Hot Catfish Sandwich at All Day Baby
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6. Dac Biet Banh Mi at Tip Top Sandwich

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8522 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 280-8883

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.

Tip Top Sandwich
Tip Top Sandwich
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7. Larry Mantle at Wax Paper

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736 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wax Paper fans cannot get enough of the NPR-themed sandwiches, especially the Larry Mantle that’s chock-full of herb bologna and salami, pecorino pepato cheese, and pickled peppers, all on a sesame roll with an oregano vinaigrette and spicy aioli.

8. Honey Walnut Shrimp Sando at Katsu Sando

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736 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 395-0710
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Katsu Sando opened in Chinatown this summer 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, 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.

For the hottest new takeout spot in Chinatown: Katsu Sando. Matthew Kang

9. Beef Double-Dip at Philippe the Original

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1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 617-3781
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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 served on its side with juices in a cup.
Beef dip sandwich at Philippe’s
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10. #19 at Langer's Delicatessen

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 483-8050
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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
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11. Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams

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5400 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 433-7137
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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.
Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams
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12. Godmother at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
(424) 268-8242
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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 a must-try at some point in every Angeleno’s life.

13. OMG at Heroic Italian

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516 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 691-8278
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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 success. 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
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14. Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli

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400 E Florence Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-6200
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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.

Orleans & York Deli
Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli
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15. The air-fried chicken sandwich at The Sammiche Shoppe

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222 E Regent St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(424) 331-5378
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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 to-go for dessert.

16. Meatball sandwich at Busy Bee Market

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2413 S Walker Ave
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 832-8660
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Well before the current times, San Pedro’s Busy Bee had lines out the door. Many LA locals grew up on this food, especially the messy and incredible meatball sandwich. If indecisive, order a half-and-half option.

17. Italian combo at Cavaretta's Italian Deli

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22045 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 340-6626
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Open since 1959 years 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.

18. The charbroiled pork banh mi at Banh Mi My Tho

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304 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 289-4160
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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.

19. The mac and chick sandwich at Never Caged

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1842 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 263-7996
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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.

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1. Pastrami Reuben at Brent's Deli

19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA
Brent’s Deli The Hot Dish Stan Lee

Brent’s black forest pastrami Reuben is stacked high and loaded with sauerkraut and cheese before getting the full-griddle treatment on the flattop. This one is worth a drive out to the Valley for deli fiends.

19565 Parthenia St
Northridge, CA

2. The Sandwich at Roma Market

918 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

Renowned in Pasadena for its simple and satisfying prowess, the sandwich is the creation of Roma Market’s owner Rosario Mazzeo. Its foundation, a sturdy Italian roll drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, is layered with provolone, mortadella, spiced coppa, and salami.

918 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104

3. Kold Kim Cheezy at Jeff's Table

5900 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
A “kold kim cheezy” sandwich 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 one to get is arguably the “kold kim cheezy.” Thin slices of smoked pork-shoulder ham accompany house-made kimchi, melted cheese, salted plum mustard, aioli, and chili oil on butter-griddled roll.

5900 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

4. Pork Belly Banh Mi at Banh Oui

1552 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Pork belly banh mi at Banh Oui
Pork Belly Banh Mi at Banh Oui
Matthew Kang

Since opening its first brick and mortar space in Hollywood, Banh Oui is making the most of the full kitchen. The sunny restaurant with the amazingly colorful mural is now turning out more crusty, delicious modern Vietnamese sandwiches 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.

1552 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5. LT’s Hot Catfish Sandwich at All Day Baby

3200 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
A fried catfish sandwich with onions and pickles.O
LT’s Hot Catfish Sandwich at All Day Baby
Oriana Koren

Nashville hot spices have captured the imagination of LA’s chefs and diners in recent years, and the latest and greatest in this white-hot genre is the hot catfish sandwich served at All Day Baby. Layered between the plushest of potato buns are thinly sliced white onions, bread and butter pickles, a swipe of mustard aioli, and a magnificently battered and seasoned filet of catfish. The crisp cayenne coating clings to the fish, bringing crunch and spice in equal parts to each bite.

3200 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Dac Biet Banh Mi at Tip Top Sandwich

8522 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770
Tip Top Sandwich
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.

8522 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

7. Larry Mantle at Wax Paper

736 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wax Paper fans cannot get enough of the NPR-themed sandwiches, especially the Larry Mantle that’s chock-full of herb bologna and salami, pecorino pepato cheese, and pickled peppers, all on a sesame roll with an oregano vinaigrette and spicy aioli.

736 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Honey Walnut Shrimp Sando at Katsu Sando

736 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For the hottest new takeout spot in Chinatown: Katsu Sando. Matthew Kang

Katsu Sando opened in Chinatown this summer 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, 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.

736 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

9. Beef Double-Dip at Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA
A french dip 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.

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA

10. #19 at Langer's Delicatessen

704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA
#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.

704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA

11. Chicken Shawarma at Mizlala West Adams

5400 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Chicken shawarma on pita bread standing up at Mizlala.
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.

5400 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

12. Godmother at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

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 a must-try at some point in every Angeleno’s life.

1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA

13. OMG at Heroic Italian

516 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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 success. 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.

516 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

14. Po’ Boy at Orleans & York Deli

400 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301
Orleans & York Deli
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.

400 E Florence Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301

15. The air-fried chicken sandwich at The Sammiche Shoppe

222 E Regent St, Inglewood, CA 90301

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 to-go for dessert.

222 E Regent St
Inglewood, CA 90301

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16. Meatball sandwich at Busy Bee Market

2413 S Walker Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731

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

2413 S Walker Ave
San Pedro, CA 90731

17. Italian combo at Cavaretta's Italian Deli

22045 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91304

Open since 1959 years 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.

22045 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91304

18. The charbroiled pork banh mi at Banh Mi My Tho

304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

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.

304 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

19. The mac and chick sandwich at Never Caged

1842 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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.

1842 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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