A practical invention originally used as a way of making meat portable, the sandwich has evolved into one of America’s most standard lunchtime options. From specialty meats, cheeses, unique toppings, and creative flavor combinations, sandwiches can be the highlight of any mealtime cuisine. Check out our picks for the best sandwiches in Los Angeles.
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
1517 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Fresh ingredients, friendly service, and homemade, authentic Italian specialties have been the norm at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery since 1925. The Godmother Sandwich is the specialty of choice. Filled with Genoa salami, mortadella cappacola, Ham, and prosciutto, provolone cheese, and topped with “The Works” (mustard, mayonaise, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade Italian dressing, and pickled peppers), this sandwich might be the absolute best in LA. Bay Cities is closed on Mondays, and lines can be pretty crazy for their tasty sandwiches, so plan ahead. Utilize their online ordering system and you’ll be on your way in a flash.
Fat Sal’s Deli
972 Gayley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
If you are looking for a taste of NYC in LA, head to Fat Sal’s. With late night hours (typically open until 3am), fresh ingredients, and some LA star power (co-owned by Jerry Ferrara of Entourage), you can find yourself a tasty sandwich here most any time of day. The Fat Texas BBQ is an extremely hearty crowd favorite. It comes with BBQ Pastrami Brisket, Chicken Fingers, Mozzarella Sticks, Bacon, Grilled Onions, Melted Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese, Fries, Mayo, and Honey BBQ on a Garlic Hero.
4724 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Quite the opposite of Fat Sal’s at HealthCA, their focus is on serving only tasty food that is conducive to good health. The Venetian is filled with Grilled Chicken Breast, Tofu Pesto, Provolone, Roasted Peppers, Purple Onions, and Lettuce, while the Real McCoy boasts Eggplant, Roasted Peppers, Vegan Pesto, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Avocado, Purple Onions, and Lettuce. All sandwiches come with your choice of side salad and are served on either a wheat wrap, ciabatta, wheat ciabatta, or multi-grain wheat bread. Sadly though, they still don’t offer a gluten-free bread option.
704 South Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Since 1947, Langer’s has served up more than 6 million pounds of pastrami. With this much experience under its belt, there is little doubt that they have their recipe down to a science. The most popular sandwich, #19, is filled with Hot Pastrami, Cole Slaw, Russian Dressing and a slice of Swiss cheese, all served on baked rye bread. The rye gets its extra crispy crunch from being twice baked, the perfect complement to the juicy goodness inside. Snag this legendary sandwich every day until 4pm, excluding Sundays.
Attari Sandwich Shop
1388 Westwood Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90024
This tiny cafe serves up some of Westwood’s most sought after Persian food, and the crowds waiting in line for their specialties will verify the quality of this eatery. The tender tongue sandwich is a favorite of many locals, and the vegetarian kuku, filled with greens, parsley, pungent pickels, lettuce, and tomato make it another great option.
Hy Mart Sandwiches
4795 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91602
This family owned restaurant serves up tasty sandwiches in a casual, relaxed setting. The Gyro Gone Wild is a delightfully delicious combination of numerous Middle Eastern sandwiches, all wrapped together in one. From lamb and tzatziki, to falafel and hummus (with a topping of avocado, jalepenos, and olives, this gyro is one of LA’s best. Call ahead and place your order in advance to avoid the crowds.
Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese
223 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
One of the best small wine retailers in Los Angeles, Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese also happens to make an exceptional sandwich. The key to their tasty concoctions is nearly unanimous; fans come back lunch after lunch to enjoy their freshly made baguettes and ciabatta breads, made every morning at Larchmont Village (arrive early, they sometimes run out of bread and won’t use any substitute!). The Imported Italian Prosciutto is simply served with Fresh Mozzarella, Arugula, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Balsamic Vinegar, but the taste is nothing short of spectacular.
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