The Sandwich: a meal between two pieces of bread. Every culture has one. There's the Italian panini, the Mediterranean gyro, the Vietnamese banh mi, the Mexican torta...I think you get the point. The sandwich is one of the classic American lunches. I'm sure you've all grown up on the ham and cheese or tuna salad or maybe the peanut butter and jelly. No matter the type, the sandwich is somewhat a nostalgic meal for all of us. And for all of you that might just think the sandwich is simple and boring, I beg to differ. The following are some of my favorites. And since I'm feeling especially generous today, I'm letting you in on one of my "secret" sandwich destinations.
Best Simple Sandwich (but with the highest of quality ingredients)
Larchmont Wine and Cheese Shop
223 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, 90004 (MidCity)
Hours: M-W 10am-7pm, Th-Sa 10am-8:30pmPrices: Half $4-$5, Full $7-$9
Bleu's Favorite: Number 5 - Prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, arugula, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar on ciabatta
Best Deli Sandwich
1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, 90401
Hours: Tu-Sat 9am-7pm, Su 9am-6pm
Prices: Small $4.25-$9.35, Large $5.80-$12.60
Bay Cities Deli's The G-dmother [Flickr]
Bourbon and Bleu's Favorite: The G-dmother - Genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham, prosciutto, provolone. We order it with "The Works with Hot Peppers" - mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, italian dressing, and hot or mild peppers.
Good to know: Always a crazy line during peak hours, but you can order ahead on their website and grab it from the pick-up counter (allow 45 minutes).
Best Gourmet Sandwich
300 S Grand, Los Angeles 90071 (Downtown in the California Plaza)Hours: M-F 11am-3pm
Mendocino Farm's Chicken MBT [Flickr]
Bleu's Favorite: Chicken MBT - Chicken, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, tomato, balsamic vinegar, and mixed greens on ciabatta
A notable vegetarian option: Drunk'n Goat in Paris - Goat cheese marinated in herbs de provence, cranberry chutney, brie cheese, balsamic roasted onions, green apple, and mixed greens on wheat bread
Best Mile-High Sandwich
704 S Alvarado, Los Angeles, 90057 (Downtown)
Hours: M-Sa 8am-4pm
Prices: $9.25-$17.25 (there's also a super fancy $23.95 sandwich with pastrami, corned beef, and tongue...oh my!)
Bourbon's Favorite: The Number 19 - Pastrami, swiss cheese, and coleslaw with russian style dressing
Best Ice Cream Sandwich
Hours: M-Th 10am-12am, F 10am-1am, Sa 12pm-1am, Su, 12pm-12am
Prices: Because you really can't beat a $1.25 fresh made ice cream sandwich....
Diddy Riese [Flickr]
Bleu's Favorite: 2 chocolate chip cookies with cookies n' cream ice cream. yummmmmmm
Best Secret Sandwich
806 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, 90035 (Beverly Hills)
Hours: Tu-Su, 10am-12am
Bleu's Favorite: Ham and swiss on white bread, with mayo, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. The key to this sandwich is the bread. It's all homemade daily, and it's fantastic. You must order the white, no skimping and ordering the "healthier" wheat. This is the kind of sandwich where you look and it you think "Ok, this sandwich looks good, but Bleu, why is this your secret sandwich?" And then you take a bite, your eyes light up, and you understand. Just heed my advice, order the homemade white bread!