News flash: L.A. is in the midst of a sandwich renaissance. And these ten in particular are what we like to call destination sandwiches—worth going out of your way for at lunch, and maybe even saving half for dinner (if you don’t devour them on the spot).
Wake Mi at Banh Mi Venice
The Vietnamese classic sammie gets an update with two over-easy organic eggs, nestled with pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber, cilantro and a crispy, jalapeño-flavored baguette.
307 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; 310-392-1959 or banhmivenice.com
Falafel at Dune
At this nouveau Mediterranean sandwich shop, you might be taken aback at paying nearly $10 for a falafel. Don’t be—this is worth it: crispy green balls of fried chickpeas folded into flatbread with hummus, creamy tahini sauce, marinated cabbage and onions, accented by shoestring potatoes and house-made pickles.
Locations in Atwater Village, Venice and DTLA; dune.kitchen
The Bobbie at Capriotti’s
There’s no need to wait for Thanksgiving when you can head to this Culver City sandwich shop for its signature homage: slow-roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing and a hint of mayo on a freshly baked roll.
5495 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; 310-391-1600 or capriottis.com
Crescent City Fried Shrimp Po’Boy at Little Jewel of New Orleans
The only problem with this mélange of seafood, pickles, tomato and dressing on soft bread? The shrimp are so plentiful, they keep popping out.
207 Ord St.; 213-620-0461 or littlejewel.la
Olive Oil Tuna at Sopressata Silver Lake
Not your mama’s tuna salad, this rendition is more like a sophisticated European picnic: a fluffy baguette, sustainable pole-caught tuna, hard-boiled eggs, arugula and sweet vinaigrette.
2852 ½ W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-953-2820 or blackhogg.com
Fried Oyster Sandwich at Little Dom’s
This ritzy little bar-bistro in landlocked Los Feliz serves a mouthful of seafaring deliciousness with oysters, fried speck, arugula, tomato and spicy mayo. Dining solo? Grab a cocktail with your meal at the vintage wooden bar and feel all noir.
2128 Hillhurst Ave.; 323-661-0055 or littledoms.com
Oinkster Pastrami at the Oinkster
Sorry, classic L.A. delis, but this hipster fast-casual joint’s pastrami sandwich wins for its house-cured meat that’s rubbed with spices and aged for two weeks, then served with red cabbage coleslaw, caramelized onions and Gruyère.
Locations in Holllywood and Eagle Rock; theoinkster.com
The Ira Glass at Wax Paper
This little hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop is beloved by the growing number of Angelenos walking the L.A. River bike trail. Besides delish eats, it has a funny conceit: All the sandwiches are named after NPR hosts. (Not mad at it.) We love the Ira Glass, a vegetarian arrangement of avocado, cheddar, sprouts, pickled and raw red onions, cucumber and garlic aioli on seeded wheat.
2902 Knox Ave.; waxpaperco.com
Bacon, Egg and Cheese at Eggslut
The best ingredients perfectly prepared elevate this to the platonic ideal of the breakfast sandwich: a cage-free over-medium egg, smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, with the sweet musky surprise of chipotle ketchup. It’s well worth standing in line for (along with the rest of Los Angeles).
Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway; 213-625-0292 or eggslut.com
Fried Chicken Sandwich at LudoBird
Fancy French chef Ludo Lefebvre is famed for his buttermilk-marinated Provençal-style chicken, and we’re grateful we don’t have to reserve a seat at one of his fancy joints to enjoy it. Instead, we head to his two fast-food locations for that addictively crackly corn-starch breading.
Locations at Staples Center and Universal CityWalk; ludolefebvre.com