I love sandwiches. I remember when I went off to college, my uncle teased me, saying, “All you’re going to eat is pizza and beer.” When I saw him a few months later, I corrected him. “Pizza and beer?” I said. “More like sandwiches and vodka.” To me, a sandwich is the perfect food - not necessarily too heavy, not too light, containing carbs, and you can hold it while you drive or type :) (Full disclosure: I am weird about touching my food. I cut everything with a knife and fork. After being called an idiot one too many times by my loved ones when I attempted to cut a sandwich in public, I no longer do that. Instead, I wrap it up in a napkin and hold it like that so I won’t have to touch my food.)
A few days ago, Grub Street posted The Los Angeles Sandwich Register - a list of what they feel are the 26 best sandwiches in LA. Clearly, whenever a new food list is released, I immediately go through it with a fine tooth comb - what have I tried? What haven’t I tried? What do I agree with? What do I need to go out and consume immediately?
And then I set about making my own list. So here’s my opinion on some of the best sandwiches in LA. YUM!
My all time favorite sandwich is the French Dip from Houstons/Bandera. I know, I know, it’s a chain restaurant, but I cannot resist this sandwich. Delicious thinly sliced prime rib on a soft French roll, with mayo, horseradish, and au jus on the side. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Whenever possible, I attempt to sway my friends and family into going to Houstons or Bandera for dinner, just so I can have my beloved sandwich :)
Okay, I’m cheating a little on this next one. Technically, there’s no Chick-fila-A in Los Angeles (a girl can dream! I sleep with my fingers crossed!), but there are a few in Orange County, Carson, and surrounding areas, and I’m not going to lie - on occasion I have driven down there for my fix. I first fell in love with Chick-fil-A in college - we had one in our Student Union and after my wonderful Southern friends introduced me to the wonders of a chicken sandwich with a sweet tea on the side, I headed there at least once a week. There is nothing better than a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. Chicken, pickles, bun. Sounds simple, but it is sooooooo much more than what it sounds :)