The bread: Amoroso’s. The beef: Dietz & Watson. The cheese: provolone or American. The result: a glorious cauldron of molten cheese bathing grilled onions and curly ribbons of meat.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
What with cupcakes crowding the landscape, we’ve been craving good old-fashioned, just-like-Mom-would-have-made cookies…
The Americana at Brand’s gourmet Italian deli is an offshoot of Trattoria Amici next door. Avoid drooling on the glass case…
Do not underestimate the power of a good sandwich-and-salad spot. This breezy new Eagle Rock venture provides gourmet lunch fuel like a crispy pancetta and fig salad with Point Reyes blue cheese…
Neighborhood: Eagle Rock
The spartan shop has a rotating menu that manages to be both modish and hearty: pan-roasted sweetbreads with pickled turnips, or egg salad made with crème fraîche instead of mayo.
Served on a shiny bun, the hot pastrami sandwich, overflowing with peppery meat, makes grease look good. The chili cheese fries and throwback taco (that hard shell and yellow cheese again) are simple and satisfying. So is the classic lunch counter ambience.
From the vegan “shawarma” (it’s made with chickpeas) to the ultra-meaty BLT (with steak), the menu at this gourmet sandwich shop staggers with its variety.
At $2.75 a sandwich, it’s a good price for the skateboarder who rolls in for lunch
Neighborhood: San Gabriel