Ham and Brie
Joan’s on Third, 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A. | Map
The classic ham and cheese goes luxe with generous hunks of buttery Brie.
Mario’s Italian Deli, 740 E. Broadway, Glendale | Map
There’s a bonus layer of hot peppers in this triple-decker done Italian style.
The Oinkster, 2005 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | Map
The pastrami here is applewood smoked, house cured, and topped with red cabbage slaw.
La Brea Bakery, 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. | Map
Ricotta complements the tangy artichoke hearts on La Brea’s famous olive bread.
Spitz, 2506 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | Map
A salad’s worth of veggies lightens this Middle Eastern-inspired classic.
Bay Cities Italian Del, 1517 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica | Map
It’s like a religion: house-baked cia-batta, Italian cold cuts, and the works.
Artisan Cheese Gallery, 12023 Ventura Blvd., Studio City | Map
Whole cloves of roasted garlic stud the cheesy grilled sandwich.
Cook’s Tortas, 1944 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park | Map
Grab extra napkins—this slow-cooked pork sandwich is double dipped in a red-hot sauce.
Gram & Papa’s, 227 E. 9th St., downtown | Map
Made with fat chunks of grilled chicken, the salad comes on a puffy pretzel bun.
Attari Sandwich Shop, 1388 Westwood Blvd., West L.A. | Map
The “other” dark meat is superb, but it’s the snap of the pickles that makes it.
Pork Banh Mi
Banh Mi My Tho, 304 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra | Map
It’s all things in one: cool, crisp veggies and hot, sweet pork stuffed in a squishy baguette.
Sando’s Sub Shop, 312 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach | Map
Turkey, ham, and provolone make for a heady combination. Don’t worry, it’s legal.
Capriotti’s, 9683 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills | Map
There’s a liberal slather of Russian dressing on this hot pastrami sub.
Porto’s Bakery, 315 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale | Map
A top-notch traditional Cuban with ham, pork, Swiss, pickles, and mustard.
All About the Bread, 7111 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood | Map
The bread’s bubbly crust is matched only by the tart marinara sauce.
Roasted Lamb and Feta
Papa Cristo’s, 2771 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. | Map
As Greek as it gets: roasted leg of lamb with creamy feta. Don’t forget the peppers.
Philippe’s, 1001 N. Alameda St., downtown | Map
Only a smear of spicy mustard can improve on the roast beef original.