How many ways can there be to reinvent the hoagie? A lot, apparently. Many of this year’s tastiest cheap eats came enclosed in carbs. Here are some of the best sandwiches we ate in 2018.
Burnt Ends Sandwich
There’s a strong argument for the greatest barbecue sandwich in L.A. coming from a takeout window on the Walk of Fame. Adam Perry Lang tosses the fatty, rub-coated trimmings from his chophouse’s epic smoked short rib in sauce and sells them for lunch on a seeded bun with pickles. Genius. 1680 Vine St., Hollywood.
Egg Salad Sandwich
Of all the Japanese-inspired sandwiches at Echo Park’s quaint coffee counter Konbi, the egg salad seems like the rube’s choice. But choose it over the pork katsu or dashi omelet, and you’ll be rewarded with a bliss-inducing trio of Kewpie mayo, perfectly boiled eggs, and cotton-soft white bread. 1463 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park.
Scallion Bread Sandwich
When Vivian Ku opened a sequel to Taiwanese spot Pine & Crane in Highland Park, among the new menu items was this nifty number: braised pork belly folded into a wedge of fluffy scallion bread, garnished with pickled mustard greens, crushed peanuts, and cilantro. It’s a mouthful in the best way. 5100 York Blvd., Highland Park.
Fish (Don’t Have) Fingers Sando
If your sole experience with fried fish on a bun involves the Golden Arches, remedy that tragedy immediately with a visit to this café in West Adams. Chef Kat Turner piles tempura-battered red snapper, kosho tartar sauce, and yuzu red cabbage slaw onto Bakers Kneaded milk bun. 4310 W. Jefferson Blvd., West Adams.
Freckled, fresh-from-the-oven pita is the base layer for Hasiba’s hefty sabich, a classic street-food meal that is basically the Dagwood of Israel. Stuffed inside are fried eggplant, a hard-boiled egg, crispy fries, pickles, tart mango sauce, and a generous dollop of tahina. 8532 Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson.
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correctly identify the bakery that makes Highly Likely’s milk buns.
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