The 8 Most Delectable Sandwiches For A (So-Worth-It) Carb Fest

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on May 17.]
L.A. is a city built on lunches. Come one o'clock, practically every seat from the beach to the Rose Bowl is filled with finance kids negotiating, agents powerbrokering, actors reading scripts, and even us plebs just looking for a yummy meal. But, what do you get when you don't want to brown bag it, but also don't need to walk away with a $50 check? You turn to your trustiest lunchtime staple: the sandwich.
And in this city, you won't be stuck with ham and cheese or turkey on rye. To mix it up, we've rounded up the most unexpected and hunger-inducing combos that exist between two slices of bread. Whether it's a deli classic, a local vegetarian specialty, or a spicy number hailing from Spain, these delicious options have you covered from Santa Monica to Glendale. Just don't let food coma (or carb overload) take you down—there's still work to be done, kiddos!
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Scrumptious. The delicate little pies, known as "cutie pies," may take center stage (try the banoffee, it's delicious), but the variety of sandwiches are not to be missed come lunchtime. Our favorite is the Fried Chix, a fried chicken breast topped with coleslaw, tomato, tabasco mayo — all on an onion focaccia roll. With a bit of heat and crunch in every bite, it's a delectable sandwich. Pair that with a salted caramel or blueberry cutie pie, and you have a mildly decadent and totally delicious meal.
Simplethings Sandwich and Pie Shop, 8310 West 3rd Street (near South Sweetzer Avenue); 323-592-3390.

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All About The Bread
An updated version of the classic Italian deli, All About The Bread touts that the secret to their epic sandwiches lies in the fresh dough that they bake every thirty minutes. Fresh, warm, Italian bread combined with equally fresh and carefully made ingredients means you'll be eating one delicious sub. Order the Meatball, it's super savory with a hint of spice, and blanketed with a sumptuously thick slice of melted provolone and bright marinara. It's perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious.
All About the Bread, 7111 Melrose Avenue (near La Brea Avenue); 323-930-8989.

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Every sandwich roundup requires a nod to a deli classic. So for pastrami on rye, this is your spot. The rye bread is perfectly soft, while the crust has an unusual yet delightful crunch. The pastrami is melt-in-your mouth tender, with a sweet and peppery hint. Then, the coleslaw perks everything up with its light freshness. Oh, and they even have curbside service, if you can't wait around to get a table.
Langer's Deli, 704 South Alvarado Street (near West 7th Street); 213-483-8050.
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Bay Cities
You can't compile a sandwich list without the "Godmother." You simply can't! A staple for Westsiders looking for a little bit of heaven between an Italian roll, this sandwich is filled with layers of Genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham, prosciutto, and provolone. Get it with "the works," and you won't regret it. Just make sure to order online, or get there early in the morning because around noon, the line at the deli counter can be a few dozen people deep.
Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery, 1517 Lincoln Boulevard (near Colorado Avenue); 310-395-8279.

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Bäco Mercat
The chef behind the Lazy Ox has brought his brand of eclectic flavors to the world of sandwiches. Home of the “bäco,” the signature flatbread is served in its original sandwich form, but they also roll it thin and bake it crispy with toppings — inspired by the Spanish version of pizza, called “coca.” If you feel like going full tilt on flavor, order "The Original," a combination of pork, beef carnitas, salbitxada (a tomato sauce made with almond, garlic, and herbs).
Bäco Mercat, 408 South Main Street (near East 4th Street); 213-687-8808.

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Porto's Bakery
Known for their pastries (the cheese rolls are a must-try), Porto's also serves some delicious sandwiches. Go for the traditional pressed Cubano, with ham, pickles, and Swiss cheese. Served with fried banana chips, it's a unique twist on the classic.
Porto's Bakery, 315 North Brand Boulevard (near East California Avenue); 818-846-9100.

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Potato Chips
Fresh homemade chips and sandwiches are a match made in lunchtime heaven, especially when combined with the carefully made and perfectly balanced sandwiches at Potato Chips. Order the spicy salami packed with avocado, lettuce, goat cheese, red onion, and balsamic on a freshly baked roll. Savory, sweet, crunchy, then smooth with a bit of earthiness from the goat cheese, it's a sandwich unlike any other.
Potato Chips 7613 Beverly Boulevard (near Fairfax Avenue); 323-931-0911.

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For the salad and sandwich crowd, Forage is the perfect spot for a plate of the green stuff. Utilizing local produce (and we mean really local, some coming directly from Silver Lake), this place fills its counter with fresh salads (the fatuoush is amazing), and sides.

Though they're known for their pork-belly sandwich (which admittedly, is awesome), for us, it's all about the avocado sando. Served on a grilled baguette with a spicy slaw and a touch of garlic, it's a vegetarian bite you'll find yourself craving.
Forage, 3823 West Sunset Boulevard (near Hyperion Avenue); 323-663-6885.

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