Saturday, September 25, 2010

This week in sandwiches

Al's Italian American Delicatessen

Al's Italian American Delicatessen is no joke. My brother used to live in Montrose about ten years ago and I came to stay with him once. The highlight of that trip was walking to Al's and getting a huge turkey sandwich for 3.95. Times were simpler back then... Pre 9/11. Now the sandwiches have doubled in price. I'm sure if the terrorists could have foreseen this tragic aftershock they'd have thought twice. Al's still has the same mouth watering sandwiches. This is the turkey and swiss, the flavors all mesh together perfectly ensconced in the highest quality italian roll. The Roman God Mercury delivers it every morning. As I ate this classic sammy I was teleported to a simpler time. I told the old Italian woman that the sandwich looked amazing. She said " I would hope so, after twenty five years of making sandwiches..." Al's Delicatessen is in Montrose: 2332 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

Cafe Buenos Aires

In downtown Santa Barbara there is a little portal that will transport you to a street corner in Buenos Aires. Your taste buds will want to tango after this one my little gauchos. This sandwich is called the Lomito Argentino. it consists of grilled thin slices of beef sirloin, provolone, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and mayo on baguette. The meat is so good that it could be great on its own, but it has found a home in this fresh baked baguette. This is one of the best steak sandwiches I've ever had, I wouldn't recommend traveling to Santa Barbara without trying one. And its only nine dollars, not bad considering the alternative, a plane ticket to Argentina. Its located at 1316 State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese

It was brought to my attention that this place is renowned throughout LA for having some of the best sandwiches around. After eating there, I would have to agree. My buddy Everett and I went on a sandwich tour one day. We hit up 3 places in about an hour. This place uses the best cheeses and meats this side of the great mississippi. I ate soprasata and brie on a fresh baguette with aioli mayonnaise. The food is so good and fresh that you could probably eat way passed the point of being full and your taste buds would con your stomach into going against its better judgement. Its close by friends at 223 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

Brooklyn Boys Food Truck in Orange County

This phenomenon is amazing. With food truck culture at an all time high, we have yet another awesome amalgamation. The brooklyn boys are a two man novelty act from new york who drive their truck around Orange County, supplying the masses with locally scarce fare such as corned beef, pastrami, brisket and turkey sandwiches. When I walked out of my brother's house in Anaheim the other day I was totally caught off guard by this truck. I got a turkey reuben with cole slaw, it was pretty good, next time I'll probably get corned beef. You can follow these guys via Twitter: @brooklyn_boys