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Classic grilled cheese
Greenspan’s Grilled CheeseAddress and Info
The award-winning sandwich shop Greenspan’s offers every kind of grilled-cheese sandwich you can think of, or you can make your own with their selection of bread, cheese, vegetables, spreads, meats, or sweets. But, sometimes you just want a simple, greasy grilled-cheese sandwich, which is where the Classic -- plain white bread and American cheese -- comes in. Obviously, you have to add a cup of tomato basil soup (extra $3) for that heavy dipping action.
Cold fried chicken
Sack SandwichesAddress and Info
Any sandwich shop with this many delicious options under seven bucks deserves your attention -- especially because its chef is Top Chef-winner Michael Voltaggio. Their cold fried chicken sandwich is the runaway winner, though, with crispy fried chicken, ranch cheese, and hot sauce will warm your soul (and your wallet).
The Classic Italian & Cheese
Dan’s Super SubsAddress and Info
Consider this family-run, hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop the Valley’s version of Bay Cities, and this Classic Italian & Cheese sub (with mortadella, cotto salami, dry salami, and bologna drizzled with their Italian sauce) their Godmother.
Cost: $6.40 (regular)
Bay Cities Italian Deli & BakeryAddress and Info
Speaking of, The Godmother is basically an LA rite of passage. It’s what sandwich dreams are made of. Perfectly sliced genoa salami, mortadella coppacola, ham, prosciutto, and provolone are stuffed inside their freshly baked bread, which, let’s be honest, you’ll probably end up eating a whole loaf of later. Their special sauce oozes out from every corner and their tissue-paper-thin napkins won’t clean up the inevitable mess you’ll make, but that’s ok: you’ll be in sandwich heaven.
Cost: $6.10 (small, with The Works)
Egg salad sandwich
EggslutAddress and Info
Eggs and a brioche bun sounds super-simple, but no one does egg sandwiches better than this beloved Grand Central Market stand. The egg salad sandwich comes with a dash of chives in honey mustard aioli and arugula, sandwiched between their freshly baked buns.
Ponch & John
Ike’s PlaceAddress and Info
What’s that? You put chips in your sandwich? Yeah, well you’re not the first to come up with that genius idea. This vegetarian-friendly sandwich is basically a colossal bite of crunch. Jalapeño potato chips, their secret garlic Dirty Sauce, and American cheese piled high on their insanely good Dutch crunch bread.
Grilled pork sandwich
Banh Mi My-ThoAddress and Info
We’re not exactly sure how a sandwich this good is less than four bucks -- and we’re not sure we want to. The grilled pork sandwich packs a ton of flavor with lemongrass and garlic as well as green onion and crushed peanuts; the pro tip is that you only get one pack of Sriracha on the house, so you gotta make it count.
Roasted turkey breast sandwich
Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & CheeseAddress and Info
This turkey on baguette looks like it came straight from a Parisian cafe without the Parisian price tag. It’s got all the right ingredients for a picnic sandwich -- swiss Gruyere cheese, sun-dried tomato spread, mixed greens, tomatoes, and crunchy baguette drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Skip the chips -- every sandwich comes with a side of cornichons and olives to satisfy your salty fix.
Cost: $5 (half-sandwich size)
Attari Sandwich ShopAddress and Info
Tongue sandwich? Yep, you heard right. The small shop tucked away in a courtyard serves up authentic Persian cuisine like kabob and osh soup, but their sandwiches are what they’re known for. And while you can get most of their half-sandwiches like kuku or kotlet for under $6, the tongue sandwich is by far the tastiest. Juicy, tender layers of beef tongue tightly packed into French bread with tomatoes, lettuce, and Persian pickles topped with mayo and mustard.
Cost: $5.95 (6in sandwich)
1. Greenspan's Grilled Cheese7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
2. Sack Sandwiches8915 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
3. Dan's Super Subs22446 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills
4. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
5. Eggslut317 S Broadway, Los Angeles
6. Ike's Place1151 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Banh Mi My Tho304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra
8. Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese223 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Attari Sandwich Shop1388 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles
Iron Chef contestant Eric Greenspan is behind this counter-serve grilled cheese temple on Melrose. With options that range from speciality sandwiches like the blue cheese and fried chicken Buffalo Blue to make-your-own-creations, Greenspan's menu is stacked with crazy inventive cheese-and-bread combos. The bright yellow space is relatively small and narrow, but there are a few tables inside and out.
Founded by Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, mini-chain Sack Sandwiches takes run-of-the-mill deli subs to the next level with its four-inch sandwiches that vary between familiar classics like BLTs and reubens and more niche creations like the chicken Cordon Bleu. The Sunset Blvd location is geared towards the take-out lunch crowd, but there are a few stools if you're planning to stay. Whatever you order, be sure to finish it off with a side of house-made chips and a Stumptown Coffee-spiked mocha milkshake.
This family-run shop in the Valley serves epic sandwiches -- there are more than 70 varieties, plus a handful of vegetarian options -- that come with the deli's signature chopped tomato-and-pickle spears topping. If you're feeling especially ambitious, try your stomach at Dan's locally-renowned challenge: eating two jumbo sandwiches in under an hour.
Slinging sandwiches in Santa Monica since the 1920s, Bay Cities is responsible for masterpieces like The Godmother, a sub made with basically every Italian cured meat, Provolone cheese, and the works (mustard, mayo, Italian dressing, onions, pickles, tomato, and lettuce). More than just a sandwich specialist, the shop also serves prepared pastas like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and stuffed shells. While the counter crew assembles your order, browse through the grocery section that's stocked with imported Italian specialities.
Originally a food truck, this Grand Central Market vendor serves a menu entirely centered around eggs. Pricier than your average breakfast sandwich, Eggslut's creations are served on house-made brioche buns and prove that everything is better with an egg on it. The Fairfax, featuring fluffy scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo, is a must-order. The stand is located on the Broadway side of the market and has counter-seating.
Located in the heart of Westwood, this outpost of a popular NorCal sandwich chain serves up stacked sandwiches available in meat-centric, vegetarian, and vegan varieties. The key to Ike's sandwiches is the secret garlicky Dirty Sauce and the signature Dutch crunch bread. The space is very much grab-and-go, which is blessing because you'll want to be back in your dorm room when the food coma hits.
This cash-only Vietnamese sandwich shop in Alhambra serves up hefty banh mi filled with everything from grilled pork and veggies to fried eggs and pate, as well as tasty summer rolls made with vermicelli noodles and generous helpings of shredded pork. Banh Mi My-Tho is a tiny operation, and you'll likely have to eat your sandwich on a bench outside the shop, but the sub-$5 prices are too good to pass up.
This Larchmont Village spot does triple duty as a well-stocked wine shop, purveyor of fine meats and cheeses, and sandwich specialist. Head to the back of the store to order one of the Mediterranean sandwiches, like roasted turkey breast with Gruyere, sun-dried tomato spread, mixed greens, and tomatoes on a crunchy baguette. Every sandwich comes with a side of cornichons and olives.
The sandwiches at Attari in Westwood will make you rethink the lunch staple. Each features a main ingredient like chicken cutlet, tongue (the bestseller), or the omelet-like kuku layered between crusty slices of French bread and topped with tomatoes, pickles, and spiced Iranian pickles. The menu also includes Iranian stew specials and classic kabobs. The sunny courtyard patio will make your lunch taste that much better.