Food & Drink

LA's Best Thanksgiving Sandwiches

Wilder Shaw Published On 11/24/2015 Published On 11/24/2015
Courtesy of The Carving Board

Los Angeles You know when you eat all that great Thanksgiving food in a couple days -- turkey, and gravy, and stuffing, and cranberry sauce -- and think to yourself, “Self, how great would all that stuff be ON A SANDWICH??” Well, someone else thought of it first. And they sell it all over LA. And you can have it not on Thanksgiving. Boom.

Turkey dinner sandwich

The Carving Board (address and info) Burbank (& other locations) If you’re worried about all this turkey being of the not-shredded variety, look no further than The Carving Board. This place is hookin’ it up with shredded turk, homemade stuffing, simmered and grilled onions (boo-ya), and dried cranberries. And if you’re too full from real Thanksgiving to get to this sandwich by the end of the fall... fear not, ‘cause we've got a year-round winner on our hands.

Gobbler panini

Vine Street Deli (address and info) Hollywood It’s easy to miss Vine Street Deli in the crazy mess of Hollywood -- but like, dude, don’t miss it. It does its Gobbler panini-style, on a baguette, with turkey, Swiss, avocado, and cranberry sauce. You sooooooooo need that in your life. More Stuff You Will Like

Courtesy of Mendocino Farms

November to Remember

Mendocino Farms (address and info)   Mid-Wilshire (& other locations) The trick with Mendo is that it's never done a thing wrong in its life, so like, why would it start now? If you’re afraid of chains, be not afraid, because the ingredients are always top notch & fresh. Such is the case with the seasonal November to Remember sandwich: it’s got hand-carved turkey, applewood bacon stuffing, herb aioli, cranberry chutney, lettuce, and tomato. No, thank you.

Thanksgiving menu

Simplethings (address and info)   Westwood (& other locations) Sick of always having the same stuffing in your Thanksgiving sandwiches? Simplethings is here for you. Beyond its always-juicy roast turkey, cranberry chutney, and sage gravy, it uses jalapeño cornbread stuffing (and then sticks it all in a michetti roll, like the good lord intended). Continue Reading

Capriotti's

The Bobbie

Capriotti’s (address and info)   Beverly Hills (& other locations) Not a lot of sandwich shops can hang their hat on a gobbler. Capriotti’s is not a lot of sandwich shops. The Bobbie is probably its most popular sandwich, and with homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, it’s not too hard to see why. And since it’s year-round, you can give thanks to Capriotti’s anytime you please.

Hot turkey sandwich

Tallyrand Restaurant (address and info)   Burbank The inconspicuously named “hot turkey sandwich” at this Burbank legend is actually everything you start dreaming of as soon as the pumpkin-spice thing starts each fall: the herb dressing poured over the roast turkey is perfect with mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. And spoiler alert -- that’s how it's served.

Earl of Sandwich

Holiday turkey sandwich

Earl of Sandwich (address and info)   Anaheim You’re (trapped) in Downtown Disney and you don’t know where to eat. Well guess what, now you do, ‘cause Earl of Sandwich is ready to prepare you for/make you reminisce about T-Day with its holiday turkey sandwich. Once you sink your teeth into the thin-sliced turkey, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce & mayo, you’ll definitely agree you’re in the happiest place on Earth.

The Last Supper

Holy Aioli (address and info)   Pico-Robertson Besides being a very fun exclamation to shout at people, Holy Aioli is also dishing out a killer Thanksgiving sammie. Appropriately named The Last Supper, it’s got roasted turkey breast, cranberry chutney, honey-mustard aioli, homemade coleslaw, diced apple, roasted almonds, and provolone cheese. Holy Aioli!

Umami Burger

Holiday Bird

Umami Burger (address and info)   Los Feliz (& other locations) You guys you guys you guys you guys you guys Umami is doing a Thanksgiving burger this fall and it has its signature turkey patty, topped with a cornbread stuffing patty, house-made turkey gravy, fresh ginger-cranberry chutney, spiced Japanese yams, and sprinkled with Umami-dusted fried sage ohmyGod ohmyGod ohmyGod ohmyGod. (Also, $1 of every single Holiday Bird goes to Meals on Wheels, so you can feel like a good person.)

The Pilgrim

Dave’s Chillin’-n-Grillin’ (address and info)   Eagle Rock DC&G is the most fun you’ll ever have in a place that is supposed to look like a garage, and Dave only serves his Pilgrim (turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and turkey gravy) from September through April, so get your hands on one while you have the chance. Since you can’t spend actual Thanksgiving with him (or maybe you can? Believe in yourself.), this is about as close as you’ll come to making that wonderful man a part of your family for the holidays.

Courtesy of Village Bakery

Thanksgiving on a Bun

The Village Bakery & Café (address and info)   Atwater Village Village Bakery’s Thanksgiving on a Bun (freshly roasted turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce on a maximum-tasty bakery bun) is available year-round, and shit is bananas (b-a-n-a-n-a-s), even though it has none in it.

Thanksgiving turkey sandwich

Roast Deli & Market (address and info)   Brentwood & Pacific Palisades Chef Whitney Werner is keeping it simple at his upscale carvery with his Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. The turkey is suuuuuuuper fresh, and it comes with lettuce, cranberry sauce, and sage aioli on cran-walnut bread. Though you can’t go wrong with any of the available side choices, get down on the cucumber tomato salad. Or rather, get a side of a whole other Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, because it’s so effing good. Sign up here for our daily LA email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun Los Angeles has to offer. Wilder Shaw's favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. For reals. Tell him how right he is on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw.

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1. The Carving Board 7300 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Every item from their juicy burgers to their gooey grilled cheese make you smile and come back for more.

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2. The Vine Street Deli 1241 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

The Vine Street Deli offers delicious breakfasts, sandwiches, and kabobs. Merging classic American deli fare and Lebanese cuisine together, the Vine Street Deli is the perfect destination for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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3. Mendocino Farms 4175 Campus Drive, Suite B., Irvine, CA 92612

Mendocino Farms promotes eating seasonally and locally by serving up fresh sandwiches, salads, and soups made from local ingredients. This is its largest location to date, complete with a kids' corner and a gaming area for cornhole. It's a great place to hang and eat while sipping one of its craft brews.

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4. Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop 8310 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

If, like us, you know this cute little business from its WeHo location, you know what you’re in store for: incredible (Stumptown) coffee and a simple but delicious menu of sandwiches and salads. Really, though, the reason you’ll come back is the pie. From the staples to the constantly innovative specials, you can try them all at “cutie pie” level ($2.50 samplers, and guilt free) until you find the one you love. Or, who are we kidding -- the “ones.”

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5. Capriotti's Sandwich Shop 9683 Wilshire Blvd (& Other Locations), Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (Beverly Hills)

Capriotti’s is not a lot of sandwich shops. The Bobbie is probably its most popular sandwich, and with homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, it’s not too hard to see why. And since it’s year-round, you can give thanks to Capriotti’s anytime you please.

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6. Tallyrand 1700 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

They roast 200 pounds of fresh turkey DAILY! Tallyrand's breakfasts have won "Best of Burbank" for years with their famous Buttermilk Pancakes, Omelette’s, Cinnamon Roll French Toast and homemade muffins! The menu includes a variety of fabulous sandwiches, large salads, seafood, top quality Angus Steaks, delicious juicy burgers and fabulous daily specials such as Fresh Atlantic Salmon, BBQ Pork Ribs, Pot Roast au jus, and more!

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7. Earl of Sandwich 1565 S. Disneyland Drive, Disneyland, Anaheim, CA 92802

The extensive menu at Earl of Sandwich pays tribute to the art of sandwiches with fresh-baked, artisan bread and the finest ingredients for its hot sandwiches, hand-tossed salads and wraps, and freshly baked desserts.

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8. Holy Aioli 8532 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (Culver City)

Holy Aioli offers fresh sandwiches, salads and beyond to delight any appetite. From their farm to fork fresh produce, to the Kosher meats, Espresso drinks, and house made Aioli sauces. All ingredients are prepared from scratch with fresh, quality Ingredients.

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9. Umami Burger 4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Feliz, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

The burgers at this LA-based chain are different than the typical American hamburger because they're built around umami, the savory fifth taste that defines most Japanese food. The menu features a range of burgers, but the eponymous one, stacked with umami-amping ingredients like parmesan crisps, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and ketchup, is a must-try. All burgers are served on a shiny brown bun and taste best when paired with an order of the signature thin-cut fries. One of the first Umami Burger locations, the Los Feliz outpost is more than three times the size of the La Brea original. More upscale than other burger chains, Umami is a sit-down spot that serves local craft beers.

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10. Dave's Chillin & Grillin 2152 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

While some restaurants try to wow their customers with a multi-page menu filled with exotic dishes, Dave's does things a little differently. They focus all their love and attention on what they do best: making the most delicious sandwiches and tastiest smoothies in the city! They bake their breads fresh every single day, use the highest-quality meats and cheeses and source their produce locally. The result is a selection of incredible sammies and smoothies that you will return for again and again.

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11. The Village Bakery & Cafe 3119 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Atwater Village)

All their food is prepared in-house every day from fresh and natural ingredients, including farmer’s market fruits and vegetables. Their chef is constantly coming up with new and creative daily specials that utilize the best seasonal ingredients.

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12. Roast Deli & Market 147 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Pacific Palisades)

Chef Whitney Werner is keeping it simple at his upscale carvery with his Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. The turkey is suuuuuuuper fresh, and it comes with lettuce, cranberry sauce, and sage aioli on cran-walnut bread. Though you can’t go wrong with any of the available side choices, get down on the cucumber tomato salad. Or rather, get a side of a whole other Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, because it’s so effing good.

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