Some days, you just want to have a good sandwich for lunch. Instead of settling for a few cold cuts slapped between two slices of bread, however, why don’t you treat yourself to some of the most delicious sandwiches made by some true artists of the craft? The delicatessens listed below will guide you to the best delis in Los Angeles. From pastrami to baguettes to cheese, these eateries know how to do lunch right.
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Mouthwatering pastrami sandwich on rye with Russian dressing. Image courtesy of Yelp.
704 S Alvarado St. | Westlake/ langersdeli.com
Special note for pastrami lovers — save yourself some time and just order the #19. This world-famous pastrami sandwich boasts hot pastrami, cole slaw, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on hot rye and has been the Langer’s Delicatessen Restaurant’s most popular sandwich since the 1950s and early 1960s.
Of course, that’s not the deli’s only offering. Langer’s works hard to accommodate multiple tastes with an enormous menu that offers many sandwiches, soups, and specialties. Try their pastrami chili, roast beef sandwiches, or matzo ball soup. Operating six days a week (Monday to Saturday), Langer’s Delicatessen Restaurant is the go-to place for those seeking a great lunch.
“The pastrami is thickly hand-cut, soft, and tender, and trimmed of excess fat. The rye bread is soft and fresh on the inside with the proper crunch of the crust. As well all know, it’s all about the bread to make the proper sandwich and Langer’s does it right.” — Yelp Review
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K-Town on wheat. Image courtesy of Yelp.
3274 W 6th St | Wilshire Center/ brothersfreshwich.com
There’s a reason why Brothers Sandwich Shop calls their sandwiches “premium.” These sandwich artists offer some quality creations at their deli, from specialty spreads to classic favorites like the club sandwich, Italian sandwich, and egg salad sandwich. You can also expect friendly service and reasonable prices.
If you’re a sandwich lover, you know how important good bread is to a quality sandwich, and Brothers Sandwich Shop offers both wheat or white bread with a soft, crunchy texture. Those looking for sandwiches bursting with flavor won’t be disappointed with this deli/sandwich shop.
“These sandwiches are quality, these guys know what they’re doing.” — Yelp Review
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Find all your favorite deli meats and cheeses at Larchmont Village Wine Spirits. Image courtesy of Yelp.
223 N. Larchmont Blvd. | Windsor Square/ larchmontvillagewine.com
Pick up everything you need for the perfect picnic at Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese. While this deli does offer some tables and chairs for dine-in customers, most people prefer to order their meals to go. They offer several favorite sandwiches, including black forest ham, sundried tomato spread, and a mouth-watering turkey on baguette.
Are you a wine lover? Larchmont carries wines from France, Italy, and the United States as well as some selections from Spain, Germany, and other European countries. Beer enthusiasts should know their beer lineup constantly changes and includes Belgium, German, and Japanese beer.
“All sandwiches are made with fresh baked ciabatta or baguette. Comes with fresh cornichons and black olives.” — Yelp Review
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Try the famous Heights sub sandwiches! Image courtesy of Yelp.
2927 N Broadway | Lincoln Heights/ theheightsdeli.com
Small in size but big on taste, The Heights Dell & Bottle Shop offers pizza, sandwiches, beer, and wine. You can also order a hearty chicken pesto pasta and antipasto salad for a great lunch. Interested in their specialties? Diners rave about The Heights, a delicious sandwich filled with different types of salami, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mustard, and house sauce. Or try the Main Street with its mix of chipotle chicken, cilantro, lettuce, tomato, pickle, avocado, and provolone.
Wash your sandwiches down with a nice selection of special beers, including their tangerine and honey beers as well as some natural ginger ales. Portions are big here, so you may want to order a couple drinks.
“One of my favorite places to grab a quick and easy bite around this busy area. Everything is made fresh for you and I love all of their sandwiches!” — Yelp Review
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Awesome party trays at Rocco’s Italian Market and Deli. Image courtesy of Yelp.
1761 N. Vermont Ave. | Los Feliz
This family-owned Italian deli and market specializes in gourmet sandwiches including the La Porchetta (pork loin and provolone) and Il Rocco (Italian meats and cheeses). Many of the ingredients, including the meatballs, roast beef, and porchetta are made in-house, as are their soups, sauces, and spreads.
Be sure to also sample their medley of olives, artichokes, and tomatoes — all fresh. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian deli with friendly service and fair prices, Rocco’s has what you need.
“The sandwiches are excellent. The prices are very reasonable. They’ve also got lots of Italian products (olive oils, cookies, sodas, etc.) for sale, along with Italian cheeses, various meats, olives, salads, etc.” — Yelp Review
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Prosciutto and Mozzarella sandwich from Olive It. Image courtesy of Yelp.
6231 W. 87th St. | Westchester/ oliveit.com
Looking for some awesome Jersey Shore sub sandwiches? Olive It has what you’re looking for. From their thick ham, salami & provolone subs to the Prosciutto & Mozzarella, you’ll dine on some of the best sandwiches in Los Angeles. Their specialty sandwiches come with your choice of sourdough, olive, wheat, white bread or a sub roll and some mouth-watering meats and cheeses.
Of course, if you fancy yourself a sandwich artist, you can always build your own sandwich by calling in a custom order. Use premium ingredients, including their roast beef, ham, roasted red peppers, and egg salad. Vegetarians can build their own veggie sandwich, or try their tomato mozzarella salad with olives and balsamic vinaigrette. Want more options? The Chinese chicken salad with chow mein noodles or Olive It salad with bell peppers, cucumbers, meat and cheese are both crowd pleasers as well.
“Our go to for sandwich platters for family parties. You know why!!? Because they are made with love.” — Yelp Review
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Homemade bread made fresh at Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli. Image courtesy of Yelp.
1726 Colorado Blvd | Eagle Rock
Some of the best delis also double as exceptional bakeries, and that’s certainly the case for Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli. Sure, you’ll find classic favorites like the thick roast beef sandwich, Italian subs, or prosciutto sandwich — but you’ll also have to leave room for all the amazing baked goods and pastries you can order as well.
Buy a box of special Italian Pignoli cookies to share with your friends. Planning for a special occasion? Eagle Rock’s rum cake is very popular with its patrons. But their most famous dessert has got to be their cannolis with their fresh, crunchy, and light texture.
If that wasn’t enough, Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli offers many special Italian imports for purchase, including excellent olive oils, dried pastas, espresso, biscuits, and chocolates. With so much good stuff for purchase, your pantry will never be bare.
“This is the go-to spot for sandwiches and pastries. Andrew is hands down, the best; always friendly, remembers your order and name. He’s great and a wonderful asset to this place.” — Yelp Review
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Hot pastrami sandwich on fresh baked bread at All About the Bread. Image courtesy of Yelp.
7111 Melrose Ave | Fairfax
Great sandwich shops and delis know quality subs and sandwiches use great bread, but only All About the Bread puts that promise in its name. And they live up to it. All About the Bread offers homemade bread with a fresh and crunchy texture that sandwich lovers will appreciate.
You can have this bread with many delicious sandwiches, including the always-favorite hot pastrami or meatball as well as the turkey club. Each sandwich is properly spiced with some amazing ingredients, including pickled hot peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower, and “The Works,” All About the Bread’s custom blend of peppers. Bread may be where great sandwiches begin, but this deli knows that to please its customers, they need to go all the way.
“Right when I walked in it smelled great, they made their bread fresh hence the name, and they aren’t lying, it’s truly all about the bread!” — Yelp Review