When Thrillist asked me to make a Bucket List of L.A. sandwiches I took the task very seriously. Some would say, dead serious. (Apologies for that. I knew it was terrible the minute I started typing it.) To keep things concise I disqualified pita sandwiches (sorry Dune and Baco Mercat!) and burgers- except for one that’s really a sandwich and not a burger (more on that later). In the end I keep it to sandwiches I feel like you really need to eat before you die, and in certain cases, only if you want to die. There are some notable omissions like Mendocino Farms, which I love but couldn’t pick one stand out sandwich you need to eat. And Larchmont Wine & Cheese, which is a great sandwich shop but also doesn’t compel me to excitement. After all, it’s not a list of really good L.A. sandwiches. It’s a list of sandwiches everybody should try at least once if they live here in L.A.
So, there it is… my disclamatory attempt to curb the anger that comes naturally when somebody leaves your favorite sandwich in the universe off of their arbitrary list of favorite sandwiches. Enjoy!!!