Craziest (and Best) Sandwiches in Los Angeles

Sandwiches are as American as Apple Pie and Hot Dogs. We pack them in our lunchboxes, take them on road trips, and savor them in specialty restaurants. But what's especially flavorful (and fun) is the diversity of fillings within the two slices of bread, rolls, croissants, ciabatta, or any other variety of yeasty dough. So to celebrate National Sandwich Day on November 3, here are some seriously wild, crazy and tasty sandwiches throughout Los Angeles.

The Daily Dose
Located in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, The Daily Dose is a restaurant specializing in local, organically grown, non-GMO food. Start your sandwich day celebration with breakfast. The Daily Dose offers the breakfast sandwich called The Real RocknRolla which consists of three scrambled eggs, sautéed mortadella (pork from Fra' Mani), toma cheese, green onions, Serrano peppers, tomatoes, and guacamole topped with spicy Chipotle sauce on ciabatta bread.

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
With a plethora of authentic Italian sandwiches, Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery in Santa Monica is a smart venue for National Sandwich Day. Try something extraordinary like the Truffle Ham, Pancetta & Swiss sandwich (imported ham with truffle, pancetta, Swiss cheese, garlic butter and field greens on a mini baguette), or their signature meaty "Godmother" sandwich consisting of prosciutto, ham, capicola, mortadella, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and hot peppers.

Fat Sal's
With a name like Fat Sal's, one expects fat sandwiches and this deli doesn't disappoint. There are numerous Fat Sandwiches that showcase meats, burgers, eggs, mozzarella sticks, fries and onion rings, all on one hero sandwich. But in honor of National Sandwich Day try "The Big Fatty," a 27-inch garlic hero comprised of cheesesteak, cheeseburgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, crisp bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalapeno peppers, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara and "Fat" sauces. Sure it costs $49.99, but if you can eat it in 40 minutes, it's free.

Joan's On Third
One maybe wouldn't reference Joan's On Third as a place to get a crazy, huge sandwich, but for a sandwich that's landed on many of the "Best Sandwich" lists (Bon Appetit, Men's Journal, LA Eater, etc.), it seems only fitting to reference the Short Rib Melt for National Sandwich Day. You can't go wrong with this sandwich of braised short ribs with melted jack cheese, sweet pickled red onions on crusty, grilled country white bread.

Son of a Gun
When thinking of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's seafood-inspired Son of a Gun restaurant, chicken sandwiches don't come to mind. Yet the owners of Animal, Jon & Vinny's, etc., do a terrific Fried Chicken Sandwich out of their seafood establishment. In addition to the crispy fried chicken breast, the sandwich also features spicy B&B Pickle Slaw and Rooster Aioli on a crunchy roll. By the way, their Lobster Roll or Tuna Melt (with cheddar, tomato and crème fraiche on Rye) would also be terrific selections for Sandwich Day.

Author's bio: Lori Huck works in television development as well as writes on entertainment, travel and the arts. She's a fan of the vibrant arts scene in Los Angeles and is a member of various film, television, and arts organizations.

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