This is an Italian supermarket with hard-to-find cheeses, imported pasta, and a nameless sandwich you’ll find pre-wrapped and stacked on the deli counter. It’s as simple as a sandwich can get - a couple slices of provolone, and some cured meat (specifically capicola, mortadella, and salami) on a freshly-baked roll. But with ingredients this excellent, it’s all a sandwich really needs. You, along with 37 other people on their lunch break, will grab it, pay $5.50 for it, and revel in the fact that you’re eating something this fantastic on the hood of your car in a Pasadena parking lot.
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Shandong Dumplings in Pasadena serves good noodle dishes, a few great dumplings, and a fantastic scallion pancake.
Oseyo Shabu Shabu
Part of Oseyo Shabu Shabu’s charm is that it’s always crowded - in addition to the Pasadena spot’s high-quality meats and seafood, of course.
The lines might be long at Ramen Tatsunoya, but this Pasadena ramen spot is worth the wait.
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Cole’s in downtown is the (other) originator of the French Dip sandwich and a great place to pick up a quick beer and a sandwich.
Thyme Cafe and Market
Thyme Cafe in Santa Monica is a great neighborhood spot for breakfast when you don't feel like waiting two hours to eat.
Top Baguette serves our favorite banh mi in Westminster - and we don’t say that lightly.
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Bay Cities is a Santa Monica classic that’s been open since 1925. Most importantly, it’s home to The Godmother, Los Angeles’ greatest sandwich.
Philippe The Original
Chinatown deli Philippe The Original carries much culinary (and cultural) significance. It’s still very much worth the trip.
ASAP Phorage might be hidden in a convenience store, but it deserves to be front and center.
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