Here’s the thing about making sandwiches at home: Even if you have all the meats, cheeses, toppings, spreads, and breads, there’s a pretty good chance the end result still won’t come close to the sandwich of your dreams. So if you’re looking to plan a picnic, or just grab a couple sandwiches to eat from the comfort of your couch, don’t DIY - order pick-up or delivery from one of these 30 spots instead.
When it comes to sandwiches we actually lose sleep over, Larchmont Wine & Cheese is a main contributor to our insomnia. This tiny counter in the back of an upscale wine store makes simple, straightforward sandwiches where the quality of the ingredients does the talking. The #5 (prosciutto, mozzarella, and arugula) on a crunchy baguette is a classic, but the #3 - topped with soppressata, salami, and manchego - is also a must. Takeout only, call (323) 856-8699 to place your order.
Hotville Chicken is one of the newer hot chicken spots in town, but this order-at-the-counter restaurant in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is already one of our favorites. Owned by a member of the family behind Nashville’s iconic Prince’s Hot Chicken, it’s impossible to order wrong here, but if you’re looking for a good starting point, both the hot chicken and fried fish sandwiches are among our favorite items on the menu. And so is the mac & cheese - no order is complete without it. Both takeout and delivery are available.
LA has no shortage of classic Jewish delis, but few hold the allure of Brent’s in Northridge. With over 650 dishes on its menu (that’s not a typo), ordering can feel like an impossible task to the untrained eye, so let us help - get the black pastrami Reuben, peppered pastrami and sauerkraut sandwiched between two slices of crunchy rye bread. It’s one of LA’s great sandwiches and worth the drive into the deep Valley to get it. Available for both takeout and delivery.
If you just got done hiking one of Malibu’s many excellent trails, you won’t find a better refueling spot than John’s Garden. The tiny sandwich shop inside the Malibu Country Mart makes fresh, no-frills sandwiches at reasonable prices (considering the area). We love the tuna salad or Surfer/Princess, with turkey, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, but we’ve yet to eat a sandwich here we didn’t like. Both takeout and delivery are available, call (310) 456-8377 to place your order.
JR’s BBQ has been operating in Culver City since 1998, and is one of the few spots in LA where you can get real-deal Memphis-style BBQ. The meat is cooked with a custom dry rub and served with house BBQ sauce. As with most Memphis-style BBQ, pork is the name of the game here, so we recommend starting with either the pulled pork sandwich or the pork ribs. That said, their brisket is not to be missed. Call (310) 837-6838 for takeout or delivery.
We probably don’t need to tell you about The Godmother at this point - it’s one of LA’s most famous sandwiches. What we do want to mention is that this historic Italian market in Santa Monica isn’t just some one-sandwich wonder. Whether it’s a caprese, turkey pesto, chicken parm sub, or a build-your-own situation, Bay Cities has excellent sandwiches up and down their menu. Available for both takeout and delivery.
If you’re craving a banh mi, ASAP Phorage is your answer. This Playa del Rey spot is basically just a counter in the back of a convenience store, but it serves several excellent versions of the sandwich, from the traditional (lemongrass-braised pork, pickles, cilantro), to the way-less-traditional (shaking cheesesteak). The ground beef curry nanh mi is also one of our favorites. Available for curbside pick-up or delivery.
A classic Inglewood spot, The Serving Spoon is a huge restaurant on Centinela with massive portions and excellent diner food. Their breakfasts are great, but if you’re in the mood for a sandwich, get the fried catfish: It’s deep-fried, topped with mayo, and absolutely tremendous. The Brenda Club, a triple-decker turkey and ham club, is also a good bet. Available for takeout via their website.
Located on a quiet side street in Beverly Grove, Potato Chips Deli is one of the most underrated sandwich shops in the entire city. We absolutely love their turkey sandwich, but arguing with friends and neighbors about which sandwich is actually the best is a favorite pastime for regulars here. Moral of the story: There isn’t a bad order. Available for both takeout and delivery.
Perry’s Joint is a gourmet sandwich shop in Pasadena that’s been a staple of the neighborhood since opening its doors in 2004. The menu covers a lot of ground, so whether you’re in the mood for a tuna melt, egg salad, or hot roast beef and pastrami, Perry’s has you covered. Available for both takeout and delivery.
You won’t find more inventive sandwiches than the ones at Wax Paper, the excellent Frogtown spot. They operate out of a converted shipping container, selling sandwiches named for NPR personalities - it’s truly impossible to pick a favorite, but contenders would be the Terry Gross (turkey and slaw on focaccia), the Larry Mantle (an Italian sub that’s impossible to eat without a fork), and the Ira Glass (possibly the world’s best vegetarian sandwich). Available for both takeout and delivery. Wax Paper also has a second location in Chinatown.
Visiting Roma Market is an LA rite of passage on par with running into your celebrity crush at Trader Joe’s, or finally figuring out the fastest way to get to work without Waze. This Pasadena market doesn’t have a menu, and makes a single sandwich: It’s unnamed, wrapped in pink wax paper, and a study in simplicity - three types of meat (mortadella, salami, and capicola) and some provolone on a house-baked sub roll. That’s it. You’ll think the cashier made a mistake when they ring you up - but it’s really only $5.50, and it’s really as good as everyone says it is. There’s a reason they make 500 of them a day on weekends. Pick-up only.
“Philippe or Cole’s?” is right up there with Clippers vs. Lakers, Bellinger vs. Trout, and Eastside vs. Westside on the list of things that divide Angelenos. We like them both, but Philippe is unlike any other spot in LA. In business since World War I, their French dip sandwich is the reason for their staying power: This creation is layered with super-spicy mustard, beef that melts in your mouth, and thin, flavorful au jus that there’s a 100-percent chance you drink after you’re done with your sandwich. Available for pick-up or delivery.
LA is home to one of the largest Armenian populations in the U.S. - meaning we have excellent Armenian food all over this city. One place to check out immediately is Tarzana Armenian Deli, the family-run Valley institution operating since 1972. They claim to be the originators of the pita wrap, and in the spirit of generosity, we’ll give it to them. Because either way, those lahmajun (spiced minced meat) and soujouk-stuffed masterpieces are delicious. Available for both takeout and delivery.
With a menu full of messy, red-sauce sandwiches, this 90-year-old Italian deli on the outskirts of Downtown feels closer to Staten Island than Silver Lake, and that’s exactly what makes it so special. The #7 (roast beef, pastrami, and cheese) is probably our favorite, but if you’re feeling ambitious, the D.A. Special (sausage, meatball, roast beef, and pastrami) is worth an order as well. Just make sure you don’t have any strenuous activity planned afterwards. Order here for both takeout and delivery.
Orleans & York is a local mini-chain serving classic sandwiches from both NYC and New Orleans. The menu at this order-at-the-counter spot covers a lot of ground, so our suggestion is to concentrate mostly on the New Orleans side of things. And in particular, the po’boys. The shrimp is what most people are eating, but for us, the beef hot links with bell peppers and onions is the premier po’boy here. Available for either takeout and delivery.
Westwood is home to Little Tehran, a tiny neighborhood-within-a-neighborhood that’s home to the best Persian food in LA. If you’re looking for an entry point, go to Attari. The tiny, order-at-the-counter sandwich is most famous for its beef tongue sandwich, and while it’s absolutely worth driving long distances to eat, don’t sleep on the rest of their sandwiches either. The kuku-sabzi (herb frittata), sosees-bandari (Persian sausage), and olivieh-chicken (chicken salad) are all excellent. Available for takeout and delivery.
Wexler’s started as a tiny stand in Grand Central Market, and turned into a mini-Southern California empire, with locations in DTLA, Santa Monica, and Palm Springs. It’s for good reason, too, as this Jewish-inspired deli does not f*ck around when it comes to sandwiches. Their creations are relatively straightforward, but their versions of a pastrami sandwich (the Macarthur Park), lox bagel (the Uncle Leo), and the Reuben are all among the best in town. Available for pick-up and delivery.
Simply Wholesome is the ultimate multihyphenate - juice bar, grocery store, health food supplier, and sandwich shop. Stop by this View Park-Windsor Hills spot for their great turkey burger, or the Carribean tofu sandwich loaded with jerk spices, grilled mushrooms, and tomatoes. Get some Jamaican spinach patties while you’re at it. Takeout only.
A parking space-sized Armenian deli in East Hollywood, Sahag’s Basturma specializes in cured meats made in-house. You’ve basically got two options here - soujouk, a dried, spiced beef sausage - and basturma, a bresaola-like cured beef, heavily spiced and packed with flavor. Both come as sandwiches, served on a white sub roll with tomatoes and a side of pickled hot peppers. Pick-up only.
Another truly essential LA spot, Venice’s Gjusta is an all-day deli with enough sandwiches that we have a different favorite for each day of the week. The two that stand out most, though, are the tomato confit - served on baguette with burrata - and the tuna conserva, with caper aioli and roasted peppers on sourdough. No matter what you order, you can be pretty confident that it’ll be good, because every sandwich comes on some version of Gjusta’s tremendous house-baked bread. Available for pick-up or delivery.
This former prop shop turned sandwich cafe in North Hollywood looks like a real 19th-century general store, with creaky wooden floors, chairs hanging from the ceiling, and homemade soap on the shelves. They also happen to serve some excellent sandwiches. With over 30 different kinds, the menu is a little overwhelming, but our strategy is to stick with anything that has pesto on it. They make it in-house, and it’s incredible. Order here for takeout and delivery.
Open since 1947, Langer’s is one of the most iconic restaurants in the city, and their #19 sits firmly in the pantheon of all-time great sandwiches. Pastrami that basically melts in your mouth, Swiss cheese, cole slaw, and Russian-dressing - it’s not a complex sandwich by any means, but it’s one you’ll be thinking about for a very long time. Order here for delivery, call (213) 483-8050 for curbside pick-up.
Located right next to all the major studios in Burbank, Kings Deli has been a go-to lunch spot for industry workers since 2014. It’s a New York-style menu, so that means you can expect everything from Reubens to BLTs to club sandwiches. Order here for takeout and delivery.
Echo Park’s Trencher is a quiet spot near Dodger Stadium that’s ideal for picking up sandwiches before walking around Echo Park Lake. You’re missing out if you don’t get the fried chicken banh mi or the Lakeshore, a crispy cod sandwich with fried kale, jalapeño slaw, and house tartar sauce. Takeout only.
If you’re in Downtown LA and looking for a spot to grab lunch, but don’t feel like braving Grand Central Market, E Stretto is an excellent bet. It’s a tiny counter in front of Slipper Clutch, serving unique takes on sandwiches - like the killer Ill Papa, served on ciabatta, with everything you’d expect on an Italian, plus chorizo, manchego, and dijonaise. Grab some wine, while you’re at it - they’ve got a great list. Available for takeout or delivery.
Hidden on a quiet residential street in Culver City, Jackson Market is a great neighborhood spot that looks just like any other house in the area. The pressed sandwiches here are what you should be after - especially the Melanzane, featuring grilled eggplant, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and garlic aioli. Pick-up or delivery available.
Eleven City Diner
This Mid-Wilshire restaurant is an ode to the American diner/deli, and for that reason alone, you can find just about any kind of sandwich you want here. From smoked brisket to salami to build-your-own grilled cheese, Eleven City is a great place to order from when you’re with people who you know can never make up their mind. Available for both takeout and delivery.
After shutting down for most of quarantine, Echo Park’s Konbi has reopened for takeout. And they’ve got some brand-new additions. On top of their classic egg and pork katsu sandwiches, they’ve also got sandwiches involving lobster with brown butter mayo and pickled fennel, a Jonah crab omelette, and tuna fish with nori mayo. To-go only, order via their website.