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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Maestro is a modern Mexican joint in Pasadena with a menu that’s so full of delicious dishes it’ll give you Übermenufreude.
Osawa is a Japanese restaurant in Pasadena that’s known for shabu shabu, sushi, and sukiyaki.
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.
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At Kismet Falafel in Grand Central Market, you’ll find falafel like you’ve never seen it before.
Hail Mary Pizza
Hail Mary is LA’s version of a NY slice shop or a Chicago deep dish tavern - an ideal neighborhood pizza spot built for this city.
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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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