What Are You Having For Lunch Today?: 10 Photos of Great L.A. Sandwiches

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Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Nothing but a little leftover quinoa salad in the communal work fridge for lunch today? Wincing at the thought of what the office food cart guy has in store for you? Allow us to make you feel even worse, or perhaps to motivate you to run out for something better. Below is our photo gallery of 10 great L.A. sandwiches that are most likely a whole lot nicer than whatever you had planned on eating.

click to enlarge Mozzarella and prosciutto panini from Mozza2Go - N. GALUTEN
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  • Mozzarella and prosciutto panini from Mozza2Go

1. Mozza2Go: Yes, their porchetta panini panino is something to behold as well, but this luscious, soft and salty sandwich is lighter, and perfect for that weekday afternoon picnic you wish you were on. 6610 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; (323) 297-0100.

click to enlarge Basturma sandwich from Sahag's Basturma - N. GALUTEN
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  • Basturma sandwich from Sahag's Basturma
2. Sahag's Basturma: Basturma, often known as Middle Eastern pastrami, makes for a robust, intensely garlickly sandwich, and Sahag's makes some of the best ones in town. One caveat: no dating for the next 24 hours. 5183 Sunset Blvd. Los Feliz, (323) 661-5311.

click to enlarge Albacore BLT from Beacon - N. GALUTEN
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  • Albacore BLT from Beacon
3. Beacon: This Asian fusion café seems to fly under the radar these days, but one reason it shouldn't is this refreshing and deeply satisfying albacore BLT. 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, (310) 838-7500.

click to enlarge French dip from Cole's - GUZZLE & NOSH
4. Cole's: Phillipe's or Cole's, who makes a better French dip? Do we really have to choose? Try meeting a friend on neutral ground and splitting half of each. 118 East Sixth Street, Los Angeles; (213) 622-4090.

click to enlarge Beef milanesa and head cheese cemita from Pal Cabron - DARA HASHEMI
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  • Beef milanesa and head cheese cemita from Pal Cabron
5. Pal Cabron: Much as we like their paintings of women pointing down at you and laughing from above the urinals, we like their cemitas more. Large rolls of egg bread, stuffed with assorted meats, spicy sauces and Oaxacan string cheese go rather well with a michelada. 2560 E. Gage Ave., Huntington Park, (323) 277-9899.

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