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Stuffed Sandwich

1145 E. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776


  • Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Owner Marlene Samaniego presides over this sub shop–cum–beer haven. The plain but quirky sandwich shop houses an extensive inventory of more than 1,000 beers by the bottle. You can try a couple of new beers each and every day and still not make a dent in the voluminous list. Samaniego opened the local favorite with her husband, Sam, back in 1976, predating the craft beer craze by more than two decades. In addition to catering to beer connoisseurs, Stuffed Sandwich is a restaurant where families for decades could dig into what else but hearty, overstuffed sandwiches. (There’s a prohibition against profanity of any sort, to preserve that family atmosphere.) Samaniego continues the tradition, offering a puckery sour Hansen’s dried strawberry beer or maybe a triple-hopped Ballast Point IPA, depending on your mood. Every month the shop has a well-curated, rotating tap list of roughly half a dozen beers, from IPAs to sours/lambics to porters/stouts. The hefty pastrami dip on a French roll spread with yellow mustard and sliced pickles goes curiously well with a tripel Karmeliet Belgian beer. The walls are adorned with signs that say, “If you’re drinking to forget, please pay now,” along with caricatures of the late Sam Samaniego as the original “beer Nazi.” It’s a happy place to partake in an incendiary Polish sausage or bowl of beefy chili and a great beer, or two. —Kayvan Gabbay

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