You know, when I first started this crazy journey to catalog the world’s sandwiches and reach a staggeringly high cholesterol level, my intention was really just to learn a lot more about my area and the restaurants in it.
And the best part is that this journey keeps on giving.
Take for example the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve been to this area a number of times over the years, and it’s amazing to see how much it has grown.
My first trip to this neighborhood was for Wurstkuche and I kept coming back for their amazing sausages and Angel City Brewing (who may or may not be this week’s Brewday pick).
When you add in a place like The Pie Hole, you have a pretty solid choice of selections for this small pocket.
But why then, should I try something new? Something untested?
Something that may not live up to my extreme standards?
Well, why not?
Taking A Risk For My Readers
Oh, well, maybe it might have had something to do with the incredible recommendation I was given.
Taking a seat in this small restaurant, I settled in with a lemonade in a mason jar and read through the baguette sandwiches (that which were talked about highly from aforementioned recommendation).
It had been awhile since I took on a pastrami or corned beef sandwich, so for this lunch break, I decided to take the New York Pastrami baguette.
Delicious sliced pastrami with tomatoes, Tillamook pepper jack cheese, and dijon basil aioli are packed into the sandwich and topped with handfuls of peppery arugula.
Let’s start with the bread.
It’s All About The Bread
Seriously, the baguette is amazing. Crisp and crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside without being even remotely difficult to chew. The toasted parts added a bit more flavor and savory bite to the sandwich.
Seriously, I’d just eat loaves of this if they sold them separate.
The pastrami was thinly sliced, well seasoned, and fell apart easily with each bite, new chewiness here.
The arugula is here in full effect, bringing a bright green bite and peppery flavor to contrast the savory meat and smooth pepper jack cheese.
The restaurant is a homey little spot in a beautiful red brick building. the inside is packed with small tables and couches, making the space feel warm and welcoming. The walls are chalkboard covered in writing and designs giving it a different look than most other new restaurants.
The only bad part about this sandwich is that I’m still thinking about it right now.
And now I’m starting to wonder if they’d deliver for lunch all the way up here in Studio City.
I guess this means I just have to make another trek into this burgeoning pocket of Los Angeles again this weekend.
And so should you.
Until next week, Readers!
New York Style Pastrami
Eat Drink Americano
923 E. 3rd Street, #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012