Lunch Tip: Tasty Sammiches on La Cienega
Last week I had Friday off, hence the lack of Twittering and Facebooking and general PR for the website. As you know I work most days in the Palisades, which has next to ZERO good cheap lunch spots and I’m basically at Subway every day. So any time I’m near home (Weho/Mid City) at lunch-time I always want to try something new.
This Friday’s experiment: Soda Pops on La Cienega.
The jist: Cute little deli-like sandwich shop with really nice employees and a great selection of rarely seen sodas in pretty little glass bottles.
The sandwich menu is pared down so you’re not fussing too long over what to order, and there are also some delicious sounding salads available if you’re not in a sammich mood.
They also sell some questionable looking pizza, which is sitting in a plastic container on the counter… not sure why they sell the pizza when they’re a sandwich joint… seems like something Gordon Ramsey would tsk tsk at on Kitchen Nightmares…
For this lunch experience, I went with the man and we ordered the Roast Beef sammich (an excessive amount of roast beef, sharp cheddar, romaine, roma tomatoes, horseradish spread, and caramelized onions on a baguette) and the Italian sammich (mortadella, salami, capicola, sopresata, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, red onions, hot peppers, red wine vinegar, and olive oil on soft toasted roll.) Both sammiches came with our choice of homemade potato chips (we selected the salt & pepper chips and the dill chips, but barbecue was also available that afternoon.)
In the long run the man’s sammich choice (the Italian) was better than mine (the Roast Beef). Not that the roast beef wasn’t good, it was!…it just had more meat than I’d prefer to put my mouth around (insert dirty joke here), also I’m not a huge fan of harder breads when there is no au jus, and it needed far more horseradish sauce. The Italian, however, was de-lih-cious. The softer bread was easier to eat and the mix of peppers and onions was a very tasty compliment to the Italian meats.
For the chips – I preferred the dill, but both were pretty good. Oh! – and everything came in this adorable little red and white tin tray, which I loved and kept talking about with the bf while we ate.
While normally the man likes lotsa food, we both were in agreement that we were sick full after lunch and wanted to roll ourselves home… a full sammich with chips was way too much food for one person to handle! So, while this place isn’t overly pricey (~$9/sammich), I’ll definitely be saving some cash and splitting an order next time.
Overall it was a pretty good option for lunch. Maybe I liked the nice staff, cute not-overly-decorated decor, and the red trays more than anything else. But nevertheless, the food was very good and I’ll definitely be returning to try the tuna sammich and the BLT (a favorite of mine).
Just wish they had some outdoor seating for this beautiful weather we’ve had going on here! Oh… and if they served beer that would be cool too…
349 N. La Cienega Blvd
Mon – Sat, 11am – 6pm