Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Denver On My Mind

Greetings, Readers!

While I am anxiously awaiting the return of "Autumn" here in Los Angeles, I do have an incredible upcoming adventure that is quickly approaching: The Great American Beer Festival.

I have been wanting to go for the last few years so I'll be making sure to go all out not only at the Festival itself, but in the Denver metro area as well.

Which means: sandwiches.

So I reach out to you my faithful readers, where should I head to for a good sandwich in Denver? Is there a style that dominates the sandwich scene in the Mile High City?

Until next week...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Place By Any Other Name...

Greetings, Readers.

This past weekend, I was out looking at houses for sale all around Northeast Los Angeles, so it's only fitting that following a long afternoon of house hunting that we ended up at a restaurant called Home.

I previously reviewed Home's other location in Los Feliz with their Hawaiian Burger, but this time I was drawn quite quickly to their meatloaf sandwich.

These past few days have been incredibly hot for Los Angeles, so while waiting for our food, and trying to cool down after a a day in the sun, it was great to cool down with a pint of Alaskan Amber. This beer has quickly become one of my favorites not only because it's delicious and malty, but because of how refreshing it is for a medium-dark beer.

On this particular Saturday afternoon, Home was mostly empty allowing us to kick back, relax, and chat while waiting for our food. Despite being right next to the I-5 and sitting on a major intersection, Home's interior is incredibly quiet and relaxing.

The food arrived quickly, and the meatloaf sandwich smelled incredible. A thick slice of their house-made meatloaf topped with caramelized onions, melted pepper jack cheese, and a red pepper aioli sauce between two slices of deliciously grilled sourdough bread.

The meatloaf is sliced thick, evenly spiced and thoroughly juicy. The red pepper aioli complements the spices in the meatloaf with a slight pepper kick while the pepper jack cheese ups the heat a little too. Despite this, at no point does that sandwich become too hot to handle, even for those who are heat sensitive.

The grilled sourdough bread added a contrasting flavor to the savory inner ingredients. The slightly sour, slightly buttery flavor popped through and provided a great bookend to this sandwich.

Overall, this was an excellent sandwich, and definitely on par with one of my favorites of this type, the meatloaf sandwich from Little Bear. Add in the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere of Home on a hot Saturday afternoon, and you have an excellent lunchtime experience.

You should definitely stop by the next time you happen to be wandering around on the east side looking for a little relaxation and a little comfort food.

Homemade Meatloaf Sandwich
**** 1/2 Stars
Home Restaurant
2500 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Place Like Home

Greetings, Readers!

Lately, I've been in the process of working on the changes coming to the blog here, and os have had less time to actually pursue new and exciting sandwiches.

But that doesn't stop me completely.

Nearly three years ago, I wrote about a place called HyMart in North Hollywood. It's a great Mediterranean sandwich shop tucked into a strip mall at the south end of the North Hollywood Arts District.

It's a fantastic place, and while I've visited it numerous times since my review, I've never had the urge to write about them again since because I usually get the same sandwich.

While different from the initially reviewed sandwich, The Chicken-iliki is a real stunner. It contains hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, cucumbers, Greek olives, avocado, feta cheese, lemon, olive oil, mint, basil, pepper, tzatziki yogurt, and tahini sauce all on display with the delicious and tender pulled chicken.

The sandwich is an explosion of flavor in your mouth. Each flavor complements the other without being overpowering, and the chicken is flavorful, tender and
juicy. Despite the amount of ingredients, this sandwich is light and refreshing, perfect for a summer afternoon in valley heat.

I could go on about the sandwiches here at this excellent small business, but really the amazing added touch, and the other reason why I will always share the secret about this amazing sandwich shop, is the service.

The people who run and work in this shop always offer up a happy greeting when you walk in. From the second you step inside their door, everyone is happy to see you, as if you're a member of their family and they haven't seen you for weeks. Every time I walk in their, one of the owners always greets me by name (though most of the time it's not the right name, I thoroughly appreciate the extra welcoming).

If you get a chance to check out HyMart (also known as Georgi's Place), definitely stop in. Not only are the sandwiches delicious, but you'll immediately feel at home.

Until next week....

**** 1/2 Stars
HyMart Sandwiches
4795 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91602