Mendocino Farms serves very nontraditional and completely excellent sandwiches. soniabegonia urges you to go there soon and try two specials from the summer menu: the Untraditional Lobster Roll and the pork belly banh mi.
That pork belly banh mi “has the perfect balance of salty, sweet, tangy and spicy,” says soniabegonia. It’s a pressed sandwich on a ciabatta roll, with succulent sweetened slow-braised Kurobuta pork belly, pickled daikon and carrot, julienned cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeños, and tangy chili aioli. “I love this sandwich and would rank it in my top 3 sandwiches in all of LA.”
Then there’s the Untraditional Lobster Roll. “Now, not being a real big lobster or lobster roll connoisseur, I have no idea what’s untraditional about it… maybe the bacon?? However, I do know when I taste deliciousness. The sandwich comes on a giant roll stuffed with bacon, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and piled high with delicious chunks of lobster,” says sonia. The lobster is perfectly cooked—a little translucent and slightly crunchy—and comes with a light, very lemony rémoulade.
The place isn’t cheap—the pork belly banh mi is $10, the lobster roll $13—but it’s spectacular. Some posters think the place is overpriced and pretentious. But, says Jack Flash, “What’s pretentious about fresh and high quality ingredients on some of the best bread in town?”
It’s located in Cal Plaza. If you’re already downtown, don’t drive—take the DASH B Route.
Mendocino Farms [Downtown]
300 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
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