Last week there was a discussion on this board trying to identify the best sandwiches in L.A. There was quite a bit of comparing and contrasting between Bay Cities (santa monica) and the Eastside Market (downtown). I was not able to comment at the time because this hound had not been to both but I'm happy to say that is no longer the case.
I checked out Eastside for lunch today and after a 10-15 minute wait in that line (at about 1 o'clock) I ordered the D.A. Special: Roast beef, pastrami, 1 meatball, 1 sausage and plenty of sauce.
Let me begin by sayin that Hungry Guy did not walk out hungry, because that is one serious sandwich. Bay Cities does not have anything like this sandwich and I applaud Eastside for their creativity. Who would think to make a sandwich with those ingredients. I had to take out the meatball and the sausage because the bread couldn't support all the elements of the sandwich.
Bread: The bread at Bay Cities is far superior as the bread at Eastside is flavorless and turs into slush at the first hint of a little sauce.
Meatball and sausage: Neither of these were particularly notable and not even close to the quality of their Bay Cities counterpart. The meatball at Eastside did not right spices or meaty flavor you expect out of a meatball. The sausage had no spice or kick or really anything. I would definitely avoid both n the future.
Sauce: The sauce was exceptionally watery and did nothing to add to the sandwich. In fact, it just mushed the roll.
roast beef and pastrami: these were actually much better than the rest and saved the sandwich. The meats were tender, flavorful and there was plenty of it.
Overall, this was good sandwich and a relative bargin for what you are paying. I'll deifnitely be back to Eastside but i'll avoid the meatballs and sausage.
Lastly, this place does not compare to Bay Cities