In the heart of the historic Bank District, Bäco Mercat brings Mediterranean flavors to downtown LA with innovative plates served ‘family-style,’ like chorizo and octopus and buttermilk-fried quail. The signature dish, the Bäco, was created by chef Josef Centeno using warm, pillowy flatbread as the vehicle for flavor-packed fillings – think beef tongue schnitzel and lamb meatballs. Try the Original – crispy pork belly, tender beef carnitas and fresh greens tossed in salbitxada, a tangy sauce originating in Spain. This isn’t your typical sandwich – fork and knife may be required – but it will undoubtedly spice up your life.
Bäco Mercat, 408 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 687 8808
Step into The Little Jewel of New Orleans and you feel as if you’ve been transported to a small ma-n-pop shop hidden deep in the South. This gem is bound to capture your heart, with 18 different po’boy sandwiches, house made cajun sausages, and an array of grocery items difficult to find outside of Louisiana. From the signature fried shrimp po’boy to the cochon de lait, cajun pulled pork, each sandwich brings that Creole heat, dressed in mayo and laid on a fresh baked French roll. Finish with the whiskey bread pudding and revel in the tunes of Bourbon Street as they blare through the speakers.
Trencher, a small but mighty sandwich shop started by three LA friends, dishes out A-list sandwiches, specializing in Southern classics like fried chicken and slow braised brisket. The interior is simple, with a few wooden tables and a counter where you order. Trencher, based on the medieval concept of an open-faced sandwich, dishes out a mean pulled pork made from rubbed and roasted pork shoulder, crunchy habañero slaw and a sweet Coca-Cola sauce layered inside a buttery brioche bun. This mouth watering, finger-licking, southern-spiced treasure brings just enough heat, leaving you wanting seconds.
Trencher, 1305 Portia Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, + 1 323 604 9621
As you approach the door of Bread Lounge, relish in the sweet smell of freshly baked bread as it wafts down the street. This café is simple, lined with small tables and a large window that lets you see what goes on behind-the-scenes of their baked goods. It’s all about the bread here: from the Kalamata olive loaf to soft brioche, you will never be disappointed. Go for the signature sandwich, On the Bird, or be adventurous with the Have a Ball, which includes beef and pork meatballs, melted Emmentaler cheese, cherry tomatoes, arugula and a smokey aioli.
Bread Lounge, 700 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, + 1 213 327 0782