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$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery ]
1145 E Las Tunas Dr
phone: (626) 285-9161
One of the oldest true specialist beer establishments in Los Angeles. On it's second location (as of 2006), the Sandwich has very strict rules about beer ordering. First, you must order food before you think of ordering a beer. No ifs, ands or buts. Order the cheese sandwich if you must. Second, if you don't want to drink out of a paper cup, bring your own glass or buy one of Sam's collection (extensive).
Call ahead to make sure that the Sandwich is open and enjoy! (Current operating hours are Tues-Sat 11:00am - 8:00pm)
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 57
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Finally made the journey to Stuffed Sandwich to meet up with a fellow BA. So glad I went!
This place is kind of hard to spot, especially in the dark. Drive slow and keep your eyes peeled! Walking in, the place doesn't look like a million bucks, but it has a very cozy feel. Around 6PM, the place was over 50% full, with more people coming in by the minute. Very eclectic decorations, lots of bottles, stickers, and more all over the place. Food service was brief, but friendly. Went over to the bar to look at the selection. Quickly went for the Speedway Stout. Got my pint glass filled to the brim and sipped out of the glass as instructed before taking it to the table. A 16oz pint rang up as an $8 "large pour" which isn't bad considering a 750mL bottle is $10 at BevMo.
Only took a few minutes to get the food, and my pastrami sandwich was certainly stuffed! The beef dip that my fiance got was not nearly as big, but still very good size. Enjoyed the good beer, good food, and good company for a while. Then browsed the bottle and glass selection. Didn't find anything I couldn't live without, but when I went to the register to settle my tab, I asked about what years of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot they had. She came back with a pre-assembled six pack that included 2005, 2004, 2003, 1999, 1998 and 1990 for $27.99. A bit steep for a six pack, but where else are you going to find an 18 year old bottle of Bigfoot for sale?
Overall, I was very pleased with my experience and hope to come back soon! Also, almost forgot to mention that the menu posted online is slightly out of date. The food prices are increased by about 10%, but still very good values. They also had Russian River Supplication listed on the bottle list, but they were all out.
01-26-2008 07:16:15 |
More by srroos
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere- It's a fairly eclectic place, but has something for everyone. Kind of a weird, mini German cafeteria feel inside, with a patio you can chill out at on nice days. All along the walls is a huge variety of beers, (especially magnums), glassware, steins, trays and bar towels. All for sale. They always have several gift packages set up, everything from a couple of Guinesses with glasses for a few bucks, up to a vertical tasting package of Rogues Old Crustacean BWs (that one was over 100 bucks.). The gift baskets change all the time, so check them over every time you visit. A note of caution, make sure the baskets you purchase age well. Not all beers do.
Quality- The food is excellent. Pretty much just a sandwich joint, but they are great sandwiches. The Polish sausage and Pastrami are world class. The beers on tap are excellent. My only complaint at all is that I have gotten a couple of gift baskets where the beers hadn't aged well. Oh well, I'll keep going back for more, because the vintage beers are really something to behold, and I often buy them for the glassware that comes with them.
Service- The staff there is very friendly. Sam (the owner) is a guy who really wants to give his customers his all. He fills your glass all the way to the brim, and you have to lean over and drink some or you'll spill it on the floor on your way to the table. I love that aspect of it. When you order a sandwich, it doesn't matter how labor-intensive it is, he's going to do it up right. My only issue is that you either have to buy a glass, or bring one with you. Otherwise, you get your draft beer in a dixey cup. what's up with that? Also, you HAVE to buy food before he can serve you any beer. It's the type of liquor license he has. But it's great food. Another great thing is that you can buy beer to go. Go to Sam's, order a sandwich, have a couple of beers, and then grab a couple of really special beers to take home. What could be better?
Selection- For bottled beer, this place quite possibly has the largest selection in the U.S.. If you don't see what you want, ask him. Time permitting, he will happily rummage around in this huge underground cavern filled with thousands of years worth of beers. Okay....maybe it's not that huge, but recently, I saw a 15 year old Barley Wine I wanted, and asked him if he had another. He checked, and he didn't, but he brought out a 12 year old Barley Wine, and 2 more close cousins that I hadn't even heard of. Glorious!!!! As for beers on tap, he only has about 10 or so, but each beer is one worth drinking. It's not like Yardhouse where they have 130 on tap, but half of those are various AB, Miller and Coors products.
Food- It ain't fancy, but it's delicious.
Value- Overall, pretty good.
12-12-2007 05:48:07 |
More by theopholis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The first time I came here was in July. I walked in and Sam had 1999 Celebration Ale for $1.99/bottle. I was instantly hooked. Since then I've been there every wednesday that they've been open with the exception of the day before thanksgiving. The menu is impressive, its 2 sided and its got tons of beers from all around the world on it. Its not a complete list, if you ask Sam hes got plenty more but wether or not he'll sell them to you is another story.
I've read some of the reviews and seen people complain about the dixie cups the beers get poured in. Everyone should know that you can bring your own glasses. And of course you can buy the collector glasses in the case.
The food is pretty good. The garlic bread is a bit too salty but everything else is good. Very filling and reasonably priced. They also do beers and food to go. The atmosphere is enjoyable, they have music playing and now that its cold out they fired up the heaters on the patio.
Great place overall. Since July I've tried something like 300 different beers at the Stuffed Sandwich.
12-04-2007 03:55:42 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in the other day for a bite and a brew or 2. It was my first time and I was blown away by the bottle selection that they had available. Way too many to name but all styles of beer from many different countries were represented. On tap they had some goodies such as 2002 Double Bastard, Stone 10th Anniversary, 2006 Stone RIS, and 2006 Stone Old Guardian.
The sandwich I had (Submarine) was great and quite large. Prices were fair and I got my moneys worth in both the food and beer department.
The service was friendly and great. The only complaint I would have is the serving with paper cups, but I guess I could have used that as an excuse to get a new Stone glass, oh well. I will definately be making a stop here more often.
10-01-2007 01:02:57 |
More by snpub540
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
i've finally had the chance to stop in stuffed sandwich the other day since i had a meeting in l.a., the traffic on the 10 at 5:15pm was enough for me to point the gps to this location to have a bite and brew while traffic died down.
stuffed sandwich is a interesting place. luckily, i was at meeting and just happened to keep a guiness glass from the hotel i was at. the place was not busy. just a few locals who i can tell frequent the place often. all the taps were stone brews but, was very happy to see that stone 10th anniversary was available! man, that was some tasty brew and sam had no issue pouring it into my large guiness glass. of course, you MUST order a sandwich first. but, hey, the sandwiches are as the name implies, stuffed! not only stuffed and very good but, cheap! something hollingshead's in o.c. should take note of.
the staff there is very friendly. sam (the owner) is a great person as i was able to have a good conversation with him. the locals there were very nice. a group of guys came in with a growler of brew from sequoia brewey from fresno, ca and knew sam very well. after i finished my glass of stone, they were nice to fill up my glass with their growler brew (which was also tasty). so, a good warm, friendly place with good conversation. also loved all the reagan photos.
lots of bottles offered. my only wish is that sam had a few more taps. as i write this, stone is still on the taps and next week or so sam mentioned changing out to oktoberfest brews with 50+ kegs waiting to be tapped!
hands down the best place for a sandwich/brew combination!
just remember, i you PLAN on going here, bring a glass.
09-26-2007 22:24:38 |
More by koolchas
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The only problem I have with this place is the whole dixie cup idea, you cannot enjoy a good beer out of one, so it is essential that you buy one or bring one from home
Could go to this place once a week for the next fifty years and try something new every time
Have beers from several years ago just sitting in the refrigerators
Possess 50 ounce bottles of every Anchor Christmas beer since 1996 starting around twenty dollars
Large selection of Sierra Nevada vintage bottles
Two huge shelves of specialty glassware
Must buy food before drinking which I did not mind because I can always enjoy a good sandwich, the pastrami is highly recommended
Lady was very nice and told me she would hold me whatever vintage Stone bottles I wanted before they start their Stone Days in a few weeks
Hopefully I can complete my Vertical Epic collection
Cannot wait to make it back to this place, I plan on trying Lagunitas' Brown Shugga next time or maybe a Rogue XS Old Crustacean in one of those nifty 6.4 ounce bottles
09-04-2007 06:34:05 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
As long as I can remember, I have been hearing about the legendary Stuffed Sandwich. Being that I currently reside in San Diego, it has been a little too far off the radar to go. However, this weekend, I attended some family business in the Walnut/West Covina area and decided it was finally time to check out this legendary joint.
It may have been an off day, but this place didn't really do too much for me. All of the taps were fairly standard west coast IPA's that are generally available at Bevmo or most beer establishments. No worries, they have lots of bottled beers. Unfortunately, they don't have alot of the beers that are advertised on their bottled beer list. I finally ordered a Oerbier and almost fainted when I saw the $9.99 price tag.
The food was decent, and Sam is an interesting fellow. However, what is the point in spending $9.99 on a beautiful belgian ale, if im going to pour it into a dixie cup? I realize that people tend to bring their own glasses, but im sorry, I don't carry a chalice in my car at all times, and quite honestly, I shouldn't have to.
So, bottom line: If your in the area, I would still go. It's definitely a place that all beer nerds should go to at least once in their lives. However, I wouldn't go out of my way. Bring your own glass, or be prepared to be frustrated.
04-16-2007 00:15:11 |
More by naven
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Having to buy a glass is one way I guess to increase sales. Having to buy food, even if it isn't much is another quirk, that I figure is more attribultable to their type of liquor license than anything else. If you don't buy a glass you get a paper cup. The beer selection was pretty good, however they were missing a number of beers that were advertised on their website. Met Sam the owner and you could tell that he does love beer. The beers were also served a little too cold but since that is how a number of people think it should be served I guess they just go with the flow.
04-09-2007 08:05:46 |
More by bigbelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
First of all, I'd just like to say that this place is a Mecca. being back in Cali, I was glad to stop by my old stomping grounds. Here's my lowdown in a nutshell:
They have only half the beers the advertise on their website, maybe less.
Their food rocks.
Sam and Marlene are knowledgeable, and great people.
Their vintage beers are horrible, every last one of them. I'm a huge vintage beer fan, I've always left there with three or four bottles of vintage impossible to find beers (after buying Garlic Bread :) and they've always sucked. This was the third time I've poured their vintage beers down the sink.
Now, everything thats fresh is great, as well as their tap beers. Definetly worth a visit, as this is truly a legendary place. I'm just being honest on the vintage beer part. I hope Sam does something about it at some point. Anyway,chatting with him is like talking to a piece of beer history, I have the upmost respect for the man.
01-29-2007 10:53:30 |
More by Delerium
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A real hole in the wall (I'm not saying it like its a bad thing). They make a very good sandwich and have the bottles of beer to match whatever mood you are in.
Be careful, they are a bit like the soup nazi. You need to follow their method. Don't spill beer (lean over and sip off the top), but if you know what you are talking about, they will treat you like family.
They also have a great selection of some beers to go - some hard to find beers that are packaged together in verticals or other methods to create a fun beer drinking night all in one package.
11-21-2006 23:43:08 |
More by mkraus
Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA
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