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Taps: 7 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery ]
1145 E Las Tunas Dr
phone: (626) 285-9161
One of the oldest true specialist beer establishments in Los Angeles. On it's second location (as of 2006), the Sandwich has very strict rules about beer ordering. First, you must order food before you think of ordering a beer. No ifs, ands or buts. Order the cheese sandwich if you must. Second, if you don't want to drink out of a paper cup, bring your own glass or buy one of Sam's collection (extensive).
Call ahead to make sure that the Sandwich is open and enjoy! (Current operating hours are Tues-Sat 11:00am - 8:00pm)
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| Reviews: 57
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
At long last I finally got to the legendary Stuffed Sandwich. A bit of a hole-in-the-wall establishment (only lucky Baldwins may be harder to find), Stuffed Sandwich is set in an older strip mall and tough to spot as you drive by.
Inside, there are spartan tables to eat at and the east wall is dominated by glassware and magnums, 3L and 5L bottles of some great beers. The west wall has coolers housing an amazing assortment of domestic and foreign beers. Sam has a mind-boggling array of beer to select from. The wall leading out to the rear parking lot has a variety of beer-related posters, lithographs and photos.
Did I mention the selection? Belgian ales of all kind, German brews to satisfy anyone, British, French, you name it, it's probably in the coolers. If not, Sam can most likely round it up for you. There's not short supply of domestic beer, either. Sam had SN's Summerfest, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, and a couple foreign brews on tap.
The food was decent; nothing fabulous but still good. You have to order food to order beer. The food menu is all about sandwiches with soup, chili, and fries as sides. I ordered a roast beef sandwich and the beer special (Aktien brewery's Pils for $2.50). The beer, unfortunately, was quite old (bottled on 6-8-02!), flat, and like apple cider. I approached Sam, stated my case in asking for a different brew, and Sam was more than happy to exchange my "off" beer for a Stone 8th Anniversary Ale.
I got to talk with Sam some more about beers - Weihenstephan brewery, doppelbocks, Anchor's X-Mas beers, etc - and the guy's just a fountain of beer knowledge. Marlene gave me a heads-up about their upcoming Anchor X-Mas beer tasting and presented me with a poster depicting all of Anchor's X-Mas ale labels. Sam and Marlene are really nice people.
The Stuffed Sandwich is a great old-style deli-beer bar where you can watch the day go by while indulging in some quality time with some awesome beers. I'm already kicking myself for having not gotten here sooner. I'll definitely be going back often.
11-12-2004 21:25:46 |
More by Boilermaker88
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
The Sandwich has by far the best selection of hard-to-find beers in the LA area. Sam and his wife are exceptional people and they've put together a great place to drink a beer. They take the time to get to know their customers and their likes and dislikes when it comes to beer. Every recommendation I've had from Sam is always spot on.
The bottom line is that these folks know beer very very well. The only way they could improve the place would be to provide glassware with their beers, but that isn't going to happen, so make sure to bring your own glassware for whatever you plan to drink that night.
Also, Thursday nights they do wine tasting in case anyone is interested. If you only have time to drink at one place in the LA area, make sure you stop by and see Sam at the Stuffed Sandwich.
08-05-2004 21:10:54 |
More by BrewMaster
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Sam, the god of all that is beer. My friends and I have been going to the Stuffed Sandwich for over 10 years. I think Mike has been doing it for much longer than that, since he was a kid in San Gabriel. In any case, talk to anyone in the beer world and they know Sam. It's fricken unbelievable. And the fact that he makes a good sandwich is just plain icing on the cake.
If I were better with words I would wax poetically about Sam and his knowledge of beer, or mention his tendancy to be a contrarian and just plain disagreeable at times. But these things have all been mentioned in earlier reviews. Let me just add one more dimension to the illustrious Sam: CHILES!!! He's not only a hop-head he's also a chile head! And if there are two things I like in this world it's beer and chiles. This guy who is so knowledgeable about beer will also talk your ear off about chiles. Especially the Habenero. I just find it amazing that this place exists, in my part of the world.
05-27-2004 23:24:56 |
More by badbonez
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
As a native of L.A., I've been going to the SS for over 13 years now and I am still amazed at the quality of both old and new beers that Sam has at this place. The 750 + on his list are just the begining since he has beers he is hiding for himself and regulars although being a regular is no guarantee. At a recent stop he has the 2000 anchor xmas on tap, the moylans and marin xmas beers and the Winter Konnick. I also picked up a number of belgian xmas ales and the oerbeir special reserve which he said he only had one case of. He also had the deus for those willing to shell out the 30 bucks. He has an extensive list of vintage beers-celebration, anchor xmas (I had an 1984 last year and it was still excellent) thomas hardy, chimay, etc. If there is something special you are looking for call ahead but I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. In reading the reviews i see that people do not like the atmosphere - it's a beer bar for god's sake! Great hearty sandwiches and always full of surpises. Next year he plans to have five years of anchor on tap! BTW he also stocks an excellent assortment of wine, glasses and other stuff. I love this place and I think it belongs in the category of world classic.
01-02-2004 00:40:52 |
More by lou91
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
The Sandwich, how I've missed thee. I recently visited Sam in his new location (All the reviews below are post the move). Sad as it is, the big obnoxious yellow building has been replaced with a more sedate mini-mall location.
The good news about the move is that it's allowed Sam to clean up and re-organize, which given the vastness of his beer cellar is a good thing.
Sam's a packrat, a cellar dweller of the highest varnish. Sure he has his taps and his bottles up front, but hidden in some pocket universe that he hides on site is just about every beer known to mankind.As the Bum put it, you won't know what's in there, but once you've established yourself, there's no harm in asking!
Get a Sandwich and get a damn fine beer experience.
EDITED - A helpful note for all those who are heading to the sandwich.. Unless you like drinking out of plastic and paper cups, it would behoove you to bring your own glass or to buy one of Sam's many glasses for sale. Foruntately, I always travel with a set of pints in my car!
11-27-2003 18:02:41 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
My wife & I made the 50+ mile journey to check out Stuffed Sandwich. It's located in a non-descript strip mall in San Gabriel.
It's like dozens of other sandwich shops you'll see around L.A., with one important exception: they have a huge selection of beers.
As has been noted, you need to buy food, in order to buy beer. They had an impressive selection of North American, Belgian and German beer. The fridge cases that the beer is in are behind the counter, so it's not easy to spot everything they have. Before going, went to their website & chose a couple of beers that I wanted to have. I was disappointed that neither was available when I got there. In fact, they don't keep their website up to date.
But back to the beer: I had a St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.I had Never seen that brewin So Cal before. I also samped a Kasteel Kriek that was on draught.
My recommendation is that if you're in the area, stop by Stuffed Sandwich. For me, I'd go back if they had a 'special' beer occassion. Driving thru a mess of traffic, even on a Sat. morning, was a bit much
08-09-2003 21:21:23 |
More by jcalabre
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
A veritable gem. My 1st visit was with a handful of fellow BAs at the Stone Brewing Special Event held between 24-26 July 2003.
Run by Sam & Marlene. In the corner of a Strip Mall, you enter up a slight inclined concrete ramp & enter through the left of the two front doors. The other door is on the right, and is only accessible from inside, & leads to the outside fenced drinking area. Inside the Bar complete with about 10 taps I think, is to your immediate left. Behind which is a bank of Refrigerators; they contain a goldmine of bottled beers that will make your jaw drop. The bar dog-legs right, this is the Sandwich part. There are two rules here. Rule #1 No Food > No Beer. So order your Sandwich first, then concentrate on the beer. Quick note about the food, it is excellent, the spicy Polish Sausage Sandwich that I had was quiet simply kick-ass & served with some awesome Pickles.
The beer range is far too large for words to give justice to, suffice to say, not all the beers on Sale are on view. Which brings me to Rule #2 You have to earn the respect of Sam & Marlene. Sam has a way of being able to read your Beer Karma, like an Astrologist reads your Palm. When, & only when, he thinks you are befitting of some of the specials, will he, just maybe, allow you to try them. I like this system. I was unaware of it, & talked to Sam for some time early on during my visit. Then, hours later, as I had just paid up & was ready to leave for the night, he asked me if I wanted a beer cap for the night, but it would cost me $7.50. I was rather taken aback, but went along with this. Somehow he had heard me talk about my love for a certain beer earlier, & sure enough he gave me a sample of said beer in a cloaked bottle. I instantly recognized it as Alexander Rodenbach, quite something! A genuinely kind & giving Father Beer-Mass.
Someone said about this place, When I grow up, I dont want to be a Sandwich Bar, I want to be a Beer Bar. Well I for one hope that this place does not wish its youth away too quickly. As far as I am concerned it passes as both with flying colors.
An Excellent 5-Star Beer Bar, run by a fantastic Couple who both love quality beer & are true Beer Advocates. This places oozes class & integrity. Bull-Shitter Beer Review Geeks Beware! You have to demonstrate a love for beer in this place in order for you to really synergize here.
I have only been once, but I will most certainly be back again, & again, & again .
Last Visit: 25th July '03
07-29-2003 04:07:23 |
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