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Taps: 7 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery ]
1145 E Las Tunas Dr
phone: (626) 285-9161
One of the oldest true specialist beer establishments in Los Angeles. On it's second location (as of 2006), the Sandwich has very strict rules about beer ordering. First, you must order food before you think of ordering a beer. No ifs, ands or buts. Order the cheese sandwich if you must. Second, if you don't want to drink out of a paper cup, bring your own glass or buy one of Sam's collection (extensive).
Call ahead to make sure that the Sandwich is open and enjoy! (Current operating hours are Tues-Sat 11:00am - 8:00pm)
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 57
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$$
I tried this place out in 2006. They were supposed to be featuring Alesmith on tap. When I arrived, there was no Speedway, no Horny Devil or Lil' Devil, no Old Numskull, no Wee Heavy, no Nautical Nut Brown... you get the idea. Huh.
I ordered a pastrami sandwich and Sam, the owner, informed me several times in his own inimitable fashion that this was not Burger King and I was going to have it his way. Well, his way was stringy and full of fat and grease. Blecch.
I wound up splitting a bottle of Speedway Stout with a friend on their depressing little patio in order to get away from the noise of the regulars inside.
What a waste of an afternoon and a thirty mile drive. I said at the time I would never go back, and I haven't had the slightest bit of trouble sticking with that vow.
Especially now that the beer revolution in Los Angeles is in full swing, there's no need to subject yourself to this kind of bullshit. There's plenty of other, far better places to have a beer.
03-11-2008 00:05:20 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1 | $$
al-righty then. i went to this place 5 years ago for the first time and fumbled just like most do. i got in the wrong line i argued with sam i did not bring a glass of my own. a sign at the register informs all of the rules. i also noticed a print out of the top five places to drink in the country and this was third i have been to all the others and its nada like this joint(it has since been removed) i have returned several times because i like beer and punishment. i agree with the idea to speak with marlene she is sweet and knowledgeable. what is wrong with this place is what is wrong with me. i like to follow rules i want to please people but i do not own a this bizz. i once got into an argument with a guy on a bus(you know who u r) about this place. i was drunk and he sucker punched me with the line, maybe if you lowered your expectations and tried to enjoy it for what it is you would not have a problem. well i was drunk and it hit me square in the brain, this guy was right. i want the SS to be so much better than it is. i want non gross food. i order the coleslaw or grocery store looking fries and promptly toss em in the large bin near the restroom. i want my beer that has been in the basement for three years to be the one i asked for not sams idea of what i want, and it should have been properly cellared after all i paid a lot for it. i want the wife and friends to want to go with me and not be afraid of poor food and service. i want i want i want that is my problem. the SS reviews here are clear and to the point. its like what buwkowski said about wanting, understanding and accepting the truth- its like being at work and having some other guy at home fucking your wife. for me this place is nothing but disappointments. yet i return thinking they may have that white whale of a beer that i want no that i need that i must have. any who if ya do go and ya see a sad lonely dejected skinny white boy in the corner drinking out of a paper cup DO NOT say hi just know that you have been warned and for gods sake don't get the slaw.
06-18-2009 17:58:42 |
More by seldomsthirsty
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Listen Folks,I went to this place from Venice Beach,CA about 45min-1hr drive,I was ecxited to buy some Vintage Bigfoots or whatever old barleywines in stock.I walk in,see a line for food,and a line for beer,so i get in the long line for beer,So i see the Bigfoot 6pk $28 line ups from 1998+,but there were a few i couldnt really see the dates on,So im next in line'keep in mind im new to this place and waited 15-20min.Now my turn and the Owner of all people is serving and he says"Did you order food?"i reply no,He Says"Order Food then well talk about beer!then he says "next in line" He totally ignores me and helps the next person,So i was gonna buy food, then i say to myself "F this place im outta here! That owner is a jerk and for him to treat customers like that is Wrong.
He also Boasts about being a beer nazi with a hand made poster as soon as you Enter.Dont waste
your time use Bottletrek or liquidsolutions
03-23-2009 13:46:53 |
More by barleywineman
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I have to say this is not a place I would like to hang out at. The beer knowledge/quality/selection may be good, but the place is not very good at all. It seemed dirty, you'd never want to sit outside, and/or just hang out.
I'm a bit biased having lived in Portland Or and frequented many great beer establishments that served great beer and were fun to hang out in. I thought the fact that you have to bring your own glass otherwise you get do drink out of plastic cup to be pretty shady and low-quality.
Plus, i never really got straight answer on how much things cost, which is very frustrating. I don't think it is worth more than a 15 minute drive, especially when you can get a huge selection of beer at BevMo or a place like wholefoods when it comes to bottle beers. There weren't that many on tap when I was there and isn't that what you go out for? - To get great beer on tap and enjoy hanging out at the place? If you go, bring a lot of friends to distract you from the actual place.
12-01-2008 22:51:53 |
More by nathanm
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is just a sandwich shop with a beer nazi. The beer selection is very impressive but so is the selection in my DBF (dedicated beer fridge).
I like sampling different beers and if bottles are all that's available so be it but, come on.
If I ask for a Rochefort 10 and its available give me the damn beer. I don't need some self proclaimed beer expert telling me that "I" do not really want that beer and just arbitrarily open a different beer and hand it to me like I want to pay for his opinion. And, to add insult to bad beer choice injury, Sam got upset that I did not want to drink or pay for what he opened without me asking. He was pissed to the point that when I went back to the counter he would not help me.
It's a place to go to once to say you've been there but that's enough.
12-15-2008 05:03:24 |
More by dalion037
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $
I visited Stuffed Sandwich many years ago in its old location, before I was really into quality beer. I remember having a very large sandwich that was decent, if a little drippy and oversized.
How surprised I was to hear that this little hole in the wall was a beer haven. I ventured out to its new location, in a decidedly less accessible part of town. That's fine, it's good to explore new areas of the most varied, unpredictable city in the world.
The shop is located in a non-descript mini-mall. There's a small seating area out front with patio furniture. Inside, the atmosphere is a mixture of suburban/hick pizza parlor, funky rec room, and basement beer bar. If places like Father's Office scare you off with pretentiousness, this might be your place. T-shirts, flip-flops, and shorts are perfectly acceptable, in fact anything more and you'd be overdressed. The walls are lined with cool beer paraphenalia. I especially loved the giant Fin du Monde bottles.
On a Saturday afternoon, the place was crawling with toddlers and babies, which to me was a big negative. Perhaps try it on a weekday before school lets out (they're not open at night.)
I was disappointed to look over and see the taps were almost all out, especially all the Russian River brews which I'd read about on their website. All that was left was Bass Ale, Sierra Nevada IPA, and two other IPAs. A huge plus was that the taps were clearly marked "out," as opposed to the horrendous Lucky Baldwins game of asking over and over for beers that are "too warm to serve right now" or tapped out.
On this chilly day, I really didn't want an IPA, so I decided to go for a bottled brew - a Trappiste Roquefort 10, which I'd heard about but never had. As you've probably heard, they have a massive selection of bottled beer, all easy to see in fridges and on their typed list. All kinds of brews which I don't think are available anywhere else around here, such as Dogfish!
Service was very, very slow, but very friendly and low-key. Very mom and pop. It took about 10 minutes to take my order, though nobody else was in line. For my required food (you can't get beer without food,) I went for clam chowder. I purchased a glass too (very nice selection, by the way) as they only serve the beer in paper cups.
The beer was smooth, tasty, and strong - worth the $7 price tag, almost. While waiting interminably for my clam chowder, I went over the beer list. I would have ordered another beer, but with three people in line, I really didn't feel like waiting again. Plus at 11 percent, this was a strong brew and I was driving. Eventually, the clam chowder was served. It was pretty terrible. I could taste the flour used to make it and some kind of pasty powder in it, like a mix or something.
I imagine on a day when the taps were running, this could be a cool place to sample brews. The prices looked cheap - $2.50 for a "small," though I'm not sure how small it is.
Overall, I would reccommend Stuffed Sandwich for hardcore beer fanatics looking for obscure brews. The place succeeds where it counts - it's clean, it's friendly, it's low-key, it's cheap, and most importantly, it has a great love for and variety of beer. A worthwhile trip might involve bringing your own glass, sampling 4 or 5 taps, then buying a few rare bottles to take home. For your mandatory food, buy something really cheap like fries or soup, maybe a cold cut sandwich.
Or, if you can't stand the dingy environment or iffy food, just buy the bottles and enjoy them at home. If enjoying your beer around screaming babies is your bag, go on a Saturday.
04-09-2006 01:47:50 |
More by snikki
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Just like everyone says, bring your own glass! You don't want to have your beer in a paper cup! They have over 700 brews here on tap/bottle. You need to purchase food in order to drink as well.
I was able to buy some beer glasses that are hard to come by so another star for that. Sam is quite a character but grows on you.
He is heralded as the father of craft brew in certain circles and definitely knows his stuff. Beer lovers rejoice, there is a "Beer Heaven."
Subscribe to their email list and you will be in the loop of what they put on tap.
12-20-2010 05:27:01 |
More by pword9d8
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