Mendocino Farms

Mendocino Farms

Over two years ago, I discovered a sandwich shop called Mendocino Farms in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s about a 15-minute walk from my office but because it was uphill, I only made it over there every couple of months or so.

It is my favorite sandwich shop ever. So I was very excited to hear another branch would be opening much closer. Pictured above is the second location.

In November, I went on a preview day and enjoyed a complimentary sandwich and soda.

duck confit sandwich

It was fantastic! Plenty of duck and there was a nice crunch to it.

I’ve also tried quite a few other specialty sandwiches as well as the mainstays like Curry Chicken and Cubano Americano Italiano.

The Curry Chicken is very good but tends to fall apart. I think it’s becauseĀ  it’s on my favorite bread, the curacama hazelnut which tends to be not very dense.

If you love cold cuts, then the Cubano Americano Italian is for you. Or if you like it spicy, try the Mufaletta.

Recently, I tried out the Rustic California which is probably the most perfect turkey sandwich with fresh local turkey and this incredible spicy sauce. If you’re not into spicy, try the Farm Club.

They currently don’t have the fish and chips under the seasonal menu but if you see it, nab it! It tends to sell out quickly. It’s a great fish sandwich with these “crispies” as they call it.

Now I’m just waiting for them to bring back the lobster roll which was on the seasonal menu a few seasons ago. The other seasonal sandwich that wins a lot of foodies over is the mac and cheese sandwich with cave-aged grueyre. I think about that sandwich a lot. Probably more than I should considering it’s not available and I hate that feeling of not being able to get something you desire.

The chef, Judy Han, comes from stints at many fine LA restaurants including Lucques, Grace, Literati and others. Who said you need to go to a high-end restaurant for high-end food? These sandwiches are as gourmet as you can get!

My office now gets catering from Mendocino Farms and last week I tried out the Steak BLT which was great. Awesome steak cooked to a medium rare and a very applewood nice bacon.

I’m a huge fan of pork and today I tried out the Kurobuta pork banh mi which didn’t seem like it would work but not only did it work out, it was tastier than the Kobe meatloaf we also ordered.

Kurobuta pork belly banh mi

close up- pork belly

I had previously tried the steak banh mi (a seasonal sandwich) before and loved it but this one rocks more because of the delicious fattiness of the pork belly.

Kobe beef meatloaf

I love meatloaf and knew I had to try this one. We felt it just need an extra kick in flavor. Perhaps some salt. The description is it’s supposed to be a meatloaf with the Asian mushrooms (enoki, anyone?) but I felt this would have worked better as an entree. The mushrooms and kale fell out of the sandwich.

Besides all the great sandwiches, you can order sides. They let you sample anything and I tend to like things like Israeli cous cous. I also like some of the soups. Today, I had the spicy beef which rocked.

spicy beef with potatoes and greens

I feel this location is cheaper than original. Maybe the original has changed their pricing but this location allows you to add a cup of soup for only $2.50 if you buy a sandwich. Or an added $3.50 for a bowl of soup.

This location also has an old-fashioned soda machine.

Boylan soda machine

I really dig the Boylan rootbeer!

lookie, matching cups!

I love the vintage feel of the soda machine, the fresh ingredients driven menu and just the overall friendliness of the staff. It’s a little pick-me-up every time I go to Mendocino Farms.