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A Sandwich A Day: The Sweet Potato at Simplethings, Los Angeles

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[Photographs: Kelly Bone]

I've been eating my way through the menu at SimpleThings, but might have to halt my journey after trying the Sweet Potato sandwich ($8.75). The complex collage of flavors and textures has me hooked. The main components are soft, dominated by the thick slab of warm grilled sweet potato, with "jammy" onions, creamy chevre spread and sliced avocado. This base is contrasted against the crunch of tart Granny Smith apples and crisp cumin coleslaw. It's all served on a salty pretzel roll with a sampling of pickled vegetables.

Normally a sandwich packed with such abundance muddles out individual flavors. But each bite of the Sweet Potato reveals new details: the subtle smokiness of cumin-washed cabbage, a pocket of tangy chevre, or a sweet tangle of caramelized onions. It's an unexpected success and my current favorite sandwich on Los Angeles' West 3rd Street.

Simplethings Sandwich and Pie Shop

8310 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048 (map)
323-592-3390; simplethingsrestaurant.com

About the author: After nearly a decade in Brooklyn, Kelly Bone landed back in Los Angeles where she writes The Vegetarian Foodie. She spends the rest of her time designing office cubicles... you might be sitting in one right now! Follow her on Twitter at @TheVegFoodie

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