At the end of Brick Lane just beyond the Indian markets and restaurants you will find Beigel Bake, a 24-hour bakery that is known for Jewish style bagels as well as apple strudel and rye bread. The simple sandwich that puts this shop on the map is salt beef on a beigel. Salty, tender beef piled high on a perfectly cooked fresh bagel with smear of mustard. Hearty, filling and just what you need after a few too many pints.
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Mustard Seed Cafe, with prime corner real estate in Los Angeles' busy Los Feliz neighborhood, is that prototypical go-to spot. It's got a solid menu of slightly elevated diner eats, a smattering of outdoor tables, and good speedy take-out for that lunchtime emergency. The food may not be revelatory, but it's reliable, comforting, and easy—part of my regular rotation. Perhaps best of all, this chicken salad sandwich is served on what for L.A. is not a bad onion bagel.
This Heebster has multiple dimensions of spread: a full-bodied whitefish and baked salmon salad rests lightly on a bed of horseradish dill cream cheese.