In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Tucked beneath a loft building on an unassuming corner just outside of downtown Culver City, soccer moms, movie studio execs, Los Angeles Times food critic S. Irene Virbila and schmucks like me mingle in the causal café setting of L'Epicerie Market. This neighborhood joint sports one of the best happy hours in the area—with glasses of French wines and snacks priced at only $3 each—but more importantly, they make one of the best breakfast sandwiches on the Westside.
The Breakfast Burger ($8) is an open-faced sight to behold. Two thick portobello mushroom caps are draped with a gossamer sheet of melted Swiss cheese then topped with the quivering eye of a perfectly fried sunny-side-up egg. On the other face, a juicy slab of mottled green and red heirloom tomato rests in a bed of butter lettuce. Limp arms of a still crisp caramelized red onion drape over the side. The toasted poppy seed bun adds the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch.
Wondering how this unpretentious market serves up such a well executed sandwich? Because I sure was.
Turns out the owner, Thierry Perez (formerly of Fraiche and Providence) wrangled renown Chef Sébastien Archambault—who earned a Michelin star as executivecChef at Le Pirate in Corsica and rocked the kitchen at RH in the Andaz Hotel—to partner with him on this endeavor. With a powerhouse like that behind the kitchen, don't ask for substitutions, because they will be (not always so) politely declined.