[Los Angeles] Mendocino Farms - for the BEST badass sandwiches and salads!
Categories: Sandwiches, Salads, New American
Address: Multiple locations across California (mostly LA)
Location Visited: 175 S. Fairfax Ave Suite B, Los Angeles, California 90036
Date Visited: July 2017
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am–9pm
Summary: Where do I even begin to confess my love for Mendocino Farms? Mendo was my go-to spot back when I lived in LA from 2010-2015 for when I wanted something quick, fresh, healthy and hearty. As I'm typing this, I realize these attributes are rarely ascribed to a single restaurant as they're often conflicting. BUT NOT AT MENDOCINO FARMS! Using only fresh, organic ingredients (sourced in nearby farms - hence the name) and charging very reasonable prices, offering hefty portions and serviced some of the happiest staff I've ever seen in the F&B industry, this place will always be one of my favorites!
I miss it every day since I moved away from California. On a recent trip to LA, I brought a friend who's never tried Mendo and not only did he order a second sandwich after loving the first one (and these sandwiches are not small, I tell you), he wanted to come back again before we left on your short 4-day trip. It's that good!
Anyhow, back to the sandwiches. Mendo is incredibly accommodating - whether you're avoiding dairy, soy, gluten, nuts, or meat - they are happy to adapt. A heavenly place that caters to all dietary needs/restrictions/allergies. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free... come and they'll offer something ACTUALLY TASTY for you!
Personal favorites (but you really can't go wrong with anything): Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi sandwich, Modern Tuna "Almost Melt," Peruvian Steak Sandwich, Save Drake Farm's Salad