Story and photos by Valentina Silva
“Every time I want a sandwich, I have to drive to Eagle Rock.” That’s a common chorus for many Highland Park and Mount Washington residents. And while it’s not entirely accurate — they actually make great custom sandwiches at the Figueroa Produce deli counter — there aren’t too many alluring options. Unless you like Subway.
Café de Leche owners Matthew and Anya Schodorf have heeded the call with their new York Boulevard lunch spot, Schodorf’s Luncheonette. Rather ecstatically, I joined the steady stream of customers taking advantage of Schodorf’s soft opening this week. Without signage, the dinky blue Highland Park storefront is easy to miss, but after one visit, I can tell you it’s definitely worth finding.
The small, focused menu features four sandwiches and salads each. All spreads and dressing are made in-house, which was evident upon first bite. The sloppy-but-satisfying Vegetarian sandwich, stuffed fat with hummus, roasted red peppers, sprouts, avocado and tarragon aioli, really made my day. The ingredients were high-quality — Schodorf’s stresses organic and locally sourced items when possible — and the fresh, crusty baguette was soft enough that it didn’t overwhelm. We shared a sizeable full sandwich ($8), but half portions are also available for half price.
We also tried the Citrus Salad, a combination of mixed greens, oranges, cucumber, chive goat cheese, toasted pecans and citrus vinaigrette. Though admittedly less dazzling than the sandwich, this salad was refreshing and generous with the veggies. The goat cheese was a flavor standout, and there was just enough dressing—none of the drenching that ruins many a good salad.
Schodorf’s Luncheonette is an exciting addition to York Boulevard. Other selling points include a large soda selection, featuring hip and fancy sodas along with bottled Squirt and Pepsi, and gourmet chips. Soups and hot sandwiches (they were experimenting with a panini press when I was there) are coming soon.
And with that, Schodorf’s brings Highland Park one step closer to being a worthy sandwich destination.
5051 York Blvd., Highland Park
Open 11 a.m. -4 p.m. daily
Sandwiches: $4(half sizes)- $8 (full sizes)
Salads: $4(half sizes)- $7.50 (full sizes)