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Friday, October 31, 2014

Eagle Rock shop appeals to sandwich lovers of all persuasions

DavesChillinNGrillinHottHippieThe vegetarian-friendly Hott Hippie at Dave’s Chillin-N-Grillin. Photo by Valentina Silva

By Valentina Silva

Order one thing to pig out on and one (relatively) sensible thing, then split both. That’s the way my husband and I usually navigate menus. This best-of-both world’s tactic works well at a place like Dave’s Chillin-N-Grillin, where there are plenty of options of either persuasion. The Eagle Rock sandwich shop has a big, but not overwhelming menu of melts and subs made with locally-sourced produce and unprocessed meats and cheeses. Not to mention malts, smoothies and sherbert coolers. It’s a real Northeast LA gem.

In addition to favorites like their famous Tuna Melt and Italian Sub (made with a delicious housemade red pepper spread), Dave–the likeable Bostonian behind the counter–also serves up daily specials. The week starts with a Grilled Reuben on Rye, giving way to the Pulled Pork with Bourbon BBQ Sauce midweek. On Fridays, it’s the Meatball and Sausage Combo, stuffed with Italian meat and made sloppy with spicy tomato sauce. This sandwich is of the classic hoagie variety, made with high-quality ingredients. If you miss it, you can get it sans sausage every day of the week.

While vegetarians get the shaft at most sandwich shops, Dave’s puts real effort into their veggie options. A good one is the Hott Hippie, an avocado sandwich with hummus, tomato, and cheese. Pepperoncini give it the oomph it needs while grilled rosemary bread makes it extra special. It’s not one of those contemptuously thrown together lettuce and tomato sandwiches that leave you wanting more.

But if you do want more, seriously, get a shake.

–Valentina

Dave’s Chillin-N-Grillin
2152 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, 90041 [Read More/See More Photos]

Valentina Silva writes about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her blog, Eastside Food Bites.



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7 comments

  1. this place has really great food. and the owner feels it in his bones!

  2. Do they have vegan options- like vegan meats and cheeses? Love avocado and hummus, but sick of it replacing meats and cheeses like most diners do!

  3. Zaius, unfortunately I don’t think so. Have you had a sandwich from Figueroa Produce? They do an awesome vegan sub.

  4. I have visited Fig Produce, Valentina, and they do make a tasty sandwich! Nice folks, too.

  5. I love Dave’s!! Dave is awesome, and the staff is friendly! Also, it’s never mentioned but, there is never a shortage of art on the walls & it’s for sale! :)

  6. The sandwiches are good but the place isn’t “neat and tidy” or attractive inside; lots of badly-used furniture stacked up in the main room and tables left unclean.

  7. This place is insanely delicious. I’m so grateful it’s in Eagle Rock! Especially for a pregnant woman who can’t eat processed meats, it’s a godsend. My current favorite is the French Dip, but everything I’ve tried is fantastic.

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