Pregnant women are warned not to eat cold cuts. It seems that there’s a bacteria called listeria, which lurks in lunch meats, just waiting to wreak havoc on the compromised immune system of every gestating woman. Okay, it’s actually kind of rare, but in America, it’s treated like the plague.
And I’ll admit, I heeded the warning. I ate maybe two turkey sandwiches the whole nine months and promptly freaked out both times. So you can imagine how pumped I was to chow down on my first anxiety-free post-natal sub.
I gave the honor to the Italian sub from Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli. The sandwiches at this Colorado Boulevard mainstay (it’s been around for over 40 years) is one of the best you’ll find east of Bay Cities. Baked fresh in-house daily, the bread has that crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside quality that can really make a sandwich worthwhile. The balance of freshly cut salami, ham, mortadella and provolone cheese takes it home.
My one gripe is that there’s too much lettuce, but I don’t whine about it—I just take some out. I like my sub with the works, which means mustard, mayo and Italian dressing, but I know a lot of sticklers who forgo the first two. Oh, and I always get a giant pickle from the deli case.
My dining companions opted to share a large turkey sub, which is a good choice if you’re not in the mood for Italian meats. The prosciutto is a excellent alternative if you are.
Be prepared for a line if you go at lunchtime. Just use the time to peruse the wide selection of Italian groceries, and reward your waiting self with some cookies and pastries.
Valentina gave birth to Ari Joaquin on February 18. Congratulations to baby and blogger!
Eagle Rock Italian Bakery
1726 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Valentina Silva writes about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her blog, Eastside Food Bites.