The Best Local Sandwich Shops

Whether your looking for a hot panini or a chicken salad sandwich, we've picked five area spots that will fulfill your sandwich craving.

Mary’s Market

Located in the quaint Sierra Madre Canyon, Mary’s Market has been the go-to eatery for locals for decades. The menu is simple here, with a variety of hot and cold sandwiches as the specialty for lunch or an early dinner. Sierra Madre Patch Editor John Stephens particularly loves the Chicken Salad Sandwich. The food is very satisfying and the prices are even better. There’s free wi-fi, if you must work while you eat. Mary’s is a great place to escape the stresses of work, if even for the few minutes of your lunch break. Bring your hiking boots and burn off some calories with a scenic hilly walk after your meal. Or, order a warm soft chocolate chip cookie for a quick dessert.

Bean Town

Yes, Bean Town is the beloved coffee shop with free wi-fi and friendly faces in Sierra Madre. Everyone in town knows about it and many spend so many hours here reading, working, conversing, they may very well think of it as a second home. Aside from coffee and baked treats, Bean Town also serves up some tasty sandwiches. Some say they are more gourmet and enjoyable than those of surrounding restaurants. That says a lot for a coffee shop and we must agree that a Bean Town does offer top-of-the-line sandwiches. Chose from a variety of cold sandwiches, paninis or delicious wraps.

Stacked Sandwich

A fast favorite of Arcadia residents, Stacked is not for the faint of heart. Opened in 2009, the sandwiches are, wait for it--stacked, and you get your money’s worth. Speaking of, they range from $7 to $9 and come in both hot and cold varieties. The owner’s at this shop have mastered the sandwich, without any frills. The end result is a large mass of beauty which any lucky customer has the fortune of devouring. There’s a Veggie Bomb, complete with avocado, cucumber, red onions, roasted red bell pepper, cheddar, sprouts, and garlic-mayo, for the loathers of meat. If you want to go against the sandwich-loving masses that flock here, Stacked offers gigantic 1/3-pound beef burgers that won’t disappoint.

If you’re craving quick authentic Italian for lunch, make a stop at Claro’s. The Italian market not only offers ingredients to make your own Italian meal, but they have a fantastic little deli serving up the best Italian sandwiches in the area. Try the mouthwatering hot meatball sandwich or a freshly made cold cut Italian sandwich, with your choice of meat and cheese. The place offers free samples of meats and cheeses before you order, so you’ll be sure to know what you’re getting. Take a quick walk across the street from Claro’s and enjoy your sandwich at the Arcadia County Park. Ah, Italian meats, cheeses and nature; serenity now.

Joe’s Place

Joe’s may be a bit of a drive for those of you looking for a bite to eat. But if you haven’t been east of Mountain Avenue in a while, a sandwich at Joe’s is worth it. You can build your own sandwich and have the choice to make it into a panini, toasted to perfection.

Joe’s is a sandwich shop-café hybrid and there are plenty of seats and even a small library to enjoy reading while eat. Joe’s also offers delicious soups of the day and homemade potato salad or coleslaw, which comes with every sandwich order. The staff is friendly and a visit here won’t be your last.

Joe’s Place is located at 1345 E. Huntington Dr. in Duarte, CA.

Lumpy June 03, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Somebody called me a panini once. He never did it again.
Rosemarie Gorman June 03, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Love Birds in Pasadena JulieAnne's in San Marino
Roseanne June 05, 2011 at 05:58 PM
I thought this was a Sierra Madre blog? Pasadena, San Marino, Duarte? Okay, I vote for the chicken salad at Europane across from the Paseo in Pasadena. Hands down the best chicken salad in Southern California and on freshly baked bread.
Fran Garbaccio July 09, 2011 at 09:19 PM
I love Mary's Market, but for a variety of great combinations, best deal prices and a 2+ inch sandwich, try Pasadena Sandwich Company at 259 Sierra Madre Villa, Pasadena, across from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Open for breakfast and lunch. You can order and pick up also. Not fancy, but definitely a must try.
Maria McDowell July 11, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Hi, Fran. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm looking forward to trying Pasadena Sandwich Company next time I go shopping in that area.


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