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Stuffed Sandwich

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Stuffed SandwichStuffed Sandwich

Taps: 7 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.49%
$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery ]

1145 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, California, 91776-1743
United States
phone: (626) 285-9161

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Notes:
One of the oldest true specialist beer establishments in Los Angeles. On it's second location (as of 2006), the Sandwich has very strict rules about beer ordering. First, you must order food before you think of ordering a beer. No ifs, ands or buts. Order the cheese sandwich if you must. Second, if you don't want to drink out of a paper cup, bring your own glass or buy one of Sam's collection (extensive).

Call ahead to make sure that the Sandwich is open and enjoy! (Current operating hours are Tues-Sat 11:00am - 8:00pm)

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ALECOHOLIC

California

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I finally got up to visit this place. I skipped out of the office on the pretense that there was a bid deadline in Arcadia. (Arcadia is a beatiful town!)

The "vintage" beer selection is like nothing I have seen in So.Cal.
The place had several popular micros about three or four years deep. The Belgian selection was vast and cold. Sam is a character to say the least. He made me feel at home after the first few efforts to make me feel like the new guy
The '03 Hitachno celebration was my favorite.
An earlier review claims the best pastrami here, I differ.
The Hat has a better pastrami dip imo but it measures distant in atmosphere (let alone beer options).
It was damn hot and the patio was empty when I arrived. When I left, it was almost full as the evening cool arrived.

If you are visiting So.Cal. it is relatively close to downtown LA and easy to get to.

Drop your wife or significant other off at Fantasy Island (the LA Arboretum) and go see Sam!

06-17-2006 07:13:19 | More by ALECOHOLIC
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andreambailey

California

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Visited The Stuffed Sandwich today with a friend. The atmosphere is what you'd expect from a sandwich shop. Order at the counter, they call your name when your order is ready. Tables we're clean and orderly. Loads of beer signs adorn the walls, letting you know that you're in for a treat. We went big today! Full sandwiches, chips, and beer. The counter service was great. Friendly with some suggestions to improve our amateur sandwich building skills. Next we ventured off to peruse the beer selection which absolutely floored me! I mean, this is a sandwich shop right? I was not prepared for what selection lay before me. 150 beers from...well, everywhere! And I'm not talking about 150 beers just to say "We've got 150 beers to choose from". You won't find any beer produced for the masses in the cooler behind this beer counter. I'm talking about 150 highly sought after,award winning, noteworthy beers from around the world! The staff was very knowledgable about the beer and answered all the questions we had quite expertly. We started with a sampler of stouts and then moved on to pints. The only thing that surprised me were the paper cups. Each bottle was served with a paper cup. I thought that a bit odd for a place that obviously takes such pride in the selection they have to offer. But I can get over that, I just bought a glass! Since we had eaten there, we were able to purchase beer to go. I've got some presents that are going to make a few beer lovers I know really happy! I'll definitely be back!

02-02-2014 00:34:49 | More by andreambailey
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mrcraft

California

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

I've been to Stuffed Sandwich a few times. It's a nice sandwich deli that also happens to stock really nice selection of craft beers in bottles and some months have spectacular tap list.

You do need to order food first before you can buy beer (per their ABC license). This is fine with me. I've had 3 different sandwiches, and they were all good. I didn't care for their spaghetti much though. The staff is very friendly, and they are knowledgeable about beers.

Generally, the tap list is revolved around a theme. Unless you bring your own glassware, they'll serve you in plastic cups. Kinda weird, but okay I guess. They do top it off to the max though, so they'll tell you to take a few sips before walking back to your table.

Now to the beers. In coolers, they carry a nice selection that you typically find in good bottleshops. I hear they have more in a cellar, but I haven't inquired. The one bad experience I had was when I bought a couple of Plinys and didn't check the bottle dates until I got home. It was close to being two months old. Granted they were probably refrigerated the whole time, but most places sell you Pliny that have been bottled within the last ten days. The RR sours were little on the pricey side.

I'll return when they have something interesting on tap that I've not had before, but I don't think Stuffed Sandwich will be my first choice to buy craft beers in bottles.

08-16-2013 08:12:30 | More by mrcraft
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MrVonzipper

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I've been here a few times now. Just recently took a buddy the other day for his first time, in which I think he was a little reluctant due to Sam's reputation which can be a Huge turn off.

In my few experiences, they have been good. The first time was about 6 years ago. I followed the rules and Sam was extremely cool and helpful. This place is Not a Liquor Store and it's Not a Bar. So if you go in with that mentality and understand that he can lose his business license if acting like the two. So when you go, plan on eating, at least a little bit. You have to order beer before even thinking about beer. Once you order food. You will get very knowledgable help with their huge beer selection if needed. Also bring a beer glass unless you want to buy one or drink out of a Dixie cup. They don't have the staff a necessity to wash dishes or glassware. I always buy a glass from the great selection they have.

The food isn't bad. I really enjoyed my cappicola sandwich. My buddy got a grilled cheese. I suggest half a sandwich if you plan on drinking.

The beer selection is extensive. A wide range from all over the world with a ton of CA craft breweries along with all the sours for all you sour heads out there. A phenomial Belgian section. If interested the have a bunch of gift type beers like double magnums of great Belgians or Double Bastards or even very well aged phenomenal wines like Silver Oak and Opus One.

This place is a must visit if visiting or from SoCal.

07-14-2011 03:53:13 | More by MrVonzipper
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

I made my first stop into this place today with a buddy who had been telling me about this place for sometime now. When you first walk in its best to just forget about the beer section and just order your food to get it out of the way because you will more than likely take a few minutes trying to decide which beer you wanna try first.

As far as the beer goes I believe he has about 10 coolers full of beer which is kind of cluttered so make sure you look behind bottle if you can before decided. There were 9 beers on tap all were of the season I believe. There is also beer on display that is shrink wrapped put together so you can buy different years of the same beer. I personally purchased the Bigfoot which came with a 93,94,95,98,01,and 02 to add to the others I have been aging myself. The selection is good and I'm sure if you got to know the owner he would tell you there is far more than the eye can see. The place also has a decent selection of glassware which you will need if you dont want to drink your beer out of a cardboard cup haha great money making idea buy a beer need a glass with that??

The food was not bad if anything it is filling enough so you can suck down a few brews and be on your way. The price for everything seemed to be reasonable and I had no problem paying what I paid for the beers I purchased.

All in all if I didnt live so far fromt this place I would probably make a few more trips a year than I do now which is one. Highly recommended

07-13-2011 02:42:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
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smarcoly

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

My favorite sign in Sam's shop reads:
This is not A Burger King
You dont get it your way
You take it my way
Or you dont get
The Son of a Bitch

My brother-in-law turned me on to this little gem of a sandwich shop and I am so thankful for it. I live in Orange County so it is a bit of a drive for me to get out to visit Sam and Marlene, but it is worth it every time. The first time I walked in their joint I was amazed at the tap selection and the bottle selection in the coolers behind the bar. A very eclectic collection of recent releases, obscure imports, and hard-to-find vintage beers.

The first time I went in was Nov 2010 and I was shocked to see Barrel Aged 2 Turtle Doves on friggin tap! I immediately hit it off with Sam (I had been given a heads up on his style though). He is a true beer lover and Sam & Marlene's combined 50 years of industry experience shine. Sam is the BOSS though. Follow his rules and he is a fun-loving guy.

In order to buy beer, you must order food first (their license dictates this). They hand make all their pasta sauce and it's pretty tasty. The sandwiches are delicious. Huge pastrami sandwich piled high with meat. Nice!

The shop atmosphere is that of a traditional sandwich shop with a little more "beer-lover" appeal. Many, many different styles of beer glasses from different breweries lines the glass cases around the dining area. All are available for purchase. You will want to buy one if you don't bring your own glass. Otherwise, you will be drinking from paper cups.

Sam has an amazing cellar of beer. I don't think anyone has ever seen it though. He has a list of vintage beers you can buy, but he doesn't list his "best" stuff. If he likes you and you hit him on a good day he will venture off to "the back", disappear for a while, and emerge with a gem. As Sam says, "All it takes is money". The best part? These gems are not overpriced. My buddies and I drove up there before a Bruery Reserve Society tasting and told Sam we needed to take something nice for the bottle share. He brought out a Bruery Batch 1 Levuds & 2000 Alesmith Old Numbskull. We were stoked.

I can't say enough about Sam and Marlene. Classy people with a fun shop. You will never be disappointed in their beer selection.

03-25-2011 02:39:35 | More by smarcoly
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DearthVader

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I'm actually sitting in Stuffed Sandwich as I write this review. Marlene set me up with a Tomahawk from Mikkeller.

I am a little biased towards this place because I've been coming here regularly for lunch since they moved to their new location in 2003. I just turned 21 in December of 2010 so I finally realized how amazing this beer selection actually is. Sam (the beer Nazi) has a huge selection of bottles that are cold and ready to drink. Then when you start looking around he has a few packages that are off to the side of hardy wine, bigfoot, and celebration ale. All which have been paired with the same brew, but different years. Sam has a warehouse full of beers that he's been aging for years. Some things dating back to the 70's. He always has 9 beers on draft and he has a different theme for each month. This month is barleywines. He has 3 taps right now that are Bigfoot. A 2010, 2008, and a 2006. Impressive!

You can't say enough good things about this place. Sam has really taught me everything I know about beer. My first day of coming in to actually drink, he went over all the basics and shared beer stories with me for over an hour during his lunch rush. Marlene is the nicest woman alive, but get on Sams hood side and you'll have a blast every time you come in. I find it fun to have an old man talk shit to me everytime I see him.

Bring your own glass and follow his rules!!

02-08-2011 20:21:07 | More by DearthVader
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pword9d8

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Just like everyone says, bring your own glass! You don't want to have your beer in a paper cup! They have over 700 brews here on tap/bottle. You need to purchase food in order to drink as well.

I was able to buy some beer glasses that are hard to come by so another star for that. Sam is quite a character but grows on you.

He is heralded as the father of craft brew in certain circles and definitely knows his stuff. Beer lovers rejoice, there is a "Beer Heaven."

Subscribe to their email list and you will be in the loop of what they put on tap.

12-20-2010 05:27:01 | More by pword9d8
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drewmprs

California

4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

This is a veritable institution of beer in Los Angeles. Pre-2007 it was stuffed sandwich, father's office, and Hollingshead.

Pleasant setting with a small bar to the left and enough tables to seat about 40 on the right, plus another 30 can sit outside. You must order food and you must bring your own glassware.

The food isn't great but it gets the job done, its basically a deli with an expanded menu. I stick with the sandwich whenever I visit.

The beer list tends to be heavy on the stronger and darker beers but there is a sizeable bottle list. Many customers bring in bottles of their own, just make sure you share some with Sam the Owner. Sam occasionally brings out some vintage bottles from his impressive cellar. Cantillon is often found here when it is gone everywhere else.

I'm not in the area too often so I haven't been here more than a handful of times but I always enjoy my experience.

12-17-2010 06:10:09 | More by drewmprs
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Retsinis

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Made a trip down to the Stuffed Sandwich for a Barrel Tasting. They were pouring things like Parabola, Adam from the Wood on draft to name a few, and Ishared the whole flight that was offered with a friend.

It's a family owned place, and the service comes with a bit of sarcasm ( in good fun) which makes the place unique. The walls are filled with bottles of some Very rare, and old beers. Such as some Hair of the Dog bottles, Batch 7 in a 750 ml! wow!

Fellow BA picked up a mixed six pack of Bigfoot with a 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 in there for $30! amazing.

The place is small, and nestled in the corner of a mini-mall, but this is a must try imo.

10-07-2010 18:38:15 | More by Retsinis
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