EAST COAST MEETS WEST COAST SANDWICH SHOP
There’s something really special about good comfort food, and there is nothing more comforting that a solid sandwich. Call it old school, call it a classic, a savory sandwich always hits the spot, and these days, you won’t find a better offering than at Soda Pop’s, where East Coast style subs meet West Coast flare resulting in fare that, well, pops.
A mere block away (north) of the Beverly Center on La Cienega, Soda Pop's is now the west side’s hub for tasty sandwiches, homemade potato chips, salads and of course soda this side of Bay Cities Italian Deli, but honesty, these guys are new and aiming to please and have reset the bar on what quality, fast, handmade, gourmet sandwiches are all about. They have quickly become the premier L.A. shop perfect to cure your sandwich cravings with an assortment of savory selections, from old school New England favorites to cool, creative, California creations.
During our recent visit, owner David Puopolo recommended the popular Steakbomb, made with shaved rib-eye, white American cheese, peppers, mushrooms and onions on a baguette. It’s simple, savory and sensational. Consider this a must-have.
Another hearty can’t-miss item is the Ginger Beer Pulled Pork sandwich, prepared with slow-roasted pork, cheddar, ginger beer BBQ sauce, and Jicama-apple slaw served on a Brioche. The pork is so tender and flavorful, and the sauce will have you licking your plate clean.
The Santa Fe Wrap, made with blackened chicken breast, cheddar, Pico de Gallo, avocado, romaine, tortilla strips, and chipotle vinaigrette mayo, is still plenty filling while being a nice, healthy option.
Speaking of solid, healthy choices, the Veggie Ruben, made with Swiss cheese, sautéed spinach, red onion, portabellas, sauerkraut, Thousand Island, and rye, is a winner. Sure, there’s no meat here, which is tough, especially if you have Ruben on the brain, but your palette will not miss it, this sandwich is that tasty.
And the WeHo Wrap, prepared with spice roasted beets and yams, crumbled goat cheese, pepitas, spring mix, and caramelized onion balsamic vinaigrette, is the perfect choice for someone looking for something delectable and guilt-free. It’s the perfect combination of yummy and good-for-you.
All sandwiches and wraps come with a small side, which can range from the Side of the Day, which this day was a phenomenal Quinoa Salad, to homemade potato chips. And don’t forget about the sodas, come on, the joint is called Soda Pop’s. And the soda selection here is pretty serious, from Death Valley Cola to Judge Wapner Root Beer, to Jolt Cola to really get you going. Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer is Dave Puopolo’s root beer of choice. There really is something for everyone, including odd choices like Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray, supposedly the veggie lover’s delight with its crisp celery flavor and peppery aftertaste.
And Soda Pop’s caters, which means your party or event can now really pop!
Soda Pop’s is located at 349 N. La Cienega Blvd. Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am to 7pm; Fri-Sat: 11am to 9pm; Sun: 11am to 6pm. Free parking in back. Call 310-967-0119.