Mendocino Farms (3rd & Fairfax)
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Really, really, REALLY good Sandwiches just across from the Farmer’s Market.
Not too long ago, I was stuck doing my civic duty (aka, Jury Duty), sitting and waiting to see if I was dragged into a case. The good folks at the Mosk Courthouse were good enough to give us a handout of all the places that were available nearby, so I spent my time comparing the Courthouse List with Urbanspoon, and one name jumped out at me.
Mendocino Farms. Sandwiches. Highly, highly rated.
With an hour and a half for lunch, I decided to do some culinary exploring. And…well, what’s this Mendocino Farms place I keep hearing about? I mean, it’s only three blocks from the Courthouse. Maybe I should give it a dance.
I’m happy I gave it a dance.
And now I’m even happier since there are places where I can get this grub closer to home, like say 3rd and Fairfax at Gilmore Station, just across the street from the Farmer’s Market.
Now, Mendocino Farms does say “Sandwich and Market”, but I didn’t see no market. Maybe they meant “Sandwich Market”. I’ve seen that on their signage as well. That’s just as well, where I was, I couldn’t bring in a side of beef anyway back to the Jury Assembly Room anyway. A single sandwich was gonna do me just fine.
Now, odds are, when you get to the front door, there will already be a line out the door already. But not to worry, the very friendly staff are there to guide you. You’ll first be handed a laminated Menu to peruse. Then as you get to the front of the line, one of these same staffers will take your order down. Then you head inside.
At that very moment, you’re in line, your order has entered its own line, as in a line of Mendocino crew working on your sandwich. In the meantime, you go ahead and go pay. Grab your chips and whatever you want to drink and pay up. From there your name is called, and you go away happy with your Sandwich.
Now, if only you can find a table. Because the place is that popular. Deservedly, so.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, a Sandwich, of course. But which one…which one…
I will say that any non-Vietnamese place that carries not one, but two Banh-Mi sandwiches on its menu gets my immediate respect. They also had a Summer Cubano Sandwich up as a Seasonal special.
But where they had me at Banh-Mi, they doubly had me at Pork Belly. And so I dived in face first to a lovely Banh-Mi Sandwich with Pork Belly on Ciabatta bread. I’ll tell you as that bread soaked up the juices from the Pork Belly, melding with the sauces from the sandwich itself, I became a very happy man, despite my circumstances.
The Pork Belly Bahn Mi…you’re welcome.
There are a number of Sandwiches on this menu, I’d come back for, but anything involving Grilled Pork is going to get my loving attention (and Sandwich dollars) first.)
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: It’s hard to call out a thing to look out for, for this particular location.
Okay, here’s “something”, the corner where you get your Drinks can get a little cramped.
Yup, best I could come up with.
PARKING: Well, scratch parking along 3rd or Fairfax unless you get, really, really, supernaturally lucky. The good news is that Gilmore Station has it’s own parking lot, so you could park there in a pinch. But if Mendocino Farms is only a part of your evening, then you might want to park over at the Grove across the street.
You do get an hour free with validation.
Mendocino Farms (3rd & Fairfax)
175 S. Fairfax Ave. Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90036