When in Los Angeles, it’s not hard to think of the vast eateries offered by the City of Angels ranging from locations such as the heart of downtown, to the beach scenes of Malibu and Santa Monica, to the fine upper class essence of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. All these neighborhoods just mentioned, have a plethora of fine dining and sit down meals to be offered to any Angeleno or visiting body. But what if you want something quick, easy on the wallet, nothing too fancy, yet filling and completely unique? What if you are coming back home from the bars and just want a place to grab a bite and send you home satisfied after a long night? This is where Fat Sal’s Deli, located in the heart of the Westwood Village, comes into the fold.
Founded in 2010 by three longtime friends from New York, Sal, Josh and Jerry Ferrara of HBO’s Entourage fame, Fat Sal’s has set up a sandwich stand smack dab in the middle of one of LA’s busiest and hungriest groups of people. Aside from the residents of the Westside of LA, Fat Sal’s also has the task of keeping over 35,000 UCLA Bruins fed year round. Nevertheless, with the size and ingredients of the signature Fat Sal’s sub, walking away empty stomach and unsatisfied is hardly ever a concern.
The reason Fat Sal’s sees so much success aside from it’s convenient location, is the style and New York attitude put into every hand prepared Fat Sal sub. At this tiny sandwich stand located on Gayley Ave. in Westwood, you will be amazed with how much you can fit into an 8” piece of hero bread. Sure you can get your everyday turkey, ham, and cheese sandwiches, but not without throwing in a little chicken fingers, french fries and mozzarella sticks to go along with it. The typical Fat Sal’s sub has anywhere from 8-9 ingredients filled in the extra wide hero bread and is wrapped ready to devour in the classic Fat Sal’s white wrap and black sticker.
While offering a menu also filled with signature salads, wraps, heros, burgers and dogs, the real score at Fat Sal’s is going all in with one of the classic “Fat Sandwiches”. Just to give you an idea, when you order, let’s say a Fat Jerry, you aren’t getting your typical Philly Cheesesteak–but a Philly Cheesesteak loaded with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, bacon, ketchup, mayo and a dash of salt and pepper. Or, let’s say you’re in the mood for a classic New York pastrami sandwich such as a Fat Joey, then expect it to be topped with turkey, melted swiss, french fries, coleslaw and Russian dressing as well.
These tasty and unique sandwiches can be seen being ordered either in the middle of the day by hungry construction workers working on new campus buildings in Westwood Village, or late at night into the wee hours of the morning by UCLA students heading back home from the weekend and weeknight bar scene. If you are lucky enough, you may even get a chance to bump into Fat Sal himself, who can often be seen on the sidewalk greeting customers or in the kitchen cooking up his own signature sandwich appropriately named after himself (ingredients include: roast beef, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fries, brown gravy, mayo all served in a garlic hero).
Even with the likes of In-N-Out burger, California Pizza Kitchen and Chipotle all right next door, Fat Sal’s deli does not fear any of the competition big brand names have to offer to the healthy sized community of Westwood Village/UCLA because after all, “We’re making sandwiches over here” (using your best Italian American/New York accent when repeating their moniker).
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