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The Best Turkey Sandwich. Ever?

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This LAist poster is a BIG fan of turkey sandwiches. But many times, don't we all end up being disappointed, with the turkey being too dry, or the bread being either too chewy or too hard? Or maybe it’s the cheese or balance of condiments that’s not quite right. It’s a never-ending quest – kind of like finding the perfect pizza slice in this city. The last time we came close to the perfect turkey sandwich was in Greenwich Village’s Sandwich Shoppe around the corner from St. Vincent’s Hospital. (We heard a rumor that this place closed...maybe some of you New Yorkers can confirm?)

But yesterday, we came pretty damn close to turkey sandwich nirvana at Breadbar on Third Street, right next to Barefoot Restaurant. Stopping by for an early, early dinner around 5:30, the usually packed-to-the-gills at breakfast and lunch restaurant was quiet for a change. (The Third Street location extended its summer operating hours from 7 to 9 PM.)

The friendly Bulgarian server wasn’t shy when we asked her about her Breadbar favorites, and we liked that. It’s a pet peeve of ours when a server says that everything’s good, because everyone knows that’s a load of hooey. So when we asked specifically about the turkey sandwich – the Alpine Chalet Club, to be exact – she told us it was one of the most popular dishes on the menu. We were sold.

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Now the menu’s description of the sandwich is good:

ALPINE Chalet Club Our signature bread family, enriched with Emmenthal. Roasted turkey, mesclun, avocado, applewood smoked bacon, roma tomatoes, and red onions $8.95