As a born-and-bred New Yorker, I have a certain affinity for a good sandwich. The minerality of the water in this city allows the resident bakers to turn out delicious bread, which I didn’t realize I was addicted to until I moved to Los Angeles. Stranded in the land of burger chains and kombucha breweries, I had a difficult time finding a sandwich shop that took this menu item as seriously as I do.
That is, until I found All About The Bread on West Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue, where they clearly approach baking with gravitas, turning out fresh loaves every 30 minutes on the premises. Sure, you can build your own sandwich with their quality meat, cheeses, and produce, but their menu includes a number of combinations that are pretty close to sandwich perfection.
My go-to was the honey cilantro lime grilled chicken, a great play on east-meets-west flavors. The honey glazed chicken, fresh salsa verde, roasted red pepper, avocado, and jalapeño jack cheese give it a Mexican-inspired tilt that practically screams Southern California, while the bread — crunchy, golden, and still warm when you unwrap the sandwich — made me wax nostalgic for crispy bagels and a food culture that holds the breakfast, lunch, and late night staple in its rightfully exalted position. Luckily, All About The Bread and its honey cilantro lime grilled chicken sandwich is there for those who know and appreciate a well-crafted, comforting sandwich.