Not every sandwich shop can achieve destination status and warrant a 45-minute drive across the city. Let’s show some respect for the neighborhood sandwich joint that regularly packs in workers and locals and churns out hand-held deliciousness. Dan’s Super Subs is one such place, a Woodland Hills institution that dates to 1980 and still produces some of L.A.’s best deli sandwiches thanks to Herman Halici and brother Jack Halici.
The simple space has a few sidewalk tables, twin dining rooms, and signed photos from celebs like Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, and David Beckham. Mamma Mia is far more interesting.
“L.A.’s Newest Italian Masterpiece” ($10.16 for 8 inches, $14.96 for 13 inches) is 50% more “jam packed” than an average Dan’s super sub, stacking capicola, mortadella, cotto salami, dry salami, bologna, and Provolone with a mix of standard and accentuating mix of accouterments: Italian avocado spread, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, black olives, punchy sliced pepperoncini, onions, diced pickles, salt, black pepper, olive oil, vinegar, oregano, and grated Parmesan. A sesame seed studded roll holds the sandwich together and is soft enough so when you grip it, the ingredients don’t come shooting out the sides.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.