If you’re looking to add a new treasure to your map of great places to eat in Los Angeles, put a pin in Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop. Gather all your foodie friends and drop anchor at this popular lunch spot located around the corner from the Grove. When you first set foot inside, you’ll be tempted to jump into something sweet as your eyes behold the display case filled with a sea of scrumptious tortes and other treats, but stay strong. You’re here for Simplethings’ unique sandwiches, so grab a table outside, throw on a pair of shades, and explore the culinary creations on the menu.
Fans of autumn can order the Thanksgiving — a veritable cornucopia of roast turkey, cranberry chutney, jalapeno cornbread stuffing, and sage gravy. Your east coast pal can go for a Pork Philly, a mouthwatering masterpiece inspired by the City of Brotherly Love made with pulled pork, manchego, Dijon, sauteed broccolini, and garlic aioli on a michetti roll. For meat lovers, there’s the Prime Rib, stacked with thinly sliced beef, arugula, jammy onions, and horseradish cream on ciabatta bread.
Do any of these sandwiches qualify as “simple things”? Eh, not so much, but nobody’s complaining, especially when the meal’s over and it’s time for torte, those rich, multi-layered cakes that are worth an extra few minutes at the gym tomorrow morning. They have dozens to choose from, but lucky for you, you can try the “cutie pies.” These smaller portions are perfect for sharing with the group, so indulge in flavors like banana cream, salted caramel, and pumpkin streusel before deciding on which larger pie you’d like to take home to the family. But before you go, enjoy your time with pals and sip some Intelligentsia coffee as you catch up on their latest adventures. With such an abundance of good friends and delicious food, you’ll feel like you’ve planted a flag in a brand new world.