Soup & Sandwiches @ Green Peas

Green PeasI must be on a sandwich wavelength lately because that’s all I’ve been thinking about for lunch.  Luckily for me, Green Peas, a new casual lunch spot in Culver City opened not too long ago in the same spot that used to house a wine bar.  The menu at Green Peas is mostly sandwiches, salads, wraps, and pizzas.  I’ve been getting sandwiches from them for lunch, which comes with either a salad or soup — I always pick soup.

My first time there, I ordered a prosciutto sandwich on a baguette with a side of zucchini soup.  Green Peas seems to have two daily soups. A nice touch is that they’re usually vegan.  The zucchini soup, despite being vegan was creamy and delicious. Best of all, it came steaming hot.  I love soup so hot it burns my mouth. Being served lukewarm soup is on my list of pet peeves.

Green Peas

The prosciutto sandwich was delicious and immediately made me a fan of the restaurant.  There was the perfect amount of thinly sliced prosciutto without being too salty.  The cheese was light and fresh. The sun dried tomato aioli wasn’t overdone. The baguette was decent, and the arugula gave the sandwich a nice, spicy bite. It was just a very well made sandwich full of fresh ingredients.

Green PeasThe next time I visited, I ordered the curry chicken salad sandwich, which also comes in a vegan version for meat-free friends.  At first, I was apprehensive about the raisins in the salad since I usually hate raisins, but they were actually good!  The chicken salad was a good balance of sweet and salty without being too slathered in sauce.  I ordered it on a ciabatta roll, which was a great decision because the roll withstood the moisture of the chicken salad.

With the curry chicken salad sandwich, I ordered a side of pea soup, which was predictably tasty.  I noticed with this soup and the zucchini soup that they were both on the bland side, but it wasn’t anything a nice dash of salt couldn’t help.  After the salt and pepper I added to it, the soup was a fine accompaniment to my sandwich.

Green Peas
(an herbed chicken sandwich on pretzel bread my dining companion had)

Green Peas is quickly becoming one of my favorite lunch spots.  The sandwich and soup (or salad) combination at lunch is a great deal at $7. The fact that they offer different choices of breads for each sandwich including baguettes, wraps, and pretzel bread is just icing on the cake.  It even has decent vegetarian and vegan options not limited to fake meat to please more diet-restricted diners.  I hope luck shines on them more than it did the previous restaurant in the same spot. It’s good to have a wallet-friendly place to have a tasty lunch with fresh ingredients.

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Green Peas
4437 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-9815
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Sandwiches @ Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Galco’s in Highland Park may be known for their dizzying assortment soda, but what many people might not know is that they also make pretty decent subs at the deli counter at the back of the store.  On a warm afternoon last weekend, the BF and I made a stop at Galco’s just so I could get a sandwich and wash it down with a fizzy beverage.

Coldcut Sandwich at Galcos

I forget the exact name of my sandwich, but I think it was the Italian Combo, which comes with thin slices of various meats like salami, a slice of cheese, and the usual fixin’s such as tomatoes, mayonnaise, lettuce, etc.  My sandwich was a bit light on mayo for my taste, but the meats hit the spot. The bread was also thick and chewy for people who like that type of bread.  My filling was a bit dry with the bread, but next time, I’ll have to ask for the Mafia Mix (marinated tomatoes and onions in olive oil and spices) to be added to my sandwich in order to take advantage of the thick bread.

Although Galco’s doesn’t offer any fake-meat options, the BF asked them to make a veggie sandwich for him with the Mafia Mix and avocado and snuck in some vegan cold cuts from my purse to tuck into the sandwich before eating.

There are a few tables set up inside the store for eating next to the checkout counters, but don’t expect a fine dining experience. A cold sandwich, a cold soda (I suggest Fentimans Curiosity Cola or Burdock Root soda), a table, and a chair make Galco’s a quick and casual lunch spot.

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
5702 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90042

Cook’s Tortas (Monterey Park)

Cook’s Tortas has been open for a year, but I haven’t had a chance to visit until this weekend. It’s in the same spot that used to be Paul’s Kitchen, for you old school Monterey Park residents. When I walked in, I was faced with a huge chalkboard full of all sorts of wonderful torta combinations. The restaurant boasts of handmade bread baked every morning and fresh ingredients, which is one reason why I was excited to try it. It also seems vegan and vegetarian friendly, always a plus in my book.

Cooks TortasI ordered the ‘mojito’ torta, which contains roasted pork, garlic mojo, and slow cooked onions ($7). The pork was tender and fell apart easily. The garlic mojo was light and if I didn’t know it was there, I wouldn’t have noticed. It isn’t a punch-in-the-face amount of garlic, which is nice sometimes. The onions were soft and sweet, but don’t expect carmelized onions because they’re not.

The star of the torta was the bread. It had a slightly crispy exterior which gave way to a chewy, delicious interior. It was the perfect texture for a torta.

Cooks TortasThe BF ordered a modified grilled veggie torta ($7). It usually has mayonnaise and cheese on it, but he just asked them to leave it out. The resulting torta had garlic mojo, tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, onions, and zucchini. I had a bite of this and thought it was pretty good as far as grilled veggie sandwiches go. It would have been better with a healthy smear of veganaise on each side of the bread. And maybe an avocado or a grilled portabello mushroom. Despite that, I think the BF was pleased with his sandwich.

Each sandwich also comes with a side which you can choose from in a glass display case by the cash register. The only vegan side seems to be the mixed fruit. I picked the potato salad, which was better than I expected. It was mixed unevenly so that there were some dry parts, but an extra dollop of mayo would have made it a pretty decent salad.

Cooks TortasCook’s Tortas is located in a convenient location right off of Atlantic Blvd. The food tastes fresh, the people are friendly, and their watermelon agua fresca (about $4 for a huge cup) is such a nice treat on a hot day. The prices may seem high compared to the other Mexican places around, but I’m willing to pay the extra buck for a place that has a vegan option.

Cook’s Tortas
1944 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park CA 91754-6302
(323) 278-3536
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