Best Avocado Sandwich in California? South Coast Deli!

The Carving Board, Rosine's Restaurant, Beach Hut Deli and Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria in top five

It would be easy to declare the French Dip the state sandwich of California as it was invented in LA, but that just didn’t encompass California’s greatest contribution to the sandwich world – avocado! The Hass avocado is native to California, and the state has some 4,000 growers, so it's easy to see why this creamy, healthy-fat-filled vegetable comes in all sorts of sandwiches throughout the state. B.L.A.T., California Club, Powerhouse ... this ingredient has so permeated the California sandwich world that there are more variations of an avocado sandwich in California than perhaps any other sandwich category.

  • Swingers Diner
    Hollywood & Santa Monica

    Swingers has been a local Hollywood favorite since it opened its doors in 1993 and its second location in Santa Monica is equally loved by neighborhood folk. Swingers takes traditional diner food and serves it up with their own unique twist. Their Grilled Chicken Sandwich makes our list with fresh charbroiled chicken breast topped with crisp bacon, avocado slices, pepper jack cheese with lettuce, tomato and onion served on a soft bun. 
    Photo courtesy of Swingers Diner / Facebook

  • Davey Jones Deli
    Sausalito

    Davey Jones Deli was founded in 2010 and occupies an old bait shop with no real kitchen facilities, yet they are able to produce balanced and fresh food with a crazy variety of ingredients. They serve a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps and salads with a focus on locally sourced “clean” and fresh food, and they have several Avocado creations on their menu, including the Cali. Choose it as a wrap or on a toasted bun with a duo of Roasted Garlic and Roasted Red Pepper sauces, avocado, almond pesto, spinach, arugula, sprouts, tomato balsamic and lemon.
    Photo courtesy of Davey Jones Deli

  • Grub Restaurant
    Hollywood

    Co-owners Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo – the “Grub Gals” as they have become known – take their love of fresh “California Comfort Food” and serve it up in an ivy covered 1920s bungalow,that makes you feel like you're going to a friend's for a meal rather than a bustling restaurant.  One of their many claims to fame is their “Crack” bacon which is a perfect partner with creamy avocado in their B.L.A.T., served on a Francese roll with house made roasted garlic aioli, romaine and fresh sliced tomatoes.
    Photo courtesy of Grub Restaurant

  • Dry Creek General Store
    Healdsburg

    Located in the heart of wine country in a building designated as a historic landmark, Dry Creek General Store was established over 100 years ago in 1881.  Grab a bottle of wine, shop the store for sandwiches or other favorites and take time for a relaxing picnic overlooking their garden. A favorite is the hot Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich with creamy avocado on toasted multigrain bread with just a bit of mayo. 
    Photo courtesy of Dry Creek General Store

  • Mendocino Farms
    Los Angeles

    Founded in 2005, Mendocino Farms is a relatively new player in the California Sandwich scene, and they now have several locations around Southern California. They support local farmers and take pride in using high quality and local ingredients to create amazing sandwich experiences. One of their signature “Classic Mendo Style” sandwiches, The Farm Club, starts with “Mom’s seeded whole wheat bread” piled with fresh local farm turkey, fresh smashed avocado, Applewood smoked bacon, house made herb aioli, tomatoes, greens from local Scarborough Farm and pickled red onions for a little kick. 
    Photo courtesy of Mendocino Farms

  • Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
    Capitola

    What started as a small family owned bakery that served only 10 items is now a food emporium with a large menu of sandwiches served on fresh baked bread.  Gayle's is popular for its  vegetarian options, including the local favorite Smoked Gouda and Avocado. Hearty muesli bread is the vehicle for smoked Gouda, fresh sliced avocado, baby spinach, tomato, dill pickle, clover sprouts and fresh made dijonnaise. While the menu changes seasonally, avocado almost always makes an appearance.
    Photo courtesy of Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

  • Beach Hut Deli
    Various Locations

    What does a 19-year-old with a love of the beach and sandwiches decide to do with his life? Create a place that celebrates both! Enter the beach zone with surfboard tables, beach memorabilia and Troy Feist’s vision of sandwiches stuffed with quality meats, cheeses, and fresh produce. Several sandwiches include the creamy, delicious avocado. Their Californian is a twist on the classic California Powerhouse sandwich and is made with avocado, Monterey jack, alfalfa sprouts, mayo, pickles, tomatoes, red onions and Greek peppers on your choice of bread.
    Photo courtesy of Beach Hut Deli / Facebook

  • Rosine's Restaurant
    Monterey

    Serving Monterrey for over 35 years, Rosine’s is family owned and have won many awards for “Best Family Restaurant” and “Best Desserts.” They've even appeared on an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives on TV Food Network. They make our list with their California Club, which starts with three pieces of fresh toasted bread layered with fresh roasted turkey breast, Monterey Jack Cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato.
    Photo courtesy of Rosine's Restaurant / Facebook

  • The Carving Board
    Tarzana

    Three bothers with a love for food, adventure and sandwiches founded the Carving Board and now operate three locations with a fourth on the way.  Several sandwiches highlight avocado, including the Cali Turkey Burger – a grilled brioche bun embraces a turkey burger topped with caramelized onions and sliced avocado with lettuce, roma tomatoes and red onions and a duo of sauces including 1000 Island and the signature “carving” spread. 
    Photo courtesy of The Carving Board

  • South Coast Deli
    Santa Barbara

    Having won accolades in Santa Barbara already including “Best of Best Sandwich and Deli” in 2011, South Coast Deli serves up an assortment of sandwiches and fresh salads as well as breakfast items. They make our list with several avocado-centric sandwiches, including “The Marin,” a delicious toasted sammie with sliced chicken breast smothered in Swiss cheese with fresh basil, mayo, pepperoncini, sliced avocado and sprouts.
    Photo courtesy of Christina Jaramillo for South Coast Deli

We asked 10Best, USA TODAY and Sandwich America readers to vote for their favorites, and after four weeks of voting, the polls have closed.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Avocado Sandwich in California are as follows:

  1. South Coast Deli - Santa Barbara
  2. The Carving Board - Tarzana
  3. Rosine's Restaurant - Monterey
  4. Beach Hut Deli - Various Locations
  5. Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria - Capitola
  6. Mendocino Farms - Los Angeles
  7. Dry Creek General Store - Healdsburg
  8. Grub Restaurant - Hollywood
  9. Davey Jones Deli - Sausalito
  10. Swingers Diner - Hollywood & Santa Monica

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Anne Chalfant (10Best Local Expert), Erika Kerekes (Not Ketchup), Tom Molanphy (10Best Local Expert), Jenny Peters (10Best Local Expert), Joe Truskot (The Salinas Californian), Jennifer Daskevich (Sandwich America) and Terry French were chosen based on their familiarity with California's dining scene.

Other nominees in this category included Arguello Market in San Francisco, Elli's Great American Restaurant in Salinas, Izzy's Deli in Santa Monica, Rubicon Deli in San Diego, Semifreddi's in the Bay Area, Sessions West Coast Deli in Newport Beach, Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, The Tap Room in Pebble Beach and Westside Tavern in Los Angeles.

Congrats to all our winning delis, and keep this list handy next time you're feeling hungry in Cali.

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