Ever see a nebuchadnezzar of beer? Giant beer bottles are around $100 each.
The Stuffed Sandwich is one of those San Gabriel Valley places-that-time-forgot, with a patio full of dusty plastic chairs overlooking a none-too-lovely stretch of Las Tunas Blvd. (are there any lovely stretches?) It's sort of a legend among beer fans for its hundreds of kinds of bottled beer from around the world and a decent rotating selection on tap. I knew ahead of time that this was one of those quirky places that comes with lots of rules: don't chat up the owner if you don't want to talk Republican politics, you have to order food with your beer, it takes them a while to make the food, etc. But I forgot one of most important, which is to take your own glasses lest you want your draft beer served in the flimsiest of paper cups. They were featuring mostly white beers on draft over Labor Day, although several were tapped out. Always a fan of staying local, I tried The Bruery's Orchard White, but at $8 for a medium-sized paper cup, it was hard to work up much enthusiasm for the fruity Belgian-style brew. The spaghetti sandwich is a strange beast indeed
The food was frankly bizarre -- Matt ordered a spaghetti sandwich, which looked like something a very stoned college student might have invented. And I'm quite sure every item in their kitchen comes frozen or premade, judging from the boxes near the trash. I guess I don't really get the Stuffed Sandwich -- the patio isn't pleasant, the beer is really expensive and the food is basically inedible. It seems infinitely preferable to go to Cap'n Cork, Bristol Farms or Whole Foods, buy some good beer, and sit on your own porch while you drink it. If you're lazy, I recommend pairing it with a Trader Joe's frozen Tarte d'alsace. Voila: Easy, cheap, and no cheesy, snarky signs above the bar. Does anyone really like this place?
The Stuffed Sandwich
1145 E. Las Tunas Dr.