If tonight is anything like game two – by which I mean, if Chris Paul is still out – you can go ahead and switch this recommendation to one of the many bars along Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park. El Prado, the Gold Room, Little Joy, the Short Stop, and Sunset Beer Co are all within easy striking distance, and each will steel your nerves for another three-hour tour of Staples Center’s finest free throw lines.
If, however, light returns to this bleak land where everything is made of brick and CP3 is healthy enough to go, then let us instead suggest Trencher, a great new-ish sandwich joint a couple doors off of Sunset, just beyond the aforementioned Little Joy.
Their sandwiches are big and indulgent, luxuriously piled with interesting ingredients in unique combinations. The Brisket, for example, comes with pan gravy, roasted garlic parsnip puree, wilted kale, pickled onions, and swiss cheese; it is a beast of a thing, rich with beef and gravy but brightened up with the snap of pickled onion and a hint of bitterness from the kale, an excellently composed blend of flavors. The eponymous Trencher is also a worthy option, an open-faced sandwich with smoked salmon, avocado, egg, and vegetables, another masterful blending of rich and sharp, salty and smooth.
The vegetarian and vegan options are plentiful and carefully constructed too (it is Echo Park, after all), from a tofu Banh Mi to a grilled portabello sandwich with pistachio pesto and an open-faced option with eggplant and burrata and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Yes, if CP3 is playing tonight then a sandwich from Trencher is just right. But what, you ask, if he ends up a game-time decision? Good thing Trencher is within an easy stroll of all of those Echo Park bars – you may have to do both. 1305 Portia St, Los Angeles 90026; trencherla.com