Fat Sal's Deli: A Taste of New York in Westwood

The East Coast inspired sandwich shop offers a variety of choices for the health unconscious.

The other day I was in the mood for a sandwich. Since my doctor recently told me my cholesterol is dangerously low (yeah, right), I decided to hit up

The East Coast inspired sandwich shop offers a variety of choices for the health unconscious.

I went for the Philly Cheese steak, mounds of greasy beef smothered in melty American cheese and onions. Was delicious and hit the spot for under seven bucks plus tax.

But that’s just the tip of the gluttonous iceberg. Specialty menu items include the namesake Fat Sal sandwich (roast beef, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fries, brown gravy, and mayo on a garlic hero roll). If that doesn’t do it for you, try the Fat Jerry (cheese steak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon, fried eggs) or the new Fat Texas BBQ (pastrami brisket, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon, sautéed onions, melted cheddar and mozzarella, fries, mayo and honey BBQ sauce). All are $8.95.

Still want to give your doctor or yourself a heart attack? There’s the Big Fat Fatty: cheese steak, chicken fingers, pastrami, cheese burgers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalapeno poppers, fries, onion rings, chili and “fat sauce,” all on a 27-inch hero roll. It is available only as a “food challenge”: The sandwich sells for $49.95 but if finished by one person in 40 minutes or less, the sandwich is free and the winner gets to create and name a new sandwich for the menu (nobody’s been successful yet).

There’s also more traditional deli menu items: hamburgers, hot dogs, a Reuben sandwich, and even a few salads.

Fat Sal’s Deli is owned by Jerry Ferrara (Turtle on HBO’s Entourage) with two business partners; all are from New York. Open daily 11 a.m.-3 a.m. at 972 Gayley Ave. (310) 208-5070.

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