La Grande Orange vs. AZ 88: The BLT Battle

Natalie Miranda
The Guacamole BLT from La Grande Orange stacked with classic ingredients.

The BLT: bacon, lettuce, tomato. It is a classic American sandwich that is just as good plain as it is dressed up with sauces and extra toppings. According to the Big Apple, the BLT stemmed from the Bacon Mit Tomato sandwich, which was named for the New York City subway line circa 1936. The BLT as we know it is said to have come out of Chicago and supposedly was named after the columnist Bert Leston Taylor from the Chicago Tribune.

Either way, we're glad this sandwich came to be, and we love to scout new favorites around the Valley. La Grande Orange Grocery and AZ 88 add their own touches to the BLT and we set out to find out which sandwich tops the rest.

See also: Best 10 Cold Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

In This Corner: La Grande Orange

Natalie Miranda
It's always a packed house in La Grande Orange.

The Setting: It's almost impossible to find an open parking space at La Grande Orange in Arcadia, especially on weekends. That's because no one can get enough of the fresh food, quirky gifts, or selection of wine, not to mention the pizzeria adjacent to the grocery store. LGO offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes like the Zuni Burrito, with tofu chorizo, mushrooms, corn, spinach, potato, egg whites and charred tomato salsa. Their prices aren't over the top, so it's easy to eat healthy without splurging. Indoor seating is limited on the grocery side, but the outdoor seating on benches and under the trees is half the fun. Place your order at the counter, wait for your name to be called, and dig in.

The Good: LGO's BLT is stacked with fresh lettuce, bright red tomatoes, crispy strips of bacon, and guacamole on toasted wheat bread for $7.25. It's exhilarating to hear all the elements crack and crunch when biting into the sandwich. The guacamole is a creamy substitute compared to the standard mayonnaise. The sandwich comes with a few slices of sweet pickles scattered on the plate and a chunk of fresh pineapple. We loved the height of the sandwich and worked out our jaw to get both ends of the BLT in at once.

The Bad: The bread kept falling apart during consumption because it got soggy from the guacamole. Avocado, lettuce, and bread kept making their way to the plate instead of our mouth.

Location Info

La Grande Orange Grocery

4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Az 88

7353 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Brad Steege
Brad Steege

Who cares. You can go to one over rated pretentious restaurant and try theirs and then go to the other over rated pretentious restaurant and try the other. But that is my opinion. Used to like both of them. Then they got too big for their own britches, in my opinion. But I don't drive a Land Rover or push a stroller or have people to impress. So, readers choice. They are actually about the same. Choose your ambiance.

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