When you're 12, few things beat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - If you don't count video games, spending your allowance on candy from the Sweet Factory or slurpees of course. But after a hard morning's work at school, there's nothing better than opening up your lunch pale to find a PB&J in a Ziploc bag. The combination of smooth peanut butter and sweet, sticky strawberry jam is comforting and filling.
Tuesday happens to be National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Yes, there is an entire day devoted to the popular childhood sandwich. To celebrate, we've put together a list of socal resturant riffs on the classic. They're affordable and good for grown-ups too.
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1. Slater's 50/50 Peanut butter and jellousy burger, $10.95
It's a peanut butter jelly sandwich and a burger in one. A ground beef patty is topped with thick cut bacon, creamy peanut butter, and strawberry jelly on a honey wheat bun. And for an extra $2 you can make it a la mode and add a scoop of ice cream to the burger. 61 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA, (626) 765-9700 https://slaters5050.com/
2. Mix n' Munch Nutella and strawberries on dark sweet wheat bread, $3.50
Almond butter is a great substitute for peanut butter, but if we're getting serious about sweets, it's all about the hazelnut and chocolate spread Nutella. At Mix n' Munch in South Pasadena, you can order a Nutella and strawberry sandwich. It also comes grilled and melty. 1005 Mission Street, Unit A, South Pasadena (626) 441-8808 Mixnmunch.com
3. Melt it! Fried PB&J, $4
A healthy dose of peanut butter and jelly are slathered onto two pieces of white bread. The sandwich is then dipped in tempura batter and dropped into the deep fryer. It's topped with powdered sugar and served warm. 105 N. Hill Ave., Ste. 103, Pasadena, (626) 793-7002 http://agrilledcheeseco.com/
4. Peebee and Jay's Cranny Jay sandwich, $5.50
Peanut butter is paired with cranberry relish and cream cheese in this take on the classic. This place also serves something called The Hound Dog with peanut butter, bananas, honey, bacon, mayo and crisp greens. 1007 Casitas Pas Rd. Carpenteria, CA, 805-220-6912 http://www.peebeeandjaysonline.com/
5. Susan Feniger's Street PB & J cookie, $6
At Street, Susan Feniger turned the beloved sandwich into a cookie with her peanut butter and jelly cookies. They look like thumbprint cookies, with jelly in place of the traditional chocolate, and come as part of the restuarant's cookie plate with ginger snaps. 742 No Highland Ave. Los Angeles, 323-203-0500 eatatstreet.com
6. Oinkster's PB&J cupcake, $3.25
The peanut butter and jelly cupcake at Oinkster is filled with strawberry jam and topped with peanut butter frosting. The cupcake tastes like the real thing, only slightly sweeter.
2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, (323) 255-6465 theoinkster.com
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