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MONTE CRISTOS

Does anyone know where I can get a stellar monte cristo sandwich? The key here is that they MUST be battered and deep fried, a true monte cristo, not grilled. I've tried the one at the HMS Bounty - was good but unbelievably greasy.

Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. Let me know if anyone tells you, Monte Cristos rule!

    1. The monte cristo at French 75 is pretty good, though not deep fried.

      And I hate to say it, but the one at the Blue Bayou at disneyland is decent, and VERY deep fried. I have no idea how one person can consume more than half of one.

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      1. re: BabyLitigator

        I 2nd the Disneyland rec. That was the 1st monte cristo I ever had way back in my jr high days and nothing has ever come close since.

        1. re: BabyLitigator

          I ate one whole one, it was to good not to...mmm

          1. re: BabyLitigator

            I had the Monte Cristo for lunch @ the Blue Bayou last month ($18). They let you keep the menu as a souvenir. So filling...the sandwich is too much for 1 person.

          2. CrepeVine Bistro in Old Town Pasadena. FABULOUS. Not greasy. Homemade strawberry compote served w/ it.

            It's a lovely little French bistro located on 36 W. Colorado Blvd (in Mills Place alley in between Colorado and Green Streets - behind Jakes). My husband and I stumbled upon it this past summer; we live nearby in SoPas.

            They also have a to die for ementhal and gruyere macaroni and cheese.

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            1. re: brattenheimer

              Yikes, I hated the monte cristo at Crepe Vine. Way too eggy, too much batter, too bready and definitely too greasy. Afterwards I felt like I ate a big gloppy mess.
              But I do compare it to the first and best monte cristo I've had, in the restaurant of the now long-defunct Buffum's department store.

            2. I don't exactly know how a monte cristo can't be greasy but. . .

              The best one I've ever had was at the Pirates of the Carribean restaurant in Disneyland. SO GOOD!!!

              There is a so/so one at the Cellar in Century City - it's pretty good.

              The one at Jerry's Deli is AWFUL (but everything at Jerry's is awful).

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              1. re: dtud

                I haven't had a monte cristo at the Blue Bayou in at least 15 years but just thinking about it makes me want to go now.

                1. re: dtud

                  What about the Monte Cristo at the restaurant across the way from Blue Bayou? How does that Monte Cristo compare?

                  1. re: AlwayzHungry

                    They make them in the same kitchen, so the one you get at the French Market is the same as at The Blue Bayou, except without the sides. However, Disneyland recently raised the prices on everything at the Blue Bayou, so you'll be in for a sticker shock when you go get your Monte Cristo now (it's a little over $18 now, if I remember correctly, but it comes with a side dish).

                2. Blue Bayou at Disneyland is definitely the place for a Monte Cristo.

                  There is a stand at the LA County Fair in Pomona that also makes a pretty good Monte Cristo. I can't remember the name of the stand, but it's the one that makes a deep fried version of just about anything you can think of (the fried artichokes were fabulous). Trouble is they are only in business (around here at least) for the three weeks a year that the fair runs.

                  I concur that Jerry's Deli makes a lousy version.