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REVIEWLET: Niberino's, Anaheim

This was written a week ago on Tuesday -- but my Internet access is wonky (let's just say that the Anaheim Municipal Wi-Fi is overrated).

I was hungry. My coworkers ditched me for lunch because I had a meeting that ran long, so I was on my own. As I headed down Ball Road, intending to get some German food to go from Jagerhaus, I noticed a place in the same plaza (adjacent to the Ball Road exit from the 57) called "His-Nibs Liquor Store"... and next to it was a big sign saying "Niberino's Meatball Sandwiches".

In I went -- after all, how can you lose with meatball sandwiches?

I ordered a meatball sandwich at the deli, got my ticket, and paid my $4.99 plus tax. The girl behind the counter hands me a huge bag with two sandwiches in it.

"Oh, I only ordered one," I said, figuring someone else had ordered one.

"No, they're buy-one-get-one-free," she replied.

"Really?"

"Yup. Enjoy."

I took them back to my office and pawned one off on The Human Garburetor (you have one in your office too -- the one who, absent any other form of sustenance, can subsist on two cases of Cup O' Noodles a week), who's always hungry and will eat anything we give him (except, just like garburetors, this one won't eat artichokes).

I have to say -- pretty damn good for a meatball sandwich. The meat "balls" were slightly squooshed and the cheese on top came off in one liquid landslide, but the meat was very well-seasoned, the sauce was tasty and had a nodding acquaintance with some red chile flakes, and the bun was fresh and stood up to the onslaught of meaty goop inside very nicely. Five meatballs per sandwich, by the way -- the fifth got cut in half with the sandwich.

THG pronounced the sandwiches "pretty good". Just for reference, THG says the same thing about steak at Morton's, mango salad with crispy catfish from Thai Nakorn (R.I.P.), and yemiser aletcha at Merhaba.

I'll tell you this -- it's right up there with banh mi on the list of terrific, impossibly cheap lunches. I mean, a full-on meatball sandwich for $2.50?

This is the second, by the way, in a continuing series of quite good food found in liquor stores. The first was fish and chips at the liquor store on Alameda and Victory in Burbank; Niberino's is the second.

Niberino's Meatball Sandwiches
His-Nibs Liquor Store
2501 E. Ball Rd. (corner of Sunkist, same plaza as Jagerhaus)
Anaheim, CA 92806
714 991-8080

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  1. Great find ubergeek! It's so close to home, I will have to check it out. 2 for 1!!

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    1. re: kingkong5

      I don't know if that's a Tuesday thing, a lunch thing, a this-guy-is-obviously-here-for-the-first-time thing, or an all-the-time thing, so be warned.

    2. now i got the whole review, by the way, is the fish and chips on alameda and victory in burbank, is that still around ?

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      1. re: kevin

        yes. i don't get what the big whup is,though.

        1. re: kevin

          jesus 5 year bump?

          the place is big willie's fish n chips. 10 bucks for a giant styrofoam thing filled with fish n chips. The "big whup" is that the fish is fresh and tasty, there's a lot of it, it's cheap, and you can buy 40's and swishers while waiting for your food.

          If you can find a better FnC within 15 miles for $10, I'm all ears.

          1. re: ns1

            i c.

            yeah, i mentioned something as far as meatballs and then found this thread.

            no need for alarm hopefully.

            1. re: ns1

              "jesus 5 year bump" would be a great name for a band, with or without the missing punctuation and capitalization :)

              Mr Taster

              1. re: ns1

                i found the fish and chips, taste, portion and value wise, to be nothing more or nothing less than fine. thus, no big whup.

                  1. re: linus

                    Fair point. They're not life-changing fish and chips. But when you work in that truly heinous food desert and you haven't got time to go further afield, they're a Godsend.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      while i agree with rav ubergeek about that area being a food desert, i was disappointed the fish and chips didn't fall anywhere near the 'godsend' rubric.

                      perhaps it's time to give them another go-round, fish and chips wise. i occasionally get a sandwich from there, and it's...fine.