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Oct 1, 2007 12:06 PM

Orange County Muffaletta Search... [moved from California board]

Hey all. I think Bobby Flay has created a monster with his episode on muffalettas. I've been on a ravenous search ever since that episode and have so far come up empty-handed. I checked out Gator's Up South in Irvine only to find it was closed, and I've heard Crescent City Beignets in Santa Ana/Tustin has suffered the same fate. Does anyone know where I can get myself a muffaletta in Orange County? It really shouldn't be this hard...


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    1. re: elmomonster

      Thanks! I've been to the Memphis at The Lab but I've only walked past the one at the Santora. I'll check it out soon.

    2. Are you looking for the sandwich or just the olive/peppers/etc. mixture? If it's just the muffaletta relish, then you can find a good one at Bristol Farms.

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      1. re: glutton

        Not even close to the original. The only place that has anything close is Sorrento's Italian Market in Culver City. It is the one they sell in a jar, not the deli case. It is in the north-west corner of the store on the shelf facing the north wall, you really have to look close for it. Or, you can call Central Grocery and have them ship you a 4 pack of quarts size bottles (504-523-1620), then get some rolls from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica and get your meats there also. Mangia Mangia!

        1. re: Burger Boy

          I've been wanting to make one of my own and I'll definitely keep this in mind for when I finally do.

          1. re: Dolorosa

            You might also check in at Claro's Italian Deli and Market in Tustin, IIRC they have an "olive salad" that would be a great muffaletta filling.

          2. re: Burger Boy

            Excellent advice on Central Grocery. I keep a jar in the fridge at all times. They ship muffs too, which do very well with a day shipping to soak in all that fab flavor.

          3. re: glutton

            I'm looking for a place to get the sandwich. My step-dad is a big fan of "nawlins"-style food and I was going to take him and my Mom to get muffalettas next weekend.

            1. re: glutton

              A good Muffaletta mixture can be found at Olive It! - a deli near LAX. I have only purchased it at the Pasadena Farmer's Market (it is the olive guy) but he does not have it often. I requested that he bring it since it is my favorite. Not sure why he doesn't. I would call first to make sure they have it, tho.
              Your post has gotten me remembering the Muffaletta sandwich I had in New Orleans a few years ago! Yum!!

              1. re: WildSwede

                I'm definitely jealous. I've never had such a wild craving for something I've never even had before. I'll be going to Memphis at the Santora next weekend to give theirs a shot. Maybe I'll make a post afterward to let everyone know if it's any good...

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              1. I'm definitely not opposed to making one and have, in fact, already written down the ingredients so I can do so. I was just hoping to find a local resto that I could take my parents and girlfriend to next weekend.