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Worthy delis in OC?

Friends coming in from other republics (NorCal) are wanting to hit some great delis while here. My OC deli knowledge is wanting. My gut tells me the selection won't be huge.

ZIP code or style (Jewish, NY, Italian, etc.) unimportant. Quality will be the main concern. Any ideas? TIA, 'hounds.

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  1. Cortina's in Anaheim is good.

    1. Personally, the only Jewish Deli/Restaurant in OC that I find workable is Benjies in Tustin.

      Good Corned Beef, good pastrami, good pickles.

      And not some big name chain like Jerry's with big prices.

      Benjies Restaurant-Deli & Bkry
      1828 N Tustin Ave
      Santa Ana, CA 92705
      7145416263

      1. Kosher Bite Deli in Laguna Hills, in the shopping center at the corner of Moulton Pkwy and Ridge Route. Proper Jewish sandwiches, soups, and sides. Very casual. Very high quality. Order at the counter. A great lunch place.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            I called -- they do sell kosher food (fleshig, obviously) but they don't have a mashgiach (supervisor) on-site.

        1. I'm no deli expert at all and I really base my knowledge of deli meats by comparing if it's better than Subway or not. I've only seen one deli around where I live and that's Frisco's Deli in Yorba Linda. I had a good sandwich there (Italian mix) and it seemed to attract a lot of customers. So that's all I know but these other delis sound promising.

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          1. re: digkv

            Claro's in Tustin is a great Itailan deli and my husbands Italian Grandfather from CT used to pack 5 pound bags of their sweet sausage in his luggage to take home with him every time he would visit.

            1. re: bubbles4me

              There's also a location in La Habra. Their garlic sausage is even better than the sweet! Great sandwiches, cold cuts, fresh sauce, pasta, etc. We've been going there for years but never the day before a holiday. You'll be in line for 2 hours at the deli counter!

          2. Angelo's Italian Deli in on Main Street in Seal Beach is very good. They have a decent assortment of meats and cheeses available and they sell excellent deli sandwiches using the. They also have a good selection of imported Italian ingredients. I was even able to get type "00" flour for making pasta there.