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Two Crazy Craves...where in the OC???

onedrummer Jan 21, 2008 11:03 AM

#1 Fried scallops...#2 Authentic Cuban sandwich...I know, kinda strange...AND...it doesn't seem like they'd be very tough to find. Well, I can't, and I need serious help... PRONTO! Like I said...crazy craves! CM/NB/HB areas preferably. Thanks in advance.

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    cdmedici Jan 21, 2008 01:06 PM

    The only Cuban restaurant that I know of in any of those cities is Habana in Bristol in Costa Mesa. I do not think they have a Cuban Sandwich. Your best bet is to drive north a bit to the city of Orange and go to Felix in the Orange Plaza (circle). They have a cuban sandwich.

    I can't help you with the fried scallops. Do you mean battered and deep fried?

    1. Tapeworm Jan 21, 2008 01:17 PM

      When I'm in the mood for a Cuban sandwich, I head to De Simone Deli in Huntington Beach. Roast pork, imported ham, swiss cheese, mustard and pickles in a pressed sub. Authentic? Who knows... I usually go for the 16" and they ask if I want half of it wrapped to take home.

      De Simone Bakery & Deli
      6850 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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      1. re: Tapeworm
        onedrummer Jan 22, 2008 06:29 AM

        You guys are great...De Simone sounds perfect for the Cuban and you're probaby right also about just asking for the fried scallops at any decent seafood place, It's strange I just don't see 'em on menus anymore... I must be gerttin' old trying to find passe dishes and preps, But I know what I'm having for lunch!!!

        1. re: onedrummer
          I got nothin Jan 22, 2008 08:11 AM

          One warning, DeSimone's sometimes runs out of the roast pork, I guess that's what happens when you wait until 2 to eat lunch. Last time that happened to me, so I had my cuban sandwich with roast turkey instead. Don't wait until after the lunch rush if you want to get it the usual way

      2. Drehound Jan 21, 2008 01:22 PM

        I love the cuban sandwich at Felix's in old town Orange...Yum!

        1. elmomonster Jan 21, 2008 01:53 PM

          Check out Cafe Contigo in Anaheim. New and yep, they have a classic Cuban sandwich. I haven't been but Gustavo Arellano and a bunch of other OC Weekly staffers have.

          Here's his article:


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          1. re: elmomonster
            Das Ubergeek Jan 22, 2008 06:46 AM

            I've been. Their Cuban is tasty. And they get their pastries from Porto's. :)

          2. umami Jan 21, 2008 03:06 PM

            If Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach (I don't think their new loction at The District is open yet) doesn't have fried scallops on the menu, I'm sure they can prepare them for you.

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              cdmedici Jan 21, 2008 04:56 PM

              Also...for a less then authentic but tasty Cuban sandwich in your preferable areas, they have one at The Yard House (both Costa Mesa and Newport locations) and Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona Del Mar.

              Regarding the fried scallops, I imagine any decent sushi bar with tempura them for you.

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