Are there any places that still make a Monte Cristo Sandwich?
When I was in high school back in the early 80's there was this restaurant called Jojo's in Pleasant Hill that made a great Monte Cristo. I haven't seen one on a menu in years do any restaurants still make them and in the East Bay?
I'd bet that Fenton's in Oakland would have a monte cristo. That's the one w/ the powdered sugar and egg batter? adam
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Not helpful to you, but a funny story: A few years ago at Narsi's Hofbrau, in the Coddington Mall in Santa Rosa, I saw a Monte Cristo sandwich on the menu. It's a cafeteria style place, where you line up, place an order, and then they call your number. So, I thought, like you, "I haven't seen that on a menu in years. I used to love those." So I ordered one, and when they called my number, they handed me some odd sandwich, I think it was turkey with American cheese and mayo on wheat IIRC. So I said "no, this isn't mine, I ordered a Monte Cristo sandwich." And the server said "yes, that is yours. That's how we make Monte Cristo sandwiches here." It wasn't horrible, and I ate it, but we were laughing about it all through lunch. I said "If I ordered a hamburger and got a tuna melt, could they just say that's how they make hamburgers here?" And that was followed by numerous permutations on that line of reasoning. I never went back!
They make a lovely rendition of a Monte Cristo at Horatio's in San Leandro. It's only on their brunch menu. It is really good.
Went to Sidebar and my mom was delighted when she saw a Monte Cristo sandwich on the menu and ordered it. What she got was a grilled ham, turkey and cheese sandwich served with some jam. Not what she was hoping for. . fine, but not the deep fried, golden sandwich she remembered. All the other items at Sidebar are really good. . I just would hate for you to see it on an on-line menu and have the same disappointment my mom had.
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The website Foodie Bytes allows searches on dishes. Within 30 miles of SF, there are 61 results, but that includes the North Bay and Peninsula. In the East Bay there's Cheecake Factory in Pleasanton and other citites (yeah, I know ... but we are talking a Monte Cristo, a sandwich that seems compatible with CF cuisine).
There's also Country Waffles in Clayton, Martinez, Pleasant Hill. The San Franciscan in Walnut Creek has them.
There's a lot of places also on the other side of the tunnel from Emeryville to Milpitas. Here's the search with the addresses.
Menupages has a similar option, but it is limited to SF and I've found it not as reliable as Foodie Bytes
Of course, I can't tell you how good they are. The last time I had a Monte Cristo was in the 80's and that place has long gone out of business.
Nobody's mentioned Mama's yet?
Mama's has a great Monte Christo and it's fairly popular there.
(oh wait, you wanted East Bay....doesn't Mama's have a location out there too?)
The San Franciscan Restaurant in Walnut Creek has it on their menu. A colleague of mine ordered it. It looked okay with all the traditional components but the sandwich bread looked like it was grilled and prepared french toast style vs. deep fried. I suppose a healthier version of it.