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Monte Cristo Sandwich...in search of (in OC or close)

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mamajenna Jun 2, 2009 03:26 PM

I love a good Monte Cristo…cheesy gooey goodness surrounded by smokey meats encased in crispy golden breaded goodness! My fav is one pared with a raspberry jam! Ahhhhh….any suggestions of somewhere to get this guilty pleasure in Orange County? Jerrys Deli is okay at best and Disnelyland has a decent one but I don’t want to go to Disney for a sandwich. Help!

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    nomogroves Jun 3, 2009 02:00 PM

    The best one I have ever had was at the Cedar Creek Inn, in San Juan Capistrano. They have a Brea and Laguna Niguel location as well.

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      Allmodcons Jun 3, 2009 12:05 PM

      Monte Cristo on the menu at Keno's in Anaheim Hills I think... haven't had it, but mean to (if indeed there).

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      Keno's Restaurant
      5750 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807

      1. BubblyOne Jun 3, 2009 07:15 AM

        The Monte Cristo is dear to my heart. My grandmother used to take me to the old Bob Burns in Fashion Island and we always ordered it. The waitress would serve one half and keep the other warm until you were ready for it. As a kid, I thought I was so sophisticated.
        Anyway, they serve a wonderful MC with the jam at Cedar Creek in Laguna Niguel or San Juan (haven't been to the Brea location) during lunch only. There's nothing like snagging a seat by their outdoor fireplace on an overcast day and savoring every bite.
        http://www.cedarcreekinn.com/

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          vlad Jun 2, 2009 11:53 PM

          Oddly enough -- I just posted looking for a MCS in OC myself.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/624708#

          Weird.

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            Das Ubergeek Jun 3, 2009 12:24 AM

            Blue Bayou at Disneyland...

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              lakingsfankurt Jun 3, 2009 10:50 AM

              You can also get them at the Cafe Orleans at Disneyland. FYI, the Blue Bayou only serves them at lunch. My wife and I went a couple of months ago and decided to have dinner at the Blue Bayou and were flabbergasted that they didn't serve the Monte Cristo during dinner hours. I also recommend the three cheese Monte Cristo. It is amazing as well. My wife was suspicious at first, but now every time we go to Cafe Orleans we always get a regular Monte Cristo and a three cheese Monte Cristo and the garlic fries. It is almost worth having my annual pass just for the Monte Cristo .... ;-)

          2. Gypsy Jan Jun 2, 2009 08:19 PM

            The origanl Balboa Bay Yacht Club served a fabulous Monte Cristo sandvich (that John Wayne liked very much). I don't know if it is still on the menu.

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              Patrick Strader Jun 2, 2009 05:04 PM

              I saw it on the lunch menu at The Winery at The District in Tustin (which by the way is an incredible place that I highly recommend), but I didn't try it, because the Niman Ranch Pork Sandwich looked so good (and was).

              http://www.thewineryrestaurant.net/ The online menu shows it as Croque Monsieur - Smoked Ham, Vine Ripened Tomato, Cave Aged Gruyere. YMMV.

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              The Winery Restaurant
              2647 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782

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                ChowInOC Jun 2, 2009 04:19 PM

                Katella Deli

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                  bigmista Jun 2, 2009 07:44 PM

                  I concur. We often make the trip down there just for that sandwich.

                2. janetms383 Jun 2, 2009 04:19 PM

                  Park Bench Cafe on Goldenwest in Huntington Beach serves the Monte Cristo with raspberry jam.
                  Park Bench is located at Central Park and is a dog-friendly restaurant. All seating is outside in the lovely ambience of the park. They have a special menu for dogs.

                  In October, I take my Molly to Church for the Feast of St Francis of Assisi and her annual blessing. Then we go to lunch. She gets blessed once a year and I live on the edge by having my annual Monte Cristo!

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                    stuartmm Jun 2, 2009 04:04 PM

                    Dick Church's at the corner of Newport Blvd and Mesa Drive in Costa Mesa has one.
                    It is a friends treat to themselves if they are going to the airport.

                    http://dickchurchrestaurant.com/sandw... just ask for the jam !!
                    (Although i dont think they deep fry them )

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