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Jun 2, 2009 03:26 PM

Monte Cristo search of (in OC or close)

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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  1. 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. just ask for the jam !!
    (Although i dont think they deep fry them )

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    1. re: stuartmm

      Okay, I live a mile away and have never gone in Church's... Thanks for the info, it will be worth going in for a Monte Cristo sandwich.

    2. 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!

        1. re: ChowInOC

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

          1. re: ChowInOC

            Yes, Katella Deli has a very good Monte Cristo Sandwich; however, the one at the Blue Bayou (Disneyland) is the best I've ever had!

          2. 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).

   The online menu shows it as Croque Monsieur - Smoked Ham, Vine Ripened Tomato, Cave Aged Gruyere. YMMV.

            The Winery Restaurant
            2647 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782

            1. 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.