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Best Sandwhich in Orange County?

Marley226 May 16, 2011 01:20 PM

I love me a good sandwhich. Where are the best spots in Orange County, Ca?

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  1. JAB RE: Marley226 May 16, 2011 01:43 PM

    Claro's Italian Deli in Tustin will either make one for you or, you can buy all that you need to make them yourself at home.

    1. Das Ubergeek RE: Marley226 May 16, 2011 02:35 PM

      Harry's Deli, Sky Park Circle, Irvine. Only open weekdays for lunch, I believe... he makes everything himself, down to the mustard and mayonnaise.

      Harry's Deli
      17881 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA 92862

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        New Trial RE: Das Ubergeek May 17, 2011 12:43 AM

        Second and would add Moscow Deli and Sandwich World.

        Moscow Deli
        3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

        Sandwich World
        375 Bristol St Ste 10, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          Porthos RE: Das Ubergeek May 19, 2011 11:13 PM

          Which sandwich(es) do you recommend at Harry's?

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            Das Ubergeek RE: Porthos May 20, 2011 07:10 AM

            Whatever sounds best to you. Honestly, they're all good—this is not a copout. If I had to pick one, it'd be the steak sandwich, but it's not always available. The meatball is good too.

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              josephnl RE: Das Ubergeek May 22, 2011 02:25 PM

              Couldn't agree more! Everything at Harry's is tasty, but the steak sandwich is really great!

              Surprised that nobody has mentioned the barbecue sandwiches at Blake's Place in Anaheim. Their barbecue brisket and pulled pork are pretty awesome. Although I usually buy the meats by themselves and take them home for dinner, the sandwiches on site are pretty great!

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                Porthos RE: Das Ubergeek May 23, 2011 01:12 PM

                Just polished off a delicious pulled pork sandwich at Harry's. It was packed and the steak sandwich would have taken 15-20 minutes. Next time. I also ordered a cup of chile. Next time, I'm getting a bowl. Great stuff. Nice mix of meat and beans and very flavorful. Thanks for the heads up again Das. Batting a 1000 in my book so far.

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                New Trial RE: Porthos May 20, 2011 09:37 PM

                The pork is also quite tasty.

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                  shanshan RE: Porthos Jun 2, 2011 04:23 PM

                  Chicken Di Gorgio is FANTASTIC.
                  Pulled Pork is SOLID.
                  Ribeye is a fine option.
                  Friend had the pastrami and thought it was very good.
                  For me, I'd try the chicken di gorgio and the pulled pork. Im' getting hungry now.

                  Harry's Deli
                  17881 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA 92862

                2. re: Das Ubergeek
                  BrewNChow RE: Das Ubergeek May 20, 2013 07:56 PM

                  This place is now being reported closed on yelp. Sad if true. Can anyone confirm?

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                    Porthos RE: BrewNChow May 20, 2013 08:03 PM

                    Stopped by Harry's Deli 2 Fridays ago and it was closed due to a fire.

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                      josephnl RE: Porthos May 20, 2013 08:13 PM

                      Really sad. Their ribeye sandwich was really tasty. Does anyone know if he plans to reopen

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                        Das Ubergeek RE: josephnl May 30, 2013 07:18 PM

                        I spoke with him last week and yes, he intends to rebuild.

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                          BrewNChow RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 6, 2013 12:44 PM

                          Thanks for the heads up. Poor guy

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                  Joani Macaroni RE: Marley226 May 16, 2011 04:50 PM

                  I just did a review of a VERY tasty sandwich at Nana Jean's in Tustin:

                  "I opted for the veggie grilled cheese sandwich: "Brie, cheddar, oven dried tomatoes, grilled vegetables and cranberry Dijon mustard. Has to be the best meatless sandwich on the planet" says the menu. It was excellent."

                  (If that sounds too "girly" or "trendy" for you, try the meatloaf sandwich. My husband loved it.)

                  There's also a Short Rib Grilled Cheese, Roast Beef, Ham, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, or Meatball Parmesean to choose from.

                  They are all under $10 each and include a side dish. Patio or indoor seating. Nice setting (definitely not a hole-in-the-wall) if you're looking for a pleasant place to eat.

                  (If you're looking for a sports bar type of place, this isn't it.)

                  Nana Jean's
                  303 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

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                    ocshooter RE: Joani Macaroni May 20, 2011 04:27 PM

                    I can second Nana's. I had the veggie grilled cheese, and it is nothing close to girly. Three of my friends had the meat loaf, and one of them proclaimed it as one of the best sandwiches he has had. Meat loaf, bacon, and cheese. The other 2 friends had the meatball, and they both loved it.

                    Since it is sit down, it will be about $13-15 pp, not under $10.

                    Keep in mind, the Nana refers not only to the Granmotherly type who runs the place, but the typical clientele (myself excluded, and I can't talk about Joani). The average age had to be in the 60s, and I think there were only 2 guys eating there apart from our table. I just can't match the large, meaty and cheesy food with the matronly patrons. Guys should be flocking here and wolfing down these sandwiches with draft beer and watching the game on some huge TVs. But that isn't the vibe. Go figure.

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                      Joani Macaroni RE: ocshooter May 21, 2011 09:31 PM

                      I think they are looking for a (multiple generation) family crowd rather than the sports bar or singles crowd, and when we were there, there were a number of guys with families or as part of a couple. This is a family place featuriing really good comfort food with a trendy twist. - at least, that's how I'd describe "the vibe" - as compared to the previous establishment (Black Sheep Bistro). On the other hand, there's a small area to the right of the entrance with high tables and stools - perhaps they'll install a TV there for the guys . . .

                      The sandwiches & prices I described were quoted from the current menu, but of course you need to add beverage, tax and gratuity. And Joani is neither a grandma, nor in her 60s and probably would not be described as matronly by the average person. (Mature perhaps, but not matronly!)

                      Nana Jean's
                      303 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

                      1. re: Joani Macaroni
                        ocshooter RE: Joani Macaroni May 22, 2011 12:40 AM

                        I did not meet the owner, but it she does include Nana is the name, so what is one to expect? And I would guess that on weekends and evenings the crowd may be more diverse, but it was almost exclusively older ladies when I was there for lunch. Which is a shame, because every one of the guys thought that the food was good and no one left hungry.

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                          Joani Macaroni RE: ocshooter May 22, 2011 04:57 PM

                          My guess is, the "older ladies" won't mind the men for a moment as long as they remember that there are "ladies" present and don't default to the "man cave" level of behavior . . . ;-) And with your good word on the subject, perhaps other guys will feel free enough to try it. Or you can opt for the patio area seating or possibly get the sandwiches to go and find a less geriatric (oops, I mean "more diverse!") environment to enjoy them in. BTW, there did seem to be a "pub" like place that might fit the bill, on the same side of the street closer to the main corner - maybe they've got sandwiches . . .

                          1. re: Joani Macaroni
                            ocshooter RE: Joani Macaroni May 23, 2011 09:22 AM

                            If you are talking about the Swinging Door, well... that is a decidedly different vibe.

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                              Das Ubergeek RE: ocshooter May 23, 2011 09:50 AM

                              Yeah, no sandwiches at the Swinging Door.

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                                OCSteve RE: Das Ubergeek May 23, 2011 04:33 PM

                                They do, however, have several "hot dishes"...

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                                  kevin RE: OCSteve Apr 13, 2012 06:58 PM

                                  Hot dishes at the swinging door ?

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                                    Das Ubergeek RE: kevin Apr 16, 2012 08:20 AM

                                    Have you ever had a drink at the Swinging Door, kevin? The hot dishes in question aren't the drinks or the chips but the people serving them.

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                                      kevin RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 16, 2012 08:45 AM

                                      Sadly, I haven't. Usually when in the neighborhood I'm off to somewhere else like del tomatoe or naan & kabob or pina'a bistro.

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                                  ocshooter RE: Das Ubergeek May 24, 2011 11:54 AM

                                  Sure they do. Turkey, Roast Beef, Hot Pastrami, French Dip, Grilled Cheese, plus burgers and dogs.

                                  And none of these are euphemisms.

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                      ArtShapiro RE: Marley226 May 16, 2011 08:00 PM

                      The Philly's Best chain makes a quite good cheesesteak and Italian hoagie, among others. The rolls are flown in daily from Philadelphia. The meats used to be, but are now (not quite as good) Boar's Head. Still it's a fine sandwich.

                      Another "sleeper" is Gold'n Baked Hams on Alicia & Hon (right off the I-5) in Laguna Hills. The rolls are excellent - I'm amazed that they are locally produced. I get a consistently excellent sandwich there.


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                      1. re: ArtShapiro
                        Searching4Dunny RE: ArtShapiro May 16, 2011 09:27 PM

                        I second Gold'n Baked Hams - been going there for over 15 years. The the freshly carved honey baked ham and swiss is the must order.

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                        TNT Adventures RE: Marley226 May 16, 2011 08:09 PM

                        Best sandwich might have to be a Vietnamese Banh Mi. The price to tastiness ratio cannot be beaten.

                        A few spots you might want to check out in the little Saigon area.

                        Banh Mi Che Cali
                        Top Baguette
                        Banh Mi Cho Cu
                        Saigon Bakery

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                          attran99 RE: TNT Adventures May 17, 2011 12:45 AM

                          I second the banh mi mention.
                          I am also enamored with the specialty sandwiches from Claro's Italian Market. You can select any meats and cheeses you want in your customized sandwich. My favorite: imported prosciutto, Toscano salame, and a super-sharp provolone-like cheese whose name escapes me because I've only ordered it a couple of times. There's mayo, mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato, and a little oil and vinegar. It's easily one of my favorite sandwiches.

                          Claro's Italian Markets
                          1095 E Main St, Tustin, CA 92780

                          Claro's Italian Markets
                          101 W Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA

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                            choctastic RE: attran99 Mar 17, 2012 02:49 PM

                            Best vegan banh mi is at the new Thien Dang on Brookhurst. Get the combination. You can also get soy in your iced coffee.

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                              kevin RE: choctastic Apr 13, 2012 06:59 PM

                              Wow vegan banh mi? I'll have to try it.

                        2. A5 KOBE RE: Marley226 May 16, 2011 11:55 PM

                          Torta Cubana at El Gallo Giro

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                            js76wisco RE: Marley226 May 18, 2011 05:28 AM

                            I 3rd both Claro's and Harry's Deli. Harry's is a little expensive but justified by the ingredients and care taken in the sandwich.

                            Another option near SCP is Qwik Corner (now renamed Nate's Corner). They make a nice sandwich. It is similar to what is offered at subway but much better. The grilled chicken and pastrami are my favorites. They're also known for their breakfast burritos.

                            Harry's Deli
                            17881 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA 92862

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                            1. re: js76wisco
                              shanshan RE: js76wisco Jun 2, 2011 04:26 PM

                              I don't think Harry's is that expensive, but agree its more expensive than a Subway etc. (because of the ingredients.. the ribeye uses real ribeye etc)

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                              I got nothin RE: Marley226 May 18, 2011 11:10 AM

                              Any nominations for the best pastrami sandwich in Orange County? I can get a decent one at DeSimone's in Huntington or Lil' Pickle in Costa Mesa, but I'm sure you guys can lead me to a better one. Hopefully something a little lighter than the grease bomb that is the Hat (my requisite side order of onion rings there does not help the matter). It's been a few years since I've been, but does Benjie's make a good one?

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                                Das Ubergeek RE: I got nothin May 18, 2011 11:57 AM

                                Katella Deli in Los Alamitos, Tommy Pastrami in Huntington Beach, or Benjie's in Santa Ana. All are good.

                                Katella Deli-Restaurant
                                4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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                                  david t. RE: Das Ubergeek May 18, 2011 12:06 PM

                                  Banh Mi Che Cali.

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                                    Das Ubergeek RE: david t. May 18, 2011 04:08 PM

                                    For pastrami?? Not unless something's changed...

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                                      New Trial RE: Das Ubergeek May 19, 2011 12:58 AM


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                                    Joani Macaroni RE: Das Ubergeek May 20, 2011 04:08 PM

                                    We love Katrella Deli and eat there often but noticed over the last several years that once in a while sandwiches are not always as lean as they used to be. We do let the server know and it is taken care of, but most of the time their sandwiches (and everything else) are very good.

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                                    ocshooter RE: I got nothin May 19, 2011 10:51 AM

                                    I really like the Derby's pastrami in Mission Viejo. Benjie's is also good, and more traditional, but I like the thicker cuts from the Derby.

                                  4. Honeyman RE: Marley226 May 19, 2011 10:41 AM

                                    Big Belly Deli. One on PCH in Newport and they just opened one on the west side of Costa Mesa on 19th Street.

                                    Big Belly Deli
                                    6310 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

                                    1. Funwithfood RE: Marley226 May 19, 2011 09:49 PM

                                      I love a traditional chicken, tuna, or egg salad sandwich--no one does those better than T.C. Yummies in Fullerton (Bastanchury & Harbor).

                                      For an upscale sandwich, the prime rib at R&D Cafe in Fashion Island is KILLER good.

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                                        JAB RE: Funwithfood May 20, 2011 10:42 AM

                                        Good point concerning R&D. I actually prefer the carnitas sandwich to the french dip sandwich which is very good as well smothered in their horseradish sauce.

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                                          Funwithfood RE: Funwithfood Jun 25, 2011 11:14 PM

                                          TC Yummies in Fullerton offers a scoop of their chicken salad with crackers...manna from heaven. I'm there weekly...how can something so simple taste so good?

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                                            Joani Macaroni RE: Funwithfood Jul 14, 2011 08:08 PM

                                            What makes it so special? Is it the ingredients or the dressing? Any ideas? I need a great chicken salad recipe for a big group . . .

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                                              Funwithfood RE: Joani Macaroni Jul 14, 2011 09:55 PM

                                              I've not made chicken salad. Their version has a nice combination of flavors/textures.

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                                          CHEF0711 RE: Marley226 May 20, 2011 02:11 PM

                                          Any sandwich at Mattern Deli is killer.....Chapman Ave. in the city of Orange

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                                            brettlee714 RE: Marley226 May 20, 2011 02:13 PM

                                            C'est Si Bon Bakery in Newport is pretty amazing as well. The bread is homemade and fresh.

                                            C'est Si Bon Bakery
                                            149 Riverside Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92663

                                            1. Searching4Dunny RE: Marley226 May 21, 2011 07:41 AM

                                              Elvis sandwich at Chapter One in Santa Ana is another winner. I also like the bread from C'est Ci Bon - perfect for a ham/butter sandwich with swiss and pickles.

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                                                Das Ubergeek RE: Searching4Dunny May 21, 2011 10:43 PM

                                                I just had lunch there today and there was no such thing on the menu.

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                                                  Searching4Dunny RE: Das Ubergeek May 23, 2011 10:23 PM

                                                  I think this pops on and off the menu. It is on the website menu and was on the lunch menu when I was there about a week ago. It was off the menu when I was there on a prior occasion for dinner.

                                              2. Porthos RE: Marley226 May 21, 2011 10:28 AM

                                                I'm nominating the grilled beef (meatball) sandwich at Bahn Mi Che Cali. Generous seasoned meat patties with sauce, a touch of mayo, the pickled radish and carrots, and cilantro on the great bread. Served hot. I like it better than the bahn mi at Che Cali.

                                                Will have to try that steak sandwich at Harry's though.

                                                1. Nolita RE: Marley226 May 23, 2011 07:22 AM

                                                  I've always liked Stefano's in Yorba Linda. I'd recommend any of the sandwiches with their signature ham in it. They are open until 8 on weekdays, but lunch only on weekends. The menu on their website says lunch menu, but you can order off it whenever they are open.


                                                  Stefano's Golden Baked Hams
                                                  18220 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

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                                                    ITry RE: Nolita May 23, 2011 07:39 AM

                                                    Sorry, I cannot agree with you. Their ham is ok. Nothing to write home about. I had one of their Cuban's a couple of months ago and it was entirely forgettable.
                                                    Plus, your post reads like an advertisement.

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                                                      Nolita RE: ITry May 23, 2011 08:00 AM

                                                      You don't like the place and I do. I don't think that makes my post an advertisement.

                                                  2. Gypsy Jan RE: Marley226 May 23, 2011 11:50 AM

                                                    Is Hollingshead Deli in Orange still good?

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                                                      Das Ubergeek RE: Gypsy Jan May 23, 2011 04:18 PM

                                                      They're good, just very expensive for what amounts to a lunchbox sandwich.

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                                                        moto RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 18, 2011 03:57 AM

                                                        agree, Hollingshead's has very middle of the road, straight 'boar's head' brand stuff, but sometimes you just need to eat more than just crisps (they have a very good selection of those) with all those great ales and beers they serve.

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                                                      jaykayen RE: Marley226 May 24, 2011 12:04 PM

                                                      I like Q Tortas in Placentia.

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                                                        hbgypsy RE: Marley226 Jun 10, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                        DeSimones in Huntington Beach. Pastrami, Cuban and Roasted Turkey are the best.,

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                                                          mikester RE: Marley226 Jun 10, 2011 08:43 AM

                                                          The sandwiches at either Puerto Madero in Santa Ana or El Gaucho Meat Market #2 in Anaheim are pretty wonderful. At Puerto Madero I had one a few months ago that was defenitely one of the best sandwiches I'd had in quite some time - I'm not sure but I believe it was the choripan. The milanesa at El Gaucho is awesome too.

                                                          The Moscow Deli, I had the locally legendary one they call the Odessa, and it was really, really good- a must - try. Be aware that seating is very limited, so either be prepared to take-out or share a small table with some "comrades".

                                                          Moscow Deli
                                                          3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                                                          El Gaucho
                                                          425 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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                                                            adamclyde RE: mikester Jun 24, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                            I had the odessa at Moscow Deli a few months ago and have to confess that I left wondering why it was so coveted by folks. What was it that made it so good for you?

                                                            Moscow Deli
                                                            3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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                                                              mikester RE: adamclyde Jun 28, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                              It's been awhile so I can't really be very specific, but I think it was just the combination of the meats, bread (as I recall a dark russian rye) and condiments that they used - and it was made and brought out by a matronly russian lady - it was as if your mom made you this sandwich, but your mom had once been the personal cook for the czar's family, so she really had some chops !

                                                          2. aprmayjun RE: Marley226 Jun 23, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                            I really enjoy a sandwich at Le Diplomat at University Center in Irvine. They have a good variety and it's very popular around lunch time

                                                            1. scottca075 RE: Marley226 Jun 24, 2011 11:13 AM

                                                              Tony's Deli-Hofbrau in Anaheim, Gallo's Deli in Corona del Mar and Lil' Pickle USA in Costa Mesa.

                                                              Tony's Deli-Hofbrau
                                                              613 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

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                                                                Gmarie RE: Marley226 Jun 26, 2011 05:57 PM

                                                                Claro's and Benjies!! You will not be sorry :)

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                                                                  josephnl RE: Marley226 Jun 26, 2011 07:59 PM

                                                                  I think that Harry's has the best sandwiches in OC. I see that there are several other recommendations for great sandwiches in OC. Has anyone who has had sandwiches at Harry's think that ther are better sandwiches to be had elsewhere in OC?

                                                                  1. MoreBeerHere RE: Marley226 Jul 12, 2011 05:41 PM

                                                                    Here are a few of my favorite places in no particular order:

                                                                    1: Hollingshead Deli
                                                                    2: Lee's Sandwiches
                                                                    3: Katella Grill
                                                                    4: The Secret Spot
                                                                    5: Watson's Drugstore
                                                                    6: The Prospector

                                                                    Hollingshead's Delicatessen
                                                                    (714) 978-9467

                                                                    368 S Main St, Orange, CA


                                                                    Katella Grill
                                                                    (714) 997-9191

                                                                    1325 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA

                                                                    Secret Spot - Huntington Beach, CA 92649 - (562) 592-4494

                                                                    Watson's Drug Store

                                                                    (714) 633-1050 -

                                                                    116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA


                                                                    Katella Grill
                                                                    1325 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

                                                                    Hollingshead's Delicatessen
                                                                    368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868

                                                                    Secret Spot
                                                                    3801 Warner Ave Ste B, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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                                                                      HBGigi RE: MoreBeerHere Jul 13, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                                      Tell me about the Secret Spot in HB. What kind of sandwiches, etc., hours, days of the week.

                                                                      Secret Spot
                                                                      3801 Warner Ave Ste B, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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                                                                        MoreBeerHere RE: HBGigi Jul 13, 2011 11:03 PM

                                                                        It's sits in the strip mall right next to the Fire Station on Warner & PCH (3801 Warner # B in HB 562-592-4494). They are open everyday usually from 8 am to 9 pm and they feature a plethora of items from a killer breakfast burrito ( Surround Sound Burrito) to wraps ,burgers, turkey burgers,Vegan stuff as well.Awesome smoothies.Really great stuff and reasonably priced.Nothing and I mean nothing beats this after a great morning ( or day) of surfing !!

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                                                                          HBGigi RE: MoreBeerHere Jul 14, 2011 06:38 AM

                                                                          Thank you for the info. I'll have to try it.

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                                                                            HBfoodie RE: HBGigi Jul 18, 2011 03:37 AM

                                                                            I'm hearing great things about the sandwiches and soups at Deli-cious on Gothard no, of Warner in HB, but haven't been there yet (I think they close by 4:00pm). Have you heard of it?

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                                                                              MoreBeerHere RE: HBfoodie Jul 18, 2011 08:00 AM

                                                                              No I haven't but will make it a point to swing by there and see.

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                                                                            josephnl RE: MoreBeerHere Jul 14, 2011 03:02 PM

                                                                            I thought we were talking sandwiches here...not burritos, burgers and such. Do they have great sandwiches at the Secret Spot?

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                                                                              choctastic RE: MoreBeerHere Apr 12, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                                              Secret Spot has good pancakes too. Vegan and non-vegan. I wish they could put the chocolate chips in the pancakes though, for the chocolate chip one, and not just sprinkle them on top.

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                                                                                Servorg RE: choctastic Apr 12, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                                Good point about the chips being "in" rather than "on" the pancakes as the meltingness (word?) lends a great deal to the overall taste. That's one of the reasons why I love the chocolate chip pancakes at John O'Groats so much.

                                                                            2. re: HBGigi
                                                                              MoreBeerHere RE: HBGigi Jul 13, 2011 11:08 PM

                                                                              Just get a look at this !!!

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                                                                              Funwithfood RE: MoreBeerHere Jul 13, 2011 11:02 PM

                                                                              I recently found myself in the Orange Circle at lunchtime and was starved, so I stopped at Watson's Drug Store for a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon (special order) with onion rings. The small lunch seemed pricey at $10...but boy was it good!

                                                                              It should be noted that Bruxie up the street does KILLER (albeit expensive) waffle sandwiches.

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                                                                                MoreBeerHere RE: Funwithfood Jul 13, 2011 11:13 PM

                                                                                Yeah-That's to be expected with these new ":trendy" places that seem to be poping up all over.That is why I am a "fan" of Watson's.Next time your there try one of their shakes or a phosphorus.It's worth it!!

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                                                                                  Funwithfood RE: MoreBeerHere Jul 13, 2011 11:21 PM

                                                                                  Actually they were equally expensive. Watson's is more homey, Bruxie more gourmet...

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                                                                                    MoreBeerHere RE: Funwithfood Jul 13, 2011 11:59 PM

                                                                                    I live within walking distance of the circle and I have yet to go to Bruxie.Going to have to try it soon.

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                                                                                      Funwithfood RE: MoreBeerHere Jul 14, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                                                      Allow plenty of time because lines can be long. They recently installed water misters which should help keep those waiting a bit cooler.

                                                                                      BTW, their shakes are insanely delicious...and expensive.

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                                                                                        choctastic RE: Funwithfood Mar 17, 2012 02:51 PM

                                                                                        Bruxie also has a Brea location. Much bigger, same food.

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                                                                              gator28 RE: Marley226 Jul 14, 2011 01:21 PM

                                                                              Jan's Health Bar in Huntington Beach. Get the tuna and avocado and a side of soup with chips. Amazing.

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                                                                                normanl RE: Marley226 Jul 14, 2011 02:32 PM

                                                                                I second Gallos Deli in Corona Del Mar. Load up on the spicy pickled giardiniera. Even the plain sliced chicken breast is delicious with it but love their italian sub or pastrami too. Great party sub too if you're feeding multiple people.

                                                                                Del Mar Cafe
                                                                                712 S Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776

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                                                                                  Riccardo RE: Marley226 Jul 15, 2011 11:33 AM

                                                                                  Maybe not the one-size-fits-all "best" (can there really be such a thing?), but worth a drive to Buena Park is the authentic, Chicago-style Italian Beef dip with hot giardiniera relish at Portillo's.

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                                                                                    MoreBeerHere RE: Riccardo Jul 15, 2011 04:57 PM

                                                                                    Have yet to go there but went to the Portillo's in Chicago.It was great and the Cake Shake is awesome !!

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                                                                                      subal RE: MoreBeerHere Jul 17, 2011 06:57 PM

                                                                                      Yea, their hot dog with chili - mmmm good & messy!

                                                                                  2. OCdine4fun RE: Marley226 Jul 31, 2011 01:44 PM

                                                                                    Prime Rib (French Dip) at Nick's Laguna Beach is one of the best around. Their blackened halibut and rib eye melt are also fantastic. If you have not been there you are missing out. They also have a south OC location in San Clemente. http://www.thenickco.com

                                                                                    Nick's Laguna Beach
                                                                                    440 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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                                                                                      MoreBeerHere RE: OCdine4fun Jul 31, 2011 04:24 PM

                                                                                      Sounds good.Don't make it to Laguna much but now have a reason to go !!

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                                                                                        Funwithfood RE: OCdine4fun Jul 31, 2011 11:19 PM

                                                                                        Sounds tasty. How would you say the French dip compares to the one at R&D Cafe?

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                                                                                          waterisgood RE: OCdine4fun Sep 5, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                          Related to the reply on how it compares to R&D - how does it compare to the Houston's prime rib sandwich?

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                                                                                            josephnl RE: waterisgood Sep 5, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                            I think that Nick's French dip is better than that at Houston's or R & D, but only marginally. Same can be said for Nick's reuben, compared to the one at R & D.

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                                                                                          TomGirl5 RE: Marley226 Feb 22, 2012 03:29 PM

                                                                                          Ruby's Sandwich Saloon on Seventeenth Street in Costa Mesa. Next to 7-11.
                                                                                          Ruby's is family owned.. super nice peeps. Delicious sandwiches. I prefer the tuna salad. You check off your ingredients on a paper, and hand it to the sandwich makers. They have a few tables & a tv inside. Very small, cozy local gem.

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                                                                                            Funwithfood RE: TomGirl5 Mar 15, 2012 11:48 PM

                                                                                            What's the nearest cross street?

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                                                                                              Das Ubergeek RE: Funwithfood Mar 16, 2012 10:49 AM


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                                                                                            New Trial RE: Marley226 Apr 11, 2012 10:25 PM

                                                                                            Ole on Main & MacArthur in Santa Ana (same shopping center as the Little Onion) offers a small selection of delicious bocatas. The Catalana (three types of sausage) and the La Espanola were both very good. There are also two tortillas, a few tapas and a bit of Spanish grocery.


                                                                                            1. JAB RE: Marley226 Apr 12, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                                              The sausage sandwich at Sabatino's in Newport.

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                                                                                                New Trial RE: JAB Apr 13, 2012 01:34 AM

                                                                                                If you order a full size, they will let you do half sausage, half meatball.

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