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May 16, 2011 01:20 PM

Best Sandwhich in Orange County?

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

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  1. 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. 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

        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

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

          1. re: Porthos

            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.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              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!

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                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.

                1. re: Porthos

                  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

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

                  1. re: BrewNChow

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

                    1. re: Porthos

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

                      1. re: josephnl

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

                3. 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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                  1. re: Joani Macaroni

                    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.

                    1. re: ocshooter

                      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

                        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.

                        1. re: ocshooter

                          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

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

                            1. re: ocshooter

                              Yeah, no sandwiches at the Swinging Door.

                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                                1. re: OCSteve

                                  Hot dishes at the swinging door ?

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    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.

                                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                      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.

                                2. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                                  And none of these are euphemisms.

                    2. 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

                        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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: TNT Adventures

                          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

                          1. re: attran99

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

                            1. re: choctastic

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