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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.

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      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.

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        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.

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                  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.)
                  www.nanajeans.com

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                  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!)

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                      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.

                      Art

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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.

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                          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.

                        2. Torta Cubana at El Gallo Giro

                          1. 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.

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

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                            1. re: js76wisco

                              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)

                            2. 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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                              1. re: I got nothin

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

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

                                  1. re: david t.

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

                                  2. re: Das Ubergeek

                                    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.

                                  3. re: I got nothin

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

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

                                    1. 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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                                      1. re: Funwithfood

                                        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.

                                        1. re: Funwithfood

                                          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?

                                          1. re: Funwithfood

                                            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 . . .
                                            Thanks!

                                            1. re: Joani Macaroni

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

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

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

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

                                            1. 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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                                              1. re: Searching4Dunny

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

                                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                  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. 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. 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.

                                                  http://www.stefanoshams.com/

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

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                                                  1. re: Nolita

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: ITry

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

                                                  2. Is Hollingshead Deli in Orange still good?

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                                                    1. re: Gypsy Jan

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

                                                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                        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.

                                                    2. I like Q Tortas in Placentia.

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

                                                        1. 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".

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                                                          Moscow Deli
                                                          3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

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                                                          1. re: mikester

                                                            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?

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                                                            Moscow Deli
                                                            3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                                                            1. re: adamclyde

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

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

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

                                                                1. 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. 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
                                                                    hollingsheadsdeli.com
                                                                    (714) 978-9467

                                                                    368 S Main St, Orange, CA


                                                                    www.leesandwiches.com

                                                                    Katella Grill
                                                                    katellafamilygrill.com
                                                                    (714) 997-9191

                                                                    1325 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA


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

                                                                    Watson's Drug Store

                                                                    watsondrug.com
                                                                    (714) 633-1050 -

                                                                    116 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA

                                                                    prospectorlongbeach.com

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                                                                    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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                                                                    1. re: MoreBeerHere

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

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

                                                                      1. re: HBGigi

                                                                        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 !!

                                                                        1. re: MoreBeerHere

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

                                                                          1. re: HBGigi

                                                                            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?

                                                                            1. re: HBfoodie

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

                                                                          2. re: MoreBeerHere

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

                                                                            1. re: MoreBeerHere

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: choctastic

                                                                                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: MoreBeerHere

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                                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!!

                                                                                1. re: MoreBeerHere

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

                                                                                  1. re: Funwithfood

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

                                                                                    1. re: MoreBeerHere

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      1. re: Funwithfood

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

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

                                                                              1. 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.

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

                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                  1. re: Riccardo

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

                                                                                    1. re: MoreBeerHere

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

                                                                                  2. 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

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

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                                                                                    1. re: OCdine4fun

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

                                                                                      1. re: OCdine4fun

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

                                                                                        1. re: OCdine4fun

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

                                                                                          1. re: waterisgood

                                                                                            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.

                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                          1. 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.

                                                                                            www.olespaindelishop.com

                                                                                            1. The sausage sandwich at Sabatino's in Newport.

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                                                                                              1. re: JAB

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