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Where can I find a great Monte Cristo in San Diego?

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Coming to town for a little vacation next month and I'm looking for one of my favorite go-to vacation meals, the Monte Cristo sandwich.

I want a classic style with ham, turkey, and lots of cheese. Studio Diner doesn't have it on its current menu (maybe it's by request only?), and I see that Cafe 21 has one. Any other suggestions for a great one?

I don't want a chain like Bennigan's, I can get that here in Vegas.

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  1. I'm sure Studio has all the ingredients to make a good one, I risk it and ask them to make one for you if it's not on their menu.

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    1. re: cstr

      that's what i was going to say, very tasty, though i think 1/4 was enough for me. it doesn't re heat well

      1. re: arjunsr

        I was at Studio Sunday night and they had a Monte Cristo.

        1. re: master815k

          Awesome master815k! I think that seals the deal for me. Pictures show it be the classic deep-fried old school style I want.

          How's the crowd? With it being on TV are there lines out the door on a Tuesday morning?

          1. re: scotdc

            I've only been for breakfast once and it was busy, but definately no lines out the door. I think weekend mornings might be different. Dinner there is great too. I always get the open face turkey sandwich with all the thanksgiving sides.

    2. Dupar's on Sports Arena Blvd in Point Loma makes a Monte Cristo sandwich. It is not a one-of restaurant but it is not a large chain either. The food is pretty good, it's open 24/7, and the service is truly outstanding. They also have a dozen or more types of house-baked pie on hand. All in all, a nice place to go.

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      1. re: sandiegomike

        I don't recall if it was on the menu there but there is a Dupars in the Golden Gate Casino as well. (OP seems to be from Vegas)

      2. This is bugging me- somebody had one a great one- was it Urban Solace??

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        1. re: Fake Name

          They have a Monte Diego, their own take on the Monte.

        2. This got a bit of discussion almost 3 years ago to this date (sort of coincidental):

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/703485

          In addition to what has already been mentioned here, there have been a few kudos for Jeremy's on the Hill in Wynola (a few miles northwest of Julian on 78/79).

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          1. re: RB Hound

            Thanks for the link, RB - I searched "monte cristo" and came up with zip.

            The old thread mentions Clayton's on Coronado which looks like a great place in that classic American diner style. They have no web site and no online menu so I can't verify they still have one.

            Any chowhounders been here?

            1. re: scotdc

              Yes, I've been many times- if they had one, I wouldn't get too excited about it. They make a barely passable eggs and toast.

          2. Dunno about great but The Broken Yolk has it on the menu.

            http://thebrokenyolkcafe.com/home

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I've had theirs, pretty good and great egg coating, comes with standard fries and slaw. I'd consider a 'great' Monte to be filled with proscuitto or serrano ham!

              1. re: cstr

                Yeah, maybe, but OP wanted a "classic" Monte Cristo ... which I believe does not call for either prosciutto or Serrano ham.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Yeah but, that's just me defining my opinion of good vs great. Broken Yolk would work well.

                  1. re: cstr

                    Hey man, if I had me some good quality prosciutto and/or Serrano ham, I wouldn't need no stinking egg batter (or French toast) or cheese to make me a hellva sandwich.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Neither would I but, it also could be interesting and creative in the Monte.

            2. MILTONS, Del Mar

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              1. re: bluefin2na

                Has anyone tried the Miltons and the Studio Diner? In photos, they both look good!