No. 52: Special-Events Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Old Vine Cafe

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Old Vine is always a favorite of mine, and lunchtime usually finds me ordering their quatro formaggi sandwich, a beautiful thing of--yep!--four Italian cheeses with a side of pomodoro sauce. But they have an even-better cheese sandwich available, one offered only whenever they cater or do special events. They call it a grilled cheese sandwich, but I call it the special-events grilled cheese because, well, I just explained why!
What I can't do is explain what's in there. Oh, you can taste the Gruyere and a cheddar, along with some type of mushroom. But if umami is the mysterious fifth taste, one that's inexplicable but really focused on the pleasure principle, then Old Vine's special sandwich is the umami sandwich: crunchy, salty, sweet, buttery, cheesy. It's large, delicious, and for $5, one of the better sandwiches in Orange County--but you're going to have to ask them what special events they participate in, as the sammy ain't available at Old Vine.

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The list so far this time around:


No. 53: A Big Ol' Plate of Rice With Must-o-Musir at Wholesome Choice
No. 54: Pork Souvlaki at Kentro's Greek Cuisine
No. 55: Toum at Sasoon Chicken
No. 56: Bacon Hash Dog at Berkeley Dog
No. 57: Blueberry Donut at M & M Donuts
No. 58: Tempura Fried Poached Egg at Break of Dawn
No. 59: Mulitas from Tacos Y Mulitas Ruben Truck
No. 60: Pho Ga from Pho Quang Trung
No. 61: Panuchos from Conde Cakes
No. 62: Sandwich and Egg Cream from Benjie's
No. 63: Margherita from TJ's Woodfire Pizza
No. 64: Macaroon at Disneyland
No. 65: The Sputnik at Rick's Atomic Cafe
No. 66: Corn Dog from Disney California Adventure's Corn Dog Palace
No. 67: Bacon Fried Rice at The Loft Hawaiian
No. 68: Charcuterie and Cheese at SideDoor
No. 69: Burger (With Duck Confit) at Watermarc
No. 70: Korokke Pan at Cream Pan
No. 71: Chorizo and Quail Egg on Toast at Sol del Sur
No. 72: Fried Brussels Sprouts at 320 Main
No. 73: G-Style Fries at G Burger
No. 74: Fried Cuttlefish at Benley
No. 75: Roti at Bangok Taste
No. 76: Wet Burrito at 301 Cafe
No. 77: Pork Curry at Miyabi-Tei
No. 78: Bánh Tieu at Bánh Mì So 1
No. 79: Any Sandwich at the Crosby
No. 80: Fish Pho at Pho Vinh Ky II
No. 81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill
No. 82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck
No. 83: Nem Nuong Cuon at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
No. 84: Wild Boar Balinese Sausage at Valhalla Table
No. 85: Comida Corrida at Taquería La Raza
No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

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Location Info

Old Vine Cafe

2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA

Category: Restaurant


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5 comments
20ftJesus
20ftJesus

How moronic putting a grilled cheese sandwich on a top 100 list.  I can't believe I wasted my time reading this prosaic drivel. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Your loss! Of course, given you've never contributed anything to this blog, I'm not surprised you'd utter something so profoundly pendejo...

Zefside
Zefside

I don't think so. However, I do think its moronic to post a dish which none of us will probably ever get the opportunity to try.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

That's a fair criticism.  I'll try to be more active in the future. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Old Vine does a lot of special events--just get the flyers they put near their entrance!

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