10 Great Sandwiches in Orange County

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Edwin Goei

For this list of things eaten between two slices of bread, I've limited it to those that couldn't possibly be mistaken for a hot dog or a burger (thank goodness we already did those lists). Even then, the problem with these 10 listicles is that I still had to cut out a great many sandwiches for space. And there was simply no room for those like Mil Jugos' arepas which I had to disqualify for not technically being a sandwich...though it sure eats like one.

What's left is what I consider my essential sandwiches. Some are new finds, some are old standbys, a few are exorbitantly expensive, most are dirt cheap; but all are favorites of mine. What's yours? Share them in the comments.

10. French Dip at Houston's

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Flickr User MoHotta18

Houston's should be the model for how to run a modern American restaurant. The service borders on impeccable, with an exactness of purpose you'd expect from professionals. And the French dip is glorious in its simplicity, a compact and lusciously tender beef sandwich under a properly toasted butter-soaked roll. It's an expensive sandwich, perhaps the costliest you'll ever encounter, but the meat, all luscious pink and carved from an actual slab of cow, is where all your money went. It also comes with one of the better mounds of fries in existence.

9. "The Wicked" at Which Wich

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Edwin Goei

Thanks to Subway, some people tend to turn their nose at sandwich chains. But here's growing sandwich chain that, in my humble opinion, is actually good. They use a crusty baguette-type bread second only to the ones the Viets use for banh mi. My preferred sandwich is called "The Wicked", basically almost every meat on the menu, and three cheeses you can choose from a list of seven. As you fill in your choices in their efficient bag-as-ordering-ticket system, you'll think to yourself, "What the hell am I doing? I already have five kinds of meat. Do I really need three kinds of cheeses?" Yes. Yes you do. What results is kind of glorious. The cross section cut shows it all: the veggies are strategically centered in the middle so as not to dampen the precious crispness of the bread, which is further protected by layered rings of the meats and cheeses. In every bite, the sauces intermingle, asserting itself through the sweet and porky clout.

8. Monte Cristo at Disneyland's Cafe Orleans

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With Disneyland food, it seems as though that if it's deep fried, you can't go wrong. Case in point: the corn dog, and something we don't talk about as often here on this blog, the Monte Cristo sandwich at Cafe Orleans (it's also offered at the Blue Bayou if you really want to pay more than you already are). It's greasy, crispy, and dusted with powdered sugar. Since it's essentially a batter-dipped, deep fried turkey, ham and cheese, it's probably good that the only place you can get it is behind the park gates, accessible only after you pay the exorbitant ticket prices. Though, if you're currently a Disney Cast Member, I hear that they serve the sandwich somewhere in one of the employee cafeterias at a substantial discount. Lucky you.


Location Info

Which Wich

1945 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Deli - CLOSED

17881 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, CA

Category: Restaurant

Disneyland - Cafe Orleans

1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA

Category: Restaurant

North Shore Poke Co.

214 5th St., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

The Riders Club Cafe

1701 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA

Category: Restaurant

The Crosby - CLOSED

400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA

Category: Music

Houston's Restaurant

2991 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA

Category: Restaurant

Cream Pan

602 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA

Category: Restaurant

Banh Mi & Che Cali Bakery

15551 Brookhurst St., Westminster, CA

Category: Restaurant


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28 comments
LTK
LTK

The banh mi dac biet at Banh Mi Che Cali is decent but NOT the best.

Kermanig Bakery
Kermanig Bakery

Thanks for posting this I was searching for it.You have given all the specialist of each of them.

Karla
Karla

Most of us Harry's Deli lovers are going through withdrwal as he has been closed since the beginning of the year for a remodel! We love the Chicken Di!! 

chickybaby007
chickybaby007

The Torta Cubana at El Gallo Giro is also awesome, as are the sandwiches at A Market!

Fyrsurf
Fyrsurf

Johns Philly Grill Beach Blvd and Indianapolis  The #1 sandwich with peppers and onions is the bomb!!!

Eric Jasso
Eric Jasso

Mattern's in Orange HAS to be here. Their Poor Boy and Reuben are excellent.

James D
James D

What, no Zlaket's Market in Garden Grove?

Paul Steven
Paul Steven

Ive had the French dip at Houston's a few times...And each time i realized it wasnt that great.  Philippe's is the original, therefore the best.

GivesSloppyJoeANewMeaning
GivesSloppyJoeANewMeaning

A sandwich is to culinary arts as masturbation is to truly gratifying sex; it'll do in a pinch, but it's NOT really something worthy of DWELLING OVER afterwards.

LP Hastings
LP Hastings

How could you not put Hollingshead's on here?! Gah!

Rayann Castro
Rayann Castro

I work about 1.5 miles away from Harry's and still haven't tried it. Failing miserably... 

david
david

that's a good looking list.  if you haven't already try the Vikinga from Los Primos Torta Ahogada.

Chorizo McGuinness
Chorizo McGuinness

the American with turkey from Deli-licious in HB is so good, actually all their signature sandwiches are pretty awesome

Claudia Koerner
Claudia Koerner

Love it! The tri-tip at Cafe Chiarini is great as well.

DanGarion
DanGarion

Being that I'm a HUGE fan of the sandwich this article is plain awesome. Looking forward to trying some of these that I haven't had before!

The only sandwich on this list I have had is the Wicked at Wich Wich.

MikeHs
MikeHs

"Cortina's Special" at Cortina's Market in Anaheim: "Italian cold cuts capicolla, mortadella, cotto salami, dry salami, & provolone cheese; dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pepperoncini's & their own Italian dressing."  Oh, and the bread - fresh baked french roll.  Discounted on Friday.  Simple, but wonderful.

909Jeff
909Jeff

The Elvis wich at Which wich is pretty sick! 

Joe
Joe

Big Belly Deli on PCH in West Newport.  Get the 6310, which isturkey, bacon, avocado, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, mayo on grilled foccacia bread.  Plus on the side you get pickle spears, peppers, and a choice of either potato salad or mac salad.  Huge, and a steal for $6.49.....Many other good choices as well. 

Suebubble
Suebubble

There are other Which Wich locations as well.  Brea @ 437 N Associated Rd.  

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

Try Scott's in Rancho Santa Margarita. It's a little hole in the wall donut place the serves the most amazing sandwiches and salads and spring rolls. I mean it's seriously outstanding. Their pastrami sandwich is legendary! Plus the married owners are fantastic. It's family run and very personal. The woman remembers your name and your order after the first visit. I don't often give recommendations but I hope you pay it a visit. This place deserves to be known!

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

I still haven't had the Rueben's at Harry's, but I'll work around to it. I love, love that he always has a fresh supply of El Yucateca hot sauces (all three, usually!) at his shop. I could drink the verde.

 I'd trade your Bahn Mi for Bánh Mì Cho Cu's (though I don't think/know they do anything with liver patte, which is fine by me). I wish Frank's "Frank's Choice" and almost anything from Di Simone was on the list, however I'm glad to see Crosby pop-up in anyway, shape, or form.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

My problem with Hollingshead's is that the sandwiches are like $7 for something that I pack my daughter for school. I do love the deviled eggs though...

trxtr75
trxtr75

@MikeHs  Too bad it burned down. They're aiming for September to reopen.

Anon
Anon

Where in Orange?

DanGarion
DanGarion

964 Batavia Street.Orange, CA

Should be open 1st or 2nd week of May.

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