Eat This Now: Chivito at Puerto Madero

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Balance defines a great sandwich. In the ratio of meat to bread, of cheese to meat and condiments to everything else, if you're heavy-handed in any one way, it's going to ruin the final product.

Balance is where the Chivito at Puerto Madero Market excels. The sandwich, popular in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, is a highlight at this amiable Argentinian market kitty-corner from Santa Ana College.
Sheet-thin slices of juicy rib eye and tender ham adhere to crisp slivers of bacon with a layer of gooey white cheese, whatever was grabbed from the deli case that day. It's a salt assault, first from the heady beef, then the double-porcine punch. The vegetal sweetness of roasted red pepper, lettuce and tomato save the palate, before green olives assertively arrive. Each bite finishes with the tangy sweetness of "Salsa Golf," a bagged condiment sold in the grocery, and the crunch of the fresh roll. Flawless victory.

Surprisingly, the college kids across the street at Santa Ana haven't caught on yet, so there's never a line. Once they do I'll be kicking myself for writing this one up.

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Puerto Madero Market

1225 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Restaurant

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david
david

i had this sandwich yesterday per your rec and it was pretty tasty.  i did not taste the olives much but everything else in the sandwich had its place.  chimichurri added some extra flavor although it is not necessary.  the bread was crunchy and light and reminded me of a cemita roll.  thanks for the heads up. 

Niyaz Pirani
Niyaz Pirani

And for anyone planning to go, grab a couple of tuna empanadas too!

Mike
Mike

I agree -   I've had the Chivito at Puerto Madero and it truly is an exceptional creation !

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