What’s for Lunch: O.C. Sandwich Roundup
From pressed paninis to cold cut subs, the possibilities are endless when it comes to sandwiches. What you can find in Orange County between two slices of bread is anything but boring. Here’s a list of our favorites to help guide your lunchtime selection.
Mendocino Farms at University Center pushes the limits on what a simple sandwich can be by using local and seasonal ingredients. Favorites include the Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi, a take on the popular Vietnamese sandwich, or the signature “Not So Fried” Chicken, with shaved chicken and a sprinkle of Mendo’s krispies for some crunch.
Using Premium Boar’s Head Meats, Champagnes Bistro & Deli at Newport North Shopping Center offers customizable options ranging from Black Forest Ham and Peppermill Turkey, to Pastrami and Roast Beef. Don’t feel like building your own? You can’t go wrong with the Honey Maple Club – turkey, cheddar and bacon on sourdough with lettuce, tomato and mayo.
Le Pain Quotidien at Fashion Island brings a different kind of sandwich to the table – the tartine, a Belgian-style open-faced sandwich. Served on a slice of their organic whole wheat bread, try toppings like Paris Ham & Aged Gruyere or the unusual, but delicious Tuna & Hummus drizzles with basil oil.
PIADINA Italian Market Sandwich at The Market Place serves rustic Italian flatbread sandwiches that are grilled and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables. Order the Parma – Prosciutto, mozzarella, mushrooms, arugula and tomato.
Ice cream sandwiches count, right? Stax Cookie Bar at University Center allows you to create customizable ice cream cookie sandwiches by picking from a selection of freshly baked cookies and a variety of premium ice creams. Mix and match your cookies with one chocolate walnut and one chocolate chip with some mint chip in the middle for a fun and refreshing combination!