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Which Orange County ‘Wich To Have in Hand This National Sandwich Day

Any ingredient you can imagine, piled between two slices of your favorite bread, a culinary expression of culture, creativity and convenience – who doesn’t enjoy a sandwich?

What better way to celebrate our collective love affair with the world’s tastiest invention — amusingly named after a gambling aristocrat — than dedicating an entire day to them? This year, November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, so let’s get rolling and look at the best Orange County has to offer.


Costa Mesa and Irvine, CA

Does the thought of scrumptious Latin-inspired food keep you up at night? Luckily, Habana is open past midnight and the “Media Noche” is the perfect bite to satisfy those late nocturnal cravings. This Cuban style pressed sandwich is loaded with slow roasted pork, jamón, Swiss and all the fixings, as well as a tantalizing roasted garlic yellow mustard aioli that makes the whole thing melt in your mouth.

Stockyard Sandwich Co.

4th St Market, Santa Ana, CA

Whoever thought to add tuna salad to the already delicious grilled cheese deserves a medal. The crew at Stockyard Sandwich Co. earns the gold for their take on the classic because the ciabatta and cheddar make it better. Tasty tuna and crisp pickles meld together in a gloriously salty and tangy experience that’s only elevated by tomato and red onion. House-made chips or tater tots are included with the order, so you’ll surely find happiness at this 4th Street Market standout.

The Recess Room

Fountain Valley, CA

At The Recess Room, a trendy energetic vibe meets innovative cuisine. If your interests lie between the bread, the “Pork Belly BLT” has your name written all over it. Thick slabs of succulent, rich and flavorful kurobuta pork set the tone for this ‘wich; the charred edges alone will get your mouth watering. Arugula, tender Roma tomato, and chipotle aioli fill out the rest and beer battered fries come on the side. Just remember, there is never any shame in filling your belly with pork belly.

Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Cafe

Anaheim, Newport Beach, Long Beach, and Orange, CA

Artisan French bread and aromatic coffee highlight this charming breakfast spot – oui, s’il vous plait! If you dream of sipping espresso while savoring a Croque-Madame along the Champs-Élysées, Pandor Boulangerie and Café can at least get you halfway to realizing your fancy.  Served atop a Provençal loaf, this delicacy of jambon ham, cheese, creamy Béchamel sauce and eggs over easy evokes the finest of Parisian sensibilities.

The Iron Press

Anaheim and Costa Mesa, CA

Please excuse the language, but the “Hot Mother Clucker” is so delicious, profanity is entirely necessary. On this ‘which, you’ll find tender, free-range Jidori chicken coated in a spicy buttermilk batter and stacked amid jalapeño waffles, along with zesty slaw, buffalo sauce, and jalapeño maple syrup. This delectably obscene creation will have you exhaling “&#%$ that is good!” between gulps of water. I would keep the pitcher close by.

The Kroft

Anaheim and Tustin, CA

What’s the coolest thing since sliced bread? Sandwich dipping. At The Kroft, thinly cut prime rib slathered with horseradish mayo and caramelized onions are the passengers on a French roll vessel certified for dunking, especially when it’s into Au Jus dip. With your Prime Rib Dip in hand, throw in some panko fried cheese curds and you’ll be on a voyage of delicious discovery.


4th St Market, Santa Ana, CA

CIVIC’s house-made pesto is the key that truly unlocks the flavor of its juicy, free-range chicken breast burger. Its basil is garden fresh, the olive oil enhancing the herbs while not being too soggy. They then throw savory sun dried tomatoes, arugula, melted Swiss cheese on a delicate yet crispy bun, proving that you can still get your fill without completely wrecking that healthy streak you’ve been on.

Two Birds

TRADE, Irvine, CA

For the “Bird In The Hand” sandwich, you’re going to need twice the standard gripping action, especially if you order double chicken for $3 (as you should). The massive portion towers on a cornmeal bun, seasoned, crispy poultry dripping with slaw and special tiger sauce. Don’t be intimidated, a fork and knife can make tackling the monster more feasible. Add a side of waffle fries and an Arnold Palmer truly bring the Southern comfort home.

Blackmarket Bakery

Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, CA

When the lunch bell rings, countless kids across the country dig into a timeless classic, the staple of every childhood diet. Blackmarket Bakery will take your fondest peanut butter and jelly sandwich memories to the next level. The Über PBJ is a layered masterpiece of creamy peanut butter, signature berry jam, shaved almonds, and fresh berries slathered on pieces of toasted 6-grain. You’ll never think about a PB&J the same again.

Dog Haus

Santa Ana, CA

What is the meaning of life? Was the dress black and blue or white and gold? Is a hot dog actually a sandwich? These are the questions of our time. Including frankfurters on this list might land me in the doghouse with some, but perhaps spending time at Dog Haus will provide a new perspective regarding this controversial debate. Whatever you decide, you’ll surely leave satisfied by the chain’s signature beef sausage combinations, each served on a fresh King’s Hawaiian Rolls. The popular “SOOO CALI” is garnished with wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, tomato, but you also have the option to craft your own.

The Little Jewel Of New Orleans

Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, this outpost of authentic Southern cooking truly is a treasure. Each of their Po’boys is rich in bayou flavor; choices liked golden fried catfish, oyster, and shrimp come with mayo and all the fixings. Ask for a ‘crown’ on your sandwich, a topping of melted sharp cheddar and hand-smoked honey bacon, you’ll be glad you did.

Hollingshead Delicatessen

Orange, CA

At Hollingshead Delicatessen, family owned and operated since 1963, every Hero (sandwich) has its Demon (sandwich). On the path to righteousness, you will encounter beef, ham, turkey, cheddar, mayo, mustard, lettuce, and tomato heaped on a French Roll. Luckily, giving into the dark side only means swapping for pastrami, Swiss, and an onion roll – well, and maybe partaking in the diverse beer section that features 22 different brews on tap every day.

Tortas Sinaloa

Santa Ana, CA

The fact that Mexican cooking, predominately embodied by the tortilla, has developed its own type of sandwich is a testament to the universal appeal. At Tortas Sinaloa, there are 60 different combinations to choose from, but the Torta Ahogada, a carnitas sandwich drenched in chili tomato sauce, lime juice and red onion is the best. Add some avocado and queso, and don’t forget to indulge in some of the liquid refreshments like tamarind or horchata.

The Carving Board

West Los Angeles, CA

When pasta ends up on a sandwich, it is a match made in carb heaven, and the meatball sandwich at The Carving Board is your ticket to those exquisite, pearly gates. Sliced all beef meatballs covered in a homemade marinara and melted mozzarella are served between Parmesan spaghetti bread (yes, it’s exactly what you think it is). Extra marinara on the side makes this pièce de résistance all the right kinds of saucy.

Cravings Restaurants

13 Mouthwatering California Burgers And Where To Find Them

To feed your burger addiction with fresh and fully loaded content, we’ve created a list to out-stack any creative customized combo you’ve dreamed up. We’re lookin’ for the burger that’s so fresh you’ve gotten to know the back story of the ranch it grew up on. You’ve built up your vocabulary through ingredients from all of the burgers you’ve tried. The burgers are getting wetter, cheesier, taller, and sexier. Does your burger ooze with yolk? Did your toppings make it into an aioli? We’ve raised the standard and pretty much any burger that’s going into your mouth better have a story to tell. So slap some butter on those buns and let’s get toasty. We’re not shy of crazy — are you?


Located inside The Hotel Fullerton, Citizen Kitchen’s menu is the brainchild of Chef Zach Geerson, where focus is seasonal ingredients in a modern and innovative fashion. The new Barcelona Burger, whose patty is made of Geerson’s four-way burger blend, is topped with seafood paella, duck confit, pimenton aioli, frisée, almonds, and sherry vinaigrette. You better believe we are not holding back on this one! Be bold. You can always sleep off your food coma at the hotel… and then come back for a night-cap with a cocktail. Rusty Nail anyone? This cocktail features Pig’s Nose and Drambuie, garnished with a lemon twist. Cheers!


Citizen Kitchen’s Barcelona Burger | Photo courtesy of Chef Zach Geerson


As if you needed another reason to love bacon, Pig Pen Delicacy’s sophisticated and modern interpretations of bacon and pork favorites have us obsessing over their new Maple Bacon Jam Burger, featuring bacon jam, Havarti cheese, chive aioli and fried onion strings over the top of an all-beef patty. What’s on the menu for dessert? That’s right, you guessed it — bacon! You have to order a side of candied bacon for the ride home, as this oven-baked bacon with brown sugar and spices adds to that mic drop moment.


Pig Pen Delicacy’s Maple Bacon Jam Burger | Photo courtesy of @misoo_hungry via Instagram


The Caj-sian fare at The Wharf, situated in historic Downtown Garden Grove, takes America’s favorite sammie and kicks things into serious overdrive. These guys are not afraid to do things differently with a keen eye to detail and a palate for the finer ingredients of their reimagined Vietnamese cuisine. A classic burger is transformed here with cajun shrimp grilled to perfection to crown a pork belly (yes, pork belly) patty, while it’s all doused in a healthy helping of melted cheddar cheese for modern surf-and-turf action.


The Wharf’s Surf n Turf Burger | Photo courtesy of 100eats


At Slater’s they are reinventing the idea of what it means to play with your food. If you like over-the-top, in-your-face burgers that are loaded with flavor (AKA bacon) then Slater’s may already be showing up in your Waze app as your home location. Just when you thought their magical 50/50 burger couldn’t get any better, they reinvented your standards. Hey! It’s just in their nature. The re-formulated burger is thicker, juicier, and just as sexy as it was before. Build your own jaw-dropping burger by using this patty as your canvas. Whether it turns out to be a Pollock or a Manet, sandwich it with a toasted-to-perfection brioche bun and the critics will be satisfied.


Slaters 50/50’s Jalapeno Popper Burger | Photo courtesy of Slater’s 50/50 via Instagram


If you work by South Coast Plaza then you might as well call Vaca the employee break room, because everyone ends up here when they’re clocked out. You’re the type of person that really digs superior tasting meats and that’s why you keep coming back here, or it could be those Spanish cocktails you can’t get enough of. Well now you have yet another reason to come back here — the burger. The twist on this tradition comes from the hands of celebrity chef, Amar Santana. The Hamburguesa features a grilled prime beef patty and crispy Spanish chorizo on a fluffy brioche bun with smoked paprika aioli and overnight tomatoes. And if you feel like taking this burger to the next level, accept the option to add Spanish cabrales bleu cheese or Spanish manchego cheese.


Vaca’s Hamburguesa | Photo courtesy of Travel Costa Mesa


Thoughtfully crafted, well proportioned burgers made with the freshest available, all-natural ingredients is what you get at Hopdoddy. And lucky us, they just opened a new location at The Tustin Market. Their beef comes from those happy, humanely raised cows. You know, the ones that are never, ever given growth hormones or antibiotics! Not feeling the beef? They also offer bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, sushi-grade tuna, and a black bean-corn patty. If you’re the type of person that can fall in love with an aioli so much that you just want to rub it all over your face and put it in your hair, then the Primetime Burger is for you. This beauty features grass-fed beef, Brie cheese, arugula, caramelized onions, that truffle aioli that makes you act strange because you love it so much, steak sauce and beefsteak tomato. The overall flavor profile of this burger is very rich but it won’t leave you feeling weighed down with regret. You can attribute this to the thoughtfully crafted proportions of the burger.


Hopdoddy’s Primetime Burger | Photo courtesy of Hopdoddy via Facebook


In case you were ever wondering the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger, it’s 25 degrees. Where the burgers are as fancy as the decor, this burger bar offers chic sophistication, on and off the plate. This is the kind of place where you come for the burger and you stay for the atmosphere. With the amount of different ingredient options available in this house, your imagination (and your wallet) is your only limitation. Just a teaser of what we’re talking about, their cheese selections include the benedictine, creamy smoked mozzarella, tart and creamy crescenza, and a blue veined prelibato gorgonzola that has us melting in our seats. If you start to feel like you’re drowning in options, just opt for the Number 5 “Truffle Style” featuring mushroom, truffle oil, dijon aioli, arugula, caramelized onion, and smoked mozzarella. You’ll thank us later. Seriously, this truffle addiction will be hard to kick.


25 degrees’ Number 1 Burger | Photo courtesy of @likefoodla via Instagram


Located in the historic Arts District in Los Angeles, the industrial-chic restaurant, Fritzi, has Chef Neal Fraser serving up his other-worldly, artisanal nosh, including his Fritzi Burger. Chef Fraser’s burger features a nine-hour sous-vide Nueskie’s bacon-beef blend patty, topped with creamy fontina fondue, crisp iceberg lettuce, calabrese relish, and thousand island, which is then served with your choice of fries, tots or potato waffle. Pair with Arts District Brewing Co. beer for the ultimate ticket to burger nirvana. This spot screams fancy in your mouth all while promoting a casual no dress-code vibe. The best part, you get that transcendental moment for your tastebuds without the hefty price tag.


Fritzi’s Fritzi Burger with their 9 hours sous-vide patty | Photo courtesy of @misscutiefoodie via Instagram


Chef Ludo Lefebvre reinvents your interpretation of the double cheeseburger, inspired by the cheeseburger at Au Cheval in Chicago. The Big Mec at Petit Trois features two 4-ounce beastly, prime beef patties that are flooded with bordelaise sauce and topped with American cheese and garlic aioli. This savory, delicious masterpiece that they call a burger doesn’t have us missing lettuce and tomato in the slightest. Rumor has it, there may even be foie gras in that sauce, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Not that this burger needs directions, but we do suggest cutting it in half, eating it until it falls apart in your hands, and then just putting your face in the plate.


Petit Trois’ Big Mec | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram


You might not expect this Italian-inspired restaurant with a California soul to offer a burger, but they do. You’d think this was the best kept secret in LA, but let’s be honest, a burger this good doesn’t stay hush-hush for long. This now famous burger that was intended to be on the DL (hence the Downlow Burger name) features wagyu beef, caramelized onions, aged cheddar, house pickles, rosemary parmesan, and tomato aioli. This is the kind of burger you could fall in love with, as it hugs you in all the right places.


Love and Salt’s Downlow Burger | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram


The next time you’re in Redondo Beach and you’re headed to the liquor store for some beer and Lotto tickets, you might stumble upon a very tiny counter where some of the best burgers in LA are served. Enter with no regrets, or on a cheat day, because you’re about to have one of the best fancy-gastropub-meets-Asian-influenced burgers touch your lips. Whether you decide on the Cash Burger served with shishito pepper, bacon, cheddar, American cheese, onion ring, Korean aioli, and hoisin bbq sauce… or the Hapa Burger, featuring spring mix, onion, scallion, sesame leaf tossed in spicy vinaigrette, fried egg, gouchu Q and Korean aioli, you are guaranteed an absolute flavor bomb.


The Standing Room’s Cash Burger | Photo courtesy of The Standing Room


You could go into cardiac arrest just by looking at this burger. The Whipper Burger features two generously portioned Angus beef patties, ooey gooey cheese, pastrami, a hot link, and your classic burger produce to balance this beast of a burger out. By no means should you think that this burger is compensating with size, because not one ingredient is unnecessary, each being full of flavor and contributing to texture and structure. Just a heads up, the burgers do take about 20 minutes to make since they are made-to-order. You can tell that person behind the grill is persnickety about the details, and we couldn’t be more excited to reap the benefits.


Hawkins House of Burgers’ Whipper Burger | Photo courtesy of @thebestfoodperiod via Instagram


Jack’s new Brew House Bacon Burger is making fast-food sexy, and not in a Carl’s Jr. kind of way. This beauty features 1/4 lb signature beef patty, topped with authentic porter ale cheese sauce, tasty grilled onions, and hickory smoked bacon – all on a toasted artisan potato bun. Follow that up with an order of their crispy garlic herb French fries, or those curly fries that you’ve become so loyal to, and you might think you were at an actual brewhouse. Then you realize you’re actually in a drive-thru and last-minute impulsively add the Oreo shake, because at this point you’re all in and committed to this fourth meal moment.


Jack in the Box’s Brewhouse Burger | Photo courtesy of @dailyfoodfeed via Instagram

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S’moreo Donuts And All The 2016 Fair Foods That You Need To Know About

Summer has officially kicked off now that fair season is upon us. The San Diego Fair has just opened its doors and quite a few dishes have caught our eyes. Taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, some of the new offerings at the fair has us drooling.

Like with most fair foods, a huge chunk of these delicious dishes are deep fried. Last year, we were blessed with deep-fried Starbucks coffee, chicken waffle cones, beer gelato and a ton of other greasy goodies. So much for that summer body.

While these items can only be found at the SD Fair, at the moment, some will be carrying over to the Orange County fair in mid-July.

We’ll be updating as fair season gluttony goes on.


Philly Mac & Cheesesteak

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Pull-pork Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese

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Deep-fried Lemonade

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Lasagna Sandwich


Photo: 100eats || Pignotti’s Pasta 

Psy Fries

Mad Hatter Dog

Mad Hatter Mad Mashup Burger

S’moreos Donut


Photo: 100eats || Texas Donut

Bacon wrapped baked potato


Photo: 100eats || Bacon A-Fair


21 Delicious Fair Foods That Won’t Immediately Give You A Heart Attack

Going to the fair can be a blessing and a curse. As delicious as stuffing yourself with fried foods may be, it may not be the best idea if you plan on braving any rides.

A few weeks back, we did a massive list of 125 Fair Foods to ever grace the Orange County Fair. The majority of those items have seen the bottom of a deep-fryer. However, there were some pretty tasty dishes that didn’t.

If you’re looking to eat something light, or un-fried check out some highlights below.


Pink’s Hot Dogs



The Big Rib


Biggy’s Meat Market

Western Sausage



Maui Chicken in a Pineapple Bowl


Chicken Charlie

Dill Pickles


Pickle ‘O Pete’s

Dip n’ Dots


Dippin’ Dots



Main Mall

Chicken Kebabs


Chicken Charlie

Corn on the Cob


Carnival Section

Cubano Burger


Tasti Chips

Naked Shrimp Rice and Pineapple Bowl


Chicken Charlie



Carnival Section

Fresh Fruit


Farmer’s Market

Grilled Peppers


Main Mall

Big Chic on a Stick

OC-Fair-Foods Chic Stick

Biggy’s Meat Market

Roast Beef


Main Mall

Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Family Fair Way

Candy Apples


Carnival Section



Pickle ‘O Pete’s

Beef Kebabs


Main Mall

BBQ Ribs


Livestock Lane


11 Of The Most Beautifully Vibrant RAMNUT Photos Found On Instagram


Those able to attend the OC Night Market earlier this month had the chance to try our Ramnut. The ramen-donut hybrid was one of our two featured items at Foodbeast booth.

Essentially, we boiled the noodles in Horchata and deep fried it. Once golden brown, we smothered it in frosting and dumped a bunch of sprinkles. We were pretty stoked with the turnout and beautiful photos taken with the Ramnut.

If you missed out, the Ramnut will make its return at the 626 Night Market. In the meantime, check out some of our favorite pics from the event.

























This Fair Vendor Is Charging $125 For A Twinkie

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A while back, everyone thought that Twinkies would be gone forever. Folks were mobbing grocery store shelves stocking up for themselves or gearing to sell them on eBay for a ridiculous amount. Then Hostess brought the Twinkie back and everyone calmed down.

For those who were already set on paying a ridiculous amount for a Twinkie, Chicken Charlie has the one for you. At the OC Fair this year, the fried-food stand will be serving a $125 Twinkie. What sets this Twinkie apart from all the others is that it will be topped with what they describe as “the finest caviar“.

You can find the $125 Twinkie at the Chicken Charlie booth at the OC Fair. The fair will be open from July 17 through August 16.


12 Crazy Fair Foods You Need To Eat Right Now

Fair season is finally here. As we all know, you don’t visit the fair to eat healthy. In fact, it seems like fair foods are getting crazier every year.

With quite a few fairs starting up again this summer, we did a round up of some of the most insane fair foods we’ve seen so far. Whether deep fried, alcoholic, candy-stuffed, or on a stick, its not fair food if you don’t get heartburn.

Think of it as our fair foods’ greatest hits.


Fireball Whiskey Banana Donut


SD Fair

Breakfast On A Stick


Minnesota State Fair

Chicken and Waffle Cone


Wisconsin State Fair

Starbucks Coffee Deep Fried


SD Fair

Deep-Fried Slim Fast Bar


SD Fair

Jello Salad Ice Cream


Minnesota State Fair

Pop Rocks Sprinkled Donut


OC Fair

Chicken-Fried Bacon


ivane.m/SD Fair

Deep-Fried Kool Aid


SD Fair

Beer Gelato


Minnesota State Fair

Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniel’s Churro


OC Fair

Deep-Fried Trix


OC Fair


A Pop Tart-Stuffed Doughnut for Those Who Don’t Fear Cavities


The battle for a well-balanced breakfast has always hinged between two combatants: Pop Tarts and Donuts. The folks at OC Donut Bar decided enough tears have been shed in making such a difficult decision. As a solution, they’ve created an amalgam of the two breakfast pastries aptly titled “Big Poppa Pop Tart Donut.”

Now you may think it’s just a jelly-filled donut dressed to look like a Pop Tart. Nope. Each Pop Tart Donut features an entire toaster pastry stuffed inside. Talk about a hearty breakfast treat.

You might remember OC Donut Bar for dropping their infamous Monte Cristo Donut.

OC Donut Bar

18011 Newhope St.

Fountain Valley, CA