Crave Restaurant and Cafe

410 W. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701


  • Daily 7:30am-9pm
  • $; $$
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking
Crave Restaurant in downtown Santa Ana sells sandwiches. The sourdough is the basis for almost all that you consume--;this is bread for the ages. Baked by Chef Judy Fleenor and supplied in excess, it has a crunchy outer crust mottled golden, shiny as though it were buffed with Turtle Wax. The tangy interior fluff inside is as moist as cake. Sit down and they give you a basket of it with butter. Order a soup and you get at least two more crusty hunks to rip and dip in the liquid. And, of course, there are the sandwiches, which--because the bread is hand-sliced--can be comically oversized at times, but great always.

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  • No. 8: Frittata at Crave
    Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10 a.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

    Like Kasey Kasem, we're counting down the hits, except ours nourish your belly as well as your soul. Just a few weeks left in our list of lists known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR), to correspond with our annual Best Of issue....

  • No. 42: Pasta Salad from Crave
    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 12 p.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Bes...

  • 60. Chocolate Chip Cookie at Crave
    Monday, July 29, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. by Niyaz Pirani

    It's rare for a shuttered restaurant to ever reopen, so when Cafe Chiarini was resurrected under the new name Crave by one of its former owners, we actually stood in awe upon our first visit, gawking through the glass partition, onl...

  • Crave Restaurant: The Sweet Smell of Sourdough
    Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    There was once a place in Santa Ana called Café Chiarini. It was fabled for its soups, salads, giant cookies and, most of all, enormous tri-tip sandwiches made from inch-thick, crusty, homemade sourdough and meat slowly cooke...

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