17. Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich from Lucca Cafe
Damn, we're salivating just thinking about it!
Anne Marie Panoringan
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One of the better dishes we've had the pleasure of feasting on was served during Orange County Restaurant Week. Anyone can make a sandwich, but it takes skill to create something special between two slices of bread. Lucca was able to pull it off.
Made from a free range gobbler plucked locally from Shelton Farms, don't let Cathy Pavlos' choice of turkey fool you into thinking this is a light meal. Flanked by OC Baking Company francese (a ciabatta/baguette hybrid), our meat slice rests on crisp romaine heart and sweet pepper jelly. To shake things up, she includes cipoline in agrodolce, a.k.a sour and sweet onions. I love the sharp, Fiscalini cheddar melted over. It's finished with chunky tomato marmalade and a slice of house-made, applewood smoked bacon that'll bring you back for brunch.
An almost identical version is on the lunch menu at Cathy's other destination, Provenance. If the autumn weather has got you nostalgic for creature comforts, look no further.
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