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The OC Chicken Rotisserie currently occupies a level of obscurity I like to call, "Hey, someone set up tables in my grandmother's pantry"--few pegs beneath hole-in-the-wall. To find it on your GPS, you'll have to input the address of the pho spot next door.
But don't be put off by the lack of pretension, by the supermarket-style shelves stocked with laundry detergents. They offer a bánh mì worthy of Little Saigon
The baguette is formidable, providing a trustworthy bind without reducing the experience to a mouthful of bread. Pry it open and you'll see the carrots stringing through red pork like sinewy veins. The parsley tangles with jalapeño circles providing that watershed bánh mì moment: when you hit the pepper and it overwhelms your senses in a flavorful non sequitur.
This is not a hipster sandwich--just a quality one. And at four dollars, there's simply no better option...unless you're in Little Saigon
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