This week, it's my turn for our 100 Favorite Dishes. Find out what you're missing with this list of 100 memorable dishes at local restaurants. We'll count down every weekday, with the top dishes appearing right before our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy!
#93. Cuban Sandwich from DeSimone's Deli
Walking into DeSimone's, a Huntington Beach deli that sprouted a new outpost on Orange's busy Tustin Ave., the only clue that the owners are Cuban are a display of Cuban sodas (Materva, Jupiña, and the like) and the delicious Cuban sandwich available.
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The Miami-area staple of roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard layered onto crusty Cuban bread is pressed and grilled into an impossibly flaky creation at DeSimone's. Get it to eat in so that you can have a plate of the house-made salads (cold bean salad, potato and macaroni salads) alongside it. Make a royal mess, spend five minutes cleaning up after yourself, and rejoice in the price: under $6.
DeSimone's Deli, 6850 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach; (714) 847-0922. Second location at 2279 N. Tustin Ave., Orange; (714) 637-3000.
The rest of the list:
#100. Jerk Carnitas Torta at The Crosby
#99. Nem Nuong Cuon at Brodard
#98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli
#97. Flying Saucer at Alberto's
#96. Frozen Custard at Marc Burger's in Macy's Signature Kitchen
#95. Collard Greens at Johnny Reb's
#94. Strawberry Shortcake from Job's Daughters