Now, that club sandwich. This is no ordinary club sandwich, this is a Rotisserie Turkey Club sandwich. In other words, it's made with fresh roasted turkey—real meat, not the plasticky stuff you get elsewhere that's clearly never been within 50 miles of a farm, sludge that bares so little resemblance to meat that it's probably suitable for vegetarians. The focaccia was just the right combination of soft and crispy, the tomato and avocado so lively they must've been harvested that same morning. Crispy pieces of bacon. Fresh lettuce. Red onion. Rémoulade—that's posh mayonnaise to you or I. The ingredients oozed out. I'm salivating now just thinking about it. And, because that wasn't calorific enough, accompanying it was a generous pile of own-made chips covered with a herby crumb topping.
At $9.95, it's not exactly cheap. But look on the bright side: at least it's not as expensive as the $200 sandwich that graced the menu at Cliveden in England a couple of years ago, a concoction so costly it landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
But if you really can't bring yourself to shell out that much for a solitary dish, time your visit to coincide with the upcoming Orange County Restaurant Week (22-28 February), when you can get this very sarnie as part of a $10 three-course lunch offer (a three-course dinner, with the likes of steak au poivre, will set you back $20). Now that is good value. Click here for the menu.
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