100 Favorite OC Dishes, #67: The Reuben At A Market

Everyone’s got a sandwich they like— BLT, grilled cheese, bologna, veggie, etc. Mine has changed from a cold cut sub combo with Stephanie throughout high school, to grilled bread surrounding hot fillings. And while most locals can tell you about the vibe inside dimly lit A Restaurant, it’s a different scene in the adjacent market. 

This easygoing space manages a steady flow of diners from early morn into the afternoon. Egg-based options fill brekkie, but the lunchtime staples are what Market Chef Shelly Register specializes in. Take her Reuben, for instance. Corned beef and Havarti bond with sauerkraut between a pair of marbled rye slices. The ratio of meat to bread is just right, while that ‘kraut provides a much-needed sharpness in taste. Plan your mealtime attack accordingly, as the much younger set may drop in and flood the kitchen with orders. After testing out the Reuben, I’m completely down with trying the rest of their menu. Shall we?

The List:

68. Everything Cake from Slice Deli And Cakery 
69. Spicy Shrimp And Eggplant from Brio Tuscan Grille
70. Crawfish Mac & Cheese from The Wharf
71. Malasadas from Dough Doughs Hawaiian Cafe 
72. Salsas from Salsa Bandolera 
73. Chorizo Breakfast Bagel at Spigas Bakery and Cafe 
74. Whole Chicken Combo at Falafelo  
75. Toothpick Lamb at Sichuan Impression 
76. Hainan Chicken Rice at Baos Hog 
77. Fruit- and Ice Cream-Topped Waffles at Crave 
78. Garlic Shrimp Poke at Costco 
79. Chimichurri Fries at Piaggo on Wheels 
80. Torta Cubana at Cancun Juice 
81. Adobo Bowl at Irenia 
82. Garlic Noodles at Krave Asian Fusion 
83. Broccolini at SeaSalt WoodFire Grill 
84. Spicy Tuna Roll at Yard House 
85. Amber Roll at Orange Roll and Sushi 
86. Frito Chili Cheeseburger at Burger Parlor 
87. Maui Sunrise at The Original Banzai Bowls 
88. Meals from The Performance Kitchen 
89. Pizza-Sized Quesadilla at Los Sanchez
90. Filipino Brunch at EATS Kitchen And Bar
91. Mexican Chocolate at the Pie Hole 
92. Biscuits at James Republic 
93. Mushroom Flatbread with Kale and Kumquat Salad at Lemonade 
94. Mexican-Style Gelatins from Santa Ana’s Gelatina Goddess 
95. Hot Pastrami Caesar Salad at Bruxie
96. Jalapeño Pupusas at Las Cazuelas
97. Meatball Sliders at Fresh Brothers
98. Buffalo Cauliflower at Mead’s Green Door Cafe
99. Raindrop Cake at Sunmerry Bakery
100. Doughrito at Surfin’ Donuts

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