Eat like a boss! New Fall Sandwiches at Mendocino Farms
I normally do not like paying for sandwiches, but…
I have said it before, I really don’t like paying money for sandwiches. The exception is if the sandwiches exceeds my own skill level or so delicious I have no choice but to order it over and over again like a deprived crack addict. I just tried two new sandwiches from Mendocino Farms new fall sandwiches.One of them made me seriously contemplate my next visit, so I can reverse engineer it.
As I mentioned in my previous article about the expansion of Mendocino Farms into Orange County, they focus on “farm to table” sandwiches. They source their ingredients from local farms and local artisan food crafters. Based on my experiences with Mendocino Farms, this is one of the few places that I will agree to visit for sandwiches in Orange County. Below are the two new sandwiches that I tried.
Peruvian Steak Sandwich
The Peruvian Steak Sandwich is made with spicy aji amarillo marinated steak with Oaxcan cheese, herb aioli, red onions, tomatoes, shredded romaine on Panini grilled Drago Bakery Torta bun. Peruvian aji sauce is one of the my favorite sauces ever, so I was extremely excited to eat it on a steak sandwich. According to the staff, the sliced steak is marinated in the sauce, giving each bite an even slow sizzle.
The base of the secret sauce is a chili known as aji amarillo. This chili which strikes a balance between fruity and spicy ,with an ever so slight flavor memory of raisins and sun-dried tomatoes. Even though this sounds like a heavy sandwich, it actually eats light. I think the aji Amarillo added a little bit of sunshine to the sandwich. $10.95
Smoked Turkey Romesco
The Smoked Turkey Romesco sandwich is made with pecan wood house smoked turkey breast, almond based romesco, harissa aioli, roasted tomatoes, red onion, Scarborough Farms baby arugula, and served on Drago Bakery pretzel bun. The best part of this sandwich is the smoked turkey, the pecan smoke seeps deep into the muscle.
Although I really loved the flavor layers of this sandwich, the pretzel bun was just slightly too thick for my tastes. Although a thinner pretzel bun would be ideal, I would still order this sandwich again. $9.85
Mendocino Farms Sides
Black Rice & Wheatberry Salad with cabbage, kale, carrots & tofu in a Sesame Ginger Dressing. I loved this earthy salad, as it had so many flavors in one bite.
Drake Farm’s Feta with Basil Pesto Shells, grape tomatoes, parmesan & Scarborough Farm’s baby spinach. This is a classic pasta salad.
My Final Thoughts
If you are in a mood for a good sandwich, I will always recommend Mendocino Farms. If you are debating what you are going to order, I highly recommend the Peruvian Steak sandwich. My wife cannot stand anything spicy. Although I watched her power through an entire Peruvian Steak Sandwich. She complained that her “mouth was burning”, but she kept eating it anyways. I told her that most people consider that sensations pleasurable.
I asked her after, “what’s the deal? You just ate the entire sandwich, I thought you can’t eat spicy?”
She responded with, “My mouth is on fire, but I couldn’t stop, the flavor is delicious” hmmm…