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Written By: Priscilla Ng The Best Submarine Sandwiches in OC That Will Leave You Craving More

A sandwich is a blank canvas for any food lover. There are endless ways to stuff it with delicious ingredients. The submarine sandwich, usually requiring some sort of baguette or long piece of bread, is a typical option for hangry customers who want something reasonably priced, quick and filling. Here’s a quick guide to our favorite local sandwich shops all over Orange County, so that you’ll have a nearby place to stop by for a quick and adventurous bite.


Subculture Extraordinary Sandwiches

First timers here should go for the Firebird sandwich. Thanks to the Pow Sauce, it adds a kick in the sandwich that perfectly complements the hot turkey melt, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos and fresh avocado. Get it with Subculture’s famous Dutch Crunch bread. This place is fire!

7862 Warner Ave
Huntington Beach,  CA 92647

Sessions West Coast Deli

Session’s Summer Zephyr, which consists of marinated tomato, baby arugula, fresh mozzarella, basil aioli, pickled red onion and balsamic reduction placed inside a baked French roll, is “the best sandwich to hit the lip, ” according to their surf lingo. Their sandwiches capture the essence of California and is everything you’d expect from Sessions.

2823 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach,  CA 92663


Le Diplomate Café

Every UCI student knows about this place, and if tons of college students are flocking here, that means two things: cheap food and great food. The half-size sandwich is all you need, and it’s just under five dollars. Try their most popular item, the broccoli and mushroom chicken sandwich with garlic sauce, too.

4237 Campus Dr
Irvine,  CA 92612


Cortina’s Italian Market & Delicatessen

Meatballs, golf balls … same thing. Well, that’s the size of the meatballs in Cortina’s special meatball sandwich. The balls are drenched in homemade chunky tomato marinara sauce, perfectly seasoned, and the meatballs are not mushy. On top is a buttery, melty cheese blanket and underneath is crunchy cornmeal, and it is all wrapped up in a toasty cushion of fresh baked Italian bread.

2175 W Orange Ave
Anaheim,  CA 92804


Hollingshead’s Deli

Looking for a bread pillow? Hollingshead’s has the perfect kind. Here, they steam their breads so that it’s soft and fluffy. Their most popular sub is the Great Scott sandwich which has turkey melt, crispy bacon, fresh avocado, mayo, honey mustard, lettuce and onions in squaw bread.

368 S Main St
Orange,  CA 92868


The Trough Sandwich Kitchen

This cozy, modernized, barnyard-themed restaurant is the perfect place to unwind your troubles. Get away from your mainstream, brightly-lit restaurants and tie yourself down with one of The Trough’s famous sub sandwiches. Their caprese sandwich is the go-to for returning customers. It also contains tomato, baby arugula, mozzarella cheese, basil, olive aioli and homemade tomato jam.

31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy
Rancho Santa Margarita,  CA 92688


Board & Brew

Since 1979, Board & Brew has dominated the sandwich game with their secret sauce. The best combination is their chicken club sandwich. Originally they could only be found in San Diego, but they’ve finally expanded to Orange County and everyone loves it. After a long day at the beach, it’s the only way to chow down and enjoy yourself.

5701 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd
Anaheim,  CA 92807

Who doesn’t love a delicious sub?