Whether you want a sandwich already made or you’re looking for the best to stuff your own stack, there’s nothing like a real deli to get the best ingredients. But don’t expect a list of supermarkets here, the top 5 delis in Orange County are mom and pop shops that pride themselves on nothing but the best products for you and your sandwiches.
1 Angelo's Italian Deli
For the perfect sliced meats and cold cuts, amazing sandwiches that are enough for two and a great market in addition to the deli, there's no better place to go than Angelo's. It might be a trek north, but for food this good -- and you'll be converted after just one taste -- it's worth it. Your sandwiches will never be the same.
2 The Meat House
You might know the Meat House for having the best cuts of meat around, but if they have the greatest raw meats, you know they're only stocking and serving the best cured meats, too. Whether you let them assemble your sandwich or you just want to take some home to sate late night cravings or lunchtime hankerings, this will be your new favorite spot.
For a true New York-style experience -- from matzo ball soup to pastrami and corned beef -- a stop at Benjis will take you right to the streets of the East Coast. They've got the greatest pastrami, reubens, a bar and will cater just about any event you need food for. There's nothing they can't tackle if the most discerning New Yorkers frequent this deli.
4 Katella Bakery
Started way back in '64, Katella Bakery has expanded from just baking rye breads and catering to the Jewish community here in Orange County, now they have a full-service restaurant, bar and take-out services. Boasting the best borscht in town and serving 2,000 patrons a day, they're not sacrificing any quality in their turkey sandwiches, brisket and more. One visit and you'll be back for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A family institution since the '60s, Hollingshead's is known for it's selection of beer, but they might be just as well-known for the huge sandwiches. If you choose a classic, if you choose a hero or make up your own combination of meats and cheese, it won't matter because Hollingshead's has the best of both in town. With the beers on one side and the deli on the other, you'll think twice about heading anywhere else.