Want to wash down your ravioli with a mandarin-flavored Jarritos? You can here, probably the only place in la naranja where such a flavorful cultural exchange is possible. The Mexican items are only a small part of the menu, though, and owner/chef Alex Lopez pays the rent selling all the classics of an East Coast, well, deli. The cold hoagies can be wielded as a Louisville Slugger, as they are so densely packed with meat cuts and peppers. The East Coast Hoagie—mortadella, salami, prosciutto, capacolla and provolone topped with peppers—is like a porcine turducken, the pork cuts melding their flavors into one another until what reaches your mouth is salty, fatty pleasure.
So it's come to this in Orange County: a Latino serving New York Italian food to another Mexican while talking about Volkswagen Bus memories in English. It happened a couple of weeks ago at East Coast Deli in Fountain Valley, an A-frame-shaped... More »
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