Yum, I love having a food blog. What a great excuse to eat out. This afternoon Matt and I grabbed sandwiches at East-Borough so I could write abut it.
“East Borough is a casual place that makes classic and French Vietnamese food accessible. Our aim is to deliver the balance of complex flavors and freshness onto a simplified menu.”
I love the atmosphere of this place. It’s located in a little corner patio of The CAMP very simple, distressed wood tables with folding chairs. I also really liked the light fixtures above the cash register. It was a relaxed nice place to stop in for lunch.
Want to know what else was cool about East-Borough? Matt and I both ate (and were full), got a beverage and it cost us under $20.00.
Their sandwiches are in the classic Vietnamese style – pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, and jalepenos, then a filling of your choice all served up on a freshly baked baguette. I got the grilled pork, and Matt got the pork jicama meatballs.
The sandwiches come in an 8” or 12” version. I choose a 8” and I couldn’t even finish it. My pork was peppery, and savory. I thought it blended well with all of the veggies. The baguette was warm and crusty with a soft center.
Matt’s meatball sandwich was interesting. I think I’d order it next time so I can try more of it. I find the flavor hard to describe. The meatballs were simmered in a marinara sauce and it was a unique paring with the traditional veggies. Matt really enjoyed it and I was happy about it since he had originally requested we eat tacos for lunch.
Both sandwiches were brought to us in simple brown paper with a rubber band to hold it together.
The girls across the patio both ordered Vermicelli noodles. One got the tofu and the other ordered it with the pork. Both looked pretty tasty. The noodles come with fresh greens, crispy shallots, peanuts and an eggroll. Served with citrus vinaigrette.
I’d recommend East Borough if you wanted something elevated from Lee’s Sandwiches but don’t want to spend a ton.
Have I mentioned that I love The CAMP? LOVE IT. Go there. Eat. Be Happy!
East-Borough is located at The CAMP – 2937 Bristol St D102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
They’re open Mon – Fri 11- 8 Sat – Sun 11 – 5
Visit their website for a full menu: www.east-borough.com
Or follow them on twitter at @eastborough