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The BLT is a very simple sandwich with just four ingredients – five if you include mayonnaise. However, it is not only comfort food, but a tribute to how good simplicity can be. You get the salty, smoky flavor of the bacon in contrast to the fresh crisp taste of the lettuce. In short, when you get a BLT, you get a whole lot of simple goodness on two slices of bread. Try these places for a great BLT.
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(credit: Gary Schwind)


Peter’s Gourmade Grill
14311 Newport Ave., Suite A
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-2099
www.gourmadegrill.com

The BLT at Peter’s Gourmade Grill is a wonderful combination of flavors: the bacon is crisp and has a nice smoky flavor; a healthy amount of shredded lettuce is added that adds a crisp freshness that contrasts with the smoky flavor of the bacon;  and the bread is grilled to perfection, which only makes the sandwich better. The sandwich is generally topped with mayonnaise, but doesn’t need it. Keep your eyes open when you go to this place as it’s very easy to miss.

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The Swinging Door
355 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-5214
www.facebook.com/TheSwingingDoor

The kitchen at The Swinging Door is small, but that doesn’t prevent the cook from making a good BLT. The bacon is cooked very well and topped with fresh lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It is served on Parmesan bread, which adds a nice salty flavor and sets this sandwich apart from other BLTs. This sandwich is even better when jalapeno bacon is available.

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(credit: Gary Schwind)


Nate’s Korner
3950 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 545-5772
www.Facebook.com/Nates-Korner-Breakfast-Hoagie-Shop

Not far from the airport is this little gem, and once you find it, don’t be surprised if you become a regular. If you had to describe the BLT here in one word, it would be “big.” The bacon is cooked to be super crispy, then topped with tomato and a generous portion of lettuce that gives the sandwich its size. It is served on your choice of bread (try the sourdough), and topped with mayonnaise. Like everything else on the menu here, this sandwich will keep you coming back.

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(credit: Scott T./yelp)


Reunion Kitchen & Drink
5775 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 283-1062
reunionkitchen.net

The Awesome BLT here is definitely worthy of the name. This sandwich is seasoned with salt and pepper and served on Parmesan-sourdough bread. To make it even more awesome, you can add avocado for $3 or a fried egg for $2. If you think a regular BLT is good, you should try it topped with a fried egg. Better still is you can wash this BLT down with a good draft beer or any number of local beers.

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FreeSoulCaffe
191 E. Main St., Suite 1B
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 371-0976
freesoulcaffe.com

The BLT is generally a sandwich for carnivores – even if it is topped with lettuce and tomato. FreeSoulCaffe shows that it can be a sandwich for vegetarians and vegans, too. The BLT here is made with vegan bacon and topped with vegan mayonnaise. If you are a carnivore, it may not pull you away from a standard BLT, but you might be pleasantly surprised if you try this vegan variation.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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