Old Towne Eats
Being that I live in the Old Towne Orange sector of North County, I thought I would do a little series of posts on the many great places to eat in and around the
Orange Circle Orange Plaza Square. I feel it is very important that we do our part to keep the small restaurants in business and preserve the great community Old Towne Orange has to offer us. Plus, most of them are WAY better than the big chains.
First on my list is the newest addition to the neighborhood. Old Towne Grinder and Ice Cream Parlour.
For those that don’t know, a grinder is a sandwich. When my wife and I first saw the signs we thought maybe another coffee shop was opening up, but were pleased to see it was sandwiches. The building stands where the old Orange Lock & Safe used to be.
I’ve noticed several of the old businesses leaving the circle area. If anyone knows why, or has heard anything, I’d like to know.
Last Saturday my wife, her mom and I went there for lunch. It was great! Service was a little shaky, but they’re still in their soft opening phase, so I expect a few kinks. There were no kinks, however, in the food. I thoroughly enjoyed my meatball sandwich and old fashioned bottle of Dad’s root beer. My wife had the roast beef with au jus, and her mom had a turkey sandwich. They both also loved the food. I saw bread being freshly baked in the oven, and the taste was perfect. They’ve managed to make the bread light, not heavy. It was nice. At one point the owner came out to our table to make sure everything was ok. It turns out he’s a local too, living only a few blocks from the shop. He was a very nice man, and the staff was very nice too…..even though a few were a little ditsy. While we didn’t have room for ice cream, other reviews I’ve read say it is good too. You can’t go wrong with Dreyers Ice Cream.
So go enjoy Old Towne Grinder and Ice Cream Parlour, and while you’re at it, take a walk around! Maybe you’ll see me!