Lil' Pickle USA
Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven. All rights reserved.
Imagine 1962, Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro, the first MLB game is played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and Lil' Pickle opens in Costa Mesa, California. My first time to this lil' sub shop was as a tiny tot. I can still remember a long line to play Pac-Man inside the restaurant. It's been at least ten years ago that I last stopped into this neighborhood institution.
A few things have changed, such as the placement of the food prep area, tables, and gone is the Pac-Man machine. Photos of customers and local teams adorn the walls acting as a visual history of the locals mainly from Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley. This is a good spot to eat before going to the Orange County Fair. Lil' Pickle is located down the street from the fair and is a good way to fuel up the body while avoiding the price of fair food. The staff were friendly and happy to serve.
My two favorites are the #1 Lil' Pickle Sub and #4 "Healthy" Natural Sub (pictured above). The loaves used to make the subs are soft, with a slightly crispy outer skin. The produce and meats are fresh and prepared daily. Their Turkey and Avocado are very popular, although I have not tasted one yet. If ordering the "Healthy" Natural Sub my one suggestion is to ask them to go light on the mayonnaise or skip it.
A note on paying: This is an old school establishment, so leave the credit card at home and bring cash.
For more information on Lil' Pickle USA you can check them out on Zomato.
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