Le Diplomate Cafe

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4237 Campus Dr
Suite B161
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-5161

For any UCI student, I’m sure Le Diplomate Cafe is somewhere you’ve been to before when you were hungry and couldn’t decide what else to eat that didn’t require too much extra work. I definitely wouldn’t say this place is a main attraction when you’re in Irvine, but if you live close to UCI and are either 1) lazy to drive too far or 2) don’t have a car/someone to drive you, then Le Dip is probably one of the best choices in University Town Center for a meal. I’m sure many people agree with me on this because there’s usually a line at this place.

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Sandwiches here made to order and the prices are fair. Service isn’t exactly the quickest, but I think it’s because they only have one or two people making the sandwiches in the back. On the menu, there’s quite a selection of sandwiches with chicken combined various other ingredients, such as artichoke or eggplant. A favorite among many people is the garlic chicken sandwich (Pictured above). They can be a little skimpy on meat sometimes, but their garlic sauce has a lot of people coming back for more. If you do plan on trying this sandwich though, beware-it can get oily because of the sauce.

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If something oily isn’t your mood at the moment, a safer bet is the chicken salad sandwich. While there is still mayo as a fatty factor, at least it shouldn’t be too oily. As you can see, the sandwich is paired with fresh lettuce and a tomato slices and hugged between crispy french bread. The crispiness of the bread is just about right; your mouth won’t feel as raw as after eating one of Lee’s sandiwiches. Chicken Dijon here is also not bad, however again there will be quite an amount of sauce having the tendency to drip. Overall, Le Diplomat is local winner for their array of chicken sandwiches and a downright simple place to have lunch with someone. Something I have yet to try the next time I go there is adding sriracha in the sandwiches; according to yelp that’s all the rage right now :).

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~ by thankgoditsfood on May 14, 2009.

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