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$75 Truffle-Topped Japanese Sando From Texas Pops Up in Orange County This Month

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Plus Zankou chicken heads to Downtown and a Goth coffee spot in East LA

Black truffle and A5 katsu sando from Sando Itchi is popping up in Santa Ana this month.
Black truffle and A5 katsu sando from Sando Itchi is popping up in Santa Ana this month
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

After making waves in Dallas, Texas last month, luxe katsu sando spot Sandoitchi, which uses expensive Japanese A5 wagyu, gold leaf, and black truffle slices, is popping up in Santa Ana this month. The prime offering is that A5 sando that costs $75 in Texas, though it’s unclear how much it’ll cost in Orange County. The ordering system is also very specific: The website opens up precisely at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, which is when orders must be placed. Pick ups happen on the following Fridays. Hopefully you have fast fingers (and fast Internet). This isn’t the only place to get high end Japanese convenience store-inspired sandwiches in the LA area. Katsu Sando has been doing the A5 katsu sando for a while now and has them at its newish Chinatown location pretty much every day.

In other news:

OC Register critic Brad A. Johnson hails the bucket of Cajun crawfish, shrimp, and crabs at The Kickin’ Crab in Costa Mesa.

—LA Taco features a Goth-themed coffee spot called Mystyx Kafe in East LA from a former black metal band musician. “When I walk around different cities, I feel like all coffee shops are the same...“They give the same ‘vanilla’ vibe. I wanted to start something different, connected to goth subculture,” says owner Julian “Filth.”

—Gusto Bread gets the local news spotlight from ABC for its permanent bakery location, which is now open in Long Beach.

LA Magazine has another handy list of where to dine outdoors right now.

—What Now LA has the news that Zankou chicken, the beloved rotisserie chicken spot, is opening in Downtown LA in the former Koja Kitchen space.

—Trying to figure out how to make good cocktails at home during the pandemic? Time Out says that Big Bar will send over instructional videos with its to-go cocktails.

—Longtime Beverly Hills restaurant Panini Grill has vacated its little Santa Monica Blvd space in the Golden Triangle, reports Toddrickallen.

—Here’s former LA Dodger Adrian Gonzalez talking about his favorite taco spots: Tacos 1986, Sonoratown, Guisados, and La Cevicheria.