I ran across an ad in my local Pennysaver newspaper about DePillo Cafe & Deli, located on the edge of the large business district area in Newport Beach/Irvine near the John Wayne Airport. They advertised a BBQ special every Thursday, so I decided to check it out last Thursday.
For that day, the BBQ special was an open-faced prime rib sandwich, with au jus and horseradish sauce on the side. The meal also came with baked beans, and a fruit salad. For $7.50, it was a reasonably priced lunch meal.
Most open-faced sandwiches I've ordered have normally been turkey with gravy, so it was a treat to try a prime rib version. It was indeed very tasty, with mostly meat. There was some fat to cut off, but not much.
The BBQ specials are only on Thursdays. They have other daily specials that are updated every week on their website.
This week's BBQ special appears to be different, with BBQ salmon as one choice, teriyaki chicken as the 2nd choice. I don't know if/when the prime rib sandwich special will come back, but I'll likely check this website every week to get an idea of how often certain specials will return to the menu.
The rest of the regular menu looks breakfast foods, sandwiches, salads, and aram wraps.
Because of its hours catering to the lunch crowds in the large business area around it, it's not a destination for out-of-towners to check out on the weekends. If you are visiting the area during the week, or are a local looking for an alternative to your regular restaurant rotation, this is a neat little cafe to check out.
DePillo Cafe & Deli
3001 Red Hill Ave, Bldg #1, Suite 108,
Costa Mesa, CA
closed Saturdays & Sundays