This may seem like a simple request, but in the two years I've been in n.y.I haven't had much luck tracking down a "real" monte cristo sandwich. You know--meat and cheese served club sandwich-style on french toast-like bread, often with mustard inside and powdered sugar ontop, accompanied by a bit of jelly for dipping.
n.y. restaurants/diners like Odessa (and countless others) treat the monte cristo as a breakfast item and serve it open faced with maple syrup. A monte cristo should be a savory item, something that comes with a side order of fries.
I know the idea of the meat, cheese, jelly and fried bread combo is abhorrent to most, but I need my fix. Cast aside your biases and help me out!