Burnt Crumbs – Irvine – Nov 2019 – 3 Year – Anniversary


Burnt Crumbs, the newest handcrafted sandwich concept, from the owners of the popular food trucks, The Burnt Truck and Dogzilla as well as the brick and mortar, Burntzilla, have recently opened two locations in Orange County. Longtime followers and new guests alike can now enjoy their signature gourmet sandwiches, that the owners hope will evoke childhood memories, in a modern and contemporary setting. Every sandwich from their meats to their sauces is created by Chef and Owner Paul Cao, who focuses on using ingredients that are made in-house. Cult-like favorites on their menu include the Spaghetti Grilled Cheese with pressed spaghetti, fresh mozzarella, sourdough bread and marinara sauce; Crispy Pork made with a pork shoulder, salsa verde, chili lime mayo, cracklings and house ciabatta, and Southern Fried Chicken made with buttermilk fried chicken, garlic potato spread, country gravy and Sriracha honey.

Burnt Crumbs Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
Burnt Crumbs’ Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich

The operating partners are no strangers to Irvine because it is where they grew up as childhood friends before launching their successful restaurant group, The Burnt Group. Even the playful name dates back to Cao’s college career when his roommates would ask him to create his signature–and only–dish, which was burnt spaghetti. Years later, the name still has a lot of meaning amongst the owners who believe in putting out a great product without taking themselves too seriously.

Burnt Crumbs Avo Toast
Brunt Crumbs’ Avocado Toast

In conjunction with the cooler weather, Chef Paul Cao has debuted several new hearty sandwiches and dishes like a Turkey Sandwich with shaved turkey, oven-dried tomato, lettuce, house pickles, dijon mayo and house ciabatta; Chicken Club Toast (available only at Los Olivos location) with a garlic chicken salad, avocado, tomato jam and bacon bit; and Spicy House Chili served with garlic parmesan focaccia. The chili recipe is a favorite of the owners as they love to boast that they won the fan-favorite in the 2015 Tustin Chili Cook-Off, which is the world’s largest one-day chili cook-off.

Burnt Crumbs is located at 8549 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 in the Los Olivos Shopping Center and is a dog-friendly location.

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