The Best Sandwich and Beer Spot Has Arrived

This dream sandwich shop and beer bar in Anaheim is a must-try.

I’ve often wondered why sandwich spots in Orange County don’t get a lot of love. Sure, there are Top 10 lists filled with the best pizzas, burgers, and tacos, but something smashed between two pieces of bread? Forgetaboutit. It’s a shame because Orange County has some gems, including the recently opened Windsor Brown’s on the bustling Center Street Promenade in Anaheim.

If you’re into beer, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Windsor Homebrew Supply, which has expanded its two locations into bottle shops and tasting rooms. Windsor’s owner, Scott Windsor, joined forces with Greg Brown, who previously ran Beachwood BBQ, to create their dream sandwich shop and beer bar.

Greg Brown (left) and Scott Windsor (right) of Windsor Brown’s. Photograph by Greg Nagel

“We wanted to create an inviting neighborhood space with classic tasty sandwiches and small bites with an eclectic draft list, most of which are made by people we love and respect. If it’s on our beer board, it’s a beer we love and stand behind,” Windsor says. Look for hard-to-find beers on draft from Highland Park Brewing, Cellarmaker out of San Francisco, as well as rare beers from classic breweries around the globe.

The beer list runs from lighter beers on the top right to hoppy, international, and dark on the right. Photograph by Greg Nagel
The spot reminds me of something you might stumble upon in Europe that’s filled with locals. Inside, there’s usually someone on a laptop comfortably working with a beer and a bite. Outside, there’s a patio and beer garden seating overlooking a busy ice rink, perhaps a few dogs near their owners, who are having a chat. Not a beer fan? There’s also  a cooler with a fine natural wine selection, some seltzers, and nonalcoholic drinks.
Bacon bruschetta, a must during happy hour. Photograph by Greg Nagel
After tasting my way through the menu, I have some favorites: During happy hour, (Tuesday through Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.) don’t miss the bacon bruschetta—crostini topped with garlic-infused house spread, crispy bacon, greens, and a dusting of shaved cheese. Definitely try the Oklahoma Sunset pressed sandwich, which gets its name from where Windsor used to live. It’s pressed with fresh, creamy avocado, chipotle chicken, pepperoni, and peppadew peppers. There’s something fantastic about the crunchy bite that leads into the soft and creamy heat the sandwich delivers.
The Oklahoma Sunset. Photograph by Greg Nagel

Windsor Brown’s
211 W. Center Street Promenade
Anaheim