Category: American

Santa Ana: Joe’s Place 

This little place is located across the street from the Central Courthouse from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm. It’s a grab and go kind of place, with a simple menu for sandwiches, pizza, and even a burger.  Think of it as a convenience store with a grill.   […]

Costa Mesa: Mastro’s Steakhouse 

Last year I took Stephen to Mastro’s Ocean Club in Corona Del Mar for his birthday.  We really enjoyed the meal, so for my birthday this year, I chose the Mastro’s in Costa Mesa.   We arrived at 7:00 pm on a Saturday night. It’s located just down […]

Costa Mesa: Seasons 52 for #OCRW

It’s OC Restaurant Week (OCRW) 2017 and each year Linda, Anna and I get together for at least one OCRW restaurant. It’s our way to catch up and to make time for lunch. This year we chose Seasons 52 located at the South Coast Plaza, and it was […]

Santa Ana: Eat Chow

First timer at Eat Chow! I’ve heard about this place from many of my foodie friends, but I’ve been too lazy to travel to Newport or Costa Mesa. Finally, Eat Chow opens a (larger) location in downtown Santa Ana, just steps from the popular 4th Street Market and […]

Detroit: Downtown Louie’s Lounge

You ever heard that saying “I really wanted to like this place, but….” That’s my take on this place. The inside was quaint and cozy.  The staff, friendly.  But, the food had a spin to their food that maybe my SoCal palate isn’t used to the MidWestern way […]

Anaheim: the Scratch Room

This new breakfast place is located off Lincoln and Gilbert, in a tiny strip mall. It used to be a Peruvian restaurant, and I was told they’ve been open 8 months. Parking can be tricky so if you enter off Gilbert, park in the back by the Laundromat […]

Costa Mesa: Lawry’s Carvery

Lawry’s is probably one of my favorite restaurants, and definitely a place to go for a special occasion. I had a bonus gift card that was about to expire, and I also had VIP points from the Lawry’s Rewards program. Originally we were going to stop at the […]

Fullerton: Dickey’s Barbecue 

Yesterday was the final Presidential Candidate debate, and Soup Plantation sent out coupons for a 2 for 1 deal.  I’m not a huge fan of Soup Plantation, but being that it was 90 degrees, a salad sounded ideal.  I guess the citizens of Fullerton thought it was a […]

Palos Verdes: Yellow Vase 

Casual place at the bottom of Hawthorne and PV Drive South, beneath Admiral Risty. It’s a place where you order at the counter then find a seat. Menus are at the counter so if you don’t know what you want, you tie up the line at the counter. […]

San Pedro: Jersey Mike’s

If you didn’t know it was here, you’d have a hard time finding this store. It’s tucked in the back of the shopping center, to the left of Sprouts and Petco (another hidden store). This store is clean, and the people were friendly. One thing I like about […]