Category: Casual dining

Anaheim: La Pollada Peruvian Grill 

I was craving Peruvian food, and my usual “go to” place El Pollo Inka is all the way in the South Bay. Thanks to yelp, I discovered this mom n pop place that’s located down the street from Disneyland, just off Ball and Euclid, in a busy strip mall […]

Fountain Valley: Simply Home Café

My quest continues for the best Hainan chicken in LA and Orange County. So far, Savoy Kitchen in Alhambra is still the king of Hainan chicken, but who wants to drive to LA? Located off Brookhurst and Edinger, down the street from the heart of little Saigon is this […]

Anaheim: Chew Noodle Bar

Ramen? Pho? You can get both here. Chew Noodle Bar is located off Magnolia and Ball, in a strip mall with a Zumba studio. I’ve been eyeing this place since their soft opening back in February, and the one time I went, I found out they’re closed on Mondays. […]

Gardena: El Pollo Inka 

El Pollo Inka is a mini chain of Peruvian restaurants, located throughout Los Angeles County.  I stopped by at the Gardena location with my friends Roger and Karen on Fat Tuesday, and the place was busy. Peruvian food takes from their Incan roots and incorporates food from the […]

Santa Ana: Thai Way 

This little mom n pop restaurant is located off Harbor and McFadden — hidden in a strip mall behind a McDonald’s.  I was heading back to work from Huntington Beach, needed a place on my way back to Santa Ana, and this place was about 10 minutes away. […]

Chino, CA: Mimi’s Cafe

If you haven’t been to a Mimi’s Cafe in a while, then you haven’t seen their new menu.  The prices have gone up, and they took out a lot of the favorite sandwiches and salads that I once remembered.  It seemed they were going more for a bistro […]

Tustin: J fish revisited 

J Fish is a sushi and poke place in Tustin, California.  About 6 months ago, Karen and I went there during their soft opening, and really enjoyed the food.  Since our last visit, the restaurant added some items to their menu. New to the menu are grilled meat […]

Irvine: Cava Grill (@cavagrill)

Cava Grill is a Mediterranean / Middle Eastern inspired restaurant located in Irvine, off Barranca and Culver, in the spot where Veggie Grill used to be. It’s in the same outdoor complex with many other popular places like Urban Plates, Doner G, Capital Noodles. Cava is a build-your-own […]

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 […]