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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Santa Ana: DönerG Turkish food

DönerG is a Turkish, casual food restaurant with 3 Orange County locations: Anaheim, Irvine, and their newest one in Santa Ana, across from the Main Place Mall.  Unlike Anaheim or Irvine, this location is a “build your own” concept like Chipotle or Subway. We stopped here on a […]