Category: Casual dining

Santa Ana: Soho taco caters

Soho Taco is not just a taco truck.  They also do catering for private events. I was invited to Soho Taco’s Tasting Night at their corporate office at 132 Dyer in Santa Ana to try their newly expanded catering menu.  I had no idea what a pleasant surprise this […]

Westminster: Com Gá Nam An

Com Gá Nam An is located in Westminster, in the corner of Brookhurst and Macfadden at a busy outside strip mall, behind a Chase bank.  They specialize in chicken, specifically poached chicken which is similar to Hainan style chicken.  They have their own Vietnamese style, served with the […]

Encino: Streets of India

A real neighborhood gem featuring Northern Indian cuisine, and also Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine. The place is on the corner of Ventura and Libbit, located inside a medical/ office building. Park in the structure behind the building, and cut through the medical building lobby. We came here on […]

Anaheim: Cross Roast Cantonese fusion

This is literally a hidden neighborhood gem located on the corner of Rowland and Magnolia. Drive too fast on Magnolia, and you can totally miss this black building that blends in with the street. It looked more like a vape or a bookstore, than a restaurant. When we walked […]

Anaheim: Little Caboose Tacos

The Little Caboose used to be located in the middle of the parking lot off Ball and Beach. They relocated up the street to a bigger, yet still tiny restaurant off Ball and Brookhurst, about 10 minutes from Disneyland. It was Tuesday, and well, therefore it should be […]

Newport Beach: TLT Food

TLT stands for “The Lime Truck”, and I’ve been a fan of The Lime Truck since the beginning, when chef Jason Quinn and co owner Daniel Shemtob ran the truck, and served up fresh, innovative food to the hungry food truck fans.  Now, each partner has gone a different […]

Fullerton: Wings Cafe 

Fullerton is a suburb in Orange County with a medley of restaurants, has its own community college, and even has a university (California State University, Fullerton).  I was surprised it was large enough to have a small airport, and last week was even more surprised that the airport […]

Fullerton: Kaori Japanese

Kaori is a little place located off Chapman and Harbor, in the same tiny area with Chronic Tacos, Grits, and Philly Cheesesteak. The place used to be located across the street, on the other side of Harbor Blvd, but moved due to construction of the Fox Theater. Not only is […]

Garden Grove: Baos Hog

In my on-going quest for Hainan Chicken, I came here specifically to try Baos Hog version. So we spent $30 for 3 rice boxes, a bao and an iced tea for 2 people. It sounded a little pricey but I ended up taking 1/2 of each box home […]

Anaheim: Mimi’s Cafe

Mimi’s Cafe is a casual sit down restaurant that is French inspired, but serves up American comfort food as well. Over the years, they’ve changed their menu… and after being acquired by a new company, they changed their menu, yet again.  They lured me with a BOGO coupon in […]

Costa Mesa: IKEA for breakfast?

I am a huge fan of IKEA.  I like walking around the place, finding knick-knacks and stuff for my house.  As many of you have read, I also go to IKEA for their food… yes, on purpose.  The food isn’t gourmet, but its cheap, and well, different than […]

Cerritos: Luna Grill Mediterranean

Luna Grill is a casual Mediterranean cuisine restaurant with locations all over Southern California and Dallas, Texas.  A few months ago, I went to the Irvine Spectrum location, and really enjoyed our lunch.  When I found out about the newly opened location in Cerritos, I stopped by for […]

Irvine: Brio Tuscan Grille

Brio Tuscan Grille is a Columbus based restaurant group, serving Northern Italian cuisine. They have locations throughout the United States, currently with 2 locations in California: Irvine and Rancho Cucamonga, and one opening soon in Torrance. On June 28, Brio Tuscan Grille launched a new menu designed for […]

Santa Ana: Soltani Restaurant

Located just in the outskirts of downtown Santa Ana, off 1st and Oak in a dilapidated strip mall is this Persian restaurant. The parking lot is tiny and a bit cramped, so be prepared to either squeeze into a spot, or park off Oak Street. Having read other […]

Cerritos: Claws Restaurant

The original Claws in Garden Grove burnt down, and is currently being rebuilt. This location is in a busy shopping center in the same area as Coco’s, 85° bakery, Gen, and where other Asian restaurants are located. Parking can be a pain, so you either have to arrive […]

Anaheim: Win Thai Cuisine

After a week of eating my way through Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, I was craving something non diner, non fried.  Thai food sounded fantastic! This place is located behind the Euclid car wash off Euclid and La Palma. It’s a tiny little place with about six booths […]