Anaheim: DönerG Turkish food

Hidden in a strip mall off Ball and State College, behind a “Puddles” car wash is dönerG, a Turkish / Mediterranean restaurant. We came here on a Saturday and arrived before the lunch rush.  Stephen and…

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Wilmington: Neno’s Norooz for Italian – Persian

2.5 stars for service – 4 stars for the food. The South Bay is very limited to Persian Cuisine.  There’s Seaside Palace and Fanoos in Torrance, and this place in Wilmington.  It’s not quite Persian,…

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OC Restaurant Week: Silver Trumpet

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar is located inside the Avenue of the Arts Hotel, a rather hidden venue behind the OC Performing Arts Center.  It’s a great location for a pre or post theater meal…

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Irvine: Prego Ristorante

This restaurant is not located in a typical place, but nestled at the base of one of the many Irvine Corporate buildings off Michelson and Von Karman, just a stone’s throw away from John Wayne…

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Diamond Bar: It’s a Grind Coffee House

I needed a place between Fullerton and Chino, and this place fit the bill. The coffee house is located off Diamond Bar and Grand Avenue, a few doors down from Albertson’s market. I arrived 11:00…

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3rd OC Raising Cane’s opens in Orange

Raising Cane’s was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with 250 stores in 19 states.  In October 2015, they opened their first California store in Costa Mesa, a month later in Aliso Viejo, and on March…

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Blackmarket Bakery grand opening this Saturday in DTSA

Back in 2004, Blackmarket Bakery used to be located in a tiny little industrial office near John Wayne Airport.  Food trucks would park nearby, making it a great pairing of lunch and dessert.  Eventually the…

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San Pedro: Omelette and Waffles

Move over Guy Fiery, this diner beats your selected Triple D diner down the street. Located in San Pedro, this place is truly a greasy diner.  On weekends, the line is out the door and…

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Chino Hills: Bruxie

Bruxie is a new take on a waffle and a sandwich, but the waffles used  at Bruxie is not supposed to be sweet or savory. They’re airy and crisp, so you can use it in…

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Brea: Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is a chain-restaurant serving up massive food and of course, cheesecake. If you’re a fan of the tv show “Big Bang Theory”, the inside looks nothing like the place Penny worked at,…

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Chili’s in Yorba Linda, CA

My friend wanted to watch the Anaheim Ducks game on tv, and didn’t want to go to a sports bar for pizza and wings.  He suggested coming to Chili’s and eat in the bar area. …

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Tustin: Kolache Factory Czech food

What is a Kolache? A Kolache (pronounced Ko-lack-key) is Czech or Slovak pastry that holds a dollop of fruit, rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough​. Czech settlers created klobasniky after they immigrated to…

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Benjies brings NYC to the OC

Located in Santa Ana is this mom n pop place, bringing a little bit of a New York deli to Orange County.  You can get pretty much everything from a pastrami on rye, matzo ball…

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Garden Grove: Phở Lu

Last week I had Bún bò Huế, which was a beef noodle soup from Central Vietnam.  This weekend, Stephen and I decided to visit our favorite noodle place: Phở Lu. Phở or pho (pronounced Fuh…

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Orange: Anepalco’s Mexi-French cuisine

Anepalco is a hidden gem that serves up great Mexican food, but in a non traditional way.  From the website http://www.anepalco.com: Anepalco is a Mexican Cuisine Restaurant that combines traditional Mexican ingredients with modern French…

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Bún bò Huế on a cold day

The weather in Orange County has finally cooled down, and what could be better than getting a bowl of Bún bò Huế?  Fortunately, I work near Westminster, an area nicknamed “Little Saigon” because the area…

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San Diego: Phil’s BBQ

Located literally across the parking lot from the San Diego Arena (known now as the Valley View Casino Center) is this popular barbecue place called Phil’s.  It is just a seven minute walk from the…

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