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    (OPEN) Claes Restaurant: Food with a View

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 24, 2011
    Celebrating mom, 05.08.11
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    I wanted to take my mom and loved one someplace special for Mother's Day. I was doing some major online research until stumbling on Claes' Restaurant. It wasn't actually my first choice, but the other was already booked, and in hindsight I'm glad it was or we wouldn't have had the opportunity to dine at Claes, which the whole family enjoyed, especially the woman of the hour - mom.

    Claes is located inside the Hotel Laguna. The hotel itself appears pretty worn out and outdated, especially from the exterior. Consequently, I was a little apprehensive when walking in. However, I was pleasantly reassured once we stepped inside the restaurant and noticed it's 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and contemporary decor. Mom was immediately impressed (score!).

    Our lovely brunch by the ocean was capped off by a pod of dolphins swimming up and down the shore to greet all the wonderful moms a Happy Mother's Day. Perfect!

    Favorite Dish: The menu was buffet-style at $45/person that included a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa or orange juice for each person. The buffet selection included all the basic offerings of a brunch buffet along with a carving station for the leg of lamb and the roasted striploin. It also offered eggs Benedict, brioche French toast, free-range chicken breast, Scottish salmon, and salads and pastries galore. However, my favorite were the super jumbo bay shrimp. Yum!

    Total bill: $215 that included a 15% gratuity
    Mom's happiness: PRICELESS =)

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    (OPEN) Anaheim White House Restaurant: Northern Italian Fare with French Flair

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 22, 2011
    Birthday Boy, 02.21.08
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    Hailed as one of Orange County's "hidden treasures", the Anaheim White House Restaurant is truly a visual and gastronomic delight. Anaheim resident and friend, VT member poupeeaztec recommended this restaurant to me years ago, but it was only recently (02.21.08) that I dined here, and I chose a special occasion to do it - to celebrate my boyfriend's umpteenth birthday.

    Upon first glance at the mansion (see photo #1) visitors will immediately realize that a unique dining experience is in store for them. Located in an unpretentious part of the O.C., the White House is a Victorian-style home turned upscale restaurant. Catering to the likes of celebrities such as Madonna, Martina Navratilova, Pele, and Barry Bonds, just to name a few, the White House serves up delicious Italian fare with French flair (see photo #2 below). Equally delightful about this restaurant was the complimentary offering of a cream puff dessert and glass of champagne for the birthday celebrant. Birthday boy and I had a wonderfully romantic dine and I suggest that you and your loved one(s) come here too the next time you want to celebrate something or someone special in the O.C.

    On a side note the proprietor, Bruno Serato has been nominated CNN Hero for the 2011 year for serving "300 free dinners to homeless motel kids every night!" Good for you, Mr. Serato! Bravo!!! All the more reason to patronize this restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: Appetizers: Ravioli sampler for two @ $21.90
    Entree A: Prawn and Fillet combo @ $69.95
    Entree B: Ferre Vitello con Funghi @ $32.95
    Beverages: 1 iced tea @ $3.95 and 1 Newcastle beer @ $6.50
    Birthday dessert: cream puffs with strawberries and a glass of champagne for the celebrant and apple cider for guest were complimentary

    Total bill: $145.73 excluding 15% to 20% tip

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    (OPEN) Duke's Huntington Beach Restaurant: Pac-Rim Yuminess

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    Celebrating Nikki, 09.30.06
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    With a yummy Pacific Rim menu and a fun, laid-back, Hawaiian-themed atmosphere, Duke's is the right place to just chill out for dinner and drinks. My colleague brought her sister here for food and cocktails for her birthday and we all enjoyed. Afterward, we walked over to the other side of the street to continue the party at another bar/club who's name I forgot.

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    (OPEN) The Original Pancake House: Dutch Baby!!!

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    Probably one of my most fave breakfast joints in the OC. The pancakes served here are yummy and the service nice and friendly. This place is always packed, so you're sure to expect lines, but be patient because it's worth it.

    There's 14 of these franchised restaurants serving the state of California, so each restaurant is owned and operated by different individuals. However, I can attest to how great the Aneheim and Redondo establishments are and friends have told me that the San Diego one is also good.

    Days/Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 6am to 2pm
    Monday: closed

    Favorite Dish: One of the restaurant's signature items is the "Dutch Baby" (see photo), which is an oven-baked pancake sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with lemon wedges. There's a much bigger version of this, which just overflows from the plate it's served on, that I typically order. It tastes almost like a crepe, except it's slightly thicker and definitely more huge. Yum! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

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    (OPEN) Orange Hill Restaurant: Contemporary American

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 22, 2011

    Thinking of how guys typically get gypped during Valentine's, I thought to take my special someone to dinner a week before V-Day to Orange Hill Restaurant in the City of Orange in the County of Orange (the O.C.). Lesser known among the O.C. cities, Orange can take pride in ownership of this gem of a restaurant. Perfect for the romantic, Orange Hill offers exquisite food, a warm and sophisticated ambience, friendly service, and fantastic scenery. This place is great and I'm so glad I finally took my younger brother's suggestion. He has been taking his long-time Valentine here for years and it's no surprise why. Come see for yourself and you'll be pleased.

    Favorite Dish: Appetizers: Pancetta wrapped scallops @ $12.96
    Entree A: Kobe beef short ribs @ $29.95
    Entree B: Muscovy duck @ $29.95
    Beverages: 1 iced tea @ $2.25 and 1 beer @ $5.50
    Dessert: Pistachio Bomb @ $6.95
    Beverages: 1 coffee @ $2.25 and 1 capuccino/double @ $8.50

    Total bill: $105.92 excluding 15% - 20% tip

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    (OPEN) Felix Continental Cafe: Cuban and Spanish Fare

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    03.17.04

    O.C. resident and friend, VT'er poupeeaztec suggested this restaurant a few years back when we were all still studying in graduate school together and every visit I've made, I've totally enjoyed. I've introduced many of my friends to this restaurant and they've all loved it as well. Serving both Cuban and Spanish dishes, Felix Continental Cafe is a modest little establishment located in the heart of the Old Town City of Orange. It's an unpretentious joint with good eats!

    Favorite Dish: Picadillo, a Cuban ground beef dish!

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    (CLOSED) Turner New Zealand Restaurant: All natural and delish...

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    Celebrating my birthday, 01.04.07
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    A colleague of mine took me to Noel Turner's restaurant for a belated birthday dinner, which was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately however, we had to rush through our meal so as not to miss the musical we were scheduled to attend at the neighboring Orange County Performing Arts Center. Having informed our hostess upon our arrival that we were crunched for time, the staff did a wonderful job of accommodating us. Not only was the service excellent, but the food was even more-so phenomenal. Turner's appeal is that it is committed to serving only the finest, all-natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free gourmet products in the world straight from New Zealand. And boy, was this evident in the food they serve. From the butter spread to the lamb to the chocolate souffle, the freshness of ingredients and the flavors were top notch. A truly fine dine that I look forward to experiencing again soon!

    Favorite Dish: - Turner Orange Roughy: Fresh Turner orange roughy pan-seared along with stir fried organic mushrooms, peppers, red onions, carrots, cabbage, sugar peas, with cilantro infused jasmine rice and crispy wontons.
    - Turner Lamb Porterhouse: Minimum 30-day aged Turner lamb porterhouse, oven-roasted organic tomatoes, lyonnaise organic potatoes, finished with truffle essence.
    - For dessert, a warm and gooey chocolate souffle accompanied with cream and ice cream.

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    Tokyo Cafe: Eat Tokyo in Old Towne

    by marinarena Written Sep 12, 2011

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    sushi joint, Orange, CA

    This is the place for sushi in Old Towne Orange. It's pretty standard sushi and sashimi served here and decor wise, nothing so elegant but it's all about the food. Don't expect a huge crowd here, can be busy but not so packed. It is sure to satisfy for sushi and roll lovers. What's really fabulous here? The prices are low for a sushi joint. There is a dairy special and basic items are not over $10. Also, brown rice can be substituted for white! Woo-hoo!

    Favorite Dish: salmon roll -flavorful!

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    Old Towne Grinder & Ice Cream Parlour: Eat and Drink All-American style

    by marinarena Written Sep 12, 2011

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    If you want the ol' time American experience, come here. Inside, the eaterie is filled with old soda bottles and a few Coca-Cola machines. As for the menu, don't expect the modern-day American fu-fu cuisine here. No fancy gourmet sandwiches with exotic ingredients, no tacos, no nachos, no sushi.

    The "grinder" on the menu is a staple here. It is simply a submarine sandwich or "hoagie" with white roll bread and fillings inside. Choose from the classics: roast beef, ham or turkey. Originally, a grinder was a nickname for a dock worker.

    If you can't deal with the meaty grinders, there is a vegetarian sandwich available, along with sides like fries and salads.

    And everyone can't go wrong here with ice cream. There is a classic variety of flavors: Vanilla, Rocky Road, Mint and Chip and more. To be kind to yourself, a kid's scoop will suffice.

    Favorite Dish: Turkey grinder ...not too heavy
    Mint and Chip ice cream- delicious and freshens your breath!

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    The Original Fish Company: A Clamor for Clam Chowder, Los Alamitos, OC

    by marinarena Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pride in Fish would be the second title for this page. To ensure freshness at its most fresh, the fish served at OFC is hand selected by pro catchers (not baseball related!) who go on short trip boats.

    This place will always have a place in my and my family's heart. I've grown up coming here, mostly making pit stops at the fish market/to go area just to get the famous clam chowder ! Yes, it is just that delicious! It is all that my mother orders from here. She just can't get over it.

    Famous people have dined here--oh so many of them to name! There have been actors, sportsmen, and even president Bush Sr. They are all pictured on the entrance walls of the cozy, semi-fancy restaurant. This is a good choice for everyone. Seafood lovers would be in heaven here. The ambiance is perfetc for couples and those going on a first date. Yet, this restaurant prides itself for being family-friendly as well. Also, it should be noted of the seniors who make this restaurant a favorite haunt. I mean, it is in senior capital Los Al- not so far away from the retirement community of Leisure World in Seal Beach!

    Include yourself in the mix at OFC

    Favorite Dish: Get the clam chowder !!

    For lunch, I love the grilled ahi sandwich on ciabatta with asian cole slaw and a wasabi aioli, which really gives the taste a distinct quality.

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    Bagel Me: Get a Bite at Bagel Me!

    by marinarena Written Aug 16, 2009
    Old Towne Orange, California

    For your bagel fix, simple and fancy gourmet, come here! Bagel me is a very Orange County chain, in the Orange/Anaheim Hills area. Locals delight not only in their favorite carb round with butter or lox but with peanut butter, cinammon sugar and bananas-the Nutty Monkey bagel. It's amazing how much one can do with a bagel. Bagel me makes several possibilities- on burgers, sandwiches/melts and pizzas. Besides the bagels, try traditional breakfast items here, like eggs and bacon and french toast.

    My fave location is at Old Towne Orange (60 Plaza Square). After eating here , you may feel compelled to walk off the carbs and it's very nice to perfect stroll. For BM's Sugar Me bakery, go to the Chapman location (3533 E. Chapman Ave.)

    Favorite Dish: Pizza Bagels

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    JackShrimp: Taste N'Orleans in south county (Aliso Viejo, etc)

    by marinarena Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Here is one of the better dining spots for simply delicious New Orleans kind of cooking in Orange county. JackShrimp is also much of a social scene spot for adults (esp. the Newport Beach location) yet and a family-friendly place. Expect a wait to be seated on weekends and Fri evening which is quite typical for popular, local restaurants as this one.

    Favorite Dish: Crab dip and salmon- all in the rich taste for the crab dip, salmon is meaty and simply good.

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    Todai- Orange and Westminster: 2 Todai 4 U

    by marinarena Written Oct 27, 2006

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    Todai Restaurant, Orange, CA

    Todai, a Japanese/sushi chain restaurant mostly on the U.S. west coast and in Asia, has two locations in Orange county. Though not a very , very athentic japanese experience I am satisified here by the great variety of sushi here and consider it always a treat to come. The location is the city of Orange is pretty and inviting next to a Japanese-style water rock fountain and convenient (located at the Village of Orange (mall). There is also a Todai in Westminster (located indoors at Westminster Mall)

    Favorite Dish: anything with salmon!

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    Watson's Drug and Soda Fountain: Old Fashioned Food and Desserts

    by Jokerit_pl Written Aug 23, 2006

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    Watson's Entrance and Outdoor Dining Area
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    Watson's Drug and Soda Fountain is Orange County's oldest drugstore which opened in 1899. The building houses both a drugstore and the restaurant. The ambience is that of a 1950's diner with a menu that is reflective of that with burgers, steaks, sandwiches, shakes, malts, ice cream sodas (floats), and a variety of desserts. The dining is very casual. You seat yourself at any available table or the old fashioned soda fountain counter and a server will be along shortly to take your order. The food is served in nice portions and is quite good. The hallmark soda fountain drinks and desserts are excellent. A very good way to cool off on a hot day.

    1950's memorabilia is scattered throughout Watson's. The restaurant area definitely has that nostalgic feel too. Watson's also served as a backdrop to a number of movies including "That Thing You Do" starring Tom Hanks. Numerous Hollywood stars and politicians have also dined here in the past.

    Favorite Dish: Watson's shakes and ice cream sodas (floats) is what makes me return often. Their shakes are one of the best in the city (maybe even the county) and the floats come with a huge serving of ice cream that spills over the rim of the mug.

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    TuTu Tango: Just Appetizers?

    by DJ_Rolo Written Mar 21, 2006

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    Chillin at TuTu Tango @ the Block In Orange

    Tutu Tango is a really cool restaurant at the Block in Orange. I would say its more of a hang out spot, to drink and chill with some friends. There are really no main dishes here, its all appetizers. The appetizers are pretty good, but i just cant get used to it. This place has a really big patio and i believe the majority of people like to sit outside under the heaters, so they can people watch. Its located in the middle of the Block in front of the movie theaters, so you basically can see everybody walking around. It definitely gets crowded here and sometimes hard to get a seat. Normally on the weekends youll need to wait awhile, but if you have the time, you might as well. They also ahve Belly Dancers and tahitian dancers on different nights.

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