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
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Oh. how do I love my Noah's bagels !!! My mouth waters just thinking about them. There is much more on the menu here though including gourmet hot dogs, panini, muffins and bread loafs which are ready to order. Despite it being a western chain, the taste is more like New York. Though Noah's is a chain, it should be singled out for its quality. Such a shame there is not a location closer to me!! Noah's only OC appearance is in Westminster (in the nice part of the city along Beach Blvd, right on the border of Huntington Beach).
The location itself is ordinary and quaint. It is at the Pavilion Place Shopping center, yet another suburbia assortment of one-stop shoppings we all so love here in America. Noah's a wonderful stop for breakfast especially if in the area for taking in Huntington beach or if heading down Beach Blvd or off the creeping 405 freeway in the area.
Favorite Dish: c
One day in Tustin, I decided to go for a different dining experience and I wound up here at Naan & Kabob. From viewing the surroungs, I knew that this would be a very local and modest place to eat, which I thought perfect! One gets tired of passing so many McDonalds and the likes throught OCsuburbia.
If looking for authentic but not super fancy Persian cuisine, come here (Compare this review to that of Darya on my Santa Ana page). The surroundings and interior are not inspiring but all that really matters is the quality of food when stopping by. Mostly, diners here are Persian or of another Middle Eastern background but considering that it's close to Larwin Square, the main hang-out zone of the city of Tustin, others come in as well. Table service and takeout are available here.
Favorite Dish: Soltani (Chicken , Beef)
This dish has a very good universal appeal, especially good for those who are new to Persian cuisine
We ate here a few times and were never let down. They had very unique dishes and a wide array of different options, everything from fish, mediterranean inspired dishes, and even meatloaf. One day their special was even a lobster bisque. It's right on Glassell St. and close to the traffic circle. Great atmosphere, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Orange.
Favorite Dish: Great bread comes before the meal, I think I had some kind of pasta, it was so long ago I can't remember.