Orange County Journals

Dining Around Orange County

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An April 2006 trip to Orange County by stvchin

Tia Juanas Long Bar & Grill Photo, Irvine, California More Photos
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Cars and Coffee

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Attraction | "The Best Kept Secret in Town!"

Cars and Coffee Photo, Irvine, California
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This is the best kept secret in town. For all those that love cars, this is just for you! Cars and Coffee is a free informal weekly car show early Saturday mornings for car enthusiasts. Anybody can attend, no reservations required, no tickets, just park and walk up. I think it's every Saturday, but check their website. The actual show is in the parking lot of Mazda North American Operations off Irvine Center Drive and Gateway, near the 5 Freeway and the 133 Toll Road. It starts around 6:30 AM and usually lasts until around 8 to 9 AM, as some of the car owners tend to leave for other activities. There is a police presence to keep order and issue tickets to those that want to show off in the wrong way. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2010

Cars and Coffee
7755 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, California 92618

Haven Gastropub

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Restaurant | "The Gastronomic Creation that is Haven Gastropub"

Haven Gastropub Photo, Orange, California
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I’ve heard good things about Haven Gastropub. I’ve been curious about the whole gastropub concept, as this is the first one that has opened near me. A gastropub is a British concept of a pub that serves high quality food, not junk food as seen in run-of-the-mill bars and pubs. I’ve watched British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey introduce this concept to struggling pubs to help revive their businesses.Haven Gastropub is located in Old Town Orange, on Glassell, just south of the Glassell and Chapman traffic circle. It actually shares a building with Kimmie’s Coffee Cup. Public parking is available to the rear. Haven is a stylish place, yet still retains the traditional pub atmosphere with tall...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2010

Haven Gastropub
190 South Glassell Street
Orange, California 92866
(714) 221-0680

Dining Around Orange County

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John Wayne Airport  Photo, Orange County, California
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For many years, Orange County, California, has been the unknown space in between Los Angeles and San Diego. But TV shows like "The OC" and "Real Housewives of Orange County" and the MTV show "Laguna Beach: The Real OC," have helped to highlight Orange County. Sporting events such as the Anaheim Angels winning the 2002 World Series and the Mighty Ducks, and the ever popular beach volleyball and surfing in the area.Orange County has really grown up, and so has the property value and income level. Accordingly, Orange County residents' tastes have become more sophisticated. Orange County has also become a destination in itself. It is a business hub, with Irvine being billed as the "Silicon...Read More

Surf And Sand Hotel

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Hotel | "Surf & Sand Resort"

Surf And Sand Hotel Photo, Orange County, California
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The Surf & Sand Resort is a luxury resort located on the ocean side of South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.Upon arrival, we noticed the parking lot is quite small, so we used the valet parking. The exterior of the 165 room hotel building looks to be an older building, with exterior hallways. There are a series of newer buildings just to the right of the hotel which house meeting and conference rooms, the gift shop, spa, and other amenities. The pool deck is below the hotel, just steps away from the beach.We checked in and received room 259. Interestingly enough, the 2nd floor is the main entrance level. Our room was all the way on the leftmost side of the hotel. We had a King-A roo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Surf And Sand Hotel
1555 SOUTH COAST HIGHWAY
Laguna Beach, California 92651
949-497-4477

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Restaurant | "Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill"

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Photo, Orange County, California
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Many of my friends have told me good things about Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, so I decided to give it a try. It's located south of the 91 Freeway by the Wier Canyon off-ramp and Santa Ana Canyon Road. It sits directly across the parking lot from the Edwards movie theatre.I arrived around dinnertime with a friend, and found a long line out the door of Wood Ranch. Wood Ranch doesn't take reservations unfortunately, but we were seated rather quickly. The decor is quite nice, with highly polished wood tables and a modern feel to it. There was plenty of people-watching to be had, as many of the people dressed and looked quite nice here. I'd consider Wood Ranch BBQ to be a moderately upscale res...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2006

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
8022 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, California 92808
(714) 974-6660

Skosh Monahans

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Skosh Monahans Photo, Orange County, California
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When one thinks of an Irish pub in Orange County, Skosh Monahans should come to mind. It's owned and operated by Gary Monahan, currently a Costa Mesa council member.From the outside, it looks like a typical bar, but once inside, the atmosphere is surprisingly kid-friendly. (Most of the kids do filter out around 9pm, so it really does becomes an Irish pub… ) The booths were comfortable and the waitresses were young and friendly. The menu wasn't overly large, but it had plenty. There were steaks, seafood, Irish specialties such as bangers and mash and Irish coddle. For appetizers, we shared a lobster bisque, fried calamari, bruschetta, and shrimp cocktail. All of the appetizers w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2006

Skosh Monahans
2000 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, California 92627
(949) 548-0099

Lucille's Smokehouse

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Lucille's Smokehouse Photo, Brea, California
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When I think of barbecue, I think of Lucille's Smokehouse. The one in Brea is located on Imperial Highway at the 57 Freeway northbound off ramp. The long lines out the door and the blue smoke coming out the chimney give you a not so subtle hint where it's located.It's a very casual place, probably best described what I'd think of as a casual Louisiana rib joint. We had reservations, but ended up having to wait a short while anyway. Once we were led into the dining area, there's this odd stainless steel smoker sitting in the middle of it. It's definitely not a prop, as a cook was loading dozens of racks of ribs into it. The aroma of the barbecue wafting out of the machine drove us nuts!...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2006

Lucille's Smokehouse
1639 East Imperial Highway
Brea, California 92821
(714) 990-4944

Tia Juana's Long Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "Tia Juana's Long Bar & Grill"

Tia Juana's Long Bar & Grill Photo, Irvine, California
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Tia Juana's is a lively Mexican restaurant in Old Town Irvine (corner of Burt and Sand Canyon Road) that doubles as a nightclub in the evening. Tia Juana's is located inside a set of refurbished grain silos(?) visible from the 5 Freeway. Inside, it looks like a barn, with half of it sectioned off as a bar and the other half as the restaurant.My friend and I stopped by early Tuesday for dinner. Tia Juana's was having Taco Tuesday in the bar section, so we chose that. (Apparently the $0.50 tacos aren't available in the dining section.) You can choose either $0.50 chicken or beef tacos. A "taco server" with a stainless steel tray of tacos and plates came out to see if we wanted tacos. We ordered 6 tacos ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2006

Tia Juana's Long Bar & Grill
14988 Sand Canyon Ave
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 551-2998

Orange Hill Restaurant

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Orange Hill Restaurant Photo, Orange, California
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I went to the Orange Hill Restaurant as a guest for a birthday dinner. It's supposed to be one for the premier banquet/restaurant facilities in central OC. The entrance to the restaurant is a windy private road just off Chapman Avenue just east of Crawford Canyon. It's located at the top of a hill in Orange, hence the name Orange Hill Restaurant. It's east of the Orange County Mining Company, also off of Chapman Avenue. Only valet parking is available, there's NO self parking. We waited in the lobby for the rest of our party. The lobby features a wide and interesting display of cigars for sale.There were only three of us in our party, so we were seated quickly. The dining room views gaze w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2006

Orange Hill Restaurant
6410 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, California 92869
(714) 997-2910

Sam Woo Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Sam Woo BBQ Restaurant"

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First off, there are two sides to the Sam Woo Restaurant. There is Sam Woo BBQ Restaurant and a Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant, located next to each other. This is a review of the BBQ side only. Once you enter, there is a large take out section with all sorts of roasted and Bbqed meats hanging in a display case. They have roasted duck, roasted pig, BBQ pork, sausage, roasted squid, (?) and just about all sorts of things available in addition to the standard fare of fried rice and traditional Chinese dishes. To the left of that is the seated dining area. During lunch and dinner, there is usually a small wait.Once seated, the waiter plops down a kettle of tea and our menus. The menu ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2006

Sam Woo Restaurant
15333 Culver Dr Ste 720
Irvine, California 92604
(949) 262-0888

Original Pancake House

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Restaurant | "The Original Pancake House"

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The Original Pancake House is a chain of specialty breakfast restaurants with a focus on pancakes, naturally. I went to the one in Aliso Viejo with two friends on Sunday Morning. There are other location in Orange County in Yorba Linda and Anaheim.There is always a line and a wait. We waited about 25 minutes outside until they called our name. Once inside and seated, the decor is very plain, simply a breakfast/coffee house with no real decoration. But we're not here to stare at the walls, we're here for the breakfast. We were served our coffee and juice quickly. My friends ordered the strawberry pancakes with a side of bacon, and the eggs benedict. I ordered the eggs and links....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Original Pancake House
26951 Moulton Parkway
Aliso Viejo, California 92656
(949) 643-8591

Duke's Huntington Beach

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Restaurant | "Duke's"

Duke's Huntington Beach Photo, Huntington Beach, California
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Duke’s is a higher end small chain restaurant originally from Hawaii, serving American cuisine with a Hawaiian flair. Duke’s is located next to the pier in Huntington Beach at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and the dead end of Main Street. While we waited, we went over to the pier and people watched. After a 40 minute wait, we were seated at a nice table with a view of the beach. There is a restaurant called Chimayo located on the floor under Duke’s. We didn’t wander there, but maybe sometime in the future we will.Duke’s décor is Hawaiian, with lots of wooden construction and plenty of tropical plants in the lobby. There is also a balcony section outside on the beach side. The s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Duke's Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, California 92648
(714) 374-6446

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine

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It's interesting going to Roy's one day after going to Duke's, as they are both higher-end Hawaiian themed restaurants. Roy's is located in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It's adjacent to Flemings, and the entrance is at the opposite side of the building that houses both. Roy's is a Hawaiian themed restaurant with more of an Asian feel than Duke's. It's definitely feels more formal too. They just happened to have a table ready for us, so there was no wait. The waitresses and servers wore Chinese style blouses, not Hawaiian shirts like they do at Duke's. We noticed quite a large number of dressed up young prom-goers dining there. Ahh...those ol'days...heh...There were a lot of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine
453 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660
(949) 640-7697

Black Angus Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "Stuart Anderson's Black Angus Steakhouse"

Black Angus Steakhouse Photo, Orange County, California
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Stuart Anderson's Black Angus Steakhouse is a US West Coast steak restaurant chain. I normally don't go to Black Angus, but my friend had a gift certificate plus received a mailer coupon. We went to the closest one, which is in the Tustin Marketplace. The Tustin Marketplace is located in Orange County on Jamboree Road just one block north of Interstate 5. The Black Angus is located at the corner of Jamboree and El Camino Real on the Tustin side of the Marketplace, next to In-N-Out and Best Buy.From what I know, Black Angus' menu has been updated, revamped, and the menu changed to re-attract customers. The inside has been changed with an updated look with neon lights and a modern appearance. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 17, 2006

Black Angus Steakhouse
3030 El Camino Real
Tustin, California 92782
(714) 573-4888

Gulliver's

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Gulliver's is an 18th-century English restaurant specializing in prime rib. It's located directly across from the front of John Wayne Airport in Orange County. I hadn't been to Gulliver's before and I had a gift certificate, so I decided to treat a friend to a nice lunch there. It's located off MacArthur and the 405 freeway behind El Torito and near the International House of Pancakes.We were seated rather quickly, since we arrived just as they opened up at 11:30am for lunch. Our waitress seated us at a booth. The booths are made of dark wood with a padded seat. The waitress moved the table a bit diagonally for us to slide into the booth. As we looked around the restaurant, it suddenly dawned ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 17, 2006

Gulliver's
18482 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, California 92612
(949) 833-8411

Millie's Restaurant & Bakery

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Restaurant | "Millie's Restaurant & Bakery"

Millie's Restaurant & Bakery Photo, Brea, California
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Millie's is a small local chain restaurant and bakery restaurants. It's similar in type to Coco's and Carrows and Hof's Hut. There are two in Orange County, one in Anaheim and the other in Brea. I went with two friends to the Brea location for dinner. The Brea Millie's is at the intersection of Imperial and Randolph, just across from the Brea Mall. This was my first time at Millie's.We arrived and were seated immediately. The restaurant wasn't full during dinner, probably because the nearby Brea Mall has all sorts of other restaurants available. The decor and layout at Millie's is similar to a coffee shop like Denny's, no frills and quite conservative. The front counter display has all sorts...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Millie's Restaurant & Bakery
297 S. Randolph Ave.
Brea, California 92821
(714) 990-4291

Islands

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Islands Photo, Orange County, California
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Islands is a casual sit-down burger chain with a Hawaiian/surfer theme. I went with three friends to the location in Fullerton by Amerige Heights. There are many other locations in and around Orange County, including Irvine, Foothill Ranch, Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach, Orange, Anaheim Hills, and more.We were seated fairly quickly. The decor attempts to simulate a hut made of thatch and bamboo, with surfboards and other surf related memorabilia around. Even the employees are all dressed in Hawaiian print shirts! Our table was fashioned to resemble a surfboard. The atmosphere is light and lively and has a generally happy feel to it. The menus are tucked in the corner of the table...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2006

Islands
2201 W. Malvern Ave.
Fullerton, California 92833
(714) 992-6685

Russell's Seafood Palace

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Russell's Seafood Palace Photo, Orange County, California
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Russell's Seafood Palace was a nice surprise. It's a Chinese restaurant located near John Wayne Airport (SNA) at the corner of Main and MacArthur. It sits behind the Mcdonalds and Agorra restaurant, so doesn't get much street visibility.A friend and I visited Russell's for lunch. Upon entering the restaurant, it's apparent from the decor that the former tenant was probably a fine steak or seafood restaurant. I've come to learn that good Chinese restaurants don't give a damn about decor. Either way, the decor was nice, but unusual.We were seated quickly and given a pot of hot tea. We saw lots of Asians already seated and eating. They say that if you go to an Asian restaurant, and th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2006

Russell's Seafood Palace
1818 Main St.
Irvine, California 92614
(949) 476-1818

Knowlwood Restaurant

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Knowlwood Restaurant Photo, Orange County, California
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Knowlwood Restaurant is located in "Old Town Irvine" at the intersection of Burt/Sand Canyon and the 5 Freeway. Knowlwood is in the same block as the La Quinta Inn, Dennys, and TiaJuana's Long Bar and Grill. From what I hear, it has a pretty good local following and has been around quite some time. The inside of Knowlwood resembles an old barn with lots of antiques from the 1920's decorating the walls and ceilings. There is an old 1930's pickup truck converted into a table, and a pool table off to one corner. There is patio seating at the front of the restaurant. Knowlwood was about 80% full, and we arrived at 8:45 AM on a Sunday morning. The waitress told us to select any table we...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Knowlwood Restaurant
14952 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 857-8927

Stubrik's Steakhouse and Bar

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Stubrik's Steakhouse and Bar Photo, Orange County, California
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Stubrik's is located off Commonwealth between Harbor and Lemon in the city of Fullerton. It actually shares the parking lot with the Fullerton Train station. It's located directly west of the Slidebar Cafe. We entered Stubrik's from the rear, where the parking lot is located. We walked past the rear dining area, which was lit up, but was still quite dark. The front dining area was quite packed in and featured lots of brick and dark wood. There is a small stage with a few amplifiers set up in the front. It's very obvious that this was a bar converted into a restaurant. There's an upstairs dining are, but we didn't get a chance to go there.We were seated quickly, despite the restaura...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Stubrik's Steakhouse and Bar
118 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, California 92832
(714) 871-1290

Pat & Oscar's

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Restaurant | "Pat & Oscar's"

Drumsticks and pasta at Pat & Oscar's. Photo, Irvine, California
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Pat & Oscars is a casual dining restaurant best known for their scrumptious bread sticks. They've lately become known for other dishes too, like their chicken, ribs, and pizza! We ate dinner on a Friday night at Pat & Oscar's in Irvine. The first thing we noticed when we entered is that the place was packed. There was an unusually large proportion of teenagers to adults, but then again, it was a Friday night and it's next to the movie theater. There is a line at the cashier to order from a menu board on the back wall. Once ordered and paid for, the cashier gives you a number, and you place it on the condiment caddy at your table. We ordered a chicken and pasta meal for ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2006

Pat & Oscar's
13786 Jamboree Rd. Ste. A
Irvine, California 92602
(714) 505-6070

Fish Market and Grill on the Lake

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Fish Market and Grill on the Lake Photo, Mission Viejo, California
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The Fish Market and Grill on the Lake is located on Lake Mission Viejo. It sits at the front of the mall away from Las Brisas. The restaurant doesn't look like much outside, but the inside is quite nice. The center of the Fish Market & Grill on the Lake features a circular bar with the main dining area behind it overlooking the lake. There is an outdoor patio seating on the lake. There is a grand piano off to the side of the restaurant by the bar, but nobody was playing when we were there.Our seat out on the patio was nice, with a nice tranquil view of Lake Mission Viejo. Our waiter came out to take our drink orders and gave us a basket of warm sourdough bread and soft butter. My friends or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Fish Market and Grill on the Lake
27732 Vista Del Lago
Mission Viejo, California 92692

Fish Market and Grill San Juan Capistrano

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Halibut sandwich Photo, Ithaca, New York
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The Fish Market and Grill in San Juan Capistrano is the little sister restaurant to the Fish Market and Grill on The Lake in Mission Viejo. It's more of a cafe style versus it's sister restaurant's fine dining style.The Fish Market and Grill is located on Ortega Highway just east of the 5 Freeway in a strip mall on the north side of Ortega. Parking can be a little hard to come by, especially during lunchtime.The interior resembles a cafe. It has a very relaxed and casual feel to it. There is also patio seating outside. We were invited to choose whichever seats we wanted. We picked a nice seat by the window.Our waitress came by promptly and took our drink order. My friend...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Fish Market and Grill San Juan Capistrano
27221 Ortega Highway. #G
San Juan Capistrano, California
(949) 248-0055

Romano's Macaroni Grill

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Romano's Macaroni Grill Photo, Orange County, California
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I generally don't go to large chain restaurants much, but I've always enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Macaroni Grill. I visited the one in Irvine off Jamboree at the Marketplace on a Friday night. There are many other locations nationwide.The wait on a Friday night wasn't too long, 25-30 minutes. We seated near the kitchen. I've always enjoyed the atmosphere and decor at the Macaroni Grills. Mac Grill seems to be the antithesis of the traditional Italian restaurant as there is plenty of open dining space with an open kitchen viewable from most of the dining room. The server station is situated smack in the middle of the dining area. The atmosphere is bustling and loud. The designers inten...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2006

Romano's Macaroni Grill
13652 Jamboree Road
Irvine, California 92602
(714) 508-7990

Marie Callender's Grill

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Marie Callender's Grill Photo, Orange County, California
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Marie Callender's Grill is supposed to be a higher-end version of their Marie Callender's Bakery restaurants. I visited the Huntington Beach Marie Callender's Grill near Beach and Edinger.The front of the restaurant has a modern look with faux stack stone and stucco, much like the newer stores and restaurants in the area. The interior is nicely appointed with nice dark woods and granite counter tops. Of course, there is the standard pie display ever present in all Marie Callender's.We came at 6:30pm and were surprised that only about a quarter of the restaurant was full. We were seated without any wait. Our waitress came to take our drink orders and brought them out quickly....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 26, 2006

Marie Callender's Grill
16390 Beach Blvd.
Westminster 92683
(714) 847-6600

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon

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Restaurant | "Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon"

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Photo, Tustin, California
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The Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon is a smaller national chain of Steakhouses. Nearby locations in Tustin, Laguna Hills, Long Beach, and Corona. This is a review of the Tustin Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon for dinner.There is always a wait during dinner at this Lonestar location. We put our name down and waited about 30 minutes before we were called. We were led to our table, a nice comfy booth in the middle of the restaurant. Lonestar's decor is pretty much old Texan saloon. There's a big dining area and a bar off to one side. There's lots of dark wood paneling on the walls, skulls of bulls with horns hanging on the walls, wagon wheels, and other old west paraphernalia as decor. There were a l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2006

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
1222 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, California 92780
(714) 508-8996

Arnie's Manhattan Restaurant & Delicatessen

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Restaurant | "Arnie's Manhattan Restaurant & Delicatessen"

Arnie's Manhattan Restaurant & Delicatessen Photo, Orange County, California
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Arnie's Manhattan Restaurant & Delicatessen is located in Newport Beach, near John Wayne Airport (SNA.) It's a bit hard to find; it's in a strip mall on the north side of Dove between Birch and Von Karman. It's only open from 10:30am to 4pm. Obviously I went there for lunch.Business was pretty brisk, and we were seated shortly after our arrival. There are murals of different parts of New York City painted on the walls. Our table had a jar of deli mustard and a jar of pickles.Our waitress was friendly and service was quick. We both ordered soft drinks and scanned the menu. Most of the items were sandwiches, hot dogs, and other deli fare. My friend decided on the super corned beef s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2006

Arnie's Manhattan Restaurant & Delicatessen
1660 Dove St
Newport Beach, California 92660
(949) 252-8646

Riley's Barbecue

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Riley's Barbecue Photo, Orange County, California
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My friends and I went looking for Love's BBQ in Brea, and found that it had been changed to Riley's BBQ. Riley's is at the corner of Brea Blvd and State College Blvd. in the Von's shopping center.From the outside, there's no real indication that it has changed name. The only indication is "Riley's Barbecue" painted on the glass by the front doors. The outside looked like it needs some repainting. We stepped inside and felt like we stepped into an old Love's circa 1980. The inside was full of wood paneling and dark wooden booths. We were getting apprehensive about eating here, as the inside looked very, very tired. We went for dinner on a Friday, and the restaurant didn't have too many people...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 5, 2006

Riley's Barbecue
720 N. Brea Blvd.
Brea, California 92821
(714) 529-3914

Whitehouse of Laguna Beach

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Whitehouse of Laguna Beach Photo, Orange County, California
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White House is located on Coast Highway just south of Forest Avenue opposite of the beach. It's a narrow restaurant with a dining side, bar side with stage, and patio. (The White House Restaurant in Laguna Beach doesn't appear to be affiliated with the Anaheim White House Restaurant.)I went with 2 friends for Sunday brunch. We waited a few minutes. It was a busy restaurant, but the turnover was going at a good rate. The atmosphere is bustling and a bit noisy, but happy. My friends ordered decafs, and then we ordered our brunch. My only real complaint is that the menu is a bit small, and doesnt have pancakes, but that's just my personal preference. My friends ordered the eggs Bened...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Whitehouse of Laguna Beach
340 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California
(949) 494-8088

T.G.I. Friday's

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Restaurant | "TGI Friday's Restaurant"

T.G.I. Friday's Photo, Costa Mesa, California
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TGI Friday’s is a chain of family-friendly restaurants emphasizing moderately priced, yet fun foods. The TGI Friday’s location we visited is located in the South Coast region of Costa Mesa. It’s located at the corner of Anton and Plaza Drive. Validated parking is available in the parking structure directly behind TGI Friday’s.My friend that dined with me said she had worked at this located about 30 years ago, so apparently this TGI Friday’s is one of the older locations. We were greeted at the door by the hostess and seated in a raised dining area behind the bar. The décor is a bit eclectic, with odds and ends suspended from the walls and ceilings, such as aircraft parts, street signs, and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2006

T.G.I. Friday's
601 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 540-2227

Slide Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Slide Bar Cafe"

Slide Cafe Photo, Orange County, California
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The Slide Bar Café is located on Commonwealth near Lemon Street. It shares the parking lot with the Fullerton Amtrak Station. I dined there with friends on a weekday evening. There is a patio outside facing the parking lot, which was almost full. There is also valet parking available, but we didn’t have much trouble finding a place to park.We were greeted at the door and decided to dine inside. The inside is decorated in a rock-n-roll / music store theme. The tables resemble band equipment cases and the menus resemble LP record covers. We were seated at a booth near the corner of the restaurant. There is a large bar area near the back. Most of the people were outside sitting on the patio. Un...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2006

Slide Cafe
122 E Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, California
(714) 871-2233

Citrus Cafe

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Citrus Cafe Photo, Orange County, California
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Citrus Cafe is a fine dining restaurant located at the corner of Redhill and Edinger in Tustin. A friend and I dined at Citrus Cafe for dinner.Dinner wasn't too busy, so we were seated immediately. The interior is decorated as a fine French or Greek restaurant. There is a bar to one side with the kitchen area visible behind it.Our waiter came over and gave us a basket of warm bread with a vinaigrette dressing for dipping. There is a pretty sizeable wine list. The menu had plenty of items ranging from appetizers such as crab cakes, saganaki (Greek cheese flambe) and calamari, lite fare such as burgers, to pasta, fish, and meat dishes such as stuffed chicken breast and Filet Mignon. We w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 13, 2006

Citrus Cafe
1481 Edinger Avenue
Tustin, California 92680
(714) 258-2404

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Restaurant | "BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse"

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Photo, Orange County, California
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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is an immensely popular chain with restaurants in California, Oregon, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Hawaii. I visited the Brea Mall location with two friends for dinner. The Brea Mall location is off of Imperial Highway just west of the 57 Freeway. It's in the same parking lot as the Cheesecake Factory.It's always busy at BJ's, and there's always a wait. We only waited 10 minutes or so and were seated in a nice comfy booth. The atmosphere is lively, bustling, and busy! This BJ's location includes a brewery. My friend ordered the Jeremiah Red, BJ's own brew. He said it was nice and hearty, but not too overwhelming or bitter.We ordered the Together...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2006

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
600 Brea Mall Drive
Brea, California 92821
(714) 990-2095

Cheesecake Factory

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Restaurant | "The Cheesecake Factory"

Cheesecake Factory Photo, Orange County, California
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The Cheesecake Factory is a national chain of restaurants. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what they specialize in. In OC, there are locations at Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Brea, Mission Viejo, and here in Huntington Beach.We dined at the Huntington Beach location. It is located at the Bella Terra center off the 405 Freeway and Beach Blvd.Due to its immense popularity, there's always a wait at the Cheesecake Factory. It wasn't too bad, as we waited about 15 minutes to be seated. The atmosphere is eclectic Italian with faux painted walls and granite tables. It's loud inside, but not too hard to hold a conversation. Our waiter took our drink orders and gave us a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2006

Cheesecake Factory
7871 Edinger Ave
Huntington Beach, California 92647
(714) 889-1500

Chili's

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Chili's Photo, Orange County, California
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Chili's is a national chain of grill and bar restaurants with a Southwestern flair. There are other locations throughout Orange County in Irvine, Yorba Linda, Orange, Huntington Beach, Foothill Ranch, Buena Park, Mission Viejo, and Aliso Viejo. We went to La Habra location for dinner.We had a 10-minute wait to be seated. We were seated in a comfortable booth near the middle of the restaurant. The decor is eclectic, with street signs, pictures, and other interesting items. It somewhat similar to a TGI Friday's. Our waiter took our drink orders and brought them to us rather quickly. We had already looked at the menu while waiting to be seated and ordered. My friends ordered the Chil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Chili's
1600 W Imperial Highway
La Habra, California 90631
(562) 690-7491

Yard House Restaurant - Downtown Brea

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Yard House Restaurant - Downtown Brea Photo, Orange County, California
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The Yard House Restaurant is located in the northern section of Downtown Brea, just north of the Brea/Birch intersection. There are other Orange County Yard House locations in Irvine and Costa Mesa.I went with three friends for dinner. We waited only about 10 minutes before we were seated in a comfy booth. The Yard House's atmosphere is basically a sports bar, with an emphasis on it's large selection of draft beers. It's a bit dark inside, but that helps to view the numerous flat panel big screen TV's around the dining areas. There's a large island-type bar in the center of the restaurant, and an impressive open kitchen near the rear. It's a bit loud inside due to the number of people and the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2006

Yard House Restaurant - Downtown Brea
160 South Brea Blvd.
Brea, California 92821
(714) 529-9273

Yard House Restaurant - Irvine Spectrum

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Yard House Restaurant - Irvine Spectrum Photo, Orange County, California
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The Yard House Restaurant at the Irvine Spectrum is located adjacent to the Improv, near one of the parking garages. There are other Yard House OC locations in Costa Mesa and Brea.I went with a friend for lunch. The Yard House is known for its large selection of draft beers. By the front lobby, there's a little window into the beer fridge that confirms this. The kegs go as far back as the eye can see, so I just had to take a photo of this to share. Unfortunately since we had to return to work after lunch, we couldn't sample some of the many beers available.We were seated after about 20 minutes. The restaurant is centered around a large bar, with table seating surrounding the bar, and b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2006

Yard House Restaurant - Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Dr.
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 753-9373

Agora Churrascaria

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Agora Churrascaria Photo, Orange County, California
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Agora Churrascaria is a buffet style Brazilian steakhouse, where the meats are brought out to you on skewers by Gauchos. Agora is located at the corner of Main and MacArthur in Irvine. It's the odd looking building with a river rock exterior on the SW corner. I went with a friend for lunch to Agora.Upon entering, we were seated after a short wait. There is a small sign at the front counter that stated the dress code. One can tell Agora is a fine dining establishment. There are high ceilings, fine linens, and a large wine display on the rear wall of the restaurant. There is a buffet near the front of the restaurant.After being seated, our waitress greeted us and explained how the restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2006

Agora Churrascaria
1830 Main St.
Irvine, California 92614
(949) 222-9910

Wilma's Patio

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Wilma's Patio Photo, Newport Beach, California
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Wilma's Patio is located on Balboa Island on Marine Way. It's literally 5 minutes walk to the edge of the island. It's a pretty low-key casual family dining restaurant.Some of my friends told me Wilma's Patio has a good breakfast. I visited Wilma's for a weekday dinner. Wilma's Patio has a patio (hence the name) that fronts up to Marine Way. We opted to sit inside since it was cold this evening. The inside sports country decor, with plenty of whitewashed wood paneling and trim. There is a full bar off to the left, and a separate dining area through a door to the right. We sat in a comfy booth in the middle section.Service was prompt and friendly, we browsed the menu and most of the men...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 19, 2006

Wilma's Patio
203 Marine Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 675-5542

Ruth's Chris Steak House

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Ruth's Chris Steak House Photo, Orange County, California
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Ruth's Chris Steak House is a very fine dining steakhouse known throughout the US for their heavenly steaks. You are not required to make reservations, but if you don't there's probably a 3 hour wait. We made reservations for 5 people on a Saturday and received an 8pm reservation.The Irvine Ruth's Chris is located at the corner of Michelson and Jamboree, just south of the 405 Freeway. There is a business casual dress code, with no hats, and the code is enforced.We entered Ruth's Chris, checked in and waited about 10 minutes for the staff to prepare our table. The restaurant is a bit dark inside, but quite nicely adorned with nice dark hardwoods, romantic lighting, and rich linens. We w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2006

Ruth's Chris Steak House
2961 Michelson Dr., Ste. A
Irvine, California 92612
(949) 252-8848

Lido Diner

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Lido Diner Photo, Orange County, California
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Lido Diner is a 1930s themed diner in Newport Beach's Lido area. It's located in the Via Lido Plaza right next to the movie theater. It's visible from the intersection of Newport Blvd. and Via Lido. You can park in the lot behind the diner/movie theater.We arrived for dinner, and there was no waiting. Apparently a lot of the diners ate before the movie theater's next showing and left for the movies a few minutes before we arrived. The atmosphere is that of an upscale 1930s diner with lots of 1930s memorabilia, such as pictures from that decade, a jukebox, and 1930s model cars. There is a full bar near the entrance, and a dessert display next to the bar with all sorts goodies I must try later....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Lido Diner
3461 Via Lido
Newport Beach, California 92663
(949) 723-8777

Beach House

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Restaurant | "Beach House - Dana Point"

Beach House Photo, Orange County, California
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The Beach House Restaurant in Dana Point is located on the Dana Point Harbor near the breakwater's edge. To get there, from Dana Point Harbor Drive, go to Island Drive onto the harbor, take a left at Dana Drive and follow it until you see the restaurant. There is valet parking out in front of the restaurant. It's well worth it too since parking is quite limited in the harbor.The view from the front of the Beach House is quite scenic as it looks out towards the mouth of Dana Point Harbor and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. Inside, we were seated immediately, as we had made reservations a week in advance. Our table was on the upper section near the rear of the restaurant. Even though we were furthe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Beach House
25001 Dana Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
(949) 496-7310

Splashes

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Splashes Photo, Laguna Beach, California
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Splashes is a fine dining restaurant located inside the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. We had to make reservations in advance. Upon arrival, we were seated at a table in the dining room. There is seating in the dining room as well as dining alfresco on the outside patio. The dining room has tables along the windows which offer a panoramic view of the beach and Pacific Ocean. The bar sits alone the east wall of the restaurant.The decor is quite elegant with fine linens and china, but the real feature is the view. We dressed casual, but a very nice casual. This is a formal restaurant, but it's still the beach.Our waiter went over the menu with us and gave us some recomme...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Splashes
Surf & Sand Resort - 1555 South Coast Highway
Orange County, CA 92651
(949) 376-2779

Caffe Panini

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Caffe Panini Photo, Orange County, California
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Caffe Panini is located on MacArthur Blvd. just south of Birch Street, near John Wayne Airport. I went with a friend during a weekday lunch, and there was parking, but it took a little while to locate. There is valet parking available.The restaurant was quite busy, but we lucked out and we were seated outside on one of the two covered patios. This is a very popular lunch spot. Our server, Kerry, brought us our drink orders and gave us a few menu suggestions.The menu is Italian/Mediterranean influenced, with all sorts of salads, pizzas, and appetizers, such as Babaganooj, Dolmita, and Tatziki. Of course, there are the paninis (hence the name Caffe Panini.) A panini is an Italian sandwic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Caffe Panini
4647 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, California 92660
(949) 660-1019

Fox Sports Grill

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Fox Sports Grill Photo, Orange County, California
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Well, not sure how to catagorize Fox Sports Grill. It's a sports bar/restaurant/bowling alley/pool hall/night club. It's located at the corner of Fortune and Pacifica in the Irvine Spectrum where Interstates 405 and 5 meet.I happened to go with friends on a Sunday at noon to watch football. We made reservations the night before and secured a table, and we were very glad we did. When the game started, there was standing room only. I think there were probably 350 people here.Fox Sports Grill is affiliated with Fox Sports. There is a separate dining room and bar area. The dining room has a few flat panel TVs, and the bar area has over 20 large screen LCD TVs and two huge projection screen...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2007

Fox Sports Grill
31 Fortune Drive
Irvine, California 92618
(949) 753-1369

Fuddruckers

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Fuddruckers Photo, Orange County, California
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Fuddruckers is a chain of 1950s themed burger restaurants featuring topping bars where you basically build your own burger. We visited the location in Lake Forest off El Toro Blvd. and Rockfield. It seems to be in an older section of a renovated mall area.You line up at a counter to order your meals, then are given a number and pick up your food. There's a burger bar where you can top your burger with all sorts of veggies, condiments, and seasonings. We lined up and looked over the menu above the counter. They have burgers, chicken and fish sandwiches, soups, salads, and sides. Unfortunately the wait was about 20 minutes in line to order our food. Our gripe was that there weren't that ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 20, 2007

Fuddruckers
23621 El Toro Road
Orange County, California 92630
(949) 830-7210

Red Robin

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Royal Red Robin Burger! Photo, Orange County, California
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Red Robin is an casual dining family restaurant focusing on gourmet burgers. Red Robin bills itslef as having something for everybody, good food, bar for the adults, kid friendly menu and atmosphere. I dined at the Irvine Spectrum Red Robin on a Saturday evening. The Red Robin is located at the Spectrum near the Dave and Busters and the northern parking structure. We waited about 30 minutes to be seated. Looking around, Red Robin features eclectic decor such as an abundance of 1950's classic photos.Once seated, we gave our server our drink orders and looked over the menu. The menu isn't too big, most of it features appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches, salads, and other dinner entre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2007

Ruby's Diner

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Ruby's Diner Photo, San Juan Capistrano, California
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Ruby's Diner is a west coast chain of 1950's themed diner restaurants. I visited the Ruby's Diner in "downtown" San Juan Capistrano. It's located at the corner of Camino Capistrano and Ortega Highway. It's right across from the Amtrak Station.This particular Ruby's is appropriately decorated with model trains running on a track mounted overhead and a large model locomotive in the middle of the dinng area. The staff is dressed in 1950's style diner attire with white shirts and matching white pants or skirts. Almost all of the seating at Ruby's is a nice comfy vinyl booth.Our waitress promptly greeted us and took our drink orders. I ordered a Hershey's chocolate syrup milkshake and my fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2007

Ruby's Diner
31781 Camino Capistrano
Orange County
(949) 496-7829

Benjie's Deli

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Benjie's Deli Photo, Orange County, California
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Benjie's Delicatessen is a New York deli style restaurant open since 1967 and still going strong. Benjie's is located on Tustin Avenue, just north of 17th Street in the city of Santa Ana. It's at the tip of a triangular lot where Old Tustin Ave splits from Tustin Ave.At first glance, Benjie's looks like an unassuming low-key family restaurant. Upon entering, there is a deli counter in the lobby. The deli counter sells the traditional New York style deli meats, sausages, cheeses, and desserts. Next to the deli counter is a door to a separate bar area, called the Bamboo Bar. Leading towards the dining area is counter dining with the accompanying round stools. The dining area itself is filled wit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2007

Benjie's Deli
1828 N. Tustin Ave.
Santa Ana, California 92705
(714) 541-6263

Maggiano's Little Italy

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Restaurant | "Maggiano's"

Maggiano's Little Italy Photo, Orange County, California
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Maggiano's Little Italy is a very popular chain of higher-end Italian restaurants. I visited the Maggiano's at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on weeknight. Maggiano's is located on a separate pad from the mall near the corner of Bristol and Sunflower by Sears. It shares the building with Corner Bakery.The main entrance is on the east side of the building and not very obvious, looking more like a secondary fire door. There's always a wait at Maggiano's. After about 30 minutes, we were seated at a booth at the edge of the 270 seat dining room. The dining room features dark woods, black and white pictures of celebrities, checkered tablecloths, classic Southern Italian. The dining room was quite ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2007

Maggiano's Little Italy
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 546-9550

Tummy Stuffer

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Tummy Stuffer Photo, Orange County, California
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Tummy Stuffer is a small "mom-and-pop" fast service sandwich shop. It's located on Seventeenth Street in Costa Mesa between Newport and Irvine Blvd. It's directly across the street from the Von's market.I heard about Tummy Stuffer from a friend who regularly goes there for lunch and decided to try it out. Tummy Stuffer is located in a little strip mall. If you come at noon, be prepared to hunt for parking though. The decor at Tummy Stuffer is pretty bare bones. There's a counter, a few tables, and photos of some of their sandwiches. There is a large menu board next to the counter. I was tempted to try a sandwich that looked like a pepperoni pizza, but I decided on pastrami with bacon and chees...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 28, 2007

Tummy Stuffer
369 E. 17th St. #18
Costa Mesa, California 92627
(949) 642-6661

The Hat

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The Hat Photo, Lake Forest, California
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The Hat is a small chain of fast food sandwich restaurants, specializing in their World Famous Pastrami. I visited The Hat in Lake Forest. It's on Rockfield, just west of Lake Forest Drive and one light north of the 5 Freeway. There are also a few other Hat locations in Brea, Los Angeles County, and Riverside County.The Hat is basically a no-frills, greasy spoon type of joint. When we arrived, it was packed full of hungry people. The menuboard above the front counter features The Original Pastrami Dip, burgers, hot dogs, chili burgers, chili dogs, and cold sandwiches, too. They have sides such as fries, onion rings, chili fries, and wet fries.I ordered an Original Pastrami Dip and wet ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2007

The Hat
23641 Rockfield Blvd. Lake Forest
Lake Forest, California 92630
(949) 586-9200

Crab Cooker

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Crab Cooker Photo, Orange County, California
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The Crab Cooker is a no-frills seafood restaurant. They specialize in crab, lobster, shrimp, and a few types of fish. There is another Crab Cooker location in Newport Beach.The Tustin crab cooker is a slight bit harder to find. It's actually on Yorba, just south of 17th Street. Upon entering, there's a seafood counter with all sorts of frozen and fresh fish and shellfish for sale. We were given a friendly welcome by the greeter and seated in the dining room. The decor is best described as "old salty fisherman decor." There are nets, glass ball floaters, fishing poles, plastic fish models, and photos of old Tustin in the 1930s.If you came here for surf and turf, too bad, since there...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Crab Cooker
17260 E. 17th St.
Tustin, California 92780
(714) 573-1077

Taco Rosa

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Taco Rosa Photo, Orange County, California
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Taco Rosa is a new restaurant in the Marketplace in Irvine, just north of the 5 Freeway on Jamboree. This Irvine location is the younger sister to their Taco Rosa location in Newport Beach.I went with a friend for an early dinner, and there was still a 15 minute wait at the door. After we were seated, I looked around at the decor I commented to my friend that it reminded me of a restaurant in Cancun. My friend said it reminded her of a restaurant in Acapulco. There's a lot of thick, dark wood used, from the heavy wooden tables with the big square metal studs in the side, to the heavy wooden chairs. The ceiling is draped in an off-white cloth canopy that flutters in the breeze coming from the o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2007

Taco Rosa
Tustin Marketplace
Irvine, California 92670
(714) 505-6080

California Fish Grill

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California Fish Grill Photo, Anaheim, California
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California Fish Grill is a newer chain of fast service seafood restaurants with a few locations in Orange County. Their take is fresh seafood at an affordable price. I went with a friend for lunch to the Anaheim location off Imperial and La Palma.When we stepped inside the restaurant, there was quite a line at the front counter. We browsed the menu board as we waited our turn to order. California Fish Grill offers various grilled fish dishes such as trout, halibut, as well as others. They obviously don’t have lobster or king crap legs, but more basic seafood dishes. They also have fried fish and chips, wraps, and bowl type meals. When it was our turn to order, I ordered a shrimp wrap and side ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2007

California Fish Grill
5675 E La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, California 92807
(714) 777-5710

Inka Grill

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Inka Grill Photo, Costa Mesa, California
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My friend and I decided we wanted something different for lunch and settled on Inka Grill. Inka Grill is a Peruvian restaurant located at the corner of Redhill and Bristol in Costa Mesa. At first glance, you could guess that it occupies the building of some former fast food restaurant. However once we walked in, things were quite different. We were greeted by the receptionist and guided to a nice window seat. The restaurant is decorated with a lot of bright colors, orangish-tan, blues, and other popular colors I’d imagine you’d see in Inka regions of Peru. We gave our drink orders and turned to browse the menu. I think a lot of people assume that Peruvian food is probably similar to Mexica...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2007

Inka Grill
260 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 444-4652

Wahoo's Fish Taco

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Restaurant | "Wahoo's Fish Tacos"

Wahoo's Fish Taco Photo, Costa Mesa, California
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Wahoo’s Fish Tacos is a local fast service chain of Mexican restaurants with a healthy emphasis and a pop/surf culture atmosphere. I went with a friend to the Costa Mesa location off Bristol and Baker, just south of the 405 Freeway. The restaurant’s windows are plastered with all sorts of stickers from popular clothing, surfing, skating, and other companies.We went inside to the counter to order. The menu board has all sorts of burritos, tacos, and other familiar Mexican favorites with an emphasis on food from the Baja region. They also have bowl meals, such as a fish taco bowl, but with rice instead of a tortilla. I ordered a “wet” steak burrito. The “wet” portion is a topping of red sauce an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2007

Wahoo's Fish Taco
3000 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 435-0130

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company

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Restaurant | "Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company"

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company Photo, Orange, California
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Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company is a small chain of sports bar/brewpubs originating in San Diego and spreading out to other counties. We went to the Orange location at the Village (formerly the Orange Mall.)My friends and I had heard good things about Oggi’s, but we had to find out for ourselves. We checked in for a table and were seated within a few minutes for dinner. It was early, so there wasn’t much of a crowd yet. We were seated at a nice comfy booth in the rear of the dining room, but with a good view of the 20 or so televisions surrounding the room. There were all sorts of different sports shown on the various screens. The front of the dining room features a bar with some more ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 25, 2007

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company
2295 North Tustin Avenue
Orange

Hornblower Newport Harbor Dining Cruise

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Newport Harbor at start of the cruise Photo, Hamilton, Bermuda
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Hornblower Cruises and Events is a company that does dining cruises around Newport Beach, San Diego, Marina Del Rey, San Francisco, and Berkeley. This is a review of the Newport Beach dinner dancing cruise.I found the Hornblower's website and booked 2 reservations via telephone, using a AAA discount of 25%. The evening cruise was for Saturday July 1, 2006. Attire is technically business casual, but you can wear really nice $150 jeans.We arrived at 6:45 in the parking lot of the Hornblower offices, and it was full, so we were directed to the parking lot on the other side of PCH behind Jacks Shrimp. It's a metered public parking lot, but it's free after 6 PM.We waited in li...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Hornblower Newport Harbor Dining Cruise
2431 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, California 92663

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Attraction | "Angels Game"

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo, Anaheim, California
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The local team here is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The name is a bit confusing, since they were the Anaheim Angels before being renamed, and Los Angeles is 35 miles away. Aside from all that, Angels baseball is definitely fun to watch. The team has been in Anaheim since 1966 and is very much loved and respected by the fans here.Angels Stadium is in Anaheim near where the 57, 22, and 5 Freeways meet. It's across the 57 Freeway from the Arrowhead Pond where the NHL team Anaheim Ducks play. The main entrance to Angels Stadium parking lot is off of Orangewood Avenue. Parking costs $8, but you can easily find cheaper off-site parking offered by some of the neighboring businesses. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anaheim, California 92806
(714) 940-2000

The Irvine Spectrum

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The Irvine Spectrum Photo, Orange County, California
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The Irvine Spectrum Entertainment Center is an outdoor mall at where Interstate 5 and Interstate 405 meet in Orange County. It's actual address is 71 Fortune in Irvine. Some call it the Irvine Spectrum, but technically the term Irvine Spectrum actually refers to the entire area, including office buildings, residential, and vacant lots.The Irvine Spectrum Entertainment Center was first opened in 1996 and was one of the first outdoor malls that was designed as an entertainment center, rather than a traditional shopping center or shopping mall. When it first opened, there were no shops at all. It was entered around a 21 screen movie theater with an IMAX big screen theater, some flagship restauran...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2007

The Irvine Spectrum
Where Interstate 5 and Interstate 405 meet
Orange County, California