Food List

The Best Places to Eat in Orange County/LA/IE

Key:

Name of restaurant, Cost-Location-Recommendations to order/Tips

Website

*Must Try

 

American:

*The Playground $$-Santa Ana, CA-Playground Burger, Maple Glazed Pork Chop, Sticky Toffee Pudding

playgrounddtsa.com

*Broadway by Amar Santana $$$-Laguna Beach, CA-Bone Marrow, Panna Cotta, Truffle Cavatelli Pasta, Caesar Kale Salad

broadwaybyamarsantana.com

*Lawry’s The Prime Rib $$$-Beverly Hills, CA -Prime Rib, Creamed Corn, Creamed Spinach-They have free meatballs and potato chips in their waiting room

lawrysonline.com

*Nick’s $$-Long Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Manhattan Beach, CA-Prime Rib Dip, Fried Deviled Eggs, Asparagus Fries, Rib Eye Melt

nicksrestaurants.com

Black Hogg $$-Los Angeles, CA-Popcorn Bacon

blackhogg.com

Houston’s $$-Irvine and Los Angeles, CA-Hawaiian Rib Eye, Smoked Salmon Appetizer, French Dip Sandwich

http://www.hillstone.com

R + D Kitchen $$-Newport Beach, CA-Deviled Eggs, French Dip Sandwich

rd-kitchen.com

Chapter One: The Modern Local $$-Santa Ana, CA-Scotch Egg, Potato Pear

chapteronetml.com

The Attic $$-Long Beach, CA-Short Rib Poutine, Cheetos Mac N Cheese, Bloody Mary

theatticonbroadway.com

 

Argentinean:

*Puerto Madero $-Santa Ana, CA-Chivito Sandwich, Empandas

http://www.yelp.com/biz/puerto-madero-santa-ana

 

Barbeque/BBQ:

Phil’s BBQ-San Diego, CA-Baby Back Ribs

philsbbq.net

 

Burger:

*Umami Burger $$- Multiple locations in Orange County and Los Angeles-Truffle Burger, Umami Burger, Cheese Stuffed Tator Tots (not on the menu), Tempura Onion Rings (ask for all the sauces)

umamiburger.com

*Peters Gourmade Grill $-Tustin, CA-ABC Burger, Gyro Fries

gourmadegrill.com

*In-N-Out $-multiple locations throughout Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Double Double w/ grilled onions and extra spread, Animal Style Fries

in-n-out.com

*Rustic Canyon $$$-Santa Monica, CA-Niman Ranch Burger, Burrata, Ricotta Gnocchi

rusticcanyonwinebar.com

*The Playground $$-Santa Ana, CA-Playground Burger

playgrounddtsa.com

G Burger $$-Fountain Valley, Irvine and La Habra, CA-Cheese Burger with Avocado, G Style Fries

gburger.com

Fuji’s Famous Burger $-Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, CA-Teri Cheeseburger w/Bacon and Avocado, Charsiu Burrito with Fried Rice

FujisFamous.com

TK Burgers $-Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana and Newport Beach, CA-Big Bargain Combo

tkburgers.com

Mick’s Karma Bar $$-Irvine, CA-Karma Burger, Strawberry Basil Lemonade

mickskarmabar.com

The Habit Burger Grill $-Multiple Locations-Double Char Burger, Tempura Green Beans

habitburger.com

25 Degrees $$-Huntington Beach and Hollywood, CA-#1 Burger, Guinees Milkshake

http://25degreesrestaurant.com/

 

Bakery:

*85 Degrees $-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Sea Salt Coffee, Peach Green Tea, Taro Bread, Cheesy Garlic Bread, Tomato and Cheese Croissant, Blueberry Cream Cheese

85cafe.us

*Portos Bakery $-Glendale, Burbank and Downey, CA-Cheese Roll, Potato Balls, Meat Pies

portosbakery.com

*Sprinkles Cupcakes $$-Newport Beach-Red Velvet Cupcakes

sprinkles.com

*Cream Pan $-Tustin, CA-Strawberry Croissant, Pork Katsu Sandwich

creampanbakery.com

The Pie Hole $$-Los Angeles, CA-Mexican Chocolate, Maple Custart, Savory Pies

thepieholela.com

 

Breakfast:

*Anepalco’s Cafe $-Orange, CA-Huevos Divorciados

anepalcoscafe.com

*Nick’s $$-Long Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Manhattan Beach, CA-Prime Rib Dip, Fried Deviled Eggs, Asparagus Fries, Rib Eye Melt

nicksrestaurants.com

Blackboard Bistro $$-Seal Beach, CA-California Eggs Benedict, Around the World Omelette

blackboardbistro.com

Nick’s Deli $-Seal Beach and Los Alamitos, CA-Breakfast Burrito

http://www.yelp.com/biz/nicks-deli-seal-beach

The Crooked Duck $$-Long Beach, CA-Monte Cristo

thecrookedduck.com

 

Brunch:

*Anepalco’s Cafe $-Orange, CA-Huevos Divorciados

anepalcoscafe.com

*The Playground $$-Santa Ana, CA-Playground Burger, Maple Glazed Pork Chop, Sticky Toffee Pudding

playgrounddtsa.com

*Nick’s $$-Long Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Manhattan Beach, CA-Prime Rib Dip, Fried Deviled Eggs, Asparagus Fries, Rib Eye Melt

nicksrestaurants.com

Chapter One: The Modern Local $$-Santa Ana, CA-Hangover Helper, Unlimited Mimosa Flight

chapteronetml.com

Blackboard Bistro $$-Seal Beach, CA-California Eggs Benedict, Around the World Omelette

blackboardbistro.com

The Crooked Duck $$-Long Beach, CA-Monte Cristo

thecrookedduck.com

 

Cajun/Creole:

*Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking $$-Huntingon Beach and Santa Ana, CA-Pan Roast, Maple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

rittersskc.com

The Boiler $$-Chino Hills, CA-House Pan Roast, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

theboilerskc.com

 

Chicken:

*Zankou Chicken $-Anaheim and Los Angeles, CA-Tarna Wrap, Chicken-Get extra garlic sauce for your chicken and pita bread

zankouchicken.com

*Chicken Maison $-Santa, CA-Spicy Lemon Pepper Chicken

chickenmaison.com

KyonChon $$-Los Angeles, CA-Chicken Wings

http://kyochonus.com/intro.html

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles $$-Anaheim, CA and Multiple Locations in Los Angeles, CA-Chicken and Waffles, Sunset, Sunrise

roscoeschickenandwaffles.com

Wingnuts $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Far East Nachos and Bacon and Ranch Wings

wingnuts.biz

 

Chinese:

*Din Tai Fung $$-Costa Mesa and Arcadia, CA-Juicy Pork Dumplings, Juicy Pork and Crab Dumplings, Noodles with Sesame Sauce-Expect 1-2 hour wait, at the Costa Mesa location you can shop at South Coast Plaze while you wait

dintaifungusa.com

Peking Gourmet $$-Garden Grove-Sweet and Sour Pork (korean Style), Garlic Shrimp

peking-gourmet.com

 

Cuban:

Felix Continental Cafe $$-Orange, CA-Sangria, Tres Leches Cake, Arroz a la Cubana

felixcontinentalcafe.com

 

Curry:

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya $$-Irvine, CA-Curry with Cheese-Ask your waitress about how hot you should get your curry because their hotness factor is way hotter than what you would expect.

ichibanyausa.com

Dumplings/Dim Sum:

*Din Tai Fung-Costa Mesa and Arcadia, CA-Juicy Pork Dumplings, Juicy Pork and Crab Dumplings, Noodles with Sesame Sauce

dintaifungusa.com

 

Dessert:

*85 Degrees $-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Sea Salt Coffee, Peach Green Tea, Taro Bread, Cheesy Garlic Bread, Tomato and Cheese Croissant, Blueberry Cream Cheese

85cafe.us

*Portos Bakery $-Glendale, Burbank and Downey, CA-Cheese Roll, Potato Balls, Meat Pies

portosbakery.com

*Cream Pan $-Tustin, CA-Strawberry Croissant, Pork Katsu Sandwich

creampanbakery.com

*Sprinkles Cupcakes $$-Newport Beach-Red Velvet Cupcakes

sprinkles.com

*Bouchon Bakery $$-Beverly Hills, CA-Macaron, Pain Au Chocolate

http://www.bouchonbakery.com

*Class 302 $-Rowland Heights, CA-Shaved Snow

http://www.yelp.com/biz/class-302-rowland-heights

*Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights $-Multiple locations in Orange County-Sorbet Chill

frostbites.net

The Pie Hole $$-Los Angeles, CA-Mexican Chocolate, Maple Custart, Savory Pies

thepieholela.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes $$-Multiple location in Orange County-Red Velvet, White Chocolate Raspberry

nothingbundtcakes.com

Confetti Italian Ice & Custard $-Costa Mesa, CA-Italian Ice and Custard

http://www.yelp.com/biz/confetti-italian-ice-and-custard-costa-mesa?osq=Confettis

Joe’s Italian Ice $-Garden Grove and Anaheim, CA-Joe Latti

joesice.com

Frozen Bar $-Garden Grove, CA-Fronut

frozenbar.net

La Creperie Cafe $$-Long Beach, CA-Romeo and Juliet Crepe

lacreperiecafe.net

Afters Ice Cream $-Fountain Valley, CA-Milk and Cereal-They have a food truck that has a shorter wait

aftersicecream.com

 

Euroasian:

*Cafe Hiro $$-Cypress, CA-Uni Spaghetti, Osso Bucco

cafehiro.com

 

Fine Dining:

*The Bazaar $$$$-Beverly Hills, CA-Cotton Candy Foie Gras, Philly Cheese Steak, Egg dish, LN2 Caipirinha

http://www.thebazaar.com

*Bestia $$$-Los Angeles, CA-Bone Marrow with Spinach Gnocchetti, Cavatelli alla Norcina, Mussels and Clams

bestiala.com

*Angellini Osteria $$$-Beverly Hills, CA-Lasagna Verde, Whole Branzino Roasted in Sea Salt

angeliniosteria.com

*Broadway by Amar Santana $$$-Laguna Beach, CA-Bone Marrow, Panna Cotta, Truffle Cavatelli Pasta, Caesar Kale Salad

broadwaybyamarsantana.com

Providence $$$$-Los Angeles, CA-Tasting Menu, Foie Gras Ravioli

providencela.com

*Scratch Bar $$$-Beverly Hills, CA-Puffed Smelt with Bone Marrow Mustard, Roasted Bone Marrow and Sourdough, Blackened Cauliflower, Caramel Apple Panna Cotta

scratchbarla.com

Rustic Canyon $$$-Santa Monica, CA-Niman Ranch Burger, Burrata, Ricotta Gnocchi

rusticcanyonwinebar.com

March Moderne $$$-Costa Mesa, CA-Bone Marrow, Octopus

marchemoderne.net

 

French

March Moderne $$$-Costa Mesa, CA-Bone Marrow, Octopus

marchemoderne.net

La Creperie Cafe $$-Long Beach, CA-Romeo and Juliet Crepe, Al Mare Savory Crepe, Garlic Fries

lacreperiecafe.net

 

Food Truck:

The Lime Truck $-Orange County-Carnitas Fries, Ultimate Tacos, Blue Crab Ceviche

thelimetruck.com

Kogi BBQ Truck$-Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Black Jack Quesadilla, Short Rib Taco

kogibbq.com

Soho Gourmet Taco Truck $-Orange County-Various Tacos

Dos Chinos Food Truck$-Orange County-Oahu Shrimp, Bolsa Roast Pork

doschinos.com

 

Fusion:

*The Bazaar $$$$-Beverly Hills, CA-Cotton Candy Foie Gras, Philly Cheese Steak, Egg dish, LN2 Caipirinha

http://www.thebazaar.com

*Chego $$-Los Angeles, CA-Pork Belly Bowl, Oooey Gooey Fries, Chicken Sour Hen House Bowl

eatchego.com

*Urban Seoul $$-Irvine, CA-Short Rib Arepas, Loaded Fries, Gogi Sliders, Chorizo Kimchi Fried Rice, Bibimbap, Elote Corn

urban-seoul.com

*Musha Restaurant $$-Torrance, CA-Seared Mackerel, Cheese Risotto, Mayo Shrimp

musha.us

*Alibi Room$$-Los Angeles, CA-Kogi Tacos, Chego Bowls

alibiroomla.com

*Hashigo Korean Kitchen $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Korrito, Curry Cheese Fries, Mama Cho’s Chicken Wings

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hashigo-korean-kitchen-costa-mesa

Kogi BBQ Truck$-Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Black Jack Quesadilla, Short Rib Taco

kogibbq.com

Dos Chinos Food Truck$-Orange County-Oahu Shrimp, Bolsa Roast Pork

doschinos.com

Cafe Hiro $$-Cypress, CA-Uni Spaghetti, Osso Bucco

cafehiro.com

 

Gastropub:

*Playground -Santa Ana, CA-Playground Burger, Maple Glazed Pork Chop, Sticky Toffee Pudding

playgrounddtsa.com

Alibi Room$$-Los Angeles, CA-Kogi Tacos, Chego Bowls

alibiroomla.com

Chapter One: The Modern Local $$-Santa Ana, CA-Scotch Egg, Potato Pear

chapteronetml.com

 

Greek:

*Kerostena $-Garden Grove, CA-Gyro, Chicken Shawarma-Ask for extra Garlic Sauce

kerostenagrill.com

*Thasos Greek Island Grill $$-Santa Ana and Newport Beach, CA-Gyro Pita, Spanakopita

thasos.com

 

Healthy:

*Seasons 52 $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Cedar Plank Salmon, Mini Indulgence desserts

http://www.seasons52.com

*Green Tomato Grill $-Thai Peanut Shrimp Bowl (can also substitute Chicken, Greek Steak Wrap, Fried Pickles, Chili Lime Popcorn-If you check in on Yelp.com you can get a free bag of Chili Lime Popcorn

greentomatogrill.com

Tortillaz $-Irvine-Carne Asada Burrito w/ wheat tortilla. Make sure to get a lot of creamy cilantro avocado sauce, this is what makes the burrito.

tortillazgrill.com

Veggie Grill $-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich and Cauliflower Potato Mash

veggiegrill.com

Au Lac $$-Fountain Valley, CA-Pho

aulac.com

North Shore Poke Co $$-Huntington Beach, CA-Waimea Poke

northshorepokeco.com

PokiNometry $-Anaheim, CA-Poke Bowl with Brown Rice

pokinometry.com

Native Foods Cafe $-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Ensalada Azteca, Twister Wrap, Lavender Lemonade

http://www.nativefoods.com/

Healthy Junk $-Anaheim, CA-Fish Tacos

thehealthyjunk.com

Tandoori Fresh-Costa Mesa, CA-Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, Mango Lassi

tandoorifresh.com

 

Ice Cream/Frozen Dessert:

*Class 302 $-Rowland Heights, CA-Shaved Snow

http://www.yelp.com/biz/class-302-rowland-heights

*Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights $-Multiple locations in Orange County-Sorbet Chill

frostbites.net

Confetti Italian Ice & Custard $-Costa Mesa, CA-Italian Ice and Custard

http://www.yelp.com/biz/confetti-italian-ice-and-custard-costa-mesa?osq=Confettis

Frozen Bar $-Garden Grove, CA-Fronut

frozenbar.net

Joe’s Italian Ice $-Garden Grove and Anaheim, CA-Joe Latti

joesice.com

Afters Ice Cream $-Fountain Valley, CA-Milk and Cereal

aftersicecream.com

 

Italian:

*Angellini Osteria $$$-Beverly Hills, CA-Lasagna Verde, Whole Branzino Roasted in Sea Salt

angeliniosteria.com

*Bestia $$$-Los Angeles, CA-Bone Marrow with Spinach Gnocchetti, Cavatelli alla Norcina, Mussels and Clams

bestiala.com

Cucina Alessa $$-Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, CA-Tortelli Di Carne (Braised Short Rib Stuffed Tortelloni with Walnut Porcini Cream Sauce

 http://cucinaalessahuntingtonbeach.com/

Onotria $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Goat Cheese Stuffed Zuchinni Blossoms-Come on Sunday for Sunday Supper for multiple courses for super cheap

onotria.com

 

Indian:

*Annapoorna $$-Irvine, CA-Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan-They also have a decent lunch buffet for $10.00

miannapoorna.com

Tandoori Fresh $-Costa Mesa, CA-Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, Mango Lassi

tandoorifresh.com

Vishnu $-Irvine, CA-Lunch Buffet (only open for lunch)

vishnurestaurant.com

 

Japanese BBQ:

*Tsuruhashi $$-Fountain Valley, CA-Kobe Beef, Beef Yuke, Fried Rice

tsuruhashibbq.com

Anjin $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Beef Tongue, Marbled Prime Rib Eye,

http://www.yelp.com/biz/anjin-costa-mesa?osq=Tsurashi

Torihei $$-Torrance, CA-Beef Tongue, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Torihei Meatball, Soft Egg with Ikura

torihei-usa.com

 

Japanese:

*New Harima Restaurant $$-Cypress, CA-Poke Salad, Soft Shell Crab, Butterfish

http://www.yelp.com/biz/new-harima-japanese-cuisine-cypress

*Musha Restaurant $$-Torrance, CA-Seared Mackerel, Cheese Risotto, Mayo Shrimp

musha.us

Sushi Murasaki $$$-Santa Ana, CA-Omakase, Bento Box

sushi-murasaki.com

Fukada $$-Irvine, CA (Irvine Center Drive location is best)-Soba or Udon Combo w/ Katsu Don, Oyako Don, Tentoji Don or Spicy Tuna Don.

fukadarestaurant.com

Koi Sushi $$-Seal Beach, CA-Seal Beach Roll

koisushi.com

 

Korean:

*Gen Korean BBQ $$-Tustin, Huntingon Beach, Cerritos and Alhambra, CA-All you can eat Korean BBQ

genkoreanbbq.com

*Kaju Tofu Restaurant $-Garden Grove, CA-Kimchi Beef Soon Do Boo (Soft Tofu Soup), Kalbi

kajutofugardengrove.com

*Urban Seoul $$-Irvine, CA-Short Rib Arepas, Loaded Fries, Gogi Sliders, Chorizo Kimchi Fried Rice, Bibimbap, Elote Corn

urban-seoul.com

*Hashigo Korean Kitchen $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Korrito, Curry Cheese Fries, Mama Cho’s Chicken Wings

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hashigo-korean-kitchen-costa-mesa

Kogi BBQ Truck$-Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Black Jack Quesadilla, Short Rib Taco

kogibbq.com

Mo Ran Gak Restaurant $$-Garden Grove, CA-King Rib, Egg Souffle, Pork Jowel

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mo-ran-gak-restaurant-garden-grove

Kang Hodong Baekjeong $$-Buena Park, CA-Korean BBQ, Doshirak, Scrambled Egg, Cheesy Corn

678usa.com

 

Korean BBQ:

*Gen Korean BBQ-Tustin, Huntingon Beach, Cerritos and Alhambra, CA-All you can eat Korean BBQ

genkoreanbbq.com

Mo Ran Gak Restaurant $$-Garden Grove, CA-King Rib, Egg Souffle, Pork Jowel

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mo-ran-gak-restaurant-garden-grove

Kang Hodong Baekjeong $$-Buena Park, CA-Korean BBQ, Doshirak, Scrambled Egg, Cheesy Corn

678usa.com

 

Mediterranean:

Open Sesame $$-Long Beach, CA-Open Sesame Combo, Fried Potatos

opensesamegrill.com

*Kerostena $-Garden Grove, CA-Gyro, Chicken Shawarma-Ask for extra Garlic Sauce

kerostenagrill.com

 

Mexican:

* Los Jilbertos Taco Shop $-Riverside, CA-Carne Asada Burrito, Fish Burrito, Breakfast Burrito, California Burrito, NAK Burrito, Carne Asada Fries,  Carne Asada Chimichanga

http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-jilbertos-taco-shop-riverside-3

*Los Cotijas Taco Shop $-Garden Grove and Tustin, CA-Fish Burritos, Fish Tacos

http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-cotijas-taco-shop-garden-grove

*Anepalco’s Cafe $-Orange, CA-Huevos Divorciados

anepalcoscafe.com

*Luche Libre Gourmet Taco Shop $-Surf and Turf Burrito

tacosmackdown.com

Soho Gourmet Taco Truck $-Orange County-Various Tacos, Various Salsas

sohotaco.com

Sabroso! Mexican Grill $-Garden Grove, CA-Carne Asado Taco, Ensenada Style Fish Taco

sabrosomexgrill.com

Cali Tacos $-Orange, CA-Angel Burrito-Ask for different hot sauces

calitacos.com

Guisados $-Los Angeles, CA-Taco Sampler

http://www.guisados.co/

 

New Orleans:

*Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking $$-Huntingon Beach and Santa Ana, CA-Pan Roast, Maple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

rittersskc.com

The Boiler $$-Chino Hills, CA-House Pan Roast, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

theboilerskc.com

 

Peruvian:

*Picca $$$-Los Angeles, CA-Black Cod, Arroz Con Erizo, Tres Leches Cake, Zapallo Gnocchi, Quinoa Fried Chicken

piccaperu.com

Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood $$-Los Angeles, CA-Lomo Saltado

http://www.yelp.com/biz/marios-peruvian-and-seafood-los-angeles

 

Pho:

*Au Lac $$-Fountain Valley, CA-Vegetarian Pho

aulac.com

*Brodards $-Westminster, Garden Grove, CA-Nem Nuong, Shaken Beef, Thai Pho

brodard.net/Home

Pho 45 $-Garden Grove, CA-Filet Mignon Pho

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-45-garden-grove?osq=Pho

Pho Tasia $-Irvine, CA-Pho

photasiarestaurant.com

 

Pizza:

Rance’s Chicago Pizza $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Deep Dish Pizza

rancespizza.com

*Pizzeria Mozza $$$-Newport Beach and Los Angeles, CA-Fennel Sausage Pizza, Burrata, Stuffed Squash Blossoms

http://www.pizzeriamozza.com

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza $-Multiple locations in Orange County-White Out Pizza and add Pesto sauce

http://www.blazepizza.com

Pieology $-Multiple locations in Orange County-Thin Crust Pizza

pieology.com

 

Poke:

North Shore Poke Co $$-Huntington Beach, CA-Waimea Poke

northshorepokeco.com

Bear Flag Fish Company $$-Newport Beach, CA-Poke Taco

bearflagfishco.com

PokiNometry $-Anaheim, CA-Poke Bowl with Brown Rice

pokinometry.com

 

Ramen:

*Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle $$-Los Angeles, CA-Tsukemen Ramen-Cash Only

tsujita-la.com

*Ramen Yamadaya $-Costa Mesa and Los Angeles, CA-Tonkatsu Kotteri Ramen with Yamadaya topping

ramen-yamadaya.com

*Foo Foo Tei $-Hacienda Heights-#17 Nanchatte Tonkotsu Ramen

foofootei.com

Silverlake Ramen $$-Los Angeles, CA-Spicy Miso Ramen, Pork Bun

silverlakeramen.com

Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen $-Fountain Valley, Irvine and Los Angeles, CA-Hakata Ramen-You can order extra noodles for $1.00

http://www.shinsengumigroup.com/

Santouka $-Costa Mesa, Irvine and Los Angeles, CA-Shio Ramen with Special Pork

santouka.co.jp/en

Kopan Ramen $-Fullerton-Chashu Ramen, Fried Baby Octopus

http://www.yelp.com/biz/kopan-ramen-fullerton

 

Rice Bowl:

*Chego $$-Los Angeles, CA-Pork Belly Bowl, Oooey Gooey Fries, Chicken Sour Hen House Bowl

eatchego.com

 

Sandwiches:

*Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery $-Santa Monica, CA-The Godmother-You can order online to avoid the long wait

baycitiesitaliandeli.com

*Le Diplomate $-Irvine, CA-Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich, Chicken Garlic Sandwich

http://www.yelp.com/biz/le-diplomate-cafe-irvine

*Earl of Sandwich $-Anaheim -Tuna Melt, Holiday Turkey-all sandwiches are really good here

http://www.earlofsandwichusa.com/

*Mendocino Farms $$-Costa Mesa and Los Angeles, CA-3 Little Piggies (Secret Menu Item), Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi

mendocinofarms.com

*El Gallo Giro $-Santa Ana, Panarama City and Los Angeles, CA-Torta Cubana-there is a lady in the parking lot that sells really good tamales for really cheap

gallogiro.com

*Puerto Madero $-Santa Ana, CA-Chivito Sandwich, Empandas

http://www.yelp.com/biz/puerto-madero-santa-ana

*Deli-licious-$-Huntington Beach, CA-Sue’s Chicken Avocado Caprese, French Dip, Fried Pastrami Reuben

delilicioushb.com

*Bruxie $-Multiple Locations in Orange County-Country Sausage. Egg and Cheddar Sandwich, Irish Nachos

bruxie.com

Capriotti’s $-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA -The Bobbie, SlawBeJoe

http://www.capriottis.com/

Claros Italian Market $-Tustin, CA-Italian Sandwich

claros.com

Moscow Deli $-Costa Mesa, CA-Odessa Sandwich and Kiev Sandwich

moscowdeli.com

Boudin SF $$-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Pesto Roast Beef Sandwich, Clam Chowder in a Bread bowl

http://www.boudinbakery.com/

Paul’s Deli $-Westminster, CA-Hot Cuban, House Special, Italian, Black and White Cookies

pauls-deli.com

John’s Philly Grille $-Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, CA-Johns Special Cheese Steak Hoagie

phillygrille.com

Lawry’s Carvery $$-Costa Mesa and Los Angeles, CA-Lawrys Prime Rib Sandwich, Green Peppercorn Dip, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

http://www.lawrysonline.com/lawrys-carvery

 

Seafood:

*Shuck Oyster Bar $$-Costa Mesa, CA-Various Oysters of the day, Grilled Cheese

shuckoysterbar.com

Slapfish $$-Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach, CA-Chowder Fries

slapfishrestaurant.com

Bear Flag Fish Company$$-Newport Beach, CA-Poke Taco

bearflagfishco.com

 

Shabu Shabu/Hot Pot

*Shabu Shabu Bar $$-Santa Ana, CA-Rib Eye, Spicy Cheese dumpling, They have a yelp check in for 12 free shots and you can do it for each person in your party!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/shabu-shabu-bar-santa-ana-3

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot $$-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Yin Yang Pot, Fishballs with Roe, Custom Sauces

littlesheephotpot.com

 

Southern:

The Attic $$-Long Beach, CA-Short Rib Poutine, Cheetos Mac N Cheese, Bloody Mary

theatticonbroadway.com

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles $$-Anaheim, CA and Multiple Locations in Los Angeles, CA-Chicken and Waffles, Sunset, Sunrise

roscoeschickenandwaffles.com

 

Steak/Prime Rib:

*Lawry’s The Prime Rib $$$-Beverly Hills, CA-Prime Rib, Creamed Corn, Creamed Spinach-They have free meatballs and potato chips in their waiting room

lawrysonline.com

Mastros $$$$-Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, CA-Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Butter Cake, Bone-In-Ribeye, Seafood Tower

mastrosrestaurants.com

Houston’s $$-Irvine and Los Angeles, CA-Hawaiian Rib Eye, Smoked Salmon Appetizer, French Dip Sandwich

http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurants/houstons/

Clearman’s Steak & Stein $$$-Prime Rib, Baked Potato

clearmansrestaurants.com

Sushi (highend):

*Ohshima $$$-Orange, CA-Omakase, Cherry Salmon, Blue Fin Tuna, Black Cod, Kobe Beef-It is a small place so make reservations, reservations can only be made at 5:00 pm-5:30 pm each day.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ohshima-japanese-cuisine-orange-3

San Shi Go $$$$-Newport Beach, CA-Omakase-Don’t get it confused with the Laguna Beach location

http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-shi-go-newport-beach

Ikko Japanese Cuisine $$$-Costa Mesa, CA-Omakase

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ikko-japanese-cuisine-costa-mesa

Hamamori Restaurant & Lounge $$$-Costa Mesa, CA-Omakase, Wagyu Beef, Uni and Toro, Okaki Asparagus

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hamamori-restaurant-and-lounge-costa-mesa

Masa Sushi $$$-Newport, CA-Omakase both sushi and cooked-Reservation Only

http://www.yelp.com/biz/masa-sushi-restaurant-costa-mesa

 

Sushi (inexpensive):

*Sushi Koto $$-Fountain Valley, CA-Chiraishi Zen by far the best thing on the menu

kotooc.com

Akasaka $$-Hacienda Heights-Chiraishi Bowl

http://www.yelp.com/biz/akasaka-restaurant-hacienda-heights

Sushi Town $$-Newport Beach, CA-Dragon Lady Roll, Garlic Edamame

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-town-costa-mesa

Sake 2 Me Sushi $$-Tustin, CA-All You Can Eat Sushi

sake2mesushi.com

 

Tapas/Small Plates:

*Scratch Bar $$$-Beverly Hills, CA-Puffed Smelt with Bone Marrow Mustard, Roasted Bone Marrow and Sourdough, Blackened Cauliflower, Caramel Apple Panna Cotta

scratchbarla.com

*The Playground $$-Santa Ana, CA-Playground Burger, Maple Glazed Pork Chop, Sticky Toffee Pudding

playgrounddtsa.com

*Musha Restaurant $$-Torrance, CA-Seared Mackerel, Cheese Risotto, Mayo Shrimp

musha.us

*Rustic Canyon $$$-Santa Monica, CA-Niman Ranch Burger, Burrata, Ricotta Gnocchi

rusticcanyonwinebar.com

Black Hogg $$-Los Angeles, CA-Popcorn Bacon

blackhogg.com

Felix Continental Cafe $$-Orange, CA-Sangria, Tres Leches Cake, Arroz a la Cubana

felixcontinentalcafe.com

 

Thai:

* Siam Taste of Asia-Santa Ana, CA-Garlic Tofu, Chilean Sea Bass w/ Green Curry-Cash Only

http://www.yelp.com/biz/siam-taste-of-asia-santa-ana

 

Vegetarian:

*Veggie Grill $-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich and Cauliflower Potato Mash

veggiegrill.com

*Au Lac $$-Fountain Valley, CA-Pho

aulac.com

*Native Foods Cafe $$-Multiple Locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, CA-Ensalada Azteca, Twister Wrap, Lavender Lemonade

http://www.nativefoods.com/

Healthy Junk $$-Anaheim, CA-Fish Tacos

thehealthyjunk.com

 

Vietnamese:

*Brodard Restaurant $-Westminster, Garden Grove, CA-Nem Nuong, Shaken Beef, Thai Pho

brodard.net/Home

Pho Tasia $-Irvine, CA-Pho

photasiarestaurant.com

 

Vietnamese Sandwich/Banh Mi

*Banh Mi Che Cali $-Fountain Valley, CA-Banh mi w/ meatloaf and fried egg

http://www.yelp.com/biz/b%C3%A1nh-m%C3%AC-ch%C3%A8-cali-westminster-3

*Sasha Deli $-Westminster-Sasha Philly Cheese steak, Banh Mi Thit

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sasha-deli-westminster

Top Baguette $-Westminster, CA-Add a Fried Egg to any Banh Mi

http://www.yelp.com/biz/top-baguette-westminster

Tip Top $-Westminster, CA

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tip-top-sandwiches-garden-grove

 

Wine Bar

*Twisted Vine$$-Fullerton, CA-Baked Brie, Apple Beer

twistedvinewines.com

*Rustic Canyon $$$-Santa Monica, CA-Niman Ranch Burger, Burrata, Ricotta Gnocchi

rusticcanyonwinebar.com

7 thoughts on “Food List”

  1. I love you’re list!!! I have been to more than half of them!… some of my favorite places… I go to pholicious all the time since I work 2 mins away.. keep up the good work!

    1. Anisa, I go to Pholicious all the time. I think it’s the best pho place in Irvine. I have actually been to Alesso in Newport. I was very impressed. I will add that to the Foodlist!

  2. Also please try my uncles Italian restaurant.. in Huntington and Newport… cucina alessa!!! I recommend the butternut squash ravioli and lamb and a side of burnt Brussels sprouts :)

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