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Anniversary dinner OC or LA

Can you recommend a good restaurant for our 25 years wedding anniversary. We are in OC but do not mind one hour drive to LA. A nice place and good food, No needs to be too fancy. We plan to spend less than $60 for each person. Any kind of food is OK but not Chinese or fatty food. Thank you.

Dec 26, 2013
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Coconut Milk in Orange County?

if you mean fresh coconut juice, you can find it at any Vietnamese groceries. They sell individual fresh coconut for approx.$1.30 ea. or in box of 12 ea. ( $10-$13 per box). Try Thuan Phat Supermarket at Brookhurst/Westminster or Beach/ Mc Fadden.

Jun 14, 2013
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Best Indian Food in Orange County

Recently I have tried an indian take out place near my house in Huntington Beach, the curry is very delicious, realizing I have missed out on one type of ethnic foods that used a lot of spices. Can you recommend some Indian restaurants in Orange County. Comments regarding the quality of the food are greatly appreciated. I am looking to try the best Indian food possible, willing to travel far for better food.

Mar 17, 2013
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting from Los Angeles, what to eat for 5 days ?

Thank Frodnesor, we will rent a van therefore we can travel farther. We plan to visit Little Havana and Fort Lauderdale, where should we eat there ? Also any places that are good eat and a must to visit in Miami please share your expertise.

Jan 08, 2013
collegedad35 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Visiting from Los Angeles, what to eat for 5 days ?

We are a group of 6 adults will stay in the North Beach area for 5 days after a cruise. What should we try that we can't find in Southern California ? Cuban ? South America or Caribbean food ? We do not want to spend much money, cheap to moderately priced but interesting food preffered.

Little Havana ? We will stay in a home rental therefore may be able to cook too. Appreciate any suggestions of where to buy groceries or fresh seafood that we can cook ourself. We will stay around 84th and Collins Avenue. Thank !

Jan 07, 2013
collegedad35 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Reccomendations for a nice dinner in Riverside area ?

My son is graduating from University of California, Riverside and we are looking to have a nice dinner for his graduation. Would you recommend a sit down$$ or $$$ restaurant that is within the 10 miles radius from UCR. We eat any kind of food, just want a nice dinner where the food is good and/or interesting. Please include specific dishes that are good.

Jun 17, 2012
collegedad35 in California

Recommendations for Orange County Restaurant Week 2011 ?

The restaurant week Charlie Palmer's menu is diferent from the regular prix-fixed menu, it seems to offer better choices, flat iron steak, than the regular menu. Hobbess, look at their regular menu, the RW offer is a good deal comparing to their regular price, Anyway, OCRegister has an article on 2012 OC Restaurant Week:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/me...

My choices are Anaheim White House (L,D), Memphis of the Santora (L,D), Charlie Palmer (D) and Kya's (D).

Feb 26, 2012
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Any foodie worthy restaurants in this region?

Decent Vietnamese food in Lawndale, Torrance area are Phoever ("Pho" ever), and Pho Hong Long. It will satisfy your hunger for Vietnamese food on Wednesday night. I am Vietnamese living in Orange County, when I travel to Lawndale I always stop by either of them to eat. Pho, especially Pho Hong Long.their Pho is as good or better than some of the Pho in OC. PhoEver offer some Vietnamese salad dishes that are not available in OC. Hope you will enjoy the food.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-ever-restaurant-gardena
http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-hong-long...

Feb 25, 2012
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Orange County Restaurant Week 2011 ?

Thank for the information. I never been to Charlie Palmer, is it a good choice ?

Feb 24, 2012
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Orange County Restaurant Week 2011 ?

Agree, the portions are laughable. Therefore, the prices are too high for the portions. Food are good but their "3 courses dinner" equals an entree plus one bite of appertizer and a cookie. Too bad the food is good, I would come again if the price is less. Services are good.

Feb 22, 2012
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Orange County Restaurant Week 2011 ?

I was at TAPS last year. They were so crowded during the restaurant week that I think the quality of the food went down. That is the down side of restaurant week.

Feb 22, 2012
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Unusual restaurants in OC (orange county) HELP!

Das, Fogo de Chao is $44 for Dine LA now. Is it worth the drive up there ? what does it have that Agora doesn't ? Thank

Sep 17, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Bun Cha in L.A.?

No I have not tried. If they do not have bun cha, I am sure they must have Bun Thit Nuong, almost the same. Bun Cha has pork patties, Bun Thit Nuong only has grilled BBQ porks.

Sep 06, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Bun Cha in L.A.?

Pho 79 has several locations, there is one in Alhambra. I know this family, their foods are always decent. I have not been to the Alhambra location but almost sure you will not be disappointed. Their menu have several vietnamese dishes, not only Pho. BTW, Pho is very good.

Sep 04, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

ISO Recommendations - Best of Little Saigon

Agree. The original Trieu Chau's broth is still superior to New Trieu Chau. When New Trieu Chau first opened I quit going to Trieu Chau and switch to New Trieu Chau because I do not want to wait in line, However, one day I came back to the original Trieu Chau and realized that their broth is way better. I now going back to the original Trieu Chau, putting up with problems of parking, standing in line for the better quality of food. After all, I am a foodie, I eat where the food is best. New Trieu Chau is still OK, but if you want the best, go to the original Trieu Chau at First and Newhope.

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Trieu Chau
4401 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

New Trieu Chau Restaurant
9902 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

Sep 02, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

ISO Recommendations - Best of Little Saigon

This is an excellent post for Little Saigon. I like to update the information. Pho Bolsa at Magnolia and Westminster has been closed. You can go to the original Pho Bolsa at Brookhurst and Westminster next to Rite Aid. My other two favorite Pho are Pho Lu on Westminter Ave just East of Brokkhurst on the north side and Pho 86 SE corner Hazard and Brookhurst. If you go to Brodard, buy the Nem Nuong Cuon to go, the place is crowded, overrated, overpriced, terrible sevice, nothing else is good beside Nem Nuong Cuon. Nobody has beaten this place's dipping sauce yet. So buy it to go, don't eat there, you better off going to Brodard Chateau on Trask (own by same family), the price is a little higher but the decoration, the service and ambiance is very nice.

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Brodard Restaurant
9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844

Pho Bolsa
13912 Brookhurst St Garden, Grove, CA

Brodard Chateau
9100 Trask Ave Garden, Grove, CA

Pho 86 Restaurant
14576 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683

Pho Lu
10141 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Aug 21, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Son of a Gun, Hungry Cat, Mozza and then what?

I am Vietnamese living in Little Saigon, Orange County. Lee Sandwich to Vietnamese Banh Mi is like Mc Donnald to hamburger. If you ever go to OC look for Tan Hoang Huong ( on Edinger Ave, Santa Ana) or Teo Sandwich, they have way better Banh Mi than Lee's. Lee's banh mi is C+. I have to give Lee the credit of making banh mi a mainstream food item. The guy knows how to market it, he does not know how to make the best banh mi.

Aug 21, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best hummus?

I used to love Sabra, until I look at the sodium content, too salty, 150mg in 28gr. I found Sadaf Hummus at a middle eastern grocery (think the name is Eltaybat) in Anaheim which has less sodium with the same quality or better.

Aug 20, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Unforgettable PIZZA CRUST you ever eaten in Southern California

So far all the posts are about Los Angeles, how about Orange County ? Are there any pizza places in OC worth mention ?

Jul 24, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Huntington Beach, lunch recs

Xanh Bistro, in Fountain Valley. Vietnamese cuisine using fresh ingredients. Near HB, quiet, very interesting. www.xanhbistro.com

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Xanh Bistro
16161 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Jun 17, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Unforgettable PIZZA CRUST you ever eaten in Southern California

On my visit to Vancouver last year, I had the most unforgettable pizza from Romano Pizza, downtown Vancouver. The crust was so good, it stayed yummy next morning after reheat on the hotel's coffee burner. They also put sesame on the crust. I am still searching for a comparable crust in OC or LA area. Have you ever eaten a pizza that you never forget the taste, especially the crust ? I am looking for a good pizza, not only because the fresh ingredients but because the crust is unforgettable.

Jun 15, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Best Desserts in OC

Xanh Bistro on Brookhurst / Edinger behind Denny has good and different desserts. Fried Banana/Vanilla Icecream/Spicy Chocolate Sauce ($5). Coconut Creme Brulee, Bread Pudding w/ Coconut Tamarind Sauce. Their dinner menu is very good too. Reasonable prices.

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Xanh Bistro
16161 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Mar 18, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Explorations on Brookhurst: Xanh, Fountain Valley

If you care about service then go to Xanh. There are other Vietnamese places with good food but lousy services and cheaper price. Vietnamese go to these places because of the cheap prices. Whenever I want to take my non-Vietnamese friends out, I usually take them to Xanh Bistro or Brodard Chateau. I am a Vietnamese foodie.

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Brodard Chateau
9100 Trask Ave Garden, Grove, CA

Mar 12, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Asian fish store in OC

Dong Loi Seafood has moved to:

14805 Moran Street
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 899-0866

You can find quality seafood there

Mar 12, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Orange County Restaurant Week 2011 ?

Postings on LA Restaurants probably get more responses. There are many good choices in OC Restaurant Week such as Tradition by Pascal, Palm Terrace, TAPs. I like 320 Main because of its creme brulee, it is very special, not liquidy and was different. I think it has liquor in it. And the mixed drinks were exceptional. TAPs is a very good choice too, I strongly recommend TAPs in Fullerton. Enjoy !

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Tradition by Pascal
1000 Bristol St N, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Feb 21, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Orange County Restaurant Week 2011 ?

Friends, what are the best choices for Orange County Restaurant Week ? During the previous years, I have tried French 75, the Palm Terrace, Tradition by Pascal, and 320 Main. Really enjoyed 320 Main, especially the creme brulee. French 75 also is a very good choice.

Here is the list of participating restaurants in

http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek...

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Tradition by Pascal
1000 Bristol St N, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Feb 19, 2011
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Bun Cha in L.A.?

I like Bun Cha at Quan Huynh SE corner of Bolsa/Bushard better. Recession sale $4.99 now, they give you more pork patties and grilled pork.

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Huynh Restaurant
9500 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

Dec 09, 2010
collegedad35 in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Cleveland, which restaurants I should not miss ?

diver4, thank for your time, I tried Original House of Pancakes on my previous visit to Cleveland. It was very good and I plan to try their location here in OC, California. Following are restaurants people should not miss when visiting Cleveland: Lola, L'Albatros, Moxie, Crop, B Spot and Yours Truly. My son loved the steak and deserts at Moxie. Lola, L'Albatros and Crop are restaurants I can come back again and again. Yours Truly Beachwood is a small place but the food is consistent and the staff is friendly. I liked the Chicken Wrap and The Gyro at Yours Truly, Their Hummus is not that great. If I come back to Cleveland area I would try Fire and the places visited by DDD on Food Network. For my 3 weeks at Cleveland I have tried enough, and spent enough. Forbes rated Cleveland as the most miserable city, I think it is B.S. Cleveland is a beautiful city with nice and unique restaurants, beautiful houses, I enjoyed my time here. So long Cleveland.

Mar 19, 2010
collegedad35 in Great Lakes

Visiting Cleveland, which restaurants I should not miss ?

Dear friends,Thank very much for all of your responses. Thank to your recommendations I have tried the following places: L'Albatros, B Spot, Balaton. I was not impressed with Balaton. I could not get a reservation at Lolita it was bookedup. L'Albatros is excellent, especially the services. The hamburger at B Spot was excellent, I tried Fat Doug, my wife had Lola Burger, I liked Lola better. Price is stiff, I would prefer In and Out Burger in California where I can get a very good burger for less than $3. When you're in California do not miss In-and-Out Burger. Thank you Cleveland. I hope I will come back someday to try all of your recommendations.

Mar 19, 2010
collegedad35 in Great Lakes

Visiting Cleveland, which restaurants I should not miss ?

Thank you, nemis. Woodmere is not far from where I am, I'll try it. Any specific hamburger you want to reccommend ?

Mar 01, 2010
collegedad35 in Great Lakes