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Any good familiar restaurant in Laguna Beach?

+1 on Brussels Bistro. I was there a couple of months ago and had a great braised lamb shank. The Belgian beers are great, too.

May 15, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Thumbs down on brunch at Taco Maria

I agree. I'm skeptical about any "holiday" menu and usually skip even my favorite spots in favor of cooking something better at home. I also agree with the comment below that brunch is an extremely poor yardstick for measuring the quality of a restaurant.

May 15, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Leo's Tacos - 4 Locations? How are they?

It's a vertical spit on which al pastor is cooked.

May 07, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

Okay, A5 Kobe. I spoke with the owner of the Yorba Linda Tacos San Pedro today at lunch. The locations in Anaheim and Hawaiian Gardens are not related to the Yorba Linda location, but they are related to each other.

Regardless, I ordered the torta Cubana and was unimpressed. As much as I like their other offerings, I wouldn't order this again. It wasn't bad at all, it's just not the best they have to offer.

I also had a cabeza taco today that was really good.

May 07, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

It never hurts to ask. The owner has always been really friendly when I've been in.

May 06, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

It looks from their menu like they only chicken offering is a grilled teriyaki sandwich. Sorry if the attached menu is tough to read. You can see a better copy on Yelp.

May 06, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Good Mexican resto in Temecula?

You might want to try posting on the California board for better results.

FWIW, I've been to The Bank, and it's been pretty good (get the carnitas). It's been a few years though.

May 05, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Curry

Katsu Curry sandwich at Mr. Katsu (with curry potato puffs, of course). The curry had nice spice, and there was plenty of it, yet it didn't overpower the sandwich. Very well balanced. This place has yet to disappoint.

Jagerhaus: True Love

I haven't. How does it compare with Phoenix Club? My experiences at Loreley (Phoenix Club) were years ago. We were usually invited by friends. I always thought it was good, but not great. I've only been to Jagerhaus a few times, and it hasn't been on my radar screen. Thanks for putting it back on there.

May 04, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

+1 on Kitikata and DTF.

May 03, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

Nott usually a wait at the bar, and my experience is that the wait for a table is 20 minutes or less if you get there by 11:00-11:15.

May 03, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Jagerhaus: True Love

It's on the menu on their website. You used to be able to call ahead for it.

May 03, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

I have no idea.

May 01, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

That's the one.

May 01, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

I'll have to try those. I've had their tacos (cabeza, al pastor, etc.) and tried their tamales during the holidays. I agree. These guys are legit.

May 01, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

We're neighbors! I've been in Placentia for about 15 years.

Tried Oasis last week. Really good stuff. I'll be back. D Vine is also really good, although more expensive. You're right, options are more limited than further south. It makes me miss working in Irvine. There are some good options up here if you look for them. Others I'm enjoying up here:

Olive Pit
On the Hook
El Pueblito
Tacos San Pedro
Mr. Katsu
Stefano's
PK Burgers
Bruxie
Molcasalsa
Rae G Cafe
El Farolito
El Taco Sabroso
Rubalcava's

Gonna have to get a katsu curry sandwich at Mr. Katsu for DotM.

May 01, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

Thanks!

I never did get try Vishnu, and now my office is in Brea *sigh*. I'll have to figure out a way to get in there. My Fiance and I are trying to carve out a kid-less night to (finally) get in to Taco Maria.

May 01, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Jagerhaus: True Love

It's been way too long since I've been. I've and loved the schweine haxe (their sauerkraut is good, too) at Phoenix Club across the street, and the Jagerhaus version is on my short list.

May 01, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

I love Pueblo, but I haven't been for lunch. I can't do just 5. Some of my favorites, in no particular order:

Chicken Maison
Bella Cuba
Taqueria El Zamorano
Taqueria Zamora (great breakfast, too)
Mick's Karma Bar (burgers)
Ramen Zetton
Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking
Santouka Ramen
Houston's

May 01, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Nominations

The voting thread is here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1011672

Thanks for voting!

Apr 28, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2015 -- Voting

BREAKFAST

Apr 28, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

She did. Thanks. :)

Apr 15, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Puebla Tapas-SOCO, Costa Mesa

This is from their Facebook page. It should give you a better idea on pricing.

Apr 14, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

Yeah, I didn't know if they would do the trick for the OP or not.

You said that they are the best item on the menu, and that's not saying much. Have you had bad experiences there? I've been twice and it's been great both times. The second trip was right after I proposed to my fiance, so my mind may have been elsewhere, but my experience there has been great.

Apr 14, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

Understood. My Mick's recommendation stands. I will also add a +1 for Fatburger, though you'll have to drive to Buena Park to enjoy them. I also agree that, while Red Robin has them (all you can eat, no less), they are unremarkable.

Bosscat Kitchen and Libations has wedge-cut fries. I haven't had them, but everything else I've had there has been great.

Happy hunting.

Apr 14, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

Mick's Karma Bar in Irvine has them (at least they did last time I was there)... and really great burgers, too.

Apr 14, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

Puebla Tapas-SOCO, Costa Mesa

I've been there several times. My fiancé and I have been a few times, and it's one of our favorite places in the area. Both the food and the service have been top notch. The times we've been there, we've started at Shuck for a dozen and wine first. It's been a little while since I've been, so pricing specifics escape me right now. It's not inexpensive, but it didn't break the bank. It's more than worth the price to me. Sorry I can't help more.

Apr 14, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- FRIED RICE

Pork chop fried rice at DTF at South Coast Plaza. Good stuff

Apr 06, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area
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l.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- Voting

CHARCUTERIE

Mar 30, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

My friend said that they got a pound each of the snow crab and shrimp, drinks, and food for the kids for about $60. He said that they would definitely be going back soon.

Mar 28, 2015
OCSteve in Los Angeles Area