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Restaurant for largish parties in Garden Grove or Rowland Heights

Places in RH that can seat tables of 10+. Most of these places don't take reservations though. All of these places have large round tables

Newport Seafood - Viet/Chinese seafood.
Earthen (10 is probably the max might be able to squeeze 12) - great Chinese. One of the best in RH.
New Garden (they have larger private rooms that you can reserve ahead of time) - Korean/Chinese food like jja jang myun, sweet and sour beef, jjam bong, etc...

If you have a smaller party I'd opt for Newport or Earthen. New Garden can accommodate a larger party size though.

McD on Imperial Hwy in Brea - create your own burger and new concept

McD still has the best french fries.

I rarely if ever eat McD but I don't mind a ice cream cone, sausage mcmuffin or an orange Hi-C either.

Jan 23, 2015
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McD on Imperial Hwy in Brea - create your own burger and new concept

Yes they still have fish filet

Jan 21, 2015
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Fried Chicken in Orange County?

Steve, JRSD and baetis have you pretty much covered in the north and central parts of the OC. Out of the suggestions my favorites are
- Uncle Lou's version at the Playground (vinegary but well seasoned and usually always on the menu)
- Ms Bea is much more traditional and everything is fried to order so you may have to wait
- Early Bird is good but expensive and also not in the regular rotation. I think they stopped serving dinner but have a few nights where they offer the fried chicken dinners.

The only other suggestions I'd throw into the mix
BBQ Chicken - olive oil fried chicken similar to some of the other Korean chains but much more crunchy fried coating although similar sauces and heat
Chicken Box - broasted not fried but delicious

Jan 20, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

+1 on Cream Pan for all baked goods and pastries
Irvine Farmers market on Saturday at the church

Some other options for meats and specialty items
Whole Foods in Tustin Marketplace and Fashion Island
Bristol Farms in Newport Beach on PCH
Cortina's is better than Claro's for Italian deli and market but further away in Anaheim

Jan 19, 2015
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McD on Imperial Hwy in Brea - create your own burger and new concept

I forgot to take pictures. This is one of only two locations in OC that have the create your own burger on the menu.

The create your own burger was $5.09 without tax. Bacon and some other things were additional. They have an iPad like kiosk where you can choose the bun, toppings, cheeses, sauces and number of patties. The burger is delivered to you in a steel basket that wouldn't be uncommon in other fast casual joints. The burger was a huge step up from any other fast food burger - Wendy's, BK or Carl's Jr. But a small step below 5 Guys and In N Out.

This new concept for McD is very different from what we all grew up with. There are hostesses with aprons who help take your order and deliver food to you. After you order you get a number and buzzer type thing. The buzzer doesn't buzz its so you can be located by the hostesses. The hostesses bring your food and whatever else you ask for - condiments, napkins, straws, refills, etc... All of the managers were wearing suits and ties or nice dresses. The inside didn't resemble any fast food joint you've ever seen. Very clean and modern. McD has been getting killed with struggling sales. This seems to be their answer to getting killed by Chipotle and other fast casual. The menu was also pared down heavily.

While I don't know if this will work all over the country when I infrequently eat McD I would definitely drive past 2 older McD on the way to this one.

Jan 13, 2015
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Looking for a nice dinner in North OC area.

Yes meant Little Sparrow in Santa Ana. I was thinking since Playground was in the mix that Little Sparrow wouldn't be too far fetched.

Jan 13, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a nice dinner in North OC area.

As Steve said fine dining in OC is almost non existent. Considering the geographic limitations these might work in a pinch
Napa Rose at Disneyland Hotel
Little Sparrow in Fullerton
Taps in Brea (really stretching the definition of fine dining)

Jan 13, 2015
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SGV: Favorite Zhá Jiàng Miàn?

I am by no means an expert since I'm partial to the Korean version served alongside the likes of jambong, sweet n sour pork/beef, spricy garlic shrimp and water dumplings. But I've had a good version at Earthen. Much darker black sauce than the Korean version. Noodles were ok and good if not different flavor profile. I'd order them again but tough to break into the starting line up at Earthen.

My one complaint is you never see hand made noodles with any versions of zha jiang mian or jambong. I've yet to find great noodles after the great place in Temple City closed down (Mandarin Noodle House?).

Jan 12, 2015
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If you are a Beijing Pie House fan ...

Anybody know if they plan on re-opening a branch either in Industry or Rowland Heights?

Jan 09, 2015
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Best Indian Food in Orange County

For the best lunch buffet nobody beats Vishnu. It's in the sky park corporate center across the street from John Wayne airport long term parking off Main St.

$8 gets you a potato dosa, fresh naan, 4 vegetable options, 3 meat options, biryani and some type of fried thing. Everything varies based on whatever they are cooking.

The most flavorful and vibrant Indian food. It's spicy and authentic. The lunch crowd is packed with Indian engineers mostly from Deloitte and other nearby companies. You wouldn't believe the best Indian is in this location and only for $8.

Jan 02, 2015
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Very Different Freid rice.....?

Damn. I was going to go this weekend - XLB ribs sound amazing.

Dec 15, 2014
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Very Different Freid rice.....?

I liked the fried rice. It did have some interesting flavor that was hard to pick up. The fried rice was in the vein of DTF - white variety and not soy saucey, egg, less veggies and some Chinese sausage.

What are XLB ribs?

Dec 15, 2014
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Maude 2015: New Theme Ingredients Just Posted on Website (FYI)

Got through at around 6pm today and January was fully booked. Oh well.

The only consolation is that the lady who mans the reservation lines is really sweet. I can't imagine being on the phone for 6 to 8 hours straight dealing with maniacs like ourselves fighting for reservations. She almost made me feel better about finally getting through but getting no reservation.

Dec 02, 2014
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Taco Maria, a la Carte. What to order?

If they have any tacos get them.

I work in the same area as Taco Maria and have carpool lane stickers. Even if you are carpooling it will likely take you around 30 to 40 minutes to get from Taco Maria to Honda Center. The carpool on the 55 and when it connects to the 5 is jammed up the entire way from around 4:30pm to 7pm. It opens up after the 55 and 5 carpool lanes merge but you'll need to build in that time.

Dec 02, 2014
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria, a la Carte. What to order?

Playground is fairly close to Honda Center and should be able to get in early before the show.

Dec 02, 2014
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Kolache Factory

They have a big selection. I only went in once and when they warmed up the kolaches they used a microwave. It kinda turned me off. The filling was ok but nothing memorable.

I'd go up the street to Cream Pan - totally different but better use of your calories.

Nov 24, 2014
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Casual but nice / good lunch in Fullerton?

Add Burger Lounge and Bahn Mi Che Cali to that list.

Nov 18, 2014
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OC Chinese Update

The line outside capital noodle bar during work lunch hours is very long. Expect to wait around 30 minutes if you go between noon and 1:30pm.

I went to the playground 2.0 with Shirley Chung. Very interesting dishes and I think it will do well even though the location is very odd. She is actually just consulting at the restaurant and not the owner. We'll see how that plays out. Here was my review
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9800...

Nov 17, 2014
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Taco Maria - Wine Pairing?

We do it the exact same way. It's always fun when you get the good one and don't want to trade in the middle.

The next time we are considering doubling up on the wine pairing. Each of us getting our own glass for each dish so essentially 8 glasses of wine for 8 half plates of food. The wines pair great but they tend to be on the smaller side.

Carnitas Snack Shack Wait Time Sunday at noon

Was 2nd in line today at around 11:50am.

The carnitas were amazing today. Great flavor, juicy and lovely crispy bits intermingled in the tacos. Two tacos for $7.50 is a fantastic lunch. Tons of meat and the guacamole is excellent.

My only gripe which my wife pointed out as well is the salsa and hot sauce situation. I saw somebody else mention this but for a place that has such excellent meat it's a shame they don't make their own salsa or hot sauce. They have a selection of around 7 or so hot sauce and all of them just aren't the right fit for the tacos. Maybe they'll get around to it but this would make the tacos and other sandwiches that much better/

Nov 17, 2014
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Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

That is not a cheap turkey when also factoring in the drive time (multiple times depending on if you drop off your own bird).

It's probably really good though. If my Oklahoma Joe's turkey bet ever ends I'll give them a try.

Nov 14, 2014
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Bludso's Compton hasn't picked up their phone since Sunday

How much is their smoked turkey? And is it as delicious and smokey as their brisket?

Nov 14, 2014
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Thanksgiving smoked turkeys

Yes all in price is around that. It's not cheap but it's well worth it. We have leftovers through the whole weekend for everybody in the family and it's the best turkey we've ever had.

We usually end up adding some other stuff since that bird is so heavy shipping doesn't go up too much.

Nov 12, 2014
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Thanksgiving smoked turkeys

My friend and I bet each other in fantasy football and the loser has to buy turkey for Thanksgiving from Oklahoma Joe's in KC. They make a limited amount.

It's completely transformed our Thanksgiving dinner and changed the minds of our old Asian parents who hate turkey.

The cost of the turkey is $38. The cost of shipping overnight with ice is about 2x the price of the turkey. It's certainly not cheap but every single person who comes to our house looks forward to moist, delicious, perfectly smoked turkey.

Nov 11, 2014
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A Brief Pictorial Review: Portsmouth

+1

We ordered dozen oysters and 3 share plates for 2 people. We thought it would be enough but had to order an entree and had plenty of room for dessert.

Nov 11, 2014
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A Brief Pictorial Review: Portsmouth

We went on Saturday and your observations are spot on. A great neighborhood place with relaxed atmosphere. Good tap beer menu. The oysters were excellent. Our other favorite dishes were the scallops and the crab esquite. The special of the night was a shrimp pozole. We enjoyed the broth and the shrimp were nicely grilled but I think pozole is meant to be porky.

We didn't really like the bread pudding - a little on the dry side. The scoop of vanilla ice cream was small compared to the bread pudding.

Nov 10, 2014
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Best lunch in Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana for under $10

The best place I've found since starting this thread is Vishnu. Was voted #1 best dish in OC Weekly. Best Indian buffet I've had anywhere to be honest. The food is punchy and spiced authentically, not dumbed down for Western palates.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

I've eaten here once a week for the last month. $7.40 per person for buffet lunch which includes
- potato dosa
- 4 vegetarian dishes
- 2 meats usually chicken
- 1 pakora, samosa or tadhka
- naan
- chutneys and sauces

This place is packed from noon to around 1pm with lots of Indian folks who work around the area. No frills atmosphere just great food.

Nov 10, 2014
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Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

Must sprinkle on the sea salt if you have the sweet corn ice cream. Makes a world of difference. Delicious.

Nov 07, 2014
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Meat Up BBQ - Placentia

Yes their meats definitely need more smoke. The brisket was good. The porchetta is weird and polarizing. If you get a good batch with crispy bits its almost like pulled pork with chiccaron.

I didn't try the burger but will next time. But the beer selection is definitely the #1 reason to go back.

Nov 05, 2014
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