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

What's the wait on the weekdays for lunch at DTF lately?

May 02, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

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

Really? Thats too bad because it was one of the best shops in APD. But they were also one of the slowest. The number of people waiting for Croft sandwiches always astounded me when the better sandwiches were right next door at Wheat & Sons.

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

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

On Bastanchury and Valley View? Never been but thanks for the recommendation gents.

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

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

I live in Brea not many great lunch choices outside of the fast casuals and chains.

Try Oasis Cafe. It's in the mini mall on Brea Blvd and Lambert. It's good Lebanese/middle eastern especially for the area. Nice small family run joint.

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

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

Great list Steve. I can't stop at 5 either

Taco Maria
Santouka Ramen
Baja Fish Tacos
Tender Greens
Noodle 101
Vishnu Indian Buffet
Bella Cuba
House of Kebab

May 01, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Juniper & Ivy with kids

We were seated outside on the patio where the kids had a little room to operate. Inside there were 4 other families with kids or infants. I couldn't tell if it was louder inside or outside with planes seemingly landing every 5 mins.

The food was great and we enjoyed our meal. The best of the bunch
- deviled egg, we liked how the meringue melted in your mouth but still tasted like a deviled egg
- chicken liver nuggets, I've only had them in a mousse like paste but this crispy execution was wonderful
- morel toast, expensive for one piece of toast but burrata with mustard seeds gave a very savory well balanced dish. The bread itself was wonderful.
- yodel was amazing
- hamburger was excellent. I know its just a burger but it was a great tasting burger well constructed with the pickles, onions and cheese. But the star were the fries. Maybe the best fries of all time.

Service was friendly but not over bearing. The kids enjoyed the food and environment. The table next to us was empty until the last 15 mins. More importantly parents got to eat something for dinner besides pizza. We'd go back.

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

Maybe but thats not whats been released in the articles. Says no mention about whether or not the original locations will remain open.

But one thing is for sure parking will not improve. The parking at the SA mall is a disaster.

I would be up for a XLB fight as long as they are cooled down. I think I can catch a few in my mouth.

Apr 27, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

No its in addition to the other 2 jam packed locations in Arcadia. They could probably open up a few other locations around SGV and they'd all be packed. I just wish they were more widely dispersed.

Really good Thai food in OC?

Not in the OC but just over the hill in Rowland Heights there is a branch of Ruen Pair. The original one is in Hollywood. It's certainly the best Thai restaurant anywhere near the North OC.

Apr 23, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Shake Shack is coming

The best things that SS brings that most of the other burger chains below can't compete with
- great custard
- beer and wine

Everybody has their favorites among the Habit, InO, 5 Guys, etc.. but the ability to have a great burger with a beer and finish it off with great custard takes the cake.

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

I went the other night to have the Late-Night Pork Ramen - 24-hour tonkotsu broth, belly chashu, crispy pork shoulder, chiccarones, garlic two ways and pickled onion. It was an expensive bowl and almost unedible. The broth was so thick and dense. I know the very porky gravvy broth is in vogue but this was like sludge. Ramen Champ in LA has a similar bowl of tonkotsu.

I had to stop eating it after about 3 bites. The crispy pork shoulder and chiccarones were very good and I would have enjoyed this ramen with a more liquid broth.

The ice cream at Ample Hills was amazing though.

Apr 21, 2015
js76wisco in Manhattan

Best fish dish in OC!!!

I get mocked when I recommend Wildfish. We've had several very good meals here and the cougar sightings are always fun.

Apr 20, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

I've tried them at a few places but they are different in terms of spice and cooking method. The ones below from Tasty Garden look very similar.

DTF and 101 Noodle have a nice pork chop but not the same deep fried skinny crispy spiced one like the picture below.

Apr 16, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

Thanks these pork chops are sooo good. But far.

Apr 16, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Chinese pork chops in Torrance

I can't remember the name but I've had these great deep fried pork chops on the bone with a cumin, salt, pepper type crust. When you order them to go they give them to you in a open Chinese take out white box container. They give you a lot for an order. I thought the place was Seafood Village near the Del Amo mall.

Does anybody know what place these are from? Are there any places in Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights or the OC where I can find similar versions?

Apr 15, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

We had some bad service - like 10-15 minutes to wave down waiters to make drink orders and a few missing entrees. They also squeezed us into a very tight spot when we had reservations and other options were available.

I don't think the food there was terrible but very heavy. I'm not a huge fan of the very deep fried/everything topped with a thick heavy sauce style of southern cooking. The Kentucky hot brown did me in one time. I've been 4 times and just stick with the salads and fries.

I think it's a great place for drinks.

Apr 14, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area
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Todd English / Plaza Food Hall - recommendations?

$9 for a very good bratwurst on brioche with mustard and pickles/cornichons on the side. It was a tasty bratwurst but $9 seems a little much.

The pastry place next to Billy's has Stumptown beans and they make a good coffee drink.

Apr 14, 2015
js76wisco in Manhattan

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

Oops I read steak frites.

The fries at Bosscat are excellent but they are more like potato wedges than fries. Probably the best item on the menu which isn't saying much. But they are crispy as can be. They have excellent drinks.

Apr 14, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Doesn't anyone make Steak Fries Anymore?

You could make your own at Marche Moderne. They have at least 1 steak on the menu and they come with fries. They have a special OC Register fries which I think they make 15 or so orders per night. These fries are amazing and exactly as you describe - crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Apr 14, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Juniper & Ivy with kids

Thanks for the feedback everybody. We were hoping Sunday at 5pm would be a good time for both parents and kids. Our kids bring workbooks and sticker books to restaurants which keeps them busy. As a frequent restaurant visitor we are sensitive to everybody's enjoyment. The absolute very last resort is always the phone.

The only bad experience we've had with the kids is in Monterrey at Passionfish. We had to cut our dinner early and I are my entire entree is 90 seconds. It was delicious from what I briefly remember.

Apr 13, 2015
js76wisco in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy with kids

Have an early reservation - 5pm Sunday night in two weeks. We plan on bringing our well behaved 2 and 4 year old with us. I've never been to the restaurant so wanted feedback from others. Am I crazy?

Apr 12, 2015
js76wisco in San Diego

Kid-friendly/oriented, but Chow-worthy

I take my crazy 2 and 4 year old to the SD Zoo multiples times a year from the OC. We stay at the Westin downtown and we pretty much go to the same places all the time. The kids like the food and more importantly so do the parents.
- Snooz for breakfast (get there before 8am)
- Carnitas Snack Shake (get there before 11:45am for lunch)
- Pizzeria Luigi or Basic Pizza
- Cucina Urbana (if you come early they have tables way in the back near the wine room where we cause a ruckus but don't bother humans)

Apr 07, 2015
js76wisco in San Diego

What does New York have that LA doesn't?

The 3rd or 4th best concentration of Chinese restaurants in North America.
The 2nd best Koreatown in NA (in Flushing not the 30s in Manhattan).

Mr. Katsu - Fullerton

Agree with your assessment. A well made sandwich. The sandwich itself is very thick but more manageable to eat then its appearance.

The sandwich travels well. I carried out and ate at home in Brea ~10 min drive. The katsu was still warm and crunchy. Not too oily. Good balance with the cole slaw which was more savory than sweet. The buttery soft bread and crunchy katsu made for a filling meal. We split a half for dinner and are pretty good eaters.

The potato croquette was great. Smooth creamy filling. Much better than the curry croquette.

Mar 24, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

OC sushi: Ohshima or Kasen?

Is Shunka more traditional like Kasen?

I've eaten at Ohshima around 5 times before and had great experiences each time. That is until this Saturday. Ate at a table. The service was slow and the fish cuts were absurdly bad. We had several pieces of fish literally falling apart. The omakaze included some pieces of sushi with 2 different pieces of fish as if they were giving us the leftovers. Very bad taste in my mouth. If we go back we will only sit at the sushi counter. We've eaten at a table before but never experienced anything like it. Obviously you will always have better service by sitting at the counter but they don't take reservations for more than 2.

Mar 24, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Fullerton, CA.. save me from Disney!

This will give you a ton of options within 10-15 minutes of Fullerton.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8643...

In downtown Fullerton I would recommend Fuoco Pizzeria and Burger Parlor.

Fuoco is real deal legit VPN pizza. I know you may not be looking for pizza for the east coast but this is worth a visit. I'm from Queens, NY but I am a convert.

Burger Parlor has excellent burgers, fries, onion rings and a pretty good selection of local craft brews.

If you're into beer stop by Bootleggers. A great local craft brewery. They don't have food but you can bring anything you want into the brewery to eat. There is sometimes a food truck or two parked in the area. They have great bar games like life size jenga and corn hole.

Mar 19, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Orange County sushi in nice area

All good choices. I'd add Oshsima but none of these are really good for walking around afterwards unless you like strip malls.

Mar 19, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Khao Soi at Noodle Tramp (Santa Ana)

I just learned that Noodle Shop, PFC and Waygu Chuck are all part of the Playground group. The three shops are right next to each other at 4th st.

So I think your assumption is spot on. The Playground guys are expanding and taking over DTSA.

Mar 17, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Khao Soi at Noodle Tramp (Santa Ana)

Yes not truly vegetarian just based on the topping options for the kai shoi - veggie, chicken, brisket and wagyu.

The brisket is an additional $3 vs. the veggies so my suggestion is to opt for the veggie option since the brisket gets lost. I'd assume the same for the other meat toppings.

The crowd on Sunday at lunch seemed primarily Latino/Asian. I'd think this crowd would be more open to fermented sausages? The home made chicharones at Electric Market were selling like hot cakes.

Mar 16, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

Khao Soi at Noodle Tramp (Santa Ana)

I thought it was pretty good but on the pricey side. $13 for a large bowl with scattered pieces of brisket. Next time we would just opt for the vegetarian since the brisket didn't leave any impression on us.

Very nice home made noodles. The broth had a good kick - didn't think it was too sweet or too much coconut milk. Would have liked the nam prik to offer some sour notes. The crunchy noodles offered good contrast.

Our only issue was that the bowl is high and small in circumference. We needed a deeper wider bowl as it was hard to fish out the noodles and broth. This is something we would definitely order again.

Mar 16, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area