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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Whole Foods Brea

Who knows if this project will see the light of day but it finally sounds promising. I've heard they have room for 4 non-chain restaurants and 2 retail stores although that may change. But if Bristol and the movie theatre are the anchor tenants it will be a nice revitalization to the area.

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

Mar 09, 2015
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Where can one buy Watermelon Radish's in Orange County

They had watermelon radishes at the Valdivia Farms stand today at the OC farmers market. They only had 1 bunch left for $2 at around 9:45am. Go early next week he said he would have them again. The Valdivia Farms stand is down a few stalls and across from the Scarborough Farms lettuce stand right at the entrance

Mar 07, 2015
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Whole Foods Brea

There is also a Bristol Farms going into the new complex they are building on the corner of imperial and yorba linda. It is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Mar 07, 2015
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Where can one buy Watermelon Radish's in Orange County

Have you tried the Irvine Saturday farmers market at Mariner's Church? I have been buying radishes for the last couple of weeks but don't recall seeing watermelon radishes. But I also buy radishes from the same vendor every week so I'm not necessarily on the lookout for watermelon radishes.

Feb 27, 2015
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Huckleberry - good pastries but that line on the weekends is out of control. Certainly not worth the hassle of finding a table and dealing with the crowds.

Feb 25, 2015
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

+ 1,000 never understood the allure of this crappy salad. I'd rather eat the chopped salad at CPK

Superba Food + Bread

That everything croissant is addicting. When its warm and the cream cheese is a little oozy it makes for the perfect breakfast pastry.

Mr. Katsu - Fullerton

I'll have to give Mr Katsu a try.

Lillie Q from what I've been told is mediocre, small portions and very expensive for BBQ.

Feb 18, 2015
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Mr. Katsu - Fullerton

Thanks for the update been meaning to try this place. I'm at Vendome almost once a week for beer. Definitely the best place for craft beers in north OC.

Have you ever had the katsu sandwich at Cream Pan? Wondering how this compares.

Feb 18, 2015
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Donut Snob

Be careful on going to Sidecar during busy weekends. Lines are long and the cake donuts are inconsistent. We have had instances where the salt and butter donut came was like a 5 pound grease ball. A very odd occurrence because I work near Sidecar and haven't had that issue the 15-20 times I've had their donuts during the less busy work week.

Feb 13, 2015
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Wok Holic - best jjambong in LA/OC

Tucked in the corner of a strip mall on the corner of Lincoln and Beach Blvd. No website and very little fanfare. No searches come up on CH. They open at 11am (11:30 on Sunday) and almost every table is taken within the first 15 minutes. A very popular destination for older Korean folks.

A heaping steaming bowl of spicy jjambong. They offer several types of spicy. The bowls are huge and filled with mussels, clams, head on shrimp, half a crab, small scallops and squid. I haven't had a better bowl anywhere. It's the bowl you've been looking for. Their dry version is basically the same with no liquid. Both are amazing and can easily be a meal for 2.

But you'll want to order the sweet and sour pork to share. The sauce is always served on the side. A large portion of very well fried and crispy pork.

We haven't had the jja jaing mein or spicy garlic shrimp but both get good reviews from our parents. The dumplings are supposed to be good as well. We'll eventually get to the rest of the menu.

Feb 09, 2015
js76wisco in Los Angeles Area

10 year anniversary - OC

+1 on Taco Maria if you want to do dinner but its probably going to run around $190 for 2 people with wine pairing

If you're looking at brunch as possibility I would suggest the Langham with mimosas. A nice setting and in the price range.

Feb 04, 2015
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The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

I think Brea is ripe for expansion. A large majority of buyers in the newer developments in Brea and YL are Asian (mostly Chinese). YL is adverse to new strip malls.

If anybody opened up a Korean BBQ or other Chinese restaurants they would do well. Drive by super juicy dumplings on any Saturday or Sunday around noon and the line tells you everything you need to know about appetite for good Asian restaurants in North OC.

Jan 30, 2015
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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.

Jan 26, 2015
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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.

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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