Favorite Places to Eat(merged)

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  1. solislbc

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    This group seems to get around a lot and I got an idea a few months back while I was enjoying a great burger in New Orleans. Why not start a thread to share our favorite spots to grab some grub from around the world. Bings! Chicago eats post just reminded me to post this.

    List anything...casual to fancy, sit down to take out, food carts or roach coaches. Post ride grub spots! Hopefully we get enough responses to make this a sticky. I apologize if someone already beat me to it.

    1. Name the place
    2. Location (website, address, phone number if possible
    3. Type of food
    4. Recommend a dish(es)

    Here goes...

    1. Choza Moma
    2. Burbank and (Pasadena but never been to this location) www.chozamama.com
    3. Best Peruvian I have ever tasted
    4. Aji de Gallina (chicken and potato in walnut curry sauce) or Lomo saltado (stir fried steak, veggies, and fries)

    1. The Dubliner
    2. NY, NY financial district (http://dublinernyc.com/)
    3. Comfort
    4. Guiness beef stew. Duuuuuude!!! (chunky beef stew served over mash potatos)

    1. John's Pizzeria
    2. NY, NY in the village (http://www.johnsbrickovenpizza.com/)
    3. One of two coal fired pizza places left in Manhattan
    4. PIZZA and BEER!!!!!

    1. Huck Finn's
    2. New Orleans (http://www.huckfinnscafe.com/)
    3. Comfort
    4. Burgers and steak wraps are awesome.Try some gator stew if you're up to it.

    1. El Cholo
    2. L.A has the original. A few locations spread across LA and the OC (http://www.elcholo.com/)
    3. Mexicana
    4. Tortilla soup, Chicken Chimichangas, Santa Barbara Enchiladas

    1. El Tepeyac (hole in the wall but expect a line outside the door)
    2. Los Angeles (http://manuelseltepeyac.com/)
    3. Mexicana
    4. Man vs food burrito, Chilaquiles

    1. Mama's Fish House
    2. Maui, Hawaii
    3. Variety
    4. Steak and Lobster, beef fajitas served over half a papaya(forgot what it's called), and the mixed drinks.

    1. Tony's Pizza
    2. San Francisco (http://www.tonyspizzanapoletana.com/)
    3. Pizza. Almost as good as John's in New York.
    4. Pizza and Beer


    1. Kitima
    2. La Jolla (San Diego)
    3. Thai
    4. Everything. I really like the Ka-ree

    I'll add more as I explore.

    1. Narai Thai
    2. Downey (7611 Firestone ave)
    3. Thai
    4. Thai Green Curry

    1. Mantra Indian Cuisine
    2. Corona and new location in Temecula (http://www.mantrarestaurants.com)
    3. Indian
    4. Chicken Korma and Coconut Chicken
     
  2. tink bell

    tink bell the food fairy

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    this is a good idea, but i'd prefer to see closer to home, so i can try new places to get my grub on! just checked out thai garden in foothill ranch, near whiting last night. omg!!! food was incredible & so was the svc. best som tum i've ever had i think (green papaya salad).

    http://thaigardenoc.com/

    also, the himalayan if you're ever up in big bear. they have good indian eats. service is hit or miss depending on how busy they are.

    http://www.himalayanbigbear.com/
     
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    RustyIron Rob S.

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    Thank you, Tink. I'll hit Thai Garden next time I ride in Whiting. It's challenging finding GOOD places for a post-ride snack when you're outside your own 'hood.

    For those who venture into North OC, there's a place just north of the Courthouse and the Fullerton Loop. It's Phans55 www.phans55.com, a small Vietnamese place, a little nicer than you'd expect to find in a strip mall. Whatever I order, whether it's off the menu or something the chef puts together, is nicely prepared. I think he deserves the title "chef" as opposed to "cook." I'm told that the Irvine location is a little nicer than the Fullerton spot. If you're looking for Taco Bell prices, don't go here.

    Another place I've recently been turned on to, with locations near the east side of Chino Hills and the 73 & Mac (Elmo, Bommer, etc.), is Pei Wei. It's a variety of Asian styles in a "walk up to the counter to order" kind of place. I've found the vegetables to always be fresh and cooked al dente. Prices are very fair, and the atmosphere is such that you won't be too out of place if you walk in all sweaty and covered in dust.
     
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    unclepudding Fueled by Frosted Flakes

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    Great idea!
    How about adding a cost category? Like a "$" per every $10 a plate costs? Eg. < $10 is $, 10-20 is $$, 20-30 is $$$, etc.
     
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    Steakhouses - Fleming's in Newport Beach and Mastro's in Crystal Cove $$$$
    Pizza joint - Sonny's in San Clemente or Oggi's in Tustin/HB $$
    Burger - Five Guys $ (I heard The Habit in Mission Viejo/Lake Forest off El Toro is good, but I haven't tried it)
    Pastrami - The Hat in Lake Forest $ (pastrami cheeseburger - yum yum)
    Best Hole in the wall - Peter's Gourmade in Tustin (operates out of Valero gas station) $

    Phans are my clients and I have to admit that their food is fantastic. It's more of an upscale Vietnamese cuisine with quality products and a slight twist catering to non-Vietnamese clientele. Don't expect Little Saigon prices though!
     
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    Where's that? It sounds cool.

    vegitarian/vegan Pho- Good girl dinette Highland park.
    tofu mushroom burger-Taco loco in Laguna Beach on pch.
    Have a date to impress? Habana at the lab in costa mesa.
    Favorite place to sit and drink without being bothered- Rustic inn, los feliz
     
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    im gonna have to try this one soon
     
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    The best hole in the wall ever is El Fortin on the south side of Commonwealth, about 5 blocks east of Harbor, in Fullerton. It's Mexican food from Oaxaca and different from all other Mexican food. It is Dirt Cheap and fantastic in quality.

    www.restaurantelfortin.com
     
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    Oaxacan?? Do they serve mole?? :)
     
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    Most definitely. They have their menu on the link I posted. I noticed that their prices went up about a $1 per item but they are still inexpensive.
     
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    Basilico's Pasta E Vino $$
    19171 Magnolia St in HB
    No website. Opens at 4 daily
    Everything is good, I like so many things there I can't pick a favorite. If you are a foodie, it's a must try. Small place, great staff. You may have to wait for a bit, but well worth it. Great spot for a date.
     
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    Elbows (mac n cheese place) in cerritos. many types to choose from. Cajun mac and sweet potato fries are excellent.
     
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    El Parian
    Downtown LA (Pico blvd)
    Birria Tacos

    Buba Kahuna's
    Dana Point
    Pulled Pork Sandwich

    America's Dog
    Chicago
    Chicago Dog

    The Bazaar
    La Cienega
    Tapas
     
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    The Bottle Room in Uptown Whittier has the best ($12) burgers I've ever had, awesome mac n cheese, plenty of Microbrews and an outside patio. It's only about a two minute drive from the Turnbull Canyon trailhead too.

    http://www.thebottleroombar.com/
     
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    Las Golandrinas/San Juan Capistrano- a "big dave" burrito after a San Juan Trail ride is soooooo good! I call it the "sleeping pill".


    Mangia Mangia in Huntington Beach- small hole in the wall with great northern italian dishes. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but very good eats!
     
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    You are the whitest Asian person I know. Either that or you have kids.
     
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    The best pizza in the IE.
    San Biagio's Pizza New York Style $
    1263 W. 7th St.
    Upland, CA

    The best chili cheese fries and hard shell tacos
    Pepe's Finest Mexican Food $
    1140 N. Azusa Ave.
    Covina, CA

    Great Tapas Restaurant $-$$
    Viva Madrid
    225 Yale Ave.
    Claremont, CA
     
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    Vietnamese place at E La Palma and Imperial Highway in Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda. Best Pho ever.

    # 37 on the menu is the BEST (get the chicken). Add a spring roll appetizer and you've got the best lunch ever.

    5779 E. La Palma (at Imperial Highway) 714-777-3758

    Jeff
     

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