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Sep 7, 2006 05:43 AM

Best affordable places around Chapman University for lunch and dinner

My father is coming from seattle to vist and I want to take hime to some of the best (affordable) resturant around chapman. Any Suggestions?

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  1. Caffe Lucca and Rutabegorz on Glassell. Citrus City Grille and Byblos are great too. I do not recommend Felix Continental, you might be tempted because of the great location (right smack at the circle) but lately it's been blasted here.

    The Filling Station is an institution as well as Watson's drugstore (great breakfast and outdoor seating)

    If you are in search of a great dive bar, O'hara's pub rocks!

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    1. re: ml22

      Yes, Citrus City Grille on the square is quite nice, and has a decent wine list, with full liquor service in a contemporary yet fairly noisy setting.

    2. All suggestions made so far are good. Watson's has been around since 1899 but they froze in time somewhere around the 1940's or 1950's. You could go somewhere else for your meal then go get a malt or a shake at Watson's. Just around the corner from Watson's is a new up-and-coming Mexican restaurant called Gabbi's:

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      1. re: ChristianZ

        we just went to gabbi's and the food is mediocre at best..........

        1. re: quinntran

          I have to agree. The only thing I liked about Gabbi's is the refillable horchata. The skirt steak taco was so-so but I have to say the garlic rice is yummy.

      2. I'm not as familiar with that area, but of the places I've tried, I can recommend:

        Arthur's Restaurant (for breakfast or lunch)
        240 N Tustin St
        Mon-Sat 6AM-2:30PM
        Sun 7AM-3PM

        Tulsa Rib Company (for BBQ)
        954 N Tustin St

        Jagerhaus (for excellent German food)
        2525 E Ball Rd

        I haven't been to this place yet, but have heard good things about it and have been meaning to try:

        Steer Inn (for steaks)
        801 S Tustin St

        Here is a review on the place from the Elmer Dills website:

          1. PJs and Citrus City were nice, but when you say best "affordable" I'm not quite sure of your range. Those are some of the more $$ for Orange, but not expensive when compared to say, South County.

            Watson's and Filling Station are good if you want a "Pleasantville" type setting, reminds me of Happy Days. Not a bad thing if that's the type of place Dad likes. Rutabegorz is a converted house that is cramped and kinda shabby, but has some darn good grub.

            I admit to enjoying Felix Continental. Location, price, and food overall are great. Folks might disagree about it being the "best". I also thought the place right next to the University was pretty good (Papa Hassan's?). Is that still there?