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Irvine? Going to the Verizon Amp - need recs.

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I'm heading to a show at the Verizon Amp on Saturday (Maiden) and am looking for a few good Irvine recs - near the arena.

Nothin' high end - no chains - a great diner, taco stand or a burger joint will do.

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  1. I know you said no chains, but although Fatburger *is* technically a chain, it doesn't taste like one. Love their onion rings, skinny fries, and a Fatburger with EGG!

    There's one off of Jeffrey, near the 5.

    PHOTOS:
    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

    1. The burgers at Knowlwood in Irvine are quite nice. Local mom & pop restaurant chain (5 locations). The one in Irvine is located on an interesting historic site (Sand Canyon next to the 5). Good food at a great value.

      http://www.knowlwoodrestaurants.com/

      I'll try to put up my Knowlwood review on my blog if I have time tonight so you can see some pictures of the food and whatnot. Haven't had a chance to write it yet. No garuntees, though.

      - Chubbypanda

      http://epicurious-wanderer.blogspot.com/

      1. Where is our starting point?

        Just north of Irvine Center Drive, traveling south on the 405, is Sand Canyon.
        If you head off here, then turn right, you'll find a Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill in the shopping center to the left.
        Although a chain, it's a new, small chain of "fresh Mex".

        There are also many other small "take-outs" in the center.

        1. I'm coming from Hollywood, BTW.

          1. Then you're possibly familiar with Sharky's.

            The center I mentioned has a variety of little eateries, from Mexican, to Hawiian, to Indian.
            There are also outside tables allowing folks to choose their cuisine and still dine together.