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Dec 27, 2006 03:24 AM

The Ubergeeks are moving to north OC!

So we're moving. We're awaiting the arrival of Ubergeeklet and while our particular slice of the San Fernando Valley is a haven for filling, cheap ethnic chow, it's not a very nice place to raise children. Mrs Ubergeek grew up in Orange County, I have an office down there, and so we are pulling up and moving.

So. Anyone got any ideas for far north OC? I'm talking Korean places in Buena Park, anything in Fullerton? I've seen some great reviews of tacos in Santa Ana and pho or banh mi in Westminster, but what about Little Palestine in Anaheim? Is there anything at all worth eating in Cypress, Los Alamitos, La Palma or Stanton -- besides Merhaba and Park Avenue?

Given my peculiar bent for ethnic food in no-frills surroundings rather than fancy French-inspired Cal cuisine in designer digs, you can expect a lot of reports from me on an area that seems to fall off a lot of Chowhound radars.

And -- I'll be really, really close to Thai Nakorn, woo hoo!

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    1. Keep in mind your close enough proximity to the San Gabriel Valley, using Harbor Blvd through Fullerton's Sunny Hills,(assuming the usually congested 57 Fwy. is congested) into La Habra, then over the hill to a favorite 626 area code and all that that entails.
      And then you have Little Saigon in Westminster/Garden Grove as well as the Cambodian enclave along Anaheim(Ximeno or so)in somewhat eastern Long Beach, as well as the Pioneer Blvd. Little India in Cerritos/Artesia for a wider array of ethnicities that are fairly commutable(at least in LA).

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      1. re: carter

        I do have a car with carpool access stickers... hmmmmmmmmm... Rowland Heights, prepare to be boarded!!

      2. Well, I'm sure you probably are expecting me to say this, especially after you mention Cypress...but Cafe Hiro is in Cypress. One of my faves.

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        1. Congratulations to you and the Mrs. on the impending arrival and good luck with your move. I will sorely miss your SFV recommendations but look forward to reading about your OC conquests.

          Our forays to the OC are generally limited to Irvine and environs, as my mom is a longtime Irvine resident (but sadly not much of a hound). In fact we're lunching with her at this little Japanese place in the Gelson's plaza at Alton and Jeffrey tomorrow on our way to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl. Go Bears!

          1. My usual haunts in N. Orange Cty are unfortunately not cheap, but most of them are ethnic:

            Anaheim: Zankou, Jaegerhaus (for breakfast only), Lee's Sandwich, Chu's Wok Inn (check out their siuchow style chinese mooncakes during mooncake festival time), Darya for persian

            Fullerton: Anita's New Mexican (when we are in the mood for sopapillas)

            There seems to be a lot of Mexican taco joints in La Habra, but I don't know which one is really good yet. We've gone to Tacos Sarboso (Beach and La Habra) for years, but the recent visits had been disappointing. There's also a Cafe El Cholo there, but we haven't been in there for years.

            Brea: there's an Indian restaurant on Lambert behind Brea Mall that's decent. There's also a Cuban place in the same plaza, but we haven't tried yet.

            Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar are indeed very close, and maybe your best bet for Chinese, and also a good bet for Korean (lots of them in the plaza with Jubei you can see off 60 freeway).

            Have fun with your new adventures!

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            1. re: notmartha

              I second Anita's. A group of us meet several times a year in Fullerton, and we all look forward to our Anita's fix.

              1. re: notmartha

                What are Siuchow style chinese mooncakes?

                1. re: Cicely

                  They have the white flakey layers for the wrapping, instead of the brown stuff.

                  Also the fillings are different - they have both savory and sweet. The meat one is very finely chopped juicy ground pork, better than a meat bao (especially when eaten warm, reheated in an oven). The sweet ones are the (unusual) rose w/ nuts & fruits, salt & pepper, and also the typical sesame with or without pinenuts.