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  1. Taps fishouse for pretty good fish and even better beer is the first thing that comes to mind. Otherwise, I beleive there is a Cedar Creek and I know that there is a Hat [famous pastrami], Lucille's BBQ and fitness pizza. I also heard rumors about a Taco Mesa at the Brea mall. If you can swing into fullerton/placentia area you may find many more options.

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    1. re: SouthOCHound

      thanks....any suggestion for the Fullerton/Placentia area?

      1. re: jkao1817

        Oh yes. In Placentia there is great sit-down mexican at El Farolito in old towne. Be prepared for a bit of a wait for dinner, but the food is awesome and the prices are great. Right down the block is Q Tortas for cheap mex to go. There is also Sophia's on Kraemer for Greek. You can also find killer stuffed pizza at Tony's Little Italy on Bastanchury. Ye Olde Ship is technically in Fullerton, but closer to Brea, if brit pub fare is your thing. Anita's New Mexican style in Fullerton for something a bit unique. In downtown fullerton there is Stubrik's steakhouse, as well as a spaghetti factory [chain], mulberry street ristorante [homey comfy place], or roman cucina [mod trendy] for italian, and Rutebagorz for healthy ecclectic. There is also Brickhouse pizza [haven't tried it yet], CHOMP sushi and Knowlwood's hamburgers nearby. Some decent bars around there also, if you are so inclined. Continental room is a sinatra era throwback that is worth checking out. And Heroes has something like 200 beers on tap. Taqueria de Anda for hole-in-the-wall cheap mexican can be found in boht Fullerton and Placentia. Sidnys cafe if you are looking for vegetarian [the aforementioned Rutebagorz also has a bunch of veg dishes, although they also have food for us carnivores].

        1. re: SouthOCHound

          Love the Ruben sandwich at Sidney's.

          1. re: SouthOCHound

            That's a good list. Of those, I'd recommend:
            The Olde Ship (Fullerton)
            Sophia's (Placentia)
            Rutabegorz (Fullerton)
            Hero's (Fullerton).

            I'd skip Anita's & Chomp.

            1. re: SouthOCHound

              Geographic assistance: Actually, Ye Olde Ship is only a couple of blocks north of downtown Fullerton on Harbor. Brea is quite a bit farther. Tony's Little Itay is on Placentia Ave in Placentia (although the shopping center abuts Bastanchury).

              I would add Anita's New Mexican, Brownstone Cafe (breakfast and lunch only), El Fortin, and Mammalucco's (Brea).

            2. re: jkao1817

              To add to the Fullerton list:
              - Sushi Momo (Bastanchury/Harbor)
              - Mongolian BBQ (State College & Chapman)
              - Thai Rama (State College & Chapman)
              - North China Garden (Placentia & Yorba Linda Blvd)

              1. re: jkao1817

                Tony's Little Italy Pizza (in Placentia, at the Vons center at Bastanchury and Placentia Ave) for great deep dish pizza... man, I could go for a slice right now.

                1808 N Placentia Ave # B
                Placentia, CA 92870
                (714) 528-2159

              2. re: SouthOCHound

                Ditto LUCILLE'S.

                TAPS & YARDHOUSE have pretty darned good Happy Hour (YH more so than Taps).

                Hubby also likes FRESCA's for their Taco Tuesday (fried chicken tacos for $1) and cheap beer.

                Otherwise, Brea is a haven for chains. Fullerton, OTOH, has a lot of non-chain restaurants half of which are just meh.

              3. The only good one I know is Taps at Downtown Brea. They have a good Sunday Jazz brunch. Otherwise for dinner the food is well executed basic seafood and steaks.

                People seems to like La Vie En Rose, but when I went a few years back I thought it was decent, but not great enough to go back.

                There is also an Indian restaurant in next to Big 5 sporting goods on Birch (behind Brea Mall), it was good but I haven't been for a while.

                Otherwise it's your usual chain restaurants places - CPK, BJ's, Cheesecake Factory at the mall. Downtown Brea has the Corner Bakery, Red Brick Pizza, Pane e Vino, Market City Cafe, Daphne's, etc.

                There's also a Havana Mania (another chain) behind the Brea Mall, but I haven't been.

                Some more restaurants near the Trader Joe's down Imperial. Thai Specialty 2 and an Italian one are both decent, but not something to go out of the way for.

                1. The Olde Ship in harbor in Fullerton. Real beer and good affordable food. Taps is overpriced for what they provide IMHO

                  1. Rowland Heights is just over the hill!

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                    1. re: JAB

                      I think we have overdone the food in the Rowland Heights area. Thanks though

                    2. I grew up in P-town, still visit the folks. Favorites include Mini Gourmet for breakfast (Yobra/Plas border), El Farlito, Talaquepaque, and Q-Torta's in old town, Christo's Best (Burgers and Zucs), Brians BBQ. Not the most up to date recs, but these good spots 10 years ago.


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                      1. re: stevuchan

                        Talaquepaque has been closed for the last couple of years for "renovation"....

                      2. Renaissance Cafe is decent (by Havana Mania in the Brea Mall). If you like garlic the complimentary bread with garlic/herb/oil dip is excellent- very garlicky. Rutabegorz in Fullerton is good, I like their shrimp salad with curry dressing. At State College and Chapman there is a place for serve yourself frozen yogurt... they have fresh fruit toppings (as in cut up kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, etc., not the canned stuff) as well as the usual caramel sauce/chocolate/nut/cereal suspects. They charge by the ounce. Don't remember the name of it but it's right next to the Chipotle at that intersection. Lee's Sandwiches in Fullerton near Costco has pretty good, cheap american or vietnamese sandwiches. There's El Taco Nazo in La Habra for good fish tacos.

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                        1. re: wendy8869

                          Also Original Pancake House in Yorba Linda.

                          1. re: wendy8869

                            The yogurt place is called "Yogurtland"

                          2. there's a mexican place on imperial between the brea mall and downtown brea next to deitrichs coffee. i forgot the name but they have good tacos and dollar taco tuesdays.

                            there's also molcasalsa(or something) on imperial/harbor if u go towards la habra. they are 24hours and have the typical mexican stuff to-go.

                            In yorba linda/placentia there's Fish in a Bottle on imperial. Its next to the arco station and carls jr. I had dinner there once and it wasnt too bad. The service needed some experience though. But i would try them again, considering i went there in their first couple weeks of existance. This was months back so i hope they have gotten better. i do know that almost every night i drive by there to go home, i see a packed house. Oh...the food, they are a japanese fusion kinda place. Lots of unique rolls and a lot of other interesting things on the menu. i dont remember off hand but i do remember looking at the menu and being impressed by what i was reading.

                            Someone had mentioned the Hat...i end up eating there a lot when i want a quick hunger fix.

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                            1. re: frank828

                              i'm pretty sure its called "Durango Grill", if not then its Gaucho Grill. Taco tuesdays has a great selection of tacos and soups for $1. I think there is also a $1 margarita or beer special during that time too. Certain nights they have their burriots half off which is also a great deal.

                            2. Taps in Brea has great seafood and steaks. They have a lobster fest during the summer for under $20 for fresh lobster and prime time in winter for prime rib, salad, and dessert for under $20. I love that place. It also has an excellent Sunday brunch.

                              Summit House in Fullerton has great prime rib and great fish. Their creamed corn that comes with the entree is also excellent. It also has a great view.

                              I believe there is a Moffett's in La Habra that serves chicken pot pie. I've never been there but the one in Arcadia is excellent and really cheap.

                              La Vie en Rose has excellent French food but is very expensive.

                              1. Some more in the surronding area, because it's pretty much Taps for food -- and Volcano Tea in the mall (mmmmm). If you can make it over to Guada-La Habra, the best fish and shrimp tacos in the area are at El Taco Nazo, on Beach just south of La Habra Blvd, across from and just north of Molcasalsa... and if you're close to the Yorba Linda side of Brea, just down in Anaheim Hills, at the corner of Weir Canyon and Serrano near Ralphs is Senor Baja (also in the top 3 for fish tacos) and Rosine's (kaboberia).

                                Chicago Harv's near Fullerton College has Chicago-style hot dogs. Not quite as good as Portillo's in Buena Park but a heckuva lot closer.

                                Rockin' Taco Cantina (yes, I know, shush) in downtown Fullerton has great chiles rellenos, and you can't really go wrong with the small plates at Cafe Hidalgo in downtown Fullerton (but under no circumstances allow even one microspeck of their God-awful "cumin vinaigrette" pass your lips, as it will cause your mouth to shrivel faster than alum).

                                Yang Ming Garden on Tustin Street in (technically) Anaheim is quite tasty, as is the Chinese restaurant which I always forget the name of, just north of the train tracks on State College in Fullerton.

                                I forget the name of the Italian place at Brea and Bastanchury -- Lomeli's, I think -- but it's the place where wine comes with dinner. Upscale it isn't, but the couple of times I've gone it's been good honest red-sauce Italian.

                                There is not a Taco Mesa in Brea but if you can make it down the 55, there's one about a mile east of the 55 on Chapman (the Orange Chapman, not the Fullerton Chapman)... very, very tasty food -- I can recommend the al pastor, the tacos de alambre (mmmmm!) and the lobster "stack" with the tortillas, which is sometimes a special.

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                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                  Three that have been overlooked...

                                  Brea's Best for burgers and pastrami
                                  PJ Burgers on Imperial heading towards Yorba Linda has a great jalepeno burger and good onion rings.
                                  Fish in a Bottle, also on Imperial, has interesting sushi rolls that are really more fusion than anything. This isn't real sushi, this is funky fusion like a beef and blue roll or the habanero roll... Not traditional but good.

                                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                    Your memory serves you well; it is Lomeli's on Brea & Bastanchury.

                                    I like Molcasalsa...and Pepe's for cheap Mexican grub.

                                    1. I grew up in the area too but live in LA now. I've been to pretty much every place you guys are recommending but can't really do the same, most of them are just okay. In the area the only thing that really gets me excited is Taco Mesa, I go to the one in Orange on Chapman, there is nothing like it or even close in LA. The shrimp tacos, the soups, their specials, honestly if you are into Mexican at all it deserves a look. If they opened an outpost in LA there would be lines for weeks. When I'm down there I usually also find myself eating at Saigon Noodle House in Placentia on Kraemer at least once. Rosine's in Anaheim Hills is also quite good with Zankou-esque chicken, but I find their sides are what really stand out.