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Best "free" appetizer in OC

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flyerfan182 Feb 21, 2007 11:35 PM

Ok heres a weird one, who has the best bread, chips or other free type food brought to your table before you order in the OC or Southern LA County?

I am a sucker for Ricardos El Ranchito's flour style chips

The bread at the Fitness Gril in Brea is also amazing

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  1. MeAndroo RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 07:35 AM

    El Ranchito's flour chips and salsa ARE good, but do they still make the corn tortillas in house? Those things are amazing with a little butter, not to mention meat.

    I like the bread at Lucille's just because of the apple butter.

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      AquaW RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 08:13 AM

      Normally I'm ambivalent about Culinary Adventures Restaurants, but Chat Noir's bubbly hour (4-7p weekdays) includes free hors d'oeuvres that aren't half bad (sometimes it's freshly-fried garlicky potato chips, other times it could be potato au gratin on pastry).

      ~H.C.
      http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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        elheffe99 RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 01:58 PM

        I'm a fan of the flour chips at El Matador in Costa Mesa.

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          flyerfan182 RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 01:58 PM

          Haven't been to el matador what else is good there?

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            flyerfan182 RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 01:59 PM

            and yes they still make those corn tortillas! i live almost next door to this place and hit it up at least twice a month

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              cdmedici RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 05:37 PM

              The warm sourdough bread at Bluewater Grill.

              The tasty bread topped with the olive tamponade at Sabatinos is very tasty as well.

              And both within walking distance!!

              1. hrhboo RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 06:54 PM

                The free cheeses and tapas at Vinum Populi's happy hour. It's mostly the tapas from their regular menu laid out on the bar until they're gone.

                I am also partial to the housemade flour tortillas at Paco's, but they're pretty much the only reason I ever dine there! I love the warm fresh bread with garlic/basil olive oil at La Vecchia too.

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                  flyerfan182 RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 11:18 PM

                  hey where is pacos?

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                    ElsieDee RE: flyerfan182 Feb 22, 2007 11:56 PM

                    I may well be wrong, but my guess is that hrhboo is refering to Paco's in Arcadia, at 200 E Foothill Blvd - cross street is 2nd Avenue. (I was taken with homemade tortillas there, too!)

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                      hrhboo RE: ElsieDee Feb 23, 2007 09:00 AM

                      Actually, I meant the one on Centinela and Washington on the westside, but I guess they are the same. I'm such a sucker for homemade tortillas.

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                    torta basilica RE: flyerfan182 Feb 23, 2007 07:53 AM

                    Taco Rosa's free hors d'oeuvres before dinner!

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