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Lunch in Orange, CA

Robert S May 2, 2007 02:23 PM

I will be at St. Joseph Hospital at S. Main and W, Le Veta with a friend. What places would you recommend for a great lunch within a short drive of the hospital ( 10 to 15 minutes). Thanks

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  1. dshm RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 02:49 PM

    Here are a few options:

    Orange circle restaurants - Starting at Chapman and Main
    Felix Continental (Cuban) - reliably good food
    Citrus City Grille
    Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain - ole fashioned chocolate sodas

    The Block at Orange - City Blvd and the 22 freeway
    Cafe Tu Tu Tango
    Corner Bakery Cafe
    Market Broiler - Seafood and fish specialties

    Closer to the hospital would be the Main Place mall Olive Garden & CPK but try the places in the Orange Circle, much better.

    Have a great lunch!

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      MEalcentric RE: dshm May 2, 2007 07:16 PM

      I've never understood this boards appreciation with Felix. I went a couple of times and was really dispointed both times. To each his/her own I guess.

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        kdoc RE: MEalcentric May 2, 2007 08:32 PM

        I agree- decent prices, but pretty boring, uninspired food, often overcooked and dry.

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          karynx78 RE: MEalcentric May 5, 2007 04:50 PM


          I totally agree with you regarding Felix. I think the food is so sloppily prepared. It think they have the worse cuban food. I'm really surprised of how busy they get though. Unfortunately my boyfriend likes going there, I just try to avoid getting anything Cuban there. They do have a thing that is really good called the latina french toast. It;s two peices of french toast with cream cheese and guava jelly in the middle.

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        OCBites RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 03:20 PM

        Consider also,
        Gabbi's Kitchen on Glassell just south of the plaza in dwntwn Orange
        Tangata @ Bowers Museum on Main just south of St. Joe's
        Green Parrot Cafe (ditto on location)

        1. browndoggie RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 04:27 PM

          When i'm in that area I always try to hit Yen Ching. Love their pot stickers and Mandarin chicken.

          Yen Ching
          574 S. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866
          (714) 997-3300

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            thebaron RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 04:47 PM

            Ditto on Felix and Citrus City.

            1. OCEllen RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 05:13 PM

              Tangata, Gabbi's Mexican, Citrus City Grill from me, too, in that order.

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                quinntran RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 06:15 PM

                Taco Adobe in Orange (near the circle)
                Felix's (in the circle)
                Filling Station

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                  BabyDaddy RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 08:09 PM

                  The Chili Pepper right around the corner on Main Street just south of Chapman. Pretty good Mexican food. I also second the nominations of Felix and Citrus City Grille. Felix gets mixed reviews on this board, but I have never been disappointed in the dozen+ times I've been. In downtown Santa Ana you can try Memphis on Broadway/2nd Street. It's kind of an eclectic modern twist on southern food.

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                      OCchowman RE: Robert S May 2, 2007 09:42 PM

                      If you are up for Thai food, Bangkok Taste is very close. It is a little unpretentious place in a mini mall, that serves some of the best Thai food in Orange County. It has been written up on this board a few times, so do a search if you are interested.
                      Bangkok Taste
                      2737 N Grand Ave (just south of the 22 freeway)
                      Santa Ana, CA 92705

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                        mrszondo RE: OCchowman May 3, 2007 09:01 AM

                        I second Chili Pepper. They are just around the corner and the service is good. I have been going there since I was a kid.

                      2. Das Ubergeek RE: Robert S May 3, 2007 09:19 AM

                        Rutabegorz, a block and a half north of the Orange Circle.

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                          groover808 RE: Das Ubergeek May 3, 2007 07:56 PM

                          I've heard about this place, apparently they serve this amazing chicken salad. What type of food is served there?

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                            dagrassroots RE: groover808 May 4, 2007 07:32 AM

                            Soups, salads, sandwiches. Food is pretty tasty.

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                              Das Ubergeek RE: groover808 May 4, 2007 08:14 AM

                              California-Hippie cuisine, but it's pretty darn good. The salads are really tasty. There's one in Fullerton, one in Orange and one in Tustin.

                          2. elmomonster RE: Robert S May 3, 2007 09:38 AM

                            Be sure to grab a malt from Watson's. And oh yeah, bring a friend. They give you a lot!

                            Here's a pic:

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