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Jun 1, 2007 12:24 PM

OC - Lunch Recs for Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley?

My office is moving to the HB/FV area around the intersection of Magnolia and Warner, so now I need to find all new places to go for lunch for basically EVERY cuisine. I live in Huntington, so I've already been to a few places (but usually for dinner) and I have a few places I'm planning on trying. Please help me find new lunch spots within roughly a 15 minute drive radius. I'm looking for both hole-in-the walls with cheap lunch specials, and the occasional expensive lunch.

Here's what I have on my list so far:

Mexican: Lucia's Tacos y Mulitas; Mario's, Azteca's
Peruvian: Peruvian Kitchen
Chinese: Lotus
Japanese: Shin Sen Gumi (Yakitori & Ramen)
Sushi: Matsu, Gesshin, Kasen
Unhealthy Grease with a side of chili fries: Tommy's
Indian: Bukhara
Vietnamese: Is there anything closer than Little Saigon?
Korean: ?
Italian: I heard Pizza D'Oro has a nice lunch special; is Mangia Mangia open for lunch?
Greek: ?
Sandwiches: Philly's Best
Thai: Thai Pepper, Phuket Thai, Thai Princess
Anything else: Lazy Dog Cafe, Kings Fish House and all the other chains at Bella Terra

Any and all help would be great.

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  1. From the corner of Magnolia and Warner, little Saigon isn't that far away. Bolsa Ave/Magnolia has TONS of great Vietnamese restaurants you can hit up for lunch. On the Southeast corner is Hanoi restaurant, which has excellent bun cha hanoi. Over on the Southwest corner is a banh mi che cali and a mi la cay, a sandwich place and a excellent noodles place.

    At Magnolia/Edinger is a small restaurant called Mirada, behind the A Chau supermarket. They do pretty good fried rice, pad thai noodles, and other decent stir fries.

    At Magnolia/McFadden is Saigon Bistro, which has great french/vietnamese. You can get rabbit, steaks, etc. here.

    Good luck and have fun with your search!

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    1. re: kingkong5

      I've had numerous enjoyable meals in Little Saigon, but I was usually accompanied by a Vietnamese friend who would guide me to various restaurants and help me with suggestions on what to order from the menus. It's about time I ventured around there by myself. Thanks for the tips

      1. re: I got nothin

        My wife and I are both Vietnamese, and it helps when we have some knowledge beforehand about what's good, what to order, and sometimes most importantly, HOW to order it (extra sauce, more meat, fewer noodles, etc). For example, when you go to Hanoi restaurant, make sure you order their sweet potato/shrimp fries. They are so good, but you would totally overlook it when you read the menu.

        But even when we go to a restaurant that we don't know anything about, we have a way of dealing with it. My wife likes to ask the waiter what's good, what's their specialty at this restaurant, and if it sounds good she'll try it.

        At the same time, I watch to see what all the other people are eating, and whatever is the most popular with the other customers is what I'll try. We usually make it pretty well with this technique and discovered good food this way. Have fun and please report back if you find something really interesting.

    2. Let me add one to your unhealthy catagory: Jose McCoys (Warner near Bolsa Chica in the Ralphs shopping center) for their strips and cheese. Very simple, yet so tasty!

      1. Mangia Mangia is open for lunch.

        Lazy Dog Cafe is disjointed, confused and marginal at best. Stay away, far away.

        Isn't the new Thai Nakorn in Stanton? Thai Nakorn would be far better that Phucket Thai, which was really a poor dining experience. Speaking of Stanton, Park Avenue?

        While Super Mex's food blows, their salsa and chips are worth the price of admission.

        What about the old chicken coop place... they used to have a sister store in Costa Mesa back in the punk rock heyday.... I forget the name and I'm getting old. They serve seafood and steaks and it isn't bad.

        1. I don't eat that often in your area, but when I do, here are a few places I've enjoyed, in addition to what you've already mentioned:

          Philly cheese steaks: John's Philly Grill, Toober's Chips Dips & Cheese Steaks
          Hawaiian: The Loft, Maui Hawaiian BBQ, Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, Fuji's Famous Burger
          Chinese: Wei's, Mandarin
          Mexican: La Capilla
          BBQ: Lou's Oak Oven
          seafood: Zubies Dry Dock

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          1. re: Wonginator

            we're talking lunch here so...and some won't be chowish, but they all have something to offer.

            Alerto's for food to go- brookhurst between slater and warner: great carne asada burrito, great fish buritto, great chicken burrito and good breakfast burrito

            Near Ellis and Brookhurst: corner bakery and banana cabana- everyone at work likes their sandwiches and if you go to banana you can see tank abbott sometimes.

            warner and magnolia there's a small indian takeout with some tables, pretty good forgot the name.

            the best coffee is on brookhurst and talbert near the claim jumper- shaun is a god and they have good breakfast burritos.

            people will like Mimi's and the food's pretty good.

            on magnolia south of garfield there's a catalina fish place never been to that location and north of garfield is an east coast deli that's pretty good. there a great hot dog place on beach near there it's in the same center as the honey baked ham store.

            i'll continue in a bit

            1. re: meltedcheese

              East Coast Hotdogs on Beach Blvd near the honey baked ham store and Beach Burgers is no longer in business...

            2. re: Wonginator

              i agree about the loft on beach and warner
              and fuji's is really good on edinger and gothard

              Azteca's- has potato tacos, and potato taquitos off menu

              Japanese: Shin Sen Gumi (Yakitori & Ramen)-good

              Italian: I heard Pizza D'Oro has a nice lunch special; is Mangia Mangia open for lunch?

              if you want pizza, good garlic chicken and some middle'eastern food go to moonlight pizza on warner west of brookhurst by the carl's jr. some may not like it, but several of my co-workers and i like it. it's all you can eat and pretty cheap.

              Anything else: Lazy Dog Cafe- good
              bella terra- good, but not chowish
              Any and all help would be great.

            3. Silk Thai is my favorite Thai in HB. It's on Beach Blvd.