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Jun 3, 2007 12:36 PM

Brunch for 100?

Need recommendations in or near Fullerton for brunch for 100 or so... planning MiniGeek's christening. Not too expensive, please, and not too far as we have a lot of PFA's coming who won't know the area. We'd be sitting down around 10-10:30.

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  1. Right next door in Anaheim is Jagerhaus and they set up a buffet in their banquet room (up 120 people) without a room charge. Very afforable. If my memory recall system is working, you can do it for about $12 per person food only for the basic breakfast buffet set-up. Making some ineteresting upgrades/additions, are not that expensive. For brunch, it might be more?. Hit "Parties & Catering". You can always hand out, mail, fax, or e-mail a map for the out-of-towners.

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    1. re: JBC

      This was actually my first thought.

    2. PFA?

      any cuisine in particular?

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      1. re: OCAnn

        PFA = Person From Away

        Nothing too exotic, and needs to be veg-friendly (not necessarily 100% vegetarian, but I don't want the vegetarians to have to cobble together a meal from various side dishes).

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I have been there (and also held a couple few of my own events there) for several pretty large scale business occasions but never brunch so take my advice with a grain of salt :-) .

          And although the service suffers just a bit with a big group in a separate rooom there, in general not a bad job, and usually with such groups you are trying to dawdle a bit anyway I guess. However, on the veg friendly stuff, you have a large enough group to plan this in advance as a special request, so I suggest you make the point of clarifying your expectations on what this means? E.g. I'm pretty certain the "regular" creamed spinach is not vegetarian (maybe this is not a brunch dish anyway). But it is desert like and tasty to me. I haven't been there in several years, but the owner back in the 80s-90s was always helpful and friendly and very considerate in trying to meet the needs of larger groups.

          I have had a couple people complain on that front, that it is a little meat oriented and more comfort than "lite"? Not sure if I am saying it right, I think it is partly what you order, and partly perception, but then, I do eat meat, more days than not. And I am more familiar with their lunch and dinner menu than their breakfast, which isn't bad.

          Hope this helped. Good luck. I tried to think of where else I did that sort of stuff when I worked in the OC, but it eludes me at this moment. Oh, I used El Torrito Grill once or twice at least for a big group, a little farther north, also a little slow, but I think the general situation for large groups, a little nicer than your regular El Torrito, and now it seems not even the same company or did I dream that the regular was sold a few years back. That mattered in some former job perhaps.

          They might not be bad for that type of occasion, and it's a pretty good sized place also.
          Seems like they had a funny solution for handicapped access, weird I should remember this at this moment, oh well, for a chain type place and approach not bad.

          1. re: MaryT

            Before you go with El Torito, you might check with El Cholo and what options are available from them. I find their catering better than the stuff in their restaurants generally for what I perceive to be the price (inexpensive).

            1. re: mc michael

              We actually had our groom's dinner at El Cholo in SM... there's the Cat and the Custard Cup in Guadalahabra but that's it in north OC. El Torito Grill is on State College and Katella, El Torito itself is on Ball and State College.

              But if I were going to have a Mexican brunch I'd have it at El Farolito Jr., just rent out the big room. Better food and I'd rather support an independent restaurateur than a big chain.

              1. re: mc michael

                I can also vouch that El Cholo catering is better than El Cholo restaurant food. And just to clarify you probably got it, but I meant specifically NOT El Torrito but El Torrito Grill(e?) off the 57. But that El Cholo is not far either you are right. And they are good with groups.

                1. re: MaryT

                  Yep -- there's El Torito Grill kitty-corner from Angel Stadium, and El Torito just a mile up State College. We live near both. :)

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    oops and sorry i type too much so i didn't see your prior response re El Farolito Jr.
                    we agree on who to support!

                  2. re: MaryT

                    AND let's not forget, in terms of El Cholo, it's green corn tamale season!!!

          2. Would your PFAs appreciate or be horrified by Chinese banquet brunch in Rowland Heights? There are a number of places that would set aside ten tables for you, and for a non-exotic, some vegetarian Chinese banquet lunch can be had for as low as $150 a table (I exaggerate, but it's certainly possible if a reasonably nice dinner is $300).

            Congrats to your little one!

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            1. re: Pei

              Unfortunately, I think they would be weirded out -- believe me, I would love to have 100 people "over for yum cha" or the like, but there's no way I could convince some of the people that there wasn't, you know, "weird food". I know people who think omelettes are fancy and exotic, so Chinese food that's not, y'know, orange chicken and Mongolian beef is out.

              More's the pity.

            2. The only thing that I can think of is having something @ a golf course club house for that number of people and for non-exotic food.

              COYOTE HILLs GC comes to mind (only b/c it's close to me, though I've never dined there):

              as does ALTA VISTA CC (their website looks hacked).

              Good luck finding something.