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Strange ethnic food ideas for Orange County weekend lunch

A friend from out of town is visiting for lunch next weekend. I would like to take him to a good yet different ethnic restaurant. He is Japanese and I am Chinese, so suggestions for food from those two countries are not necessary.

The further off the beaten path the better!

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  1. El Pollo NorteƱo? Nothing fancy, but definitely Mexican atmosphere. Not really strange if you're from California, but we've taken people from Europe and it was pretty different for them.

    There are several locations - this is the one I've been to. Not expensive, either.

    El Pollo Norteno
    202 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701

    1. Try what used to be Nancy Puebla in Santa Ana,now called Guerros,I believe.I think it may still be listed as Nancy Puebla.....great mole and authentic mexican...very authentic hole in the wall

      1. How about Salvadorean pupusas!?

        Here's a photo of my first one:

        1. There's a Chilean place on Chapman and West in Garden Grove... or German food at the Jagerhaus in Anaheim.

          1. I'd think with the largest Vietnamese community outside of Viet Nam, North OC for some great Vietnamese food would be a hit. The food is somewhat exotic to the Japanese sensibilities. I think your guest would find it very appealing.

            1. Jagerhaus for excellent German food.

              Zov's for Greek/Mediterranean.

                1. Oaxacan food at Moctezuma on Chapman in Orange is really good. Ask for the chapulines (fried grasshoppers)

                  1. And now for something completely different . . .
                    Would you believe a Jewish bakery owned and operated by a Mexican Mormon?


                    And when's the last time you and your mate had a spot of the home cuisine of Cornwall, England, eh? You've got to try PASTY KITCHEN in Los Alamitos.

                    Or what about some hearty Polish food in Tustin? Not exactly OC but, just a neighboring county -- and a world of flavor -- away is CENTRO BASCO, a treasured locale serving up satisfying Basque cuisine. Yummmm!

                    Happy eating adventures to you both!

                    Pasty Kitchen
                    3641 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

                    Polka Delicatessen
                    1710 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865

                    Centro Basco
                    13432 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710

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                    1. re: Kris P Pata

                      Polka Delicatessen doesn't serve food. It's a deli that sells ingredients only, as I was rather pointedly told when I went in. Rumanian food, though, can be got at Dunarea, on Euclid between Lincoln and La Palma.