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Strange ethnic food ideas for Orange County weekend lunch

zzztimbo Jul 22, 2007 05:39 PM

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!

  1. Kris P Pata Jul 24, 2007 12:14 AM

    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

    1 Reply
    1. re: Kris P Pata
      Das Ubergeek Jul 24, 2007 08:36 AM

      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.

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      quinntran Jul 23, 2007 09:25 PM

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

      1. JAB Jul 23, 2007 03:58 PM

        How about Peruvian? http://www.inkamamas.com/

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          Wonginator Jul 23, 2007 10:04 AM

          Jagerhaus for excellent German food.

          Zov's for Greek/Mediterranean.

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            bulavinaka Jul 22, 2007 10:37 PM

            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. Das Ubergeek Jul 22, 2007 10:33 PM

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

              1. elmomonster Jul 22, 2007 10:22 PM

                How about Salvadorean pupusas!?

                Here's a photo of my first one:

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                  stormin norman Jul 22, 2007 08:04 PM

                  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. salutlemonde Jul 22, 2007 06:04 PM

                    El Pollo Norteño? 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

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