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Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I ate at 4 new (to me) places in the Anaheim Hills area and was really happy with all of them!

California Fish Grill -- I had the grilled ahi tuna salad. I was suprised when the plate was set down before me, as the tuna wasn't sliced...a large slab of tuna was on top of the greens for me to cut as I wished. It was cooked nicely and had good seasoning. Prices are good here. My vegetarian friend asked them to make fish tacos without fish, and they substituted beans and she said it really worked well. Go figure...

Shehnai Indian -- as suggested, the lunch buffet was a steal at $7.95. Lots of choices and my friend and I ate ourselves silly. The garlic naan at our table was fabulous. I loved the palak paneer, rich and creamy. The chicken korma was great. Many other dishes and all were good. The tandoori chicken was a bit dry, but that was my only complaint. I tried one of the desserts which I still don't know what it was...made from either carrots or sweet potatoes, with some pistachio. Really yummy. And the place itself is just lovely, with very warm, attentive service. A fabulous find! (I mean, suggestion!!)

Yve's Bistro -- we were so full from lunch that we didn't want too much at dinner. We each had a different salad. I can't remember what my friend had, but mine had mixed greens, endive, candied pecans, goat cheese and an orange vinaigrette with orange peel. The flavors and textures were a symphony in the mouth. Wonderful! And not too large of a portion. We split a chocolate souffle. The souffle itself was nice...light and fluffy as it should be...we scooped fresh whipped cream and creme anglaise into the center, and that was great. But the chocolate ice cream that came with it was off-tasting and kind of ruined the dessert.

Rosine's -- hands-down, the best new place for me. The rotisserie chicken breast and wing was the best ever and the garlic "sauce" (more like a paste to slather on the chicken) was keep-vampires-away potent and perfect. I loved it, loved it. Had a small salad and tabouleh on the side. Both were really fresh and a perfect complement to the chicken and garlic. My veggie friend had the falafel pocket sandwich and she said the falafels were OK, but the sauces and accompaniments were first rate. I will definitely go back to this place any time I'm in the area!

Thai House -- I've been there before and I still like it. The pad thai is OK...too much fried tofu and just a few shrimp and chicken chunks. But what draws me back is the Tom Kah Gai...I just love that soup with the coconut, lemongrass and chicken. I also had the beef salad which had a good amount of tender beef slices and a tangy, spicy dressing. Service is always quick, too.

In Claremont, I went to Walter's twice, once for lunch and once for breakfast. My friend and I split the corn and feta salad along with the veggie burger. Both were really good. We loved that the veggie burger was housemade, big and floppy, and filled with all manner of good things and good spices. A far cry from the pre-formed, cardboardish frozen ones served at other places. The salad was really fresh and tasty. And I'm always a sucker for their Afghan fries and chutney. The breakfast I had was their eggs benedict with more of the Afghan fries. Hollandaise was perfect.

Another breakfast was had at Some Crust Bakery. The line was huge and by the time I got up to the front to order, the place was practically wiped clean. However, they had just come out with a fresh tray of chocolate croissants that were still HOT from the oven. OMG...I could have died a happy woman right then and there.

It was a great trip!! Thanks again, Chowhounds!!

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