costa mesa rut
We live in costa mesa (newport/harbor area)
Been here 15 years
We are stuck in a rut. always seem to go to the same places to eat.
I'm looking for hidden gems that even us locals may have overlooked.
cheap is great cos we eat too often.
CM or NB please
I hope there's some places we've driven by a thousand times and just never thought to try, or new hidden ones, but I think this will be a challenge as it seems like we've eaten everywhere, and it's all a bit tedious. :)
For Pizza or Italian food, you must try Napa Valley Pizza and Pasta. It's on Newport Blvd alongside the 55. The specialty pizzas are exquisite. I recommend the Thai Pizza, the BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a normal pizza with Spinach and Feta (not the specialty Spinach and Feta pizza).
For some of the best pupusas in Orange County, try Pupuseria San Sivar. It's in the same strip mall as Globe Deli.
My favorite tacos are at El Toro Bravo. I'm feeling lazy so not gonna write it up my broken record review again, but it's phenomenally good. Authentically dingy and not grigo-ed in the least.
For grilled fish tacos, I like Taqueria El Granjenal. They also make good licuados there
These are all cheap places. Let us know if you've eaten at any of these already.
San Sivar Restaurant
1940 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Globe European Delicatessen
1928 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
El Toro Bravo Tortilleria
739 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Taqueria El Granjenal
899 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Avanti Cafe on 17th near Mothers (vegetarian/vegan cafe, great for lunch or dinner); Picnics on 17th (next to H&R block, across from Peets) - only open for lunch, but have outstanding sandwiches, quiches, salads
You haven't told us your "rut" restaurants, so we won't know if we're recommending places you go to, but Santouka in the Mitsuwa Marketplace is the best ramen in OC... and cheap.
665 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626