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Sep 1, 2007 12:15 PM

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. :)

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  1. ever been to the haus of pizza.. harbor and adams

    2 Replies
    1. re: Foodandwine

      Aire on Bristol, In the Camp outdoor Mall. It is across the street from the Lab anti Mall.

      1. re: Foodandwine

        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).

      2. 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

        1. Have you tried Sushi Shibucho?

          Sushi Shibucho
          590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

          1. 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

            1. 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.

              Santouka Ramen
              665 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626