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good hip, fun restaurant in LA or Orange County?

Anyone know of a fun place to eat at? I love trying new restaurants. I'm trying to look for places with really good food. Maybe a concept restaurant. I live in OC and drive to LA to eat all the time. I don't care about atmosphere as long as the food is good. Please help!

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  1. I like Garlic Joe's in Newport. its on PCH where the old Margaritaville used to be.

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    1. re: khuezee

      Garlic Joe's is good! Their scallop carpaccio appetizer is delicious!

      The previous chef from Sai Sai at the Biltmore now opened his own place called Zu Robata. I've heard some good stuff but I haven't tried it yet.

      Also, Celadon is pretty good. It's in LA and it's a pretty nice place with some great dishes.

    2. Have you tried "Shenandoah (? my spelling may be off) at the Arbors" on Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos is the same road as Seal Beach Blvd. which intersects the 22 fwy, it becomes Los Alamitos farther north near Katella, I think). When you make reservations be sure to ask for outdoors near the pond. The food is quite good and the feeling is one of "southern hospitaility) (I think, anyway).

      1. For me, a fun restaurant in OC with good food = http://www.shinsengumiusa.com/
        I'm sure that many would consider it quite hip in an "insider" kind of way.

        1. You're asking for "fun", but also say that you "don't care about atmosphere". That's confusing for me. We drive up from Irvine all the time to places like Craft, Bastide, etc, and to me those are "fun". Can you give me some examples for a point of reference?

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          1. re: brekkie_fan

            I'm actually more confused about wanting it to be hip but not caring about atmosphere.

            It would really help if cyberdiva mentioned where she's gone before since she's looking for something new.

            Concept restaurants tend not to last in this town. There was that one where you had to dine entirely in the dark and your waiters were blind. And of course, there's the sushi joints where you eat off of a woman's body.

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              I wanted to go to the one where the waiters were blind and you ate in the dark. gone so soon?

              1. re: lotta_cox

                Actually, it looks like Opaque just reopened at the back of V Lounge in Santa Monica:
                http://la.darkdining.com/

          2. Oiwakes in Little Tokyo! karaoke bar @ night....great atmosphere, edamame beans, yummy spicy tuna and avocado sushis to pair with the unique cocktails & sake bombs. I like ordering their "oh shit" shots. very casual setting and affordable eats :) cons: parking structure costs $5

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