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Filthy Lucre Oct 3, 2007 09:20 PM

Coming to town for a couple of days and will have room for a full day's worth of meals. I'll have a car but don't really enjoy driving. Any options for good eats (preferably inexpensive/ethnic) within the general area?

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    Bspicy Oct 5, 2007 09:13 AM

    La Fontana in Huntington Beach for northern Italian.

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      joshekg Oct 4, 2007 04:03 PM

      I really like Noorani Halal in Westminster for pakistani/indian food.

      1. JAB Oct 4, 2007 03:47 PM

        I have to second both Shin Sen Gumi and Tsuruhashi.

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          calabasas_trafalgar Oct 4, 2007 02:47 PM

          Just slightly north, on Beach at Chapman in Stanton, you'll find Mitsuyoshi. Fabulous Japanese hot food(they have sushi too, but the hot food there is the bomb!)

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            Das Ubergeek Oct 4, 2007 04:15 PM

            And at the same intersection is Thai Nakorn, the very best Thai restaurant in all SoCal.

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              Joani Macaroni Oct 5, 2007 06:09 PM

              Das,
              Please tell me what we should have ordered at Thai Nakom - we tried the "special combos" last week and weren't really impressed - we weren't quite ready for the boar's head (or whatever it was) yet. . . service was pretty good though, nice people. My husband is not a Thai food lover so it was a feat just to get him to go. . . he had heard good things about Mitsuyoshi though, which is close by.

              1. re: Joani Macaroni
                Das Ubergeek Oct 6, 2007 06:18 AM

                I always order off the specials menu, but I love the crispy catfish with mango salad (this can trip people up -- it's green mango, shredded with various toppings and then fried crispy bits that taste like catfish, not a whole deep-fried fillet or something), the fried fish with mango sauce (this is much more what you'd expect, a fried piece of fish with yellow mango sauce), the wild boar, the clams in chili and basil. Their pad see ew is fantastic, and even the dubious rad na is beefy and delicious.

                For dessert, either have mango with sticky rice, or get a coconut custard actually in the coconut (large enough for 2 or 3 to share).

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                  ns1 Oct 6, 2007 09:51 AM

                  Get the pad thai and and mango with sweet rice. the catfish with mango salad is also good.

                  Their pad thai is SO GOOD

            2. aprmayjun Oct 4, 2007 12:07 PM

              If you're into ramen, stop by Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen on Brookhurst in F.V. (note that there are two sides to Shin Sen Gumi -- a yakitori side and a ramen side)

              I've also recently discovered Kasen in F.V. -- it's a very traditional Japanese restaurant so no tempura, combo plates, etc

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              Kasen
              9039 Garfield Ave, Fountain Valley, CA

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                Wonginator Oct 4, 2007 11:14 AM

                Great Italian at Mangia Mangia.

                John's Philly Grill is next door for great Philly cheese steaks. Philly's Best on Brookhurst is also excellent.

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                  rob.nolen Oct 4, 2007 10:58 AM

                  Try Wei's on Magnolia and Warner. Szechwan style cooking from Taiwan, and reasonably priced.

                  My favorites are their hot and sour soup, twice cooked pork with cabbage, and Szechwan style chicken.

                  1. Jigsaw Oct 4, 2007 10:46 AM

                    Aloha Grill in Huntington Beach (on Main)
                    http://www.alohagrill.com/

                    Their Tuna Salad sandwich is essential.

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                      cafemonamie Oct 4, 2007 10:38 AM

                      I hope you'll check out my two favorites:
                      *Com Tam Tran Quy Cap-
                      16175 Harbor Blvd, Fountain Valley 92708
                      corner of Harbor & Edinger Ave (In Smart & Final Parking Lot)
                      --- authentic cha gio made with rice paper and fantastic Com Tam

                      *Brodard in Garden Grove/Westminster
                      http://www.brodard.net/
                      really good nem nuong

                      Best of luck,
                      http://www.holybasil.wordpress.com

                      1. SauceSupreme Oct 4, 2007 10:33 AM

                        For a little snack, I suggest ducking into Brodard for their nem nuong cuon (grilled pork spring rolls). It's served with a crab peanut sauce.

                        1. kingkong5 Oct 4, 2007 10:29 AM

                          You have to go to Tsuruhashi, it's a japanese BBQ grill at your table restaurant on Brookhurst just north of Garfield, next to Turner's Guns store. Prime and Kobe grade beef and other meats brought to your table, kim chee fried rice and bi bim bap available too. It'll probably run about $25-35 per person, but so worth it!

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                            I got nothin Oct 4, 2007 09:55 AM

                            Peruvian Kitchen on Warner in FV
                            Lucias Tacos y Mulitas on Beach and Warner in HB
                            Banh Mi Che Cali for (Surprise) banh mi - mulitple locations in Westminster

                            1. Das Ubergeek Oct 4, 2007 08:41 AM

                              Shinsengumi, on Brookhurst and Ellis; any number of Viet places, all dirt cheap (search for Little Saigon) -- I particularly love Com Tam Thuan Kieu and Vien Dong; Duke's on the HB Pier -- not because of the food, which is OK but nothing special, but because if you're from out of town how often are you going to get to dine and watch the sun set over the Pacific?

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                                JeetJet Oct 3, 2007 11:46 PM

                                T K Burger (A great burger and really great buns too)
                                110 Pacific Coast Highway
                                Huntington Beach, California 92648
                                (714) 960-3238

                                Wings N Things Restaurant (Buffalo wings --Mild, Hot, Extra Hot, Beyond Hot , Beef on Weck, Ribs)
                                18302 Beach Blvd
                                Huntington Beach, CA 92648
                                (714) 848-2767
                                Cross Street: Between Ellis Ave and Taylor Dr

                                Alertos Mexican Food (½ order of Asada or Carnitas Nachos plus...)
                                17225 Brookhurst Street
                                Fountain Valley, CA 92708
                                (714) 593-0069
                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/69268

                                Park Bench Café (good Breakfast & lunch plus A Dogs menu)
                                (714) 842-0775
                                17732 Goldenwest St (located in the park
                                )Huntington Beach, CA
                                http://www.parkbenchcafe.com/

                                Alice's Breakfast in the Park (Must try the cinnamon roll w/ breakfast)
                                6622 Lakeview, (this place really is on the lake in the park)
                                Huntington Beach, California
                                (714) 848-0690

                                1. brekkie_fan Oct 3, 2007 09:41 PM

                                  I'm a sucker for Hawaiian food, so I'll recommend Loft off Beach Blvd. in HB. Be ready for a carb overload.

                                  Oh, and the shaking beef at S Vietnamese in W is pretty good too.

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                                    silverlakebodhisattva Oct 3, 2007 11:07 PM

                                    Let's see,

                                    there's a Shinsengumi yakitori in F.V.,

                                    a number of good Vietnamese places, including Au Lac, a vegetarian/vegan place;

                                    a relatively inexpensive sushi bar, Shibucho, highly regarded by some, about 6 miles away in Costa Mesa, and

                                    a gang of Chinese places operated, and mostly patronized by the Vietnamese community, with very similar names (e.g. "Seafood Cove" "Seafood Castle' etc.)

                                    That's more than a day's worth.

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                                      ML8000 Oct 3, 2007 11:30 PM

                                      I knew about the Loft in Torrance and Redondo but not HB. Thanks, good to know, close to Mom's.

                                      To add to the list, when I'm down there I go to Super Mex on Brookhurst in FV with my brother. Inexpensive (really inexpensive by NorCal standards), not mind blowing but very good solid Americanized Mexican food. Nice enough to take a family for a casual meal.

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                                        brekkie_fan Oct 6, 2007 10:45 AM

                                        You're welcome. There's also one in Cypress. I can live off their bacon fried rice.

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