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OC's Top 100 Tastes You Must Try Before You Die

I was hoping we could get a list of some of the best tastes in Orange County. I am sure that this would be a useful list for other Chowhound's and our visiting guests. Please list the name of the dish, the restaurant where you can get it, and the city where it's located. I'll start with a few:

1. House Special Lobster from Newport Seafood, Santa Ana
2. Cream Pan from ... Cream Pan, Tustin
3. Shoyu Ramen with extra Chashu, Santouka Ramen Mitsuwa, Costa Mesa
4. Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Golden Dragon, Costa Mesa
5. Spinach Artichoke dip, Houston's, Irvine
6. Nem Nuong spring rolls, Brodard, Westminster

let's see how many "special tastes" we can put together.

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  1. Yay! I'll play!

    1. Nem Nuong spring rolls, Brodard, Westminster
    2. BBQ Beef Banh Mi, Banh Mi Che Cali, Westminster
    3. Linguine with Fish, Franco's Pasta Cucina, Irvine
    4. 1/2 Order Carne Asada Nachos, Alertos, Westminster
    5. Falafel Sandwich, Sahara Falafel, Anaheim

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    1. re: elmomonster

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      Thai Nakorn
      11951 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680

      Banh Mi & Che Cali Bakery
      8948 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

      Banh Mi & Che Cali Bakery - duplicate
      15551 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA

      Franco's Pasta Cucina
      2222 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

      Alertos Mexican Food
      15681 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683

      Sahara Falafel
      590 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804

      The Olde Ship
      709 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

      El Farolito
      201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

      Thai-Rama B B Q
      2500 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831

      Fresca's Mexican Grill
      275 E Birch St, Brea, CA

      Caspian Restaurant
      14100 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604

      Cafe R & D
      555 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

      Bluewater Grill Newport Beach
      630 Lido Park Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92663

      Sam Woo Restaurant
      15333 Culver Dr Ste 720, Irvine, CA 92604

      Quan Hop Restaurant
      15640 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683

      Green China
      595 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867

      Super Antojitos
      1702 N Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92706

      El Adobe De Capistrano
      31891 Camino, Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA

    2. Great Idea!

      1. Sticky Toffee Pudding, THE OLDE SHIP, Fullerton
      2. Chips & Salsa and Carnitas Enchilada, EL FAROLITO, Placentia
      3. Mango w/Sticky Rice, THAI RAMA, Fullerton
      4. Taco Tuesday, FRESCAS, Brea
      5. Tadij, CASPIAN, Irvine

      1. 1. French dip sandwich, R&D Cafe, Newport Beach
        2. Sourdough bread, Bluewater Grill, Newport Beach
        3. Pad Thai, Thai Nakorn, Stanton
        4. Wonton noodle soup, Sam Woo, Irvine
        5. Pho tai, Quan hop, Westminster

        1. Here are some of the things I think about when I'm hungry ^^
          1. Nam Sod w/Crispy Rice - Thai Nakorn, Stanton
          2. Pad See Ew - Bangkok Taste, Santa Ana
          3. Szechuan Eggplant - Green China, Orange
          4. Crunchy carne asada tacos - Super Antojitos, Santa Ana
          5. Media Noche - Felix Continental Cuisine, Orange

          1. Lobster Fajitas, El Adobe, San Juan Capistrano
            Salmon with Garlic & Mushrooms, Shin Sen Gumi, Fountain Valley
            Kobe Short Ribs, Tsuruhashi, Fountain Valley

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            1. re: JAB

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              Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen
              18315 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

              Sushi Wasabi
              14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

              Irvine China Garden
              14825 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618

              Tsuruhashi
              18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

              Ritz Restaurant & Garden
              880 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

              Morton's the Steakhouse
              1641 W Sunflower Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704

              Mangia-Mangia
              16079 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

              Chef Chen's Restaurant
              5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604