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Fun place to eat in OC??

la2oc Feb 2, 2008 07:27 AM

Looking for a fun place to eat in OC with the family. Entertainment for children would be nice, but not a pre-requisite.

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    justagthing RE: la2oc Feb 2, 2008 10:56 AM

    Well you really didn't specify on the type, quality or price of food so aside from Chuck E. Cheese, Buena Park has many family restaurants w/entertainment such as Medieval Times and Pirates. Not sure on the quality or price, but there's a start for you.

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      la2oc RE: justagthing Feb 2, 2008 11:27 AM

      Done the Medieval Times/Pirates recently. I was looking for something similar to Tokyo Delve in N.Hollywood or the now closed Ed Debevic's in Beverly Hills. The waiters/waitresses dress up and either sing,dance, or act. Location, price, type of food should could be moderate.

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        justagthing RE: la2oc Feb 2, 2008 10:21 PM

        Wow, the only other place I can think of is Rain Forest Cafe, but the only thing I ever liked there was their Captain Crunch coated chicken strips. More for novelty. Haven't eaten there in many, many years.

        There is a Frisco Burgers in Long Beach now, on Los Coyotes, the waitressed are car hops, but only to their booths. The one that was in Downey use to actually have the car hops come out to your cars.

        I remember a place called Wizards near or in Universal City, but not sure if it is still about?

        OK...last thing, you can always go to Downtown Disney, lots of choices down there for fun stuff for the kids. Disney store, there is a little girl's makeup store I think as well. Plus you can get the beingets (spelling?).

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      OCBites RE: la2oc Feb 2, 2008 03:12 PM

      Though I can't believe I'm actually typing these words, it sounds like you might be after something like (gulp) Joe's Crab Shack? There are two: GG and NB. Casual, noisy, servers dance on picnic tables. Food (mostly fried) is a travesty... making a necessity of those huge bowl-size cocktails. At least the Newport site has a bay view. The GG location has... Disneyland.

      Now that I think of it, you might try Bobby McGee's in Brea (double gulp). I think they still do the various costumed, schticky server act with a gussied-up Sizzleresque menu.

      Peace and Rolaids be with you.

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        Das Ubergeek RE: OCBites Feb 2, 2008 07:43 PM

        Oh Lord no. Maybe the Newport Beach branch is better, but the Garden Grove branch has got the fried food under heat lamps and the cocktails made with ice past its "use-by" date so it's all watery. And the only word I can think of for the service is "glacial", both in the speed sense and the warmth sense.

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          choctastic RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 3, 2008 12:48 PM

          That cajun flavored crab I had once at the Newport Beach branch of Joe's Crab Shack was so salty I could hardly eat it... and I love salty food.

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        torta basilica RE: la2oc Feb 3, 2008 09:22 AM

        How about teppan-yaki? Benihana & that little place in Tustin (can't think of the name right now, but they're very nice) come to mind...

        1. Professor Salt RE: la2oc Feb 3, 2008 09:33 AM

          Do your kids like sushi? How about a kaiten-zushi place? That's where the sushi comes past you on a conveyor belt, and you get to pick out your favorites. It's a pretty affordable way to eat sushi, as a bonus.

          There's one in Costa Mesa on 17th Street and Orange, can't think of the name right now.

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            cdmedici RE: Professor Salt Feb 3, 2008 12:37 PM

            Kura Sushi.

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