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Apr 9, 2002 08:05 PM

Good eats near Disneyland (again)

  • k

We'll be in the Disneyland area later this month. I've looked thru the threads and found a few suggestions but am asking for more! We don't particularly need "fancy" but rather are more interested in "good" food - especially Asian. How far from Disneyland do we have to go for good Asian (Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, etc.) food? We're not afraid to explore and will appreciate any suggestions you all can provide.

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  1. If you want Chinese/Vietnemese of course just go South down Brookhurst Ave. to Bolsa. Little Saigon has hundreds of places in a small area and is only about 8 miles from Disneyland. I will let others suggest some places.

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    1. re: Al

      Thanks Al. I'll check it out. Hope others post some specifics.

    2. By whatever means necessary, drive a few minutes north on the 5 freeway to Renu Nakorn (Thai) in Norwalk. It's on Rosecrans Ave. about 1/2 mile southeast of the 5/Rosecrans exit. I just went there today (more details in a separate post later) and it's worth going the extra distance.

      Ditto the previous remarks on Vietnamese in Westminster's Little Saigon. Try Brodard's (search for other posts) but be warned that it can be a little hard to find. There are also some good Korean restaurants along Garden Grove Blvd. in Garden Grove north of Harbor Blvd.

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      1. re: Chris G.

        Chris, thanks for your suggestions. I have to plead ignorance - how do you search on this message board? I can't seem to find a "search" function! I've seen Brodard's mentioned though in several other posts and will try to find it. I have to admit that I'm one of those people who like to prowl around ethnic supermarkets on vacation! I can spend hours walking around and looking at stuff in an Asian mall! My poor husband thinks I'm a little wacky but he sure likes my cooking...

      2. For a truly special Thai experience, do yourself a favor and plan a visit to the Royal Thai Orchid in the City of Orange. It is located in a strip mall adjacent to the Ralphs shopping center across from Toyota of Orange. From Disneyland, take Katella to Tustin and make a left then a quick right. Then, bear right as you enter the shopping center. Otherwise, from Costa Mesa/Newport Beach, take the 55 North to the Katella Street exit and turn left. Then, get immediately into the right lane and look to make a right into the Round Table Pizza driveway one block before you cross Tustin.

        To be fair, I have not tried everything on the menu. What I have tried, however, I will stand behind as what must be among the absolute best Thai preparation available anywhere. My favorites include Cashew Chicken (unbelievable sauce!), Thai BBQ Chicken (best barbequed chicken I have ever had -- dip generously and frequently into the delicious homemade plum sauce and enjoy with your favorite rice on the side) and Spicy Shrimp (order extra sauce and sprinkle it on mandatory steamed rice). Oh -- and do not forget to wash down these items with several glasses of the best Thai tea that I have ever had! This Thai tea is wonderfully light and refreshing -- not thick and syrupy like so many others I have tried. Some have considered it "too sweet" for a beverage, but I say that it marries perfectly (and most refreshingly) with the various delicously spicy yummies that you will consume here.

        Admittedly, I am not the most adventurous eater. But I love a good sauce, and this place has them in SPADES! Simply the best sauces I have had in any cuisine -- Thai or otherwise. This place is clean, comfortable, and well run by the same husband and wife team (Tony and Nitta) that it has been for going on twenty years now. All the food here is fresh, carefully prepared and full of flavor. The service is gracious and the ambiance charming.

        Royal Thai Orchid is open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner only and closed Sunday.


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        1. re: David Ford

          David, thanks for the detailed response. We love Thai food so will probably check it out! I'll post a report.

        2. There's a great little Thai restaurant in Irvine. That is about 15 miles from Disneyland. I don't recall the name of it just now, but will if you are interested in driving that distance. (5 to 55 to MacArthur to Main) It is located on Main Street near MacArthur; more specifically, within the Concourse Office Complex (Uhm, that's where the Sports Club Irvine is located) (which incidently, is where Sylvester Stallone filmed the city scenes of his movie a while ago; the one about a cryogenically imprisoned criminal brought back to life.)

          The food is really good, rather light, and not too highly priced. Dine indoors or out (if it's warm). It is open at night (as well as day) and it's inside the complex near the big metal art pieces colored in primary colors.

          Park near El Torito Grill or McCormick and Schmick's.

          1. Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa

            A Japanese-based plaza is located very close to freeways. Not during rush hours, it takes only about 10 minutes from Disneyland to there.


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            1. re: Hiko Ikeda

              Hiko, was this formerly known as Yaohan (excuse spelling?) I see they have a place in San Jose which is fairly close to home for us. Is it a supermarket? Thanks for your posts!

              1. re: Karen

                A few years ago Yaohan, who had a big financial problem, sold all of its U.S. stores.

                The one located in Costa Mesa is very similar to its San Jose store.

                Like large Safeway stores in the Bay Area, both locations(San Jose and Costa Mesa) have you-can-eat-there places, compared to something between supermarkets and malls.