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My husband and I will be traveling from Altadena to Santa Ana in a couple of weeks for a minor medical procedure he's having. He'll finish shortly before noon, and will be ravenous.

We'd prefer good, divey Mexican, Chinese or VIetnamese, or pretty much any other ethnic cuisine to a high-end or California Cuisine type of place. Suggestions?

TIA

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    1. Hiya Judy, as you long as you're making the schelp, I'd say go a few extra miles to Little Saigon. While you have good Vietnamese in the SGV, you got a broader choice in OC, I imagine.

      If you're looking for divey, the original Brodard will fit the bill nicely. Or Newport Seafood. Any particular thing you crave?

      Also, Santa Ana covers a lot of ground. Can you narrow down your area a bit so we don't send you way the heck far?

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      1. re: Professor Salt

        Sorry, I should have been more specific. The office is at 1100 N. Tustin Ave., near the 5/55 freeways. I'll Google both Brodard & Newport Seafood - I'm not familiar with either of them.

        1. re: judybird

          In that immediate area, the most compelling place is Tropika for Malaysian-Thai-Chinese. MUCH nicer than hole in the wall, but really good food. The satays are excellent starters: tender, flavorful, and perfectly cooked. It's not on their lunch menu, but ask if they'll make the seabass Pangan off the dinner menu. It's pricy at @ $23.50 but it's a generous portion of Chilean seabass, and amazing.

          The address is a little hard to find, it's best to enter from Enderle Center Drive south of 17th St.

          Pina's Bistro is not far either, and it's excellent Italian. Small, family owned, modest looking, but a little spendy to call a dive. Be sure to get the tiramisu if you go.

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          Tropika Restaurant
          17460 E 17th St, Tustin, CA

          Pina's Bistro
          640 W 1st St, Tustin, CA 92780

          1. re: Professor Salt

            the tiramisu at Pina's is awesome, probably my favorite at any Italian in LA or OC for that matter. The meatball heroes here are not too shabby either.

            Now I got a real hankering for Pina's and might have to make that hour long trek soon.

            I think Pina's just recently added a website too.

      2. Newport Seafood would be great.

        So would Memphis in the artist's district.

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