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Jul 2, 2004 09:34 AM

New to Orange County, need recs please.

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Some of my immediate family is moving to Mission Viejo from New York and is looking for Chowhound recommendations on especially Chinese restaurants in the area. Thanks for your help!

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  1. There are slim pickins in Mission Viejo for Chinese. The closest place for good Chinese is a few miles up the 5 FWY in nearby Irvine. Some good restaurants can be found in the Jeffrey and Walnut area, as well as Irvine Center and Culver.

    Some notables:

    China Garden
    Sam Woo Seafood and Dim Sum
    Sam Woo BBQ
    SW Seafood
    Nice Time Deli
    Tapioca Express

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    1. re: elmomonster

      I recommend a very good Chinese restaurant called Tri-Village on Jeffrey Road in Irvine just East of the 5 Freeway.

    2. Suggest to them to try Bangkok Four in Costa Mesa also. 405 to Bristol to Sunflower to Bear. Its on your right where the new bridge connects the South Coast Shopping Center.

      It's not Chinese, but its' good Thai.

      1. If they have schlepped all the way to Orange County from New York, what's a little schlep to the San Gabriel Valley, where they will find, aguably more and better Chinese restaurants than they ever experienced in New York.

        Just scroll down this board, and the archived versions for plenty of tips.

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        1. re: Chino Wayne

          I agree. SoCal life demands one get used to driving everywhere. And if your family is really that interested in finding good Chinese food, it's worth the ~80-minute drive from Mission Viejo to the San Gabriel Valley.

          As far as non-Chinese recs not too far from MV:

          Sushi Shibucho (near Triangle Square / Nike Town)
          Troquet (South Coast Plaza, 3rd floor near Nordstrom)
          Antonello (South Coast Plaza Village)

          And I think there are some others that are good, but I haven't been to yet (Pascal, Golden Truffle, Aubergine, et al.)

        2. I like King Harbor in Garden Grove