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French Onion Soup in Orange County

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Hi, I moved to Orange County from Silicon Valley middle of May. I miss French Onion soup at Houlihan's. When I was in college, I used to go Houlihan's in Long Island whenever I was visiting my fraternity brother. Wherever I moved, I was lucky that Houlihan's was within driving distance....until now. I searched their site and found out that there's only one store in California....in San Francisco, where I used to go.

OK, Houlihan's is out of option for me. Would you please tell me where I can find a great French Onion soup in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine area? I usualy order extra cheese. Love the chewy cheeze like Pizza.

Thanks in advance for any leads and tips.
318Highlander

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  1. Here is a super easy and yummy recipe to make yourself in a crock pot or on stove, it is my mothers recipe and I craved it and made it ALL the time when I was pregnant with my first child.

    -1 qt. beef brown stock (I make from beef boullion)
    -3 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
    -1/4 cup butter
    -1 Tablespoon sugar
    -2 Tablespoons flour
    -Mozz. cheese
    -French Bread

    -Cook onions slowly in a large skillet in butter till tender, add sugar and flour, stir well. Either add stock to onion mixture and cook on low until done or add onion mixture to crock pot and add stock. Cook 6-8 hours on low or 3 hours on high.

    -To serve: Thinly slice french bread into bowls, ladle soup on top and sprinkle generously with mozz. cheese, place bowls in oven and broil until cheese is bubbly (or microwave if you can't put bowls in oven). I always eat with slices of french bread with butter on top or olive oil for dipping.

    1. My wife loves French Onion soup and tries it pretty much every time a restaurant has it on the menu. She usually ends up less than thrilled when she compares it to the version she gets at Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa.

      1. On the subject of Houlihans, how about the amazing
        Sesame chicken sauté with crisp lettuce cups? I thought those were amazing. I Finally got to eat at Houlihans in November last year when I was visiting my Grandparents in Minnesota, I had heard so much about it because every time I tell anyone outside of AK where my hubby works, a place here in Anchorage called Hula Hands that serves Hawaiian food, they always think I'm taking about The Irish one. Anyways, my sister and I took our Grandparents who are in their 80's out to eat and ordered the lettuce wraps for our appetizer, we were all extremely pleased, and my Grandpa who is a foodie at heart had never tried anything like it before. I ate something similar to it in Vegas a few years ago as well, but have never seen it on an Alaska restaurant menu. I would love to know how to make those wraps!

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        1. re: DishDelish

          Isn't this pretty much the one dish every single person orders at P. F. Chang's? I mean, they practically don't even ask you before bringing it anymore...

        2. Budget suggestion - Vie de France at South Coast Plaza. Splurge suggestion - Riviera at the Fireside in Westminster. Both are yummy.

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          1. re: kerryhb

            You know what? Via de France is not all that bad. It's no Doughboys (RIP), but it's not bad. Funny enough, the worst French Onion soup I've ever had was in Paris-serves me right for ordering such a touristy dish!!

          2. Kinda random, but I like the French onion soup at Favori. Yes, the Vietnamese whole baked catfish place. They put a whole egg yolk in the soup under the cheese. Never seen that before and as I love runny egg yolk, I really enjoyed that soup.