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raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 01:40 PM

Can anyone recomend any restaurants in the Costa Mesa or Irvine areas. I was maybe looking for Greek or South American food. I was looking to pay 10-20 per meal. Recommendatons would be appreciated.

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  1. JAB RE: raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 01:47 PM

    Greek - Greek Island Grill

    SA - Habana

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      raidahguy RE: JAB Jul 24, 2009 01:52 PM

      Habana is pretty good, Ill look into the Greek Island Grill. anyone else with any other recommendations

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        OC Mutt RE: JAB Jul 24, 2009 01:59 PM

        I strongly concur. Greek Island Grille. Order the melezanosalata and hummus appetizer, and I personally am addicted to the bifteki pita bundle for my entree. Been going there for 7 years, at least twice a month and I'm always satisfied. www.thewholepita.com
        Plus it's got very nice service and is family run.

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        raidahguy RE: raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 02:09 PM

        How is the environment and decor in Greek Island Grille? Casucal or Not? What about InkaGrill, in Costa Mesa. How is the food and environment there?

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          OC Mutt RE: raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 02:56 PM

          It's cute, and very casual but nice. They use tablecloths, and actual plates, sometimes votive candles. eans are fine, even shorts. It's not fancy shmancy. But, despite the little quirk of ordering from the counter - let's say it adds character, it's definitely not a dump either. You can also eat outside.

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            Nicole RE: raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 10:21 PM

            Inka Grill's food is mediocre, and it's usually crowded at lunchtime during the week. Whatever you do, don't get the lomo saltado there--it's terrible. The aji de gallena is okay. Casual environment but nice enough (not dive-y).

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              josephnl RE: raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 10:46 PM

              It's fine! Of course for something in the $10-20pp range you can't expect anything more than clean and nice casual. This is definitely within your budget, the food is good, it's clean...but it is a strip mall place, no tablecloths, no view...and not the Ritz!

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              raidahguy RE: raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 03:03 PM

              There is going to be four of us. They might want to go somewhere nicer like the decor and environment of Habana, any recomendations that compares to that guys?

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                josephnl RE: raidahguy Jul 24, 2009 10:49 PM

                Habana is nicer, but with something to drink, tax and tip there is no way you'll get out of there for $10pp, and for a full meal, and even a beer, tax and tip you will not do it for $20. For your budget, you are definitely better off going to the Greek Island Grille, but don't expect fancy...the atmosphere is like a strip mall fast food restaurant, but the food is very good!

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                  OC Mutt RE: josephnl Jul 25, 2009 05:08 PM

                  It's much nicer than a strip mall fast food joint. If you didn't have to order from a counter and fill your own soda, it would be considered a nice little cafe. But I agree, for the stated budget, you can't do any better than Greek Island Grille.

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                    josephnl RE: OC Mutt Jul 25, 2009 08:34 PM

                    Agree...maybe I was downplaying the atmosphere at the GIC which I like very much. The fact that it is quite bright, has no tablecloths, and has very simple decor made me say what I did. Nevertheless for the OP's budget, they cannot do better than the GIC!!

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                  mollygirl RE: raidahguy Jul 26, 2009 07:56 PM

                  Avo's Bistro on Alton in Costa Mesa is a nice upscale Greek restaurant. It's across the street from TGIFridays that's next to South Coast Plaza. I've eaten there a few times and the food was very good and they had a nice selection of Greek wines.

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                    josephnl RE: mollygirl Jul 26, 2009 09:52 PM

                    I like the Greek Island Grill better, and I think (but I'm not sure) that it's less expensive. Check out: http://www.greekislandgrille.com/

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                      Salty_Loves_Sweet RE: josephnl Jul 27, 2009 09:27 AM

                      Wasn't the OP asking for something more upscale than Greek Island Grill? I think Avo's is an excellent suggestion for good food and a nice atmosphere.

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                        josephnl RE: Salty_Loves_Sweet Jul 27, 2009 11:06 AM

                        Although I agree that Avo's is more upscale than the Greek Island Grill, I personally like the food better at the GIG (but that's just my opinion), and I think it is definitely less expensive. Since cost is clearly an issue for the OP (they are looking for something in the $10-20 range), I think that the GIG is a better choice.

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                          I got nothin RE: josephnl Jul 27, 2009 12:19 PM

                          Avo's on Bristol is closed. He moved to Huntington Beach, on Warner near Talbert. The atmosphere in Avo's HB location is pretty similar to that of Greek Island Grille, nothing fancy and in a strip mall

                          http://www.bravoavo.com/

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