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Any good Chinese in South Orange County???

jen Oct 27, 2004 03:39 PM

New to the area and craving good Chinese for lunch...any suggestions???


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    elmomonster RE: jen Oct 27, 2004 03:45 PM

    Here's a recent post I made on the subject.

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      jen RE: elmomonster Oct 27, 2004 03:50 PM

      anything further south like in mission viejo/lake forrest/eltoro?

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        jschyun RE: jen Oct 27, 2004 04:13 PM

        Sorry. Irvine, is the de facto Chinatown of OC and that's where all the good stuff is. Unless things have changed, Irvine is the only town in the U.S. where there are 2, count em 2 99Ranch markets. That should say something in itself.

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          Chandavkl RE: jen Oct 27, 2004 04:48 PM

          You're probably out of luck. China Palms at 25254 La Paz Road was decent with a Hong Kong style menu, but I haven't been down there in almost 10 years and don't know if it's still there.

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        Pate' RE: jen Oct 27, 2004 08:28 PM

        See Russkar's review of China Bistro in Laguna Beach.

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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          Curt RE: jen Oct 27, 2004 08:48 PM

          South Orange County seems to possess only "American" Chinese, and lots of it.
          Shanghai Charlie's, Capo Beach, was the birthplace of Pick Up Stix.

          China Moon, on Towne Center, Laguna Niguel, was pretty good, although still pretty much Americanized.

          For great dim sum, drive just a little to China Garden, Jeffery & Walnut, Irvine.
          It's just west of the 5.

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            russkar RE: Curt Oct 28, 2004 12:48 AM

            Not really, exception: China Bistro #1 Laguna (call Eric and order authentic Taiwanese Dinner). If you want the real thing you will have to drive 40 miles from NB, and we do weekly. To NBC, VIP, Sea Harbor, Ocean Star, Empress P(China town) or anything else in or around Monterey Park. Everything in OC is "WEAK" compared, and we have been to all of them many times (Sam Woo's, China Garden, Seafood Paradise, Seafood Cove, Dragon Phoenix, S&W, what a joke?
            Atten: NY, Langer's in LA, still has the best Pastrami Sand also! Just the way it is.

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              hank RE: russkar Oct 28, 2004 01:47 AM


              Good to see that you've finally added Sea Harbor to your list of approved dim sum places!

              You might also want to try the newly opened Mission 261 in downtown San Gabriel. Sea Harbor style dim sum (no carts) but with better ambience. Don't let the non-chinese name fool you...it's named after its address (it's located in the old adobe brick city call)

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                Curt RE: russkar Oct 28, 2004 10:51 AM

                Once again, I stand coreected.
                But, then again, the OP was talking South Orange County,

                There's this little place in Hong Kong................

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                  jschyun RE: russkar Oct 28, 2004 02:46 PM

                  I agree that all these are jokes except for China Garden. I'd rather go here than NBC or even Ocean Star.

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                    russkar RE: jschyun Oct 28, 2004 02:57 PM

                    It's our favorite for "LOCAL" Dim but the best thing they have is the "LIVE" Red King Crab, 20-lb, Yum.

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                      eezerik RE: jschyun Apr 28, 2007 07:28 PM

                      CG is hit or miss, I have had some quite decent dim sum there on other times it is not as good. It has gotten better...

                      Why would you go to NBC or OS when there are so many better options out there?

                2. eezerik RE: jen Apr 28, 2007 07:28 PM

                  What type of Chinese food are you looking for?

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                    cgoob RE: jen Jan 29, 2008 03:43 PM

                    The best Chinese food I have ever had is at....

                    JADE PALACE

                    in Aliso Viejo!!!!! It's on the corner of Aliso Creek and Pacific Park, right in from of the Ralphs!!!!
                    The menu offers a wide variety of really TASTY, not greasy Chinese options as well as Pho Vietnamese soup!!!!
                    It is a MUST when in South OC!!!!!!

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