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Looking for "Atmosphere!" within ~15miles of Anaheim

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As Sebastian Maniscalco would say, "Atmosphere!" =)

An old friend is coming to town, and she's staying in Anaheim. What's a good place to get get a drink, something to eat, and have a good conversation with a group of ~4? Budget: under $50ish each, please =) Any cuisine is fine, looking for options. Thanks!

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    1. re: mikester

      Googie space age style done with high class. I know someday we will see that little bar in the movies. Yep, Atmosphere is the right word. Steaks and chops done in Beverly Hills style with Stanton prices.. Good pick.

    2. The Olde Ship Pub in Fullerton & Santa Ana. The Fullerton location is my local pub.

      http://www.theoldeship.com/

      True pub atmosphre, good food & reasonably priced. It's straight up Harbor Blvd from Anaheim.

      1. What kind of "atmospheeeere!" are you looking for?

        If you're 45-year-old women, I would steer you to someplace like Gabbi's or Citrus City Grille in the Orange Circle. If you're pub types, I concur with the Olde Ship. If you're beach types, I'd send you to Cucina Alessa in Huntington Beach. If you're small-plates snackies, k'ya in Anaheim. If you're more about a Japanese pub, try Honda-Ya in Tustin. If you're into the whole 50's-look thing, definitely Park Ave. in Stanton. If you're Harley-riding gearheads, Original Mike's in Santa Ana.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          We ended up going to K'ya, which had great atmosphere, but we were served slowly, and on paper plates. Not even plates, they were those rectangular "bowls". Disappointing food and service, but nice looking place.

          1. re: tonicart

            WTF, seriously? Talk about stupid ways to cut costs...

          2. re: Das Ubergeek

            I enjoyed the K'ya location at Laguna Beach for OC Restaurant Week. Nice small plates concept at a reasonable price. Highlights were sweet potato fries, tuna poke, and calamari (served with thai garnishes like peanuts, bean sprouts, and the thai sweet chili sauce).

          3. When my cousin was attending a convention in Anaheim -- she's in the food business -- I researched the heck out of restaurants and came up with Park Ave. in Stanton. We had a delicious meal and a great time. It's a chophouse with a Frank Sinatra-50s atmosphere. Very cool spot in an area otherwise lacking in decent restaurants, as far as I could tell. S. Irene Virbila reviewed it a month ago and gave it high marks.

            http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...