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Need some OC hidden gem recs tonight

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Taking some foodie friends out tonight. The local big name and big price places won't impress them. Modern Marche, Flemings etc etc

But good/great food at any price is always appreciated. My go-to for under-appreciated hidden gems is usually Kappo Sui. But I took them there last time.

Any recs would be most welcome.

TIA!

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  1. Here are some thoughts for Asian:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/656373 -- Ultimate Asian restaurants in OC

    You can always try the Olde Ship (Fullerton & Santa Ana) or Rutabegorz (Fullerton & Tustin).

    1. what about shinsengumi in fountain valley - fun yakitori place!

      1. Hmm, things that come to mind are:

        Tsuruhashi: Japanese bbq
        Avanti: For some different veggie/vegan and healthy eats
        Cucina Alessa: Italian
        Vien Dong: Vietnamese
        Taco Mesa

        1. Wholesome Choice food court.

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          1. re: krick

            ah, yeah, that is pretty freaking amazing.

          2. Xanh. Nice enough to be a nice night out, Little Saigon enough to give bragging rights to a foodie, delicious food.

            THINGS THAT ARE NOT XANH THAT ARE STILL PRETTY DAMN GOOD:

            If you want slightly hole-in-the-wallier, Quan Hy or Vien Dong or go for 7 courses of beef at Thien An or Pagolac. Or if you REALLY want a dive, Com Tam Thuan Kieu or Com Tam Tran Quy Cap.

            http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/14688

            Viet not your thing? How about Thai Nakorn (GG branch is nicer), Cham Sut Gol or maybe Mas Islamic Chinese? Or go for great Indian (try the stuffed karela -- bitter melon -- if you dare) at Haveli? Or maybe hole-in-the-wall Sichuan at Chong Qing Mei Wei in Irvine? Or hit up Tana in Anaheim for Ethiopian, or Darya in Orange or Costa Mesa for Persian...

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Com Tam Thuan Kieu is so money. The fried fish cake with beancurd skin and the meat quiche thing is phenomenal. Thanks again Das. I've been alternating between that and chicken pho at Pho Thanh Lich for the past several months now.