Need some OC hidden gem recs tonight
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.
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
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.
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...