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Breakfast Old Town Orange?

OCEllen Apr 30, 2010 09:16 PM

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  1. ocshooter RE: OCEllen May 1, 2010 02:01 PM

    Latest? There is the filling Station on Glassel, Felix's on the Circle, the drug store on Chapman east of the circle, Rudabegorz on Glassel, the Original Pancake House on Chapman east of the 55...

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    Filling Station
    201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

    Felix Continental Cafe
    36 Plaza Sq, Orange, CA 92866

    Original Pancake House
    3322 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

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      Joani Macaroni RE: ocshooter May 1, 2010 03:41 PM

      I second the recommendation for Felix's. Definitely for those who want something a bit different & delicious. Haven't been to the Filling Station or Rudabegorz's for breakfast yet. OPH is also good - but I think OCEllen's probably been to all of these - right? There were some new places opening up in that area but they were lunch or dinner places.

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        bsquared2 RE: Joani Macaroni May 1, 2010 05:26 PM

        Felix's is terrible. Probably the last place I would recommend for breakfast or brunch. Every time I walk by and see people eating brunch, I can tell they are getting a lot of food, but it looks terrible. I just don't understand it except you can see outside and the Orange Circle is a scenic location.

        When Felix's first opened (20+) years ago, the food was very good. When I was a young lad, I used to take dates there because the owner always made me and my date feel special. I think years ago they changed hands. I took somebody there a few years ago and I couldn't eat the food.

        Anyway...any place would be a better choice. I would wait for lunch and go to the Mexican restaurant around the corner (Gaby's?), which is very good. My mom used to love Rudabegorz (in Tustin) when I was growing up. Good sandwiches and salads, but the menu was a little stuck in the 60s (alfalfa sprouts on everything).

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          Joani Macaroni RE: bsquared2 May 2, 2010 03:24 PM

          We've eaten there (Felix's) several times and so have friends of ours and we all liked it. We've been to Gaby's (once) and thought it was overpriced and skimpy to boot.

          To each his/her own, I guess.

          Ellen, tell us more about the Blue Frog please!

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            bsquared2 RE: Joani Macaroni May 2, 2010 06:08 PM

            I would say next time you go to Felix's , take a photo of the dish and post it. Personally, I would rather have an amazing dish that tended to be a little skimpy, than a turkey platter of food that isn't good.

            Hey, sometimes my family in OC makes me eat at the Claim Jumper (they LOVE it), which is a whole lot of food that I don't like. So yes, to each his/her own.

    2. OCEllen RE: OCEllen May 1, 2010 08:53 PM

      Ended up going to the Blue Frog Bakery - four of the six of us liked it . I sure DO wish Gabbi's was open for breakfast!

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        ocshooter RE: OCEllen May 2, 2010 07:09 PM

        I've been to Blue Frog, forgot about it, so I didn't mention it. It has been there for years. I liked it, but since I tend to go with dogs, The Filling Station was my go to spot.

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        Filling Station
        201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

      2. Das Ubergeek RE: OCEllen May 3, 2010 10:41 AM

        I'm not a huge fan of Felix's breakfast... it's never quite right. I usually just grab a bagel sandwich from Bagel Me in the plaza.

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          Joani Macaroni RE: Das Ubergeek May 3, 2010 04:49 PM

          So when you want a sit down and relaxing breakfast, where do you go in that neighborhood? We like something hearty enough to eliminate lunch (or just have a light nosh mid afternoon) and then an early dinner. Where can you go to get something a bit out of the ordinary?

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            ocshooter RE: Joani Macaroni May 3, 2010 05:51 PM

            If you want out of the ordinary (and excellent), go to Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills. I don't think the offerings around the circle are all that adventurous.

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            Break of Dawn
            24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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              OCEllen RE: ocshooter May 3, 2010 09:03 PM

              No, they aren't. I'm not much of a breakfast person but my husband is and the guests needed feeding.
              Blue Frog Bakery has generous portions at reasonable prices. I found the chocolate eclair I bought on my way out to be stale and 'commercial' tasting when I tried it later that afternoon.
              The Filling Station patio with the dead and dying plants just a little depressing though the food there is okay.
              My one experience at Felix not grand so it didn't come to mind for breakfast.
              Didn't know Ruta's was open for breakfast or I might have considered it.
              Sure do wish someplace as eclectic as Break of Dawn were near!

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              Break of Dawn
              24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

              Filling Station
              201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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                Funwithfood RE: OCEllen May 3, 2010 09:35 PM

                "The Filling Station patio with the dead and dying plants just a little depressing though the food there is okay."

                Love this quote, put my own thoughts into words!

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                Filling Station
                201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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                  ocshooter RE: Funwithfood May 4, 2010 01:38 PM

                  Oh, but at the Filling Station I can sit there with my dog(s) before taking them to the park for the best day ever (at least according to them). Felix won't let you sit with the dogs, and Blue Frog only has a few tables outside.

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                  Filling Station
                  201 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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                Joani Macaroni RE: ocshooter May 4, 2010 07:00 PM

                I have to agree w/ Ellen - BoD's a bit far. Break of Dawn would be a once or twice a year special breakfast for us with a day planned for staying in the area afterward. Too far to drive just for breakfast on a frequent basis, but maybe a good place to meet up with friends or family from farther south. Thanks for the suggestion - will try it one of these days.

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                Break of Dawn
                24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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                Das Ubergeek RE: Joani Macaroni May 4, 2010 11:06 AM

                I'd head into Santa Ana for a Mexican breakfast, chilaquiles and cafe de olla and whatnot. I don't do sit-down breakfast very much, and when I do I'm usually willing to go to Break of Dawn or Jagerhaus and have a bit of a drive.

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                Jagerhaus
                2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806

                Break of Dawn
                24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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              Pinkwasabi RE: OCEllen May 4, 2010 03:06 PM

              We went to Kimmie's Cup and had a great and very delish Eggs Bennies with corned beef hash. The hollandaise was very good. I have been there a few times and have thorough enjoyed their breakfasts. Nothing fancy...just good solid food.

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                Joani Macaroni RE: Pinkwasabi May 4, 2010 07:17 PM

                I hadn't seen this place the last time we were in Orange, but apparently this is their 3rd location (others in Brea and Fullerton) and popular. From the site I picked the location info (see below) up from, there were a lot of comments about good food and lousy service (without a smile . . .) - has the service improved since then? Is the menu the same as on their website (which doesn't yet list the new location - just says it will open - which it did in the fall last year). At least they do seem to have a lot of breakfast options, though most are pretty standard ones. We'll give it a try.

                Kimmie's Coffee Cup‎
                190 South Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866-1478
                (714) 288-2899‎

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                  Funwithfood RE: Joani Macaroni May 5, 2010 12:29 AM

                  Kimmie's.....so sorry to have spread mediocrity from NOC to Mid OC.

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