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Joani Macaroni May 2, 2010 03:17 PM

Arbor's Steak and Seafood - on Warner Ave. In Huntington Beach (OC) hasn't generated any comments - anyone been there? From their yellow page ad (no prices listed) menu, this looks like an upscale eatery - dining and dancing.

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    HB_Jeff May 3, 2010 07:01 AM

    Hey Joani,

    I haven't been there in quite a while. The restaurant has recently changed hands a few times. Before, it was good but a bit pricey. They had an early bird dinner special that was the way to go - not sure if the new owners still have that. They did get a good showing in the bar area for live music and dancing.

    On a related note - this makes me think back fondly to days when La Brique / Springdale Bar & Grill was still great. That used to be the reliable restaurant around here before Nick sold the place and it went way down hill.

    Take care Joani.

    JEFF

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      Joani Macaroni May 3, 2010 04:43 PM

      Thanks Jeff. In a local phone book (one of many we seem to need in this area!) they did still have the early bird dinners but no price listed.

      We've driven past La Brique/SB&G for ten years now - and wondered about it. We've been to Riviera at the Fireside once or twice (a bit pretentious for frequent dining for us) along with the Mexican restaurant next to it (but once was enough there!). One of our favorites is Caffe Gazelle but we'd love some other options in that area (in/around Springdale) - anything you'd recommend? Some place nice to sit down in a pleasant (not loud) dining environment, perferably a place not over-run with small children in tow . . .

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      Caffe Gazelle
      16041 Bolsa Chica St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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        HB_Jeff May 5, 2010 07:10 AM

        Joani,

        First - to stay on topic. If you do try Arbor's, the dinner special is the way to go price-wise. The one dish I always liked there was the warm steak salad. As I said earlier, the several changes in ownership have left me out of the loop regarding the current offerings. I have not been in some time.

        I think you and I are neighbors - I live near the corner of Springdale & Lampson.

        The Riviera is extremely overpriced and somewhere I only go when we have holiday-work group dinners (they DO treat you well in the back room for such events). The next door Mexican restaurant, Casa Gamino, is not very good in my opinion.

        La Brique used to be great but not anymore.

        Locally, my favorite place is Cafe Hiro. Always good and inventive.

        For Italian, Cafe GAzelle is indeed good but some people may find their portions small. I still very much like Mangia Mangia but the ambiance is a little stale and it can get crowded and noisy. I also wish they had true specials oin the board and not the same set of 15 or so dishes repeated over and over. The food is indeed good and consistent though.

        I always enjoy Thai Nakorn on Beach and Chapman for Thai.

        I have mixed feelings about Park Avenue. Their compund butters and their tomato soup are always great but the rest of the meal is alwyas just so-so, and they give you very small portions of the vegetables. (On a side note, most of the old staff from LA Brique's is now working there and as a result, the front of the house service has improved markedly - this was a weakness in the beginning for Park Avenue).

        I don't have more local options to suggest. I mostly hit up Little Saigon with my Vietnamese wife. Amazing food - fresh, healthy, and extremely reasonable.

        If you do try Arbor's, I would like to hear your report.

        Good luck neighbor!!

        JEFF

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        Thai Nakorn
        11951 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680

        Cafe Hiro
        10509 Valley View St, Cypress, CA 90630

        Park Avenue Cafe
        501 Park Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

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          Joani Macaroni May 5, 2010 08:43 PM

          Yes, we're neighbors! We're around the corner at Stanford & Knott.

          I will have to try Cafe Hiro again, it's just such a tiny place I felt a little claustrophobic in there! My husband's not a fan of Asian foods ("You feel hungry again after an hour!") which leaves out most of the popular places around here.

          We love Caffe Gazelle, and occasionally go with friends or family. Portions aren't large but generally they are rich enough so that if you savor them you'll be full by the end. They seem to have entrees no one else offers and it's usually unfrquented by children. Another nice place is Shenandoah at the Arbors in Los Alamitos, about the same price range, perhaps a bit more food, lovely setting in the garden/pond area.

          Have you tried Kerostina on Valley View (east side) just south of Lampson (hidden behind Shakey's) for take out? Family owned and everything made fresh daily - the owner told me they don't used anything canned.

          The only other local places we frequent when we're not in a driving mood are Katella Deli (big portions) and Mimi's.

          Seal Beach/Main Street for breakfast or lunch - lots of places, and a pier to stroll. Some days there are incredible views from the end of the pier looking back to Saddleback Mountain. Several good dinner places there too (Walt's Warf especially).

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          Katella Deli-Restaurant
          4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

          Cafe Hiro
          10509 Valley View St, Cypress, CA 90630

          Caffe Gazelle
          16041 Bolsa Chica St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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            HBGigi May 6, 2010 07:25 AM

            I'm a neighbor too, near corner of Heil and Springdale. Haven't tried Harvey's yet but we like Mario's for Mexican and Cucina Alessa on N. Main, HB and Sterlings at Beach & Talbert for Italian. We've been looking for old school Chinese for quite a while and are going to try Fu Wing Low in FV tonight. We used to like Riviera and La Brique's but we think they've gone down hill. Our go to place for something special is Lasher's in Long Beach, nice couple running it. We get frustrated with Walt's Wharf because the wait is always so long so when we want seafood we usually end up at Catch of the Day on Edinger in the Smart 'n Final center.

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            Fu Wing Low
            16545 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

            Walt's Wharf Restaurant
            201 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

            Catch of the Day
            6854 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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              Joani Macaroni May 6, 2010 09:31 PM

              Thanks for the suggestion of Catch of the Day, we'll try it. You mentioned Harvey's - where is that?
              We've been to two of the four (?) Mario's but hubby prefers Enrique's in Long Beach. If you try it, be there by 5 p.m. or the wait gets long fast.

              We have some friends in HB, we'll suggest trying Sterlings or Cucina Alessa the next time we get together.
              Thanks for all the suggestions Gigi!

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              Catch of the Day
              6854 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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                HBfoodie May 7, 2010 03:00 AM

                Since you probably (and deservedly) ruled out Gong's in HB for your Cantonese yearnings, I would suggest driving a little farther up to Wong's on Westminster Blvd. near Euclid. They have been serving their old-style Cantonese food for decades and I found it much better than Fu Wing Low (despite their friendly old owner) when it comes to the flavor of the food. Be sure to get the popular Wong's egg rolls, despite the rather high cost of $6.50 for the plate shown in the photo.

                 
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                  HBGigi May 7, 2010 07:11 AM

                  Thanks for the tip about Wong's. We did go to Fu Wing Low and liked it better than East Winds. We ordered the honey walnut chicken, mu shu pork, wor wonton soup and shrimp egg fu yong. Loved the chicken, pork & soup but didn't think much of the shrimp dish. Harvey's is the old Arbor's on the corner of Warner and Springdale.

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                  Fu Wing Low
                  16545 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

                  East Wind
                  10800 W Pico Blvd Ste 320, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                    Joani Macaroni May 7, 2010 12:13 PM

                    Is Harvey's a coffee and sandwich shop? I guess my eyes are bad - I thought the sign said Harry's - which seem to be popping up here and there around our area and are pretty much limited to burgers and breakfast. Have you tried Harvey's? Anything special about it?
                    Thanks Gigi!

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                      HBGigi May 8, 2010 07:39 AM

                      No, the name is Harvey's. It's on the corner of Springdale & Warner. It used to be Arbor's until Harvey's chain bought it. Harvey's is a dinner house and serves steaks, fish, etc. The closest Harry's to me is on Bolsa near the corner of Springdale and is one of those places where you place your order at the corner, then sit down and they bring you the food. I haven't been to Harry's but they offer coupons good for breakfast, hamburgers, etc.

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                      HBfoodie May 11, 2010 09:40 AM

                      What didn't you like about East Winds? I have only been there once for lunch and enjoyed it (especially their hot & sour soup) and thought that it might give my favorite local Chinese restuarant, Kung Pao Bowl (right across the street from East Winds), some competition. I think that Fu Wing Low and Wong's serves a Cantonese-style that differs from the Mandarin/Schezhuan styles of East Winds and Kung Pao Bowl.

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                      Fu Wing Low
                      16545 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

                      Kung Pao Bowl
                      6842 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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                        HBGigi May 12, 2010 11:42 AM

                        Lunches at East Winds are good, especially because you can get several items on one plate. Dinner, however, is more of a challenge. I like mu shu and and dh likes egg fu yong. If you order those at dinner, no soup, no appetizer, no fried rice, etc. It's one thing to go to East Winds with a large group but another if just 2 go. We do like Kung Pao Bowl alot and go there often, however, we aren't fond of their egg rolls.

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                        Kung Pao Bowl
                        6842 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

                        East Wind
                        10800 W Pico Blvd Ste 320, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                          HBfoodie May 12, 2010 12:04 PM

                          I bet that you would really like Wong's because I seem to remember liking their egg foo yung, and their egg rolls are terrific. When I ordered egg foo yung at Fu Wing Low, I was given a plate that looked totally different than any egg foo yung that I ever had (it kind of looked like an omelette). The owner told me that it was the traditional type---but if I wanted the typical kind that they would make me that too (I haven't yet tried it).

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                          Fu Wing Low
                          16545 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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                            HBGigi May 13, 2010 11:06 AM

                            We had the same experience with the egg fu yung at Fu Wing Low and if we go back there we won't order it again! Where is Wong's?

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                            Fu Wing Low
                            16545 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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                      HBGigi May 7, 2010 07:13 AM

                      Chowhounds made a mistake, the East Winds I'm referring to is the one on Edinger & Golden West behind the Sizzler.

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                      East Wind
                      10800 W Pico Blvd Ste 320, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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