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Headed out to lunch with my boss tomorrow for my review. He gave me free reign on where we go - to an extent. Marche Moderne is too far, too expensive, and too long, and Black Sheep Bistro would probably be the last two as well. Sushi Wasabi would definitely be too expensive.

So, we work near the 5/55 and I want something other than the usual lunch spots. Anything chow worthy that has good food and service?

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Sushi Wasabi
14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

Marche Moderne
3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Black Sheep Bistro
303 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

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  1. Would sushi work? Sushi Wasabi is omakase only, very traditional Japanese sushi. No gringo rolls of any kind.

    EDIT: How did I overlook the Sushi Wasabi too expensive bit? Sorry!

    14460 newport ave
    Tustin, CA 92780
    (714) 505-3496

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      How about Zov's?

    2. How about the Crab Cooker? there is a location in Tustin. The chowda is great... eating off of paper plates and using plastic utensils seems initially offensive but it adds to the ambience and the fish always tastes fresh.

      The Crab Cooker
      17260 E. 17th St
      Tustin CA 92680
      (714) 573-1077

      It's in the same shopping center as Zov's Bistro.

      I personally enjoy the Italian-American experience... and enjoy the following restaurant (especially their pepperoni bread),

      Roma d' Italia
      611 El Camino Real
      Tustin, CA 92780

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      Zov's Bistro
      17440 E. 17th Street, Tustin, CA 92780

      The Crab Cooker
      17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780

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      1. re: DrBruin

        Roma D'Italia is closed for extensive renovations. I saw the banner outside saying it's expanding, and won't reopen until the end of this year some time. If you want Italian in that neighborhood, I'd send you to Barolo Italian Cafe on Newport Ave.

        1. re: Professor Salt

          I have never been to Roma d'Italia. I have heard mixed things about it. We are close to the odd duck that is DaVinci's, which is actually quite good, but I was going to pass on that one since I have been in the past. What about the new place where Peppino's was on Newport/1st Street. Any good?

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          Peppino's
          6460 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92620

          1. re: ocshooter

            The storefront where Peppino's Tustin used to be has cycled through a couple of restaurants since then. Not sure what the latest restaurant is called - haven't been.

            1. re: Professor Salt

              NO IS VERY BAD! It's called Illiano's and it's just horrible.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Thanks for taking one for the team and trying it out.

          2. re: Professor Salt

            Yeah, I saw that after I posted it... but they have 2 other locations according to their website, one in Orange (which isn't far from Tustin) and one somewhere else.

          3. re: DrBruin

            I don't eat shellfish, so the main attraction to the crab Cooker is off the menu. I didn't think of Zov's. I would do the more casual side if I went, but that is an option.

            So far, I think the lamb sandwich there may be the leading option. I just wish I could find one in OC as good as Julliene's version.

          4. Thanks all. We ended up going to Zov's, the Cafe and Bakery, not the Bistro. I had the lamb sandwich and it left me wishing I lived a lot closer to Julienne's in San Marino. Still, the food was decent and not too expensive, plus it was easy to talk, so a decent choice over all.

            Any one know where I can get a really good lamb sandwich in north/central OC. A schwarma/pita qualifies as a sandwich for my purposes.

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            1. re: ocshooter

              Sahara Falafel on Brookhurst and Orange in Anaheim. Schwarma sandwich. Must.

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              Sahara Falafel
              590 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Freeway friendly, but still a bit of a drive. I guess I will have to try it out. I have a vegetarian buddy who would go for the falafel, if that is good as well as the lamb.