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Just moved to Costa Mesa near the Fair...

so I need food recomendations in Costa Mesa or the surrounding areas. I used to live in Mission Viejo and would hate how there wasnt anything really good to eat since it is more of a Suburan paradise (chain restaurant hell). I picked Costa Mesa as the next place to live because it was close to the beach and more of a cosmopolitan city. I would be happy with recommendations ranging from inexpensive to expensive. I don't care, I want them all as long as they rock. Ive already been to Habana, Shibucho, Santouka, TK Burgers, Hashigo Korean Kitchen, and Orchid Restaurant. I think the Golden Truffle is next on my list to go to, but please hit me with all kinds of recommendations. Im open to everything...

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Santouka
3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Habana
2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Shibucho
3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Golden Truffle
1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Korean Kitchen
2975 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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  1. If you like pho just a short drive to westminster and you have about a hundred great choices one of my favs right now is pho 79 on brookhurst and hazard behind the liquor store

    1. Greek Island Grill - corner of Bristol and Sunflower. One of my favorites.

      1. 85' Bakery on the border of Irvine/Tustin

        1. Pupusas/ El Salvadorean
          Pupuseria San Sivar
          1940 Harbor Blvd
          Costa Mesa, CA 92627
          (949) 650-2952

          Vegan
          Native Foods
          2937 Bristol St # E100
          Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7997
          (714) 751-2151

          Organic/ Wines/ Cheeses/ Pastas/Breakfast
          Old Vine Cafe
          2937 Bristol St # A102
          Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7993
          (714) 545-1411

          Mexican/Tortillas/Tacos
          El Toro Bravo
          739 W 19th St
          Costa Mesa, CA 92627
          (949) 646-4266

          Rotisserie Chicken/Hummus/Meditteranean
          Chicken Maison
          3332 S Bristol St
          Santa Ana, CA 92704
          (714) 434-0244

          Ice Cream Closer than Strickland's
          Hans' Homemade Ice Cream
          3640 S Bristol St
          Santa Ana, CA 92704
          (714) 979-8815

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          San Sivar Restaurant
          1940 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

          Old Vine Cafe
          2937 Bristol St # A102, Costa Mesa, CA

          1. Also
            Californian/Vegan/Vegetarian
            Avanti Cafe
            259 E. 17th St
            Costa Mesa, CA 92627
            (949) 548-2224

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            Avanti Cafe
            259 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

            1. Chicken Coop for broasted chicken.

              Chicago's Best for Italian beef sandwiches and great baby back ribs.

              Onotria for northern Italian.

              Plums Cafe for the Dutch Baby.

              S W Seafood for authentic Cantonese food.

              Chef Chen's for the braised pork shank.

              Philly's Best, Frank's Philadelphia, and John's Philly Grill for Philly cheesesteaks.

              Jerry's Dogs for the Jalapeno hot links and bratwursts, and homemade potato chips.

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              Jerry's Dogs
              2276 E 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705

              Chicago's Best
              2540 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614

              Chicken Coop
              414 Old Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

              Chef Chen's Restaurant
              5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

              Plums Cafe
              369 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

              S W Seafood & BBQ Restaurant
              5406 Walnut Ave Ste A, Irvine, CA 92604

              Frank's Philadelphia
              2244 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

              John's Philly Grille
              16061 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

              Onotria Restaurant
              2831 Bristol St Ste A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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              1. re: Wonginator

                I LOVE Jerry's Dogs (I go to the one in La Habra). Their sprial dog and made to order potato chips totally rock!

                (Plum's Greek omelet is delish)

              2. Nick's Pizza - pizza, pasta, and meatball subs (lunch only for the sandwiches)
                Vietnam Pearl - Pretty decent vietnamese food if you don't want to go all the way to Little Saigon
                Marche Moderne - one of the best french spots in the area, surprised that hasn't been listed yet
                Jugos Acapulco - one of many good mexican places along 19th street (several of which have already been listed). I usually get a torta or one of their specials for the day.

                1. ECCO & Old Vine Cafe, both @ The Camp in Costa Mesa.

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                  Old Vine Cafe
                  2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                  1. Shin Sen Gumi - Japanese Ramen
                    Kairakutei - Japanese Ramen
                    Moscow Deli - Odessa Sandwich
                    5 guys Burgers
                    Thai Nakorn - Garden Grove Location
                    85 Degrees Bakery
                    Marche Modern - South Coast Plaza
                    Dosa House - Indian
                    Charlie Palmer - South Coast Plaza
                    Tabento - Best Sushi I've had in the OC

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                    Thai Nakorn Restaurant
                    12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

                    Moscow Deli
                    3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                    Tabento
                    1525 Mesa Verde Dr E Ste 112, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                    Kairakutei
                    17292 McFadden Ave Ste L, Tustin, CA 92780

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                    1. re: MissyAsh

                      Oki Doki (two doors fown from Hashigo)- asian fushion...try vermicelli w/ bbq and eggroll
                      Pizzeria Ortica- Best Authentic Pizza in OC
                      Daria's-delicious Persian food (by Antonellos Italian crapy food)
                      Tandoori Fresh-Best Indian food in OC

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                      Oki Doki
                      3033 S Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                      Pizzeria Ortica
                      650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                    2. The worlds of Mexico and Vietnam are as close as Westminster and Santa Ana, so thats a huge benefit to living in Costa Mesa. But some specifically in the town that I've enjoyed since moving nearby a few months ago (most of which I have to thank others kn chow hound for):

                      - DX Restaurant. really nice Peruvian, at the corner of bristol and sunflower. Pollo ala bras a is very good there.
                      - mitsuwa marketplace. Good Japanese in the food court in the back. Santouka for ramen. And can't remember the udon place, but it's also quite good.
                      - el toro bravo, as others mentioned above. Really nice tamales and tacos. The carnets taco could feed two. Fresh tortillas from freshly ground masa.

                      Again, Santa Ana and westminster is where I spend most of my eating time, but that's a thread all in itself.

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                      Santouka
                      3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                      1. You're in the mecca of Orange County there.
                        Add these tree when you want to visit the beach areas:
                        (1) Sabatino's ~ Friday Clam Chowder
                        http://www.sabatinoschicagosausage.com/
                        (hard to find for fist timers because it looks like you're driving into private property - in the shipyards

                        )

                        (2) Ho Sum Bistro ~ light and fresh "Califoriental"
                        http://www.hosumbistro.com/

                        (3) The Side Door ~ high-end comfort food on small plates
                        http://www.sidedoorcdm.com/site/

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                        Sabatino's
                        251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

                        Ho Sum Bistro
                        3112 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663