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Jan 21, 2006 05:56 PM

Take-out recs in Laguna Hills/Aliso Viejo Vicinity

  • m

Everytime I get home late and am too tired to cook/go out, we go through the same exercise. Where to get take-out? There's always In & Out, but we don't always want burgers. And Sharkey's is good, too. But sometimes we want something different, gosh darn it!

We can't find a really good pizza place. We can't find a really good Chinese place. We can't find a really good Thai place.

Any suggestions?



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  1. m
    Maison Rustique

    Forgot to say:

    We're in the Nellie Gail area, so Laguna Niguel is OK, too.

    And just about any type of cuisine. I don't think there's any Indian around here anymore, but if I've missed something, please speak up! ;-)

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    1. re: Maison Rustique

      Try Sango in Laguna Niguel. Its in the same plaza with Henry's market. Cheap, decent take out Japanese. Won't knock your socks off, but for a cheap take out place, its good.

      1. re: gachimai

        I second that. This place is inexpensive with a wide variety and while not top notch, boy, it makes for a nice fast luncheon place, too.

      2. re: Maison Rustique

        Indian is supposed to be good at Natraj at 24861 Alicia Pkwy in Laguna , right near you.

      3. For really good pizza, I rec. Antonucci's in MV on Alicia and Muirlands. Definately worth the drive for you.

        For take out Mexican, I would imagine that you're familiar with Las Golandrinas just outside of NG.

        Can't help with Chinese or Thai worth a damn in the area.

        What's Sharkey's?

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        1. re: JB
          Maison Rustique

          Sharkey's Mexican Grill (I think I got that right.) on Aliso Creek Road. I'd say it's competitive with Baja Fresh or that other one (darn! The memory is the first thing to go!) A "Fresh Mex" sort of place, but maybe a bit higher in quality.

          My DH was suggesting a pizza place on Muirlands (something that starts with a B, but I can't remember now), but that's far enough away that by the time you get a pizza from Muirlands to here, it's not going to be anywhere near hot/fresh.

          Thanks for the suggestions!! When we're over in MV, we'll check it out!!


          1. re: Maison Rustique

            Have you tried Mangia Bene's Salsiccia pizza? It's the best we have found so far in the area and it's close to you. They make it with very good quality Italian sausage (none of that gristly stuff), sweet carmelized onions, lots of mozzarella, and a little sauce on a thin crust. The salty and sweet flavors work together so well. We've tried some of their other kinds of pizza, but this is our favorite. They have a special take-out bar, so you can be in and out quickly and all orders come with a bag of complimentary garlic bread, if you want it (it's good).

            Other favorites there: shrimp appetizer Gamberetti Giovaninna, tender fried calamari, both the appetizer and the salad and the zuppa inglese dessert is like none I've had before: white cake, marsala custard, crushed amaretto cookies, fresh raspberries and whipped cream--so good with a cup of their strong Illy coffee.

            1. re: Lauren J.
              Maison Rustique

              We've eaten at Mangia Bene many times, but I've never had their pizza! DOH! Thanks for the suggestion--we'll give it a try!

            2. re: Maison Rustique

              Biago's on Muirlands & Ridge Route??? I love that place been going there for 25yrs. Great chef salad!

              1. re: Maison Rustique

                Do you mean Biagio's on Muirlands and Ridge Route? That place is great it has good pizza and sandwiches and a great chef salad.

            3. Have you tried China Moon on Town Center Drive off of Crown Valley in Laguna Niguel? I went there last week, and while not as authentic as the Irvine Chinese restaurants, I thought the food was very good and well prepared. It's a pleasant place to eat, but they also do takeout.

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              1. re: Samantha
                Maison Rustique

                Funny you should ask about China Moon--I'm temporarily working near there and have asked numerous people if they've eaten there. "No." But the place is always packed--every night of the week!

                It's a bit further than I'd like to go for take-out (Will probably be fairly cold by the time I get it home.), but will give it a shot on a night I'm working near there.



                1. re: Samantha

                  Have to give China Moon a big hand. Chinese food can be very personal, with what you're used to determining the baseline of 'goodness'. I've eaten Chinese food all over Irvine, Garden Grove area, and the San Gabriel Valley, as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong. China moon, while pretty much Americanized, is really VERY good....... IMHO, the very best in South County. The service is great and the owners, Jackson and Vanessa Chen, will always accomodated special requests.

                  1. re: Midlife

                    Is that China Moon in Towne Center in LN? Also, any chance they were the former owners of Chef Chens off of Golden Lantern in LN? I know they used to have China Sea off of Del Avion but that closed.

                    1. re: Pate

                      China Moon IS in Town Center. I don't think they were behind Chef Chen's. Prior to China Moon and China Sea they owned a small place, in Lake Forest, called Mandarin Place.

                2. Ted's place is actually really good. I work in Aliso Viejo, and we love Ted's Place. It's hearty American, delicious!

                  A lot of people like Peppinos in the Target plaza off Oso/Pacific Park, I'm not a big fan. The sushi place next door is delightful

                  Depending on where you work, maybe you should get food on your way home from work. I work in Aliso and live in Long Beach. I get food in Irvine a lot (I used to live in Irvine). There's not much selection in the area for great food, everything is very chainy, so maybe changing the area may be better.

                  1. Try Golden Dragon on La Paz. It is right next to Henry's market.
                    I can vouch for the chow fun as being authentic, but that's about it. I haven't tried much else besides that except for the orange chicken.