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May 13, 2011 08:35 PM

Orange County Help

I just moved to Orange County (Irvine/Newport Beach border) and some family is coming in from out of town to visit from the Bay Area. I need some good places that I can take them. One of them is gluten free but willing to eat pretty much anything else. Big ethnic eaters, but I would prefer not to go have tacos or pho. Lunch and dinner recs would be helpful. Max price about $35-40 each, not including alcohol. Thank you!!

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  1. Taco Rosa on the Newport/Irvine border for more than just tacos.

    Taco Rosa
    2632 San Miguel Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    1. Andrei's Conscious Cuisine on Main north of Jamboree—good happy hour too; Memphis in Costa Mesa. Avanti Cafe on 17th. Sushi Shibucho on 19th (table omakase is $40 I think). Habuya (Okinawan) in Tustin; Traditions (Indian) in the same plaza. Sol Cocina (Mexican) on PCH in Newport; Chong Qing Mei Wei (Sichuan) on Jeffrey and Walnut in Irvine; Darya (Persian) near South Coast Plaza; Xanh Bistro (Vietnamese) on Brookhurst and Edinger in Fountain Valley.

      None of these are holes-in-the-wall.

      Sushi Shibucho
      590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

      Xanh Bistro
      16161 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

      Andrei's Conscious Cuisine
      2607 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614

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

      Sol Cocina
      251 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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