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Aug 9, 2011 05:16 PM

In Anaheim (closer to Placentia and Yorba Linda) for lunch

Stuck at a week-long conference and if I have to go to Tom's Place one more time, I might go crazy(Tom's place on East La Palma is right across the street from the conference...). We only have an hour for lunch, and it is my only respite from the boredom, so please help me find something close. Anything is fine, as long as it is really good!

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  1. Drive to El Farolito. I think you can get there in about 10 minutes depending on traffic and lights. The food comes out relatively quickly. Order the carnitas. They also have the best home made chips and excellent spicy salsa. My wife swears by the hard shell chicken tacos. The chile relleno is also excellent. The rice and beans are a must. You basically cannot go wrong with anything you order and you'll easily get out for under $10.

    El Farolito
    201 S Bradford Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

    1. This is a case where Yelp can be your friend.

      If I were stuck there, I would try Bangkok Spice at 5031 E Orangethorpe, Kagura, and Rosine's. Rosine's is the only one I have tried, and it is good if you like garlic, but it is also the furthest away

      Anaheim Hills, CA, Anaheim Hills, CA

      6324 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

      1. What about Knollwood for a burger?

        6 Replies
        1. re: scottca075

          I'm not sure if you're suggesting it because you like it, or if you're asking because you haven't tried. Knowlwood is a small chain of burgers that prominently advertises "World's Best Burgers," which is like a giant warning sign that they're mediocre burgers that are unremarkable in every way. I went once to their Irvine store and have no reason to ever return to Knowlwood.

          If you want burgers, then Slater's or TK Burger in this part of the world.

          1. re: Professor Salt

            I was suggesting.

            Slater's is overpriced and overrated, TK is good, but no better than Knollwood or In 'n Out. TK is also a small chain (6 stores, just like Knollwood) that advertises "voted best burger".

            Since you have never been to the Knollwood Anaheim location, maybe you should go and see why they have been there 54 years.

            1. re: scottca075

              I trust that a restaurant chain that's been successful for 54 years knows how to make their burgers the same in each of their locations, so no need for me to go to the Anaheim location. We'll agree to disagree on burgers.

              1. re: Professor Salt

                Not until you actually go to a restaurant you pan. We'll just call you wrong :P

                1. re: Professor Salt

                  I go to lunch at Knowlwoods in Santa Ana about once every other week with my lunch crew from the office. While it is certainly not the best burger I can find (even close tot he office), they have a decent selection of food, and it is better than just average. I like that they will grill a nice slab of onion for my burger. I like it better than 5 Guys, not at much as In and Out, but it is more comfortable to eat at a Knowlwoods than inside an In and Out.

                  1. re: Professor Salt

                    All the Knowlwood's are individually owned, so they do taste different. The sourdough burger there is not bad. This location also serves breakfast.

            2. 1. The food court at Wholesome Choice on E. La Palma and Imperial Hwy. (NE corner). Seriously—the Persian food.

              2. Fish or shrimp tacos at Señor Baja on Weir Canyon and Serrano.

              3. Blake's Place (BBQ) on E. Miraloma between Blue Gum and Red Gum Sts. Does not look like a restaurant.

              4. Slater's 50/50 on E. Santa Ana Cyn. Rd. and Fairmont. Build-your-own burgers à la The Counter. They specialise in a blend of beef and ground bacon (the 50/50) but it has to be cooked well done, so I usually just get a 100% beef burger so I can customise the cookery. Call ahead if you can to try and pad your schedule a little better.

              Blake's Place
              2905 E Miraloma Ave, Anaheim, CA

              Slater's 50/50
              6362 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

              1. I'm not sure about the distances but here are a few suggestions...

                Royal Thai Orchid Restaurant - Small Place. I've enjoyed the thai food every time I've been there. They have a spicy shrimp/scallop dish that has a great sauce... but I usually ask that it just be with shrimp.
                1315 N Tustin St Ste B
                Orange, CA 92867

                Blue Agave Southwestern Grill - It's been years since I've been there so I can't vouch for it recently. I think I used to order the apache chicken quemada, which I found tasty.
                18601 Yorba Linda Blvd.
                Yorba Linda, CA 92886

                California Fish Grill - Very simply prepared/presented grilled fish. Fish tastes fresh. Good portions. Fair prices.
                5675 E. La Palma Avenue
                Anaheim Hills, California 92807

                Slater's 50/50 - known for half-bacon, half beef burger... may be too far to drive.
                6362 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd
                Anaheim Hills, CA

                Don Jose - A few locations. This place probably won't get much love on the CH board but I love their chimichangitas... and their chips/salsa.
                2681 W La Palma Ave
                5665 Santa Ana Canyon Rd
                Anaheim Hills

                Royal Thai Orchid Restaurant
                1315 N Tustin St Ste B, Orange, CA 92867

                Blue Agave
                18601 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

                Slater's 50/50
                6362 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807