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Where the Locals Eat: Huntington, Newport, Long Beach NEED RECCS

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I am going to Longbeach area for the weekend Sat thru Tues.. Would love some reccs lunch/dinner and anything in b/n : ). I am a huge foodie and eat almost anything. I wanna go to secret gem places that tourists would not know about. I currently reside in Phoenix yet orginally from NYC we are in out mid-30's if that helps.

Need a great food truck or 2..
Tacos
Sushi
Happy Hour

nothing too fancy..

Thx in advance

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  1. Jans Health Bar - Huntington Beach (sandwiches and such, excellent shakes)

    Basillico's - Huntington Beach (Italian)

    Secret Spot - Sunset Beach (sandwiches and wraps)

    Sushi Studio - Long Beach (sushi)

    Angelo's - Long Beach (Italian deli)

    Deli News - Long Beach (pizza)

    1. San Shi Go in Newport Beach for sushi. It is my favorite in OC. It is not cheap, and it is not fancy, but sit at the bar and have omakase.

      Another place that is very popular with the locals is Shin Shen Gumi in Garden Grove, not too far from HB and close to the 405. Excellent yakatori in a very fun and loud environment. There are two places right next to each other, the yakatori and ramen restaurants, and for some reason only the ramen place pops up here, but the yakatori is right next door.

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      Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen
      18315 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

      San Shi Go Sushi and Asian Cuisine
      205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661

      1. Tacos- El Chavito Taco truck. 2 tacos for $1. Can't beat that

        Mexican- Trejo's Mexican. skip the standard taco and burrito fare and get the barbacoa (roasted goat), carnitas, and many meat stews.

        Sushi- Sushi Shibucho. Bare bones sushi decor. No rolls. about $60pp for 12-15pieces of very fresh and very good sushi.

        Don't forget to swing by Little Saigon. Do a search and look out for recs from Das Ubergeek

        I'd also add the newly opened Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach. A Batali/Bastianich/Silverton reproduction of their highly successful LA original.

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

        Trejo's Mexican Food
        17436 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

        Pizzeria Mozza Newport Beach
        800 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

        1. In the Long Beach area, try Ma N Pa.

          1. In Newport Beach I'd look at Basilic Restaurant on Balboa Island, Crow Bar & Kitchen in Corona del Mar and the Side Door also in Corona del Mar.,

            For sushi I'd go the opposite direction from Orange County. Sushi Zo in Palms (West LA) is only 30 miles from Downtown Long Beach, nothing in Orange County can really compare. The Sawtelle area alone (just off the 405) has a half dozen places better than what OC can offer.

            You should explore the Vietnamese cuisine of Orange County though, places to look at would be Pho Quang Trung, Quan Hy Restaurant , Pho Nguyen Hue and Pho Kimmy.

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            Sushi Zo
            9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            Quan Hy Restaurant
            9727 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

            Crow Bar & Kitchen
            2325 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

            Basilic Restaurant
            217 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92662

            Pho Nguyen Hue
            10487 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

            Pho Quang Trung
            10072 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843