Pina's Bistro in Tustin
I haven't been here in ages, but I really did like their meatball subs and eggplant parm in the past. Their spaghetti and meatballs is pretty good too
But is it still pretty good since I haven't been in a couple years now. I definitely will need some good eats for the Tustin area, besides Sushi Wasabe, Keens Coffee, and Na'an and Kabob.
640 W 1st St, Tustin, CA 92780
I will give you my hits in the Tustin Area, since I work on 1st just west of the 55.
Nana Jean's is good. Pricey for lunch, but the sandwiches are huge and all the guys I took there loved it.
Honda-ya is good Japanese pub-style food. They have good combo specials that are very reasonable and yakatori as well. Bu they are only open at night.
The Beach Pit BBQ has gone down a bit in quality and up in price, but I still like the food. They have excellent sweet potato fries and late in the week they do tri-tip (it used to be on the every day menu).
The Cream Pan has a loyal following for both lunch and baked goods.
Pho Hung Vuong is my local go-to for Vietnamese. I almost always get the Pho with rare steak and tendon, but they have a pretty extensive menu that extends well beyond Pho.
Haveli is an excellent Indian lunch spot. They do a buffet style lunch for about $10, with several meat and vegetable entrees and really good garlic naan.
Los Cotijas is a hole in the wall with great fish tacos. It is just opposite the auto parts store and next to the donut shop by the Rite Aid. It is right by the little patio seating area.
Tommy's Sushi is one of my favorite mid-price sushi bars. The quality of the fish is not going to come close to rivaling my favorite spots (no where near Wasabi), but the price is a lot lower, and the poke bowl is really good, as is the Bronco Roll. It is off Newport close to Claro's. Turn is where Oggi's is and it is in the corner behind the Thai place (I am not recommending the Thai place).
Claro's is a great place for take out lunch. I think they are closed on Wednesday, but they have an excellent selection of meats and a small selection of cooked Italian dishes for take out.
And I believe that concludes my list of Chow-worthy spots in the immediate area.
Haveli Fine Indian Cuisine
13882 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
602 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Claro's Italian Markets
1095 E Main St, Tustin, CA 92780
Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Pho Hung Vuong
14182 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Beach Pit Bbq
560 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
303 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Forgot about Zon's. I have not tried the Pho, since my Pho place is across the street. The sandwiches are more money than you pay in Little Saigon, but they are good.
Another little take out spot is Oscar's Deli. not fancy, but they make a decent sandwich and are not expensive.
Another spot that I like i Avila's El Ranchito. Of the chain Mexican spots, this is my favorite. It in on 1st west of the 55 bridge.
14081 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA
Oscar's Deli & Grill No 2
2031 E 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Avila's El Ranchito
, Santa Ana, CA 92701
I recently went to Gen Korean BBQ on Main and Newport in the Kean Coffee plaza. Very good quality for the price, $20 AYCE. There's 10+ types of choices for beef, 20 or so including pork, chicken, shrimp and veggies. Crazy waits, but the best quality beef for AYCE. My fave new joint in OC for sure!
2043 Westcliff Dr Ste 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660
I need to stop checking because I keep adding.
If you like Udon, there is a very good Japanese hole in the wall behind the Taco Factory called Kairakutei. It is cash only and they get a long line at lunch, especially on cold and wet days, so get there early. The broth is pork based, and I don't eat pork, so I miss out. Sigh.
Then there is the Taco Factory, which has good burritos and tacos,and a salsa bar that actually delivers the heat.
If you like Japanese BBQ, at outpost of Gyu Kaka opened up on Newport south of the 5. Good quality meats,and they have AYCE specials and happy hour deals.
Tustin Brewing Company is a good place for a beer, though the food is not what I would call Chow-worthy. Still, I think it is superior to Oggi's.
Just over the 55 on Mcfadden in a Valero gas station is Peter's Gourmade, which has the best burger I have had that isn't served on linen table cloths (I have not been to Slater's).
14455 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Tustin Brewing Company
13011 Newport Ave Ste 100, Tustin, CA 92780
17292 McFadden Ave Ste L, Tustin, CA 92780
Peter's Gourmade Grill
16851 Mcfadden Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Peter's Gourmade is moving to the corner of McFadden and Newport, where Masala Bowl used to be. Also, Johnny's Burgers, in the old Carl's Jr. site on First St. just east of the 5, is surprisingly good, and they have a drive thru. Unique burgers and sandwiches, "vintage" sodas. Try it!