ORANGE COUNTY-Best 5 over $25 and Best 5 under $25
Mine is all vegan (well, hey some vegetarian might be interested *shrug*)
True Food Kitchen (actually this place does meat but has some killer vegan desserts, like the apple cobbler)
Loving Hut (especially Orange location)
Pho Veggie (previously Thuyen Vien)
Mitasie 3 (for the "chicken" pho)
Break of Dawn
Charlie Palmer's prix fixe 3 course lunch deal
Javier's - before I get eviscerated for this, let me say I always get the 2 soft carne asada tacos with rice and beans; pair it with a premium margarita, and it is a wonderful meal clocking in at just under $25.
San Shi Go on the Balboa Peninsula
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen
Note: I omit Marche Modern because I have yet to go. Based on all I have read about it, I expect that it would knock off Bluefin from my list.
There are so many great options under $25 though we might just have a logjam at 1 vote a piece.
Not sure if she is up to the task but here it goes...
Trieu Chau (the original on Newhope and 1st)
Trejo's Mexican (Huntington Beach)