Best DISH in OC / IE
Let's face it: people eat dishes, not restaurants. I've seen a bunch of "best dish in LA" threads, but just moved to Corona (from W.LA) and there's gotta be a lot of good eats along the 91/241 hwy east and west (Orange County, Corona, Riverside)
What's your fav dish? The one that keeps you awake at night.
I don't have a single favorite dish, but i have a few favorites in several categories that will draw me back to a restaurant.
Best single bite of sushi - Toro (when available) at San Sho Go on Balboa
Best burger - Perter's Gourmade
Favorite Mexican - (I will get creamed over this) Carne Asada Tacos and a high end Margarita at Javier's
Best Breakfast - Pretty much anything at Break of Dawn
If I had to pick just one of these as the best single dish, it would be the toro at San Shi Go, when they are able to find an extraordinary cut. The only thing I have eaten that would best this would be some excellent foie gras with quince jelly (it sounded odd to me at first) I had at a 2* restaurant in the French Alps while on a ski trip.
Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Javier's Cantina & Grill
45 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
San Shi Go Sushi and Asian Cuisine
205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Peter's Gourmade Grill
16851 Mcfadden Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Maybe I should have clarified: best dish at each restaurant. Like your favorite steak, fav mexican, fav sushi... exactly how you answered :)
I'm a noob at OC/IE having just moved here, but gotta add:
Breakfast: banana pecan pancakes @ Silver Dollar Pancake House
I'd kill for a Langer's #19 out here. At least OC has a couple of my old LA favorites:
Criolla Empanada @ Empanada's Place,
Chicken Curry Katsu (spicy) @ Curry House
3811 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
1425 W Artesia Blvd Ste 24, Gardena, CA 90248
Silver Dollar Pancake House
710 E 6th St, Corona, CA 92879
Just found this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/459003, which is similar, yet old and not very complete. Figured it makes sense to add that list here.
On my 'to do' list are to try dishes at:
Mas' Islamic Restaurant
Gen Korean BBQ and Yakitori Bar
Kentro Greek Kitchen
Luna Modern Mexican Kitchen
The Red Pot
Any comments on great dishes at these places or better alternatives?
1830 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614
2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
6362 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807
TAPS has a Corona location. I go to their Brea location and love almost everything on their menu. My favorite is their Sunday Champagne Brunch. Ceviche, carved turkey and prime rib, amazing cheeses and meats, bananas Foster...everything is so good and service is great, too.