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Apr 2, 2012 03:04 PM

Restaurants within 30 minutes of Fullerton?

I'm visiting a friend who lives in Fullerton in a few weeks. We have plans to visit Bazaar and Red Medicine but I'd also like to find a few places that are closer to home.

Are there any noteworthy restaurants near (or in) Fullerton? It doesn't have to be a fine dining restaurant but I'd prefer to find something that is a little more special than the kinds of restaurants that my friend (a mother of three) normally frequents (which is why we're going to Bazaar and Red Medicine). Any price range is fine although I'm expecting to spend at least $60 per person and am open to spending much more.

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  1. I'm a big fan of TAPS in Brea. I quite enjoy their Champagne Sunday friends and I go and stay for hours chatting and nibbling on great food.
    Kentro Greek Kitchen is terrific, too!

    1. You might like Katella Bakery/Deli.
      Their pastrami and corned beef sandwiches are great. Bread and muffins are complimentary with your meal. I asked for extra pickles which are the bomb...

      1. Ah, Bazaar and Red medicine, my top favorites.

        Some places in OC I like:

        Mo Ran Gak (Korean) in Garden Grove. I think the quality of the meat, and the service, is better than other places. Also, seems like there are fewer people (perhaps due to prices that are higher than the competition) so it's a more relaxed atmosphere and you don't go home smelling like beef.

        Honda Ya in Tustin is one of my favorites for Japanese. Sushi Nogichi in Yorba Linda has a very good reputation.

        For Italian, Pizzerias Ortica (Costa Mesa,) and Mozza (Newport Beach,) Cucina Alessa in Huntington Beach, and Il Garage in Stanton. Park Avenue, Il Garage's sister restaurant, serves American food.

        Summit House in Fullerton, I like, also. The food is perfectly fine, but old standbys, not anything creative like Bazaar/Red Medicine.

        Kentro Greek Kitchen and Katella Bakery are also very good.

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        1. re: jaykayen

          Honda Ya is opening a branch in Fullerton very soon or may already have opened on Yorba Linda Blvd. and Placentia Ave (just east of 57's Yorba Linda Blvd. exit)

          1. re: stuffed

            I think it's slated for a May opening.

        2. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I think the Greek place is definitely going on the list and I'll check out all the other ideas, particularly Il Garage and the Pizzeria Mozza in Newport.

          My friend also mentioned a restaurant called Marche Modern last night. The menu looks pretty good, although after some of the nights out we are planning, we might not have room for another less casual restaurant. Has anyone been there?

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          1. re: nickis

            Marche Moderne is excellent and is actually what I was going to recommend. They have an extremely well priced lunch prix fixe too.