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Meeting Friend Staying Near Disneyland

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Sunday evening August 18. I'm coming from Westwood, he'll have a car but will not be at all familiar with OC geography. Come to speak of it, I'm not at all familiar with OC geography other than the 405.

Cost not that much of an issue. I don't like sushi. We'll be catching up after a long time. He lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan. I thought of Mr. Stox but alas it closed about 5 months ago.

Probably looking for a 6 p.m. reservation.

Please help a fellow 'hound.

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  1. This http://playgrounddtsa.com/ is a place I would really like to try out if I'm ever down that way.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks, Servorg. Website menu looks interesting. What have you heard about the atmosphere? I'm wondering if it is a bit loud and raucous. Would rather not have to drive even a few extra miles back and forth to Santa Ana, but I'll put it on my list.

    2. I would also love to try Playground but for something different, how about Ma's Islamic Chinese in Fullerton?

        1. When I'm around there I usually eat in Little Saigon. I like Quan Vy Da for Hue Vietnamese food.

          Also Pioneer Blvd for dozens of good Indian spots. Surati Farsan Mart is my favorite.

          JINYA Ramen is also good for authentic ramen and Japanese dan dan noodles.

          Mind you, all these are ~15 min from Disneyland.

          1. My research so far has revealed a couple of frontrunners;

            Thai Nakorn. Any real difference between the two locations or just choose the one closer to his hotel? Favorite dishes? It bothers me their specialties on the menu list no prices.

            Park Ave. This steak/chops place is headed by David Slay, who had restaurants in St. Louis near the start of his career, where both of us hail from. Go Cards! Sister restaurant Il Garage is italian. Anyone been?

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            1. re: nosh

              i've heard park ave is good, and a few years back when it first opened the prices for well-prepared fine dining food in a casual setting was really really really reasonable.

              1. re: nosh

                Some hounds seem to think the Garden Grove location is slightly better but both are pretty good. The specials prices are in line with the rest of their menu. No ridiculous outliers.

                A particular fave is the mango salad with the popcorn bits of catfish.

                1. re: nosh

                  When we make it to Thai Nakorn, we usually go to the Stanton one. We do like the beef tongue dish.