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Best bets for sushi, thai and mexican joints in orange county

I'm from NYC, visiting orange county (dana point) for a week, and looking for excellent sushi, thai, and mexican food restaurant recommendations. Bonus points for nice views. Indifferent to whether it's casual or upscale, mainly just want to eat the food that west coast does better than my hometown

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  1. Willing to drive? Cuz Dana point is far far away from the good stuff. Might as well be in San Diego county!

    1. hands down thai nakorn for thai if you're willing to drive to stanton/garden grove! http://www.thainakornrestaurant.com/

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      1. re: jennayly

        Vientiane is better, Thai Nakorn is good though and their noodle dishes are better. The nam khao todd at Vientiane is just too epic though

      2. The nearest (Chow-worthy to NYC) sushi to Dana Point would be at Kaito in Encinitas (about 40 miles away).

        A pattern is emerging...

        1. Kasen, Vientiane and a bunch of places in the Santa Ana area.

          None of those places are near you at all, but if you want the best, there it is.

          1. If you don't want to drive far and you want Mexican Seafood with an outstanding view, check out Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. Another choice for nearby Mexican Seafood without the view is El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano. I especially like their lobster fajitas.