While Orange County has changed a lot since I moved here in 1980, and is slowly showing signs (both good and bad) of becoming more cosmopolitan, it's still not that easy to find interesting, quality chow. Chow, that is, not expensive restaurants (of which I'm sure there are some good ones), but everyday food that has something special about it, is interesting, retains a connection to ethnic or regional origins, offers especially good value ... you know what I mean. So, fellow hounds, please share your favorites, whether they be specialty groceries, delis, farm stands, bakeries, a good cheese department, whatever. And if there's a really special fancy restaurant you just have to tell us about, go ahead, put that on the list too.
I'll start making my list and post it in the next few days.