I am a fellow Chowhounder from Dallas and I have a close friend that will be travelling to OC (particularly Costa Mesa) this next week for four days. I have done some preliminary research but I do have some stipulations to the request for Chow-worthy recommendations.
My friend cannot have pork of any kind, he is Muslim. I know OC is the largest area for Vietnamese (Westminster) and most of the dishes are pork based are there any places worth seeking out that offer chicken, beef or seafood? He is also really into craft beer and has his own store in the Dallas metroplex so anyplace that has an extensive rare bottle list or extensive tap selection would be ideal. He is already planning on hitting up High Time Wine Cellar, El Cerrito Market and Liquor, and The Bruery for his beer run.
Here is what I have narrowed down some options to already and I need some guidance and discussion over some of the options.
Mexican – We have good Mexican in Dallas but none that are really upscale or pushing the typical offerings
Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen
American – Solid beer selections at each
Ramen – just need one, which is the best and most consistent. It is a toss up which is best from the boards.
Pho Bolsa for Pho Ga
Any other recs for any beef, chicken or seafood?
Sushi Wasabi in Tustin – I like the no rolls policy
Any others? Good sushi is hard to come by in DFW for the most part. Looking for a place that focuses on the quality and freshness of the products/seasonality served rather than price or popularity.
Any good bakeries or donut shops in OC close to Costa Mesa for breakfast? Breakfast burrito options not heavy on the pork offerings?
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