My wife and I have been living in Orange County for 10 years and I am ashamed to say that all we've been doing is going to high-end and fine dining restaurants OC has to offer. We've been to them all, if it is high end you name it we've done it, we even have the t-shirt. We are now buying a house and looking to stay on a budget (relatively). My wife is also Prego so going thru an expensive bottle of wine is no longer necessary - Although Beer and wine are still a requirement for yours truly who now has a designated driver :). We have lately been discovering that there is great food out there beyond the $$$$ options. We just went to Thai Nakorm for example and loved it. So we are looking for casual Ethnic options to go to, our goal is to hit one ethnic restaurant a week till we have our Baby (April). We are game for anything the great chow community would offer: best of Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Peruvian, Afghani, mexican etc... the only requirement is that they have beer and wine and good for a friday evening.
Thank you for your recommendations.