Check out the chicken fried steak at Pop’s Cafe: incredibly crunchy, not too thickly breaded, with moist, ultratender meat and just the right amount of country gravy, describes crt. The gravy is the ideal consistency, not a coagulated, lumpy mess. Add to it expertly cooked eggs and “a heaping helping of perfectly shredded and cooked hash browns,” and you have “a 5 star breakfast plate,” says crt.

Deep-fried French toast is awesome, too, says Warmsandz.

Most diners have trouble getting your food to you hot. Not so here, says crt: Everything comes out piping hot. This is an old-school place: a little cramped, with smiling, attentive service.

Pop’s Cafe [Orange County]
112 E. Ninth Street, Santa Ana

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