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"The Accidental Diner" (Review--long)


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"The Accidental Diner" (Review--long)

Funwithfood | Jul 20, 2004 02:33 AM

Okay, so last week Dad calls and says he will be home a little late. I pack my 2 and 6 year old into the car for what I dubbed "An Eating Adventure". Fortunately, my 6 year old daughter will eat anything and my 2 year old has no idea what an "eating adventure" means.

We head up to La Habra to a great roasted chicken place I used to frequent (which tasted like Zankou is described, although I have never been to Zankou). Oh well, the building is...torn down!

I declare "Plan B" to my kids--the Chicken Box on Whitter Blvd. It was not good last time I was there, but maybe I will give them another chance. After parking the car and walking up to the door I see a sign that says "Closed Wednesday". My 6 year old says "What restaurant is closed on Wednesday, they are usually closed Sunday or Monday" (knowledge beyond her years!).

As I was driving toward the Chicken Box we pass a Der Weiner...which I told them was "Plan C". But I just couldn't succumb to that so readily. I had to continue my search--there had to be a better place than DW!

Then I came across **The Seafare Inn**. My goodness that place was all the rage when we first moved to Fullerton in 1965. After trepidatiously pulling into the parking lot and walking in, I was cautiously optimistic. My gosh this was a step back in time "decor-wise", and the average age of the fellow diners was 65--how refreshing!

Our very friendly waitress said that she has worked there for 23 years (and vaguely remembered my mom breaking her leg in the parking lot over 10 years ago!).

I ordered the Manhattan Clam Chowder and Seafood Louie with Shrimp, Crab, and Lobster. Except for the mysteriously merky color of the soup, it was actually tasty, and the clams were very tender (large bowl $2.95). My Louie was excellent, and the homemade 1000 island very tasty (large $9.95).

My 6 year old daughter had the fish and chips. When I asked her how it was, she said "The breading is thinner than what I am used to, but the fish is actually very good." I tasted it and concurred with her "analysis". My son's grilled cheese sandwich (with the exception of being prepared with *American* cheese instead of cheddar) was attractively crisp and browned.

Worthy of note: The tartar sauce was the best that I had ever tasted--bought a half-pint to take home ($1.95). We also took home a piece of chocolate cream pie, which was surprisingly wonderful.

This is not a "destination" restaurant, but if you are in the area it is worth a try!

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