I'm Taiwanese-American and my fiancee, Cat, is Scottish-Canadian & Irish-American. What this means is that our comfort zones for food lie in completely different areas. For the past seven years, Cat's been a really good sport about all of the Asian hole-in-the-wall places I drag her to, but lately she's been craving the "food of [her] people".
I'm looking for some good, inexpensive mom & pops around the Irvine/South OC area serving classic American fare. Not burgers, Tex-Mex, West Coast, Californian, or Fusion, but good, hearty favorites like roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, meat loaf, fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, beef stroganoff, etc.; things her mother might make for dinner. Hole-in-the-wall and family run recommendations are preferred, but upscale locations are also fine. No corporate chains please. Seeing as we live in Irvine, we've already been to a staggering number of those with disappointing results. What we're looking for are more restaurants serving food like Park Ave in Stanton.
Additional referrals would be much appreciated. Since we both work somewhat late, the closer to Irvine, the better.