Many thanks to Kriss Reed for the rec for Jerry's Dogs in Santa Ana. The EE and I went over to the OC Courthouse this morning and tied the knot. We then decamped to Jerry's Dogs for our wedding lunch.
Now, I will say, that Friday at 11:45 is not the time for a leisurly wander through Jerry's menu. The tiny place was jam-packed with working folks on lunch breaks and shoppers on lunch breaks. But the food definitely will bring us back.
Apparently Jerry's commissions their own dogs. I highly recommend the Signature dog (with a snappy skin) over the skinless All American dog. To my taste buds it was spiced just right, juicy, and picked up a touch of the wood smoke. If the line had not, by then, been out the door and into the parking lot, I probably would have ordered a second one. Our lunch of two dogs, fries, potato chips, and drinks cost about $12.
The NH (new husband) had an All American with chili and cheese. I'm not a chili dog fan, but if you are I think you will like the good flavors and textures of this chili. You could actually see and chew the morsels of meat in it. And the cheese was sharp enough to actually taste.
The fries appear to be house-made and have the skins on. But don't miss the house made potato chips.
My only gripe (a small one) is that when your dog is ready you step to the counter where someone adds your condiments. They have a good variety, but I'd prefer to put on my own in the order I prefer and in the quantities I prefer. I'm sure they are happy to do it JUST the way you want it, but with a couple dozen people salivating at your back there's some pressure to state your preference, take your dogs and begone. The fries and chips seemed to have a coarse salt on them but only a little. I would have liked more of it, but the only salt available at the tables were the tiny packets of regualar table salt.
Our other recent find, thanks to russkar, is Amapola in Downey. If you like fish and shrimp tacos, this is a MUST VISIT. They make their own corn tortillas, the shrimp is high-quality and the combination is . . . nirvana. Mrs. russkar says the quality can be a tad uneven. russkar says they go so often, it's not surprising they might have an off-day now and then.
We've been twice and both times have been amply fed for a total of about $12. We've tried the fish tacos, the (battered) shrimp tacos, the grilled shrimp tacos and the taquitos. This is comfort food when you need a little kick.
One other nice thing about Amapola is it's a few minutes off the 5 on the drive between LA and OC, so it's handy when you need some eats on your trip behind the Orange Curtain.
2276 E. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA
(714) 245 - 0200
Mon-Sat: 11am to 9pm
Sun: 11am to 8pm
At Tustin Ave, on the Tustin Ave. side of the large strip mall on the SW corner of the intersection.
Amapola Mexican Grill
7414 Florence Ave,
Downey, CA 90240
Exit the 5 at Paramount, go south to Florence, then west about 1/2 mile to Amapola.