Hey all, I'm currently in Orange County but am moving out to the east coast next month. Since I won't be returning to the area for a while, I figure I'd fill my belly with happy memories of LA/OC eats :) Between trying to figure out the logistics of doing a cross country move and working, I haven't had time to figure out a planned eating schedule before the big move. So I'm asking the board for some recommendations on -the best- meals I can eat while I'm still here in the LA/OC area.
I have narrowed down my choices to three culinary cuisines: Mexican/Latin American, Japanese, and Vietnamese. I'm willing to spend about $20 max on a meal for myself. Nice sit down restos that I can share culinary memories with friends and family is a plus. I'm also open to vegetarian/vegan options as well.