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Orange County Cheap Eats Food Tour--need suggestions and advice...

film_score | Jun 22, 201204:05 PM

So, my brothers and I love going on food tours, where we literally hit 20-25 places a day, just sampling the best item at an individual place. Generally, these places are not sit-down type places (although they can be). And most of the stuff is relatively cheap. What we are not really looking for is expensive dishes at fancy places.

Here is a link to the one we did in Los Angeles County so you can see we're not joking around!!

One of my brothers is gonna be staying in Orange County for work so we are going to do an Orange County Cheap Eats Food Tour. I've already done a great deal of research (largely from looking at OC Weekly's 100 best dishes for the past few years as well as looking at other Chowhound posts).

Please tell me if you have any more suggestions for other places in Orange County. And, also, it really helps if you have a specific item to get at a given place. Please feel free to give opinions on the list I have already created (e.g., if there is a place on there that we don't need to stop at).

Thanks in advance!

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here's a Google map of all the places below: http://goo.gl/maps/kREl

Portillo’s (chocolate cake shake; Italian beef with hot and sweet peppers & extra jus on the side)
8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park; M-Th, Su 10:30am-11pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm; (714) 220-6400

Los Chilangos (Barbacao de borrego [lamb or goat] & pambazo [chile-soaked sandwich])
1830 W Lincoln Blvd, Anaheim; M-F 9am-9pm, Sa-Su 8am-9pm; (714) 999-5515

Kareem's Restaurant (falafel)
208 S. Brookhurst St, Anaheim, Su-M 11am-5pm, Tu-Sa 11am-9pm; (714) 778-6829

Natural (corn cup; chamoyada [mango shake with salty, sour apricot syrup, chile powder])
1177 S. State College Blvd, Anaheim; (714) 563-1343

Myung In (Wang Mandoo {Korean meat-filled buns])
8911 Magnolia Blvd. #3 [inside H-Mart grocery store], Garden Grove; everyday 9am-10pm; (714) 638-4099

Neveria Flor de Mexico (paletas, paleta de nuez [walnuts & almond milk])
7151 Katella Ave, Stanton; everyday 12pm-8pm; (714) 761-2813

Pee Wee’s Famous (sweet potato tater tots)
5942 Edinger St. #104, Huntington Beach; M-Sa 11am-8pm, Su 11am-5pm; (714) 846-3100

Ngu Binh Restaurant (banh it kep banh ram, #15 [deep fried savory mochi ball])
14072 Magnolia St., #107, Westminster; Tu-Su 9am-8pm; (714) 903-6000

Banh Mi Cho Chu (banh mi, lemongrass beef)
14520 Magnolia St, Ste B, Westminster; 714) 891-3718

New Duc Huong (Nuco Mia [kumquat sugarcane drink)
9081 Bolsa Ave #104, Westminster; (714) 897-8143

Pho Quang Trung (bun cha haoin [pork noodle soup in papaya sauce])
10072 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove; everyday 8am-9pm; (714) 638-2286
9211 Bolsa Ave, Ste 101-103, Westminster; everyday 8:30am-12am; (714) 891-2800

Thach Che Hien Khanh (che bam au [Vietnamese dessert drink])
9639 Bolsa Ave., Ste. A, Westminster; (714) 839-8143
9784 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove; (714) 537-5105

Banh Mi So 1 (Banh Tieu [fried crusty sesame bread])
9812 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 102, Westminster; (714) 775-8834

Huong Giang (“pork hash”—50 cents)
14564 Brookhurst St, Westminster; (714) 531-4930

Brodard (Nem Nuong Cuon [pork spring roll])
9892 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, W-M 8am-9pm, closed Tuesday; (714) 530-1744

Dat Thanh (Nem Nuong Cuon [barbecue pork sausage spring rolls])
10032 McFadden St., Westminster; Su-M 10:30am-8pm, Tu, Th-Sa 10:30am-8:30pm; (714) 650-0910.

Xanh Bistro (Goi hoa chuoi [banana blossom salad])
16161 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley; M, W-Su 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm; (714) 531-2030

Au Couer De Paris Bakery (pate chaud [sausage-stuffed puff pastry])
9441 Edinger Ave, Westminster, M-Sa 7am-7pm, Su 7am-6pm; (714) 775-8465

Delicias de México (paletas)
13466 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove; (714) 590-0031

Joe’s Italian Ice
12302 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove; M-Th, Su 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm; (714) 750-1076

Los Primos (Tortas Ahogadas [chili-dipped sandwich])
2301 W 5th St, Santa Ana, every day except Tu from 9am-5pm; (714) 488-5609

Bangkok Taste (roti [dessert-style with sweetened condensed milk])
2737 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana; M-F 11am-10pm, Sa 5pm-10pm, Su 12pm-9:30pm; (714) 532-2216

El Borrego Sagrado (Tlacoyo [huarache stuffed with chickpeas])
1307 S Main St, Santa Ana; (714) 836-7501

Kim Huong Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant (bun rieu [tomato-y Vietnamese noodle soup])
17311 McFadden Ave # B, Tustin; M-Sa 10am-6pm; (714) 838-6651

Rollie's Bakery (saltena [empanada])
14071 Newport Ave., Tustin, Tu-Sun 8am-8pm; (714) 669-8300

Cream Pan (korokke pan [potato croquette sandwich]; strawberry croissant)
602 El Camino Real, Tustin; Tu-Su 6am-4pm; (714) 665-8239

Traditions (Gobi Paratha [flatbread stuffed with masala-spiced cauliflower])
14131 Red Hill Av., Tustin; Tu-F 11am-2:30pm, Tu-Sun 5pm-10pm, Sa-Su 12pm-3pm; (714) 508-5959

Blackmarket Bakery (garlic artichoke croissant)
17941 Sky Park Cir, Irvine; Tu-Fr 8am-4pm; Sa 8am-2pm; closed Su; (949) 852-4609

Moscow Deli (Odessa Sandwich)
3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa; M-Th 10am-7pm, F-Sa 10am-8pm, Su 10am-4pm; (714) 546-3354

Layer Cake Bakery (almond croissant)
4250 Barranca Pkwy, Ste 1, Irvine; M-F 7am-7pm, Sa 8am-5pm, Su 8am-3pm; (949) 786-0223

J.J. Bakery (Taiwanese bakery: pork chop bun, taro toast, )
15333 Culver Dr., Irvine, everyday 8am-9pm; (949) 653-1678

A&J Restaurant (spicy wontons)
14805 Jeffrey Rd, Ste D, Irvine; M-F 11:30am-9pm, Sa-Su 10am-9pm; (949) 786-3585

101 Noodle Express (beef roll)
5408 Walnut Ave, Irvine; everyday 11am-10pm; (949) 654-8542

Strickland’s (ice cream)
4523 Campus Dr, Irvine; everyday 12pm-10pm; (949) 387-9955

A Market and Restaurant (anti-pasto sandwich [Italian sub])
3334 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach; M-F 11am-10pm, Sa-Su 5pm-10pm; (949) 650-6505

Chili Chutney (mantu [Afghan ravioli)
24301 Muirlands Blvd, Ste A, Lake Forest; T-Sa 11am-9pm; Su 11am-8pm; (949) 859-1778

TK Burgers (cheeseburger)
110 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach; M-Th 10am-8:30pm, F-Sa 10am-9pm; (714) 960-3238

Surfin Chicken (Italian-y grilled chicken)
71 Via Pico Plz, San Clemente; M-Sa 11am-9pm, closed Su; (949) 498-6603

Sophy's Thai and Cambodian (Cambodian beef jerky)
3240 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach; everyday 9am-10pm; (562) 494-1763

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