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My skimpy list:
Taco Mesa-- now here is some damn good Mexican. I love their guacamole, and truly good guac is hard to come by. Really casual self-seating (on the patio), order at the counter place. 647 W. 19th St, Costa Mesa.
Gypsy Den Cafe-- good healthy type food; I haven't ventured farther than the soups and salads (which were good), but the rest of the menu comes well recommended. Fresh. Pretty small place; seats maybe 60, but there's also patio seating. Laid back but cool atmosphere (which matters less than the fresh and tasty food). Maybe more of a lunch than dinner place. It's located in The Lab Anti-Mall, for those familiar with it. 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa.
Wahoo's Fish Tacos-- Ok, good, but hardly chowhound status; still, for a starving college student, such as I am, who has to trade a little chowhoundism for under12ism, Wahoo's is yummy. I go to the one at Bristol & Baker in Costa Mesa (ok, now I think everyone is getting a feeling of my area) but there are a few different Wahoo's in OC.
The Pasta Connection-- this place is good Italian fare, but same standard as Wahoo's goes for here. Unlike Wahoo's, I would go on a first (or second) date here. On the corner of Harbor Blvd and 19th St, (across from Triangle Square)Costa Mesa.
Well, that's what I've got, and I need your input because I'm ready to branch out!