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Recap of Orange County Dining (Was Memorable OC Restaurant)

Dommy! | Jul 31, 200301:58 PM

As my post last week said, I had to dog sit my parents puppy (Aww!) in Diamond Bar and took the time to get some quality time with my younger brother. We got to hit several new places and he loved them all. Most were Chowhound recs and were VERY good. Thanks everyone for their great recs!!!

On Friday I had a softball game (We lost... Booo!) and arrived to DB MUCH later than I hoped, STARVING. I had been day dreaming of finally getting a chance to try the Chicago Style Pizza of Tony's Little Italy in Placentia and called only to discover they were closing!! It was only a bit after 10pm! Come on! Anyway, so seeing as how every other restaurant in this city closes even earlier, I quickly hoped on the computer and search CH for a Late Night OC place. One of the first the came up... Oki Doki in Costa Mesa. I knew exactly where it was and we hit it...

Excellent idea... We had the Imperial Egg Rolls (Firm little roll Full of ground pork with a very crisp shell), Steamed Pork Dumplings (Little rosettes that tasted just right on vinegar and scallion), the seafood pancake (Yummy Large shrimps and Squid imbedded within), and the BBQ Beef with Rice Noodles (You are given little Rice Noodle Pages that you use to roll the BBQ flavored beef with.) and last but not least, Chicken Egg Noodle Won Ton Soup (Very simple soup base, but with TONS of thin egg noodles.). Wonderful Comfort Asian Food. We left stuffed as we polished off everything. Good food, great prices and for ordering dinner past 11pm, everything was made fresh!! This night owl will be back.

On Saturday we hit Tacos Baja Ensenada for lunch on the way to catch a movie at the Grove. I usually go for Fish Taco Day, so this time I ordered the Combo Plate of Fish/Shrimp Tacos with Rice and Beans. The only reason I mention this is that I was SO impressed by the Rice and Beans. The rice was not the standard yellow dry Mexican Rice that most Mexican places do, but plump non sticky white rice with seasoning and fresh veggies. And the beans were smooth and light and perfect compliment to the rice. I only wish I had tortilla chips to finish them up! And of course, the Tacos ruled.

At night we headed over to Buena Park to Thai Nakorn. Once again, we ordered a TON. Pork and Chicken Satay (The pork ones were delectable! The Peanut Sauce not a bit greasy or heavy!), Fish Pancakes with Green Beans (Excellent just by themselves!), Fried Catfish with Mango Salad (The Mango Salad was more like Salsa. Added just the right kick to the simple, but delicious fish) and Green Curry (I am a HUGE Thai Curry lover. And this stuff was the best I've had. It had Veggies in there no other Thai place I've been has dared put in. Further, in the mix there were HUGE slivers of fresh Chiles...)

Sunday Night my parents came back into town and we decided to greet them with the pizza from Tony's Little Italy (I used to travel frequently to Chicago and was missing REAL Chicago style pizza dreadfully!). The only mistake we made here was ordering two pies for four adults. We all got stuffed with two slices leaving a TON of pizza left over. Sadly, Pan Pizza does not reheat all that well, so as I had it these last two nights, it wasn't as good as fresh from Tonys. And yes, the pizza is pretty close to Chicago Style (We had the pan, not the stuffed) but still, I wouldn't mind a free ticket back to the Windy City again...


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