OK, I am totally jealous of all the cool places that were listed in the previous thread that are available in Los Angeles!!! What about places you regularly go to in Orange County?
I usually go to regular places where its less expensive to go there than to make it at home.
Could you please list the "regular" dishes you order as well?
Tan Hoang Huong - Pho & sandwiches 3132 E. Chapman Orange. I always get the #6 large Pho with the Tai (rare beef) on the side. This is one of the few places that really is authentic and has ALL the condiements. You will see what I mean when you try this place. We have tried about 20 Pho places in OC and this one is the best. We always finish up with an Iced Coffee drink we take to go. Their coffee is not just strong (lots of places have that), but its so flavorful as they import the blend themselves. They say they go through 1200 coffees a day! Also good are the BBQ porkchops with fried eggs on top and the beef and fried egg sandwich. They owner and guys who work there are all young and its hard not to become a regular
Steer Inn - Tustin & 22 freeway in Orange - 2 Bacon Wrapped Fillet Mignon, steakfries, and Salad with Italian dressing. All for 10 bucks. So tasty.
El Matatae Market - Chapman and Santiago by the Bank of America. Menudo on weekends and freshly fried chicarrones!
Carnitas Los Reyes - Tustin and Palmyra. Best Carnitas in the world! You get the BIG tacos (no tiny tortillas) for about $1.50 each. I also like Buche. But you guys probably won't.
Seafood World - On Brookhurt in Little Saigon for Dim Sum. Much more variety than Dragon Pheonic and Seafood Paradise. Chicken feet are my favorite as well as the egg custard desert cups. I tried tDragon Pheonix and really really did not like it. Seafood World is the way to go. Their dim sum has so much more flavor.
Uoko Sushi - 17th Street in Tustin. I have found that people like sushi bars not just because of the food, but a lot of times it has to doo with being "known" there are a regular. Tomo is my buddy now and totally takes care of us. We never order when we go there. I like all the patrons there and I love eating the live ama-ebi. Especially the females when they are laden with eggs!
Mi Casa - 17th street Costa Mesa. Americanized mexican food. I only get the tacos. I like the chips and salsa as well. I think everything outside of that kinda sucks. When I crave 10 pounds of cheese, I go there
Super Pollo - 17th street costa mesa by Tower Records. What a hidden GEM. The 1/2 chicken with the garlic/lemon/butter sauce is to die for. So are the fish burritos where he buys the local fish fresh every day and always runs out of. The refried beans he makes from scratch is in such little batches that chances are you will see him make yours
Cafe Di Vang #2 - On Euclid in Westminster. The coffee is great and for some reason iced coffee drinks taste better when its served to you by a size "0" girl with implants in a bikini. Free iced tea also with your coffee.
Mattern Deli - Chapman in the city of Orange. Buy a bunch of random coldcuts, warm sauerkraut, and russian rye bread. Take home, make sandwiches, go to sleep.
Maharaja Palace - Tustin Ave - Orange. Their lunch buffet is insane. So flavorful. You can tell they put a lot a effort into their dishes. Its cheap at around 7 bucks or so for the buffet. Have had dinner there before and was not so impressed. You get the same food but you can not get as much variety as its much more expensive. The owner is such a nice guy as well.
Del Taco - Hate to admit this one. but on Tuesdays, 3 tacos for 99 cents. Green Burritos and the crinkle fries rock!
99 Market - Culver in Irvine. Go to the deli counter and get a whole duck for 12 bucks. Serve with steamed buns or over rice. They chop its all up for you in manageable pieces. How can you go wrong on this one??!!