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Visiting Orange County (Costa Mesa) from South Carolina, never been out west, any and all advice appreciated!

MrSouthernProper | Jun 14, 201205:16 PM

Hi Guys!

Making my way to the Orange County from June 17th through 23rd!! This is going to be my first California experience, actually my first time experiencing anything further west past Luisiana, and I want to make the most of it! I have a passion for food and I am just as excited to try all the cuisines as I am to see the sights but I definitely don't want to come back with any regrets so I've been trying to do some research the past few days to plan out my attack! I'm 24 and finishing up college so I don't have a ton of money to spend while I'm there but I have enough and if it were to call for it once or twice and it was a place I just HAD to try, that's reasonable. I've never even seen a food truck haha and from what I hear, I need to track a few of these guys down when I get into LA. I have a feeling most of my time will be spent in the OC area. I would like to be in LA more but since my transportation access is limited to nighttime and idk how else to get there other than a taxi which would cost a fortune, so advice on both the Costa Mesa area and LA would be awesome! And everything goes! I love all types of food from every culture so whatever is a "must try" is what I'm looking for, whether it's an tourist trap or not, doesn't matter to me as long as the food is worth the hype.

Things I'm definitely looking for (correct me if I sound like a food noob but this is what I associate with California being the best at):
Best food trucks
Best sushi/japanese
Best burrito/mexican
Best ethnic influences
Best pizza
No burgers

Thanks in advance guys and hey, if you're ever ANYWHERE in SC I'll return the favor haha.

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