Orange County

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Escargot in OC?

by OCEllen 11 days ago

Where? And simple French in general?

Recommended steakhouse in OC?

by luckviii 8 months ago

Hi Everyone, I need your help in finding a steakhouse to celebrate my wife's birthday. Looking for thick traditional ribeye with a nice crust. Bonus is great cream of corn. Was thinking Maestro...

"Chicago-style"pizza in SoCal

by RSMBob 5 months ago

Been a long time since I wrote on this topic (and boy, has Chowhound changed!). Wrote this up last night for another forum and thought I'd share here. All inputs, additions, critiques welcome. T...

The Crack Shack | Costa Mesa - Orange County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

In April I had a chance to join some friends to check out the newish Crack Shack in Costa Mesa.

Full Meals in LA or OC?

by radio128 6 months ago

Are there any restaurants in LA or the OC that serve full meals including beverage and dessert like the East coast diners or many restaurants in South Florida?

Non-sushi Japanese restaurants in OC?

by d370x 7 months ago

My parents decided they want to try Japanese food, but something other than sushi. Any good Japanese restaurants in OC that don’t focus on sushi?

Goya Menu @ Habuya Okinawan Dining in Tustin

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

In April, a friend and I had a terrific evening at Habuya Okinawan Dining in Tustin. He loves bitter melon (goya) and that's the specialty here.

Half Pig Head @ Social in Costa Mesa

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

For my visit to Laguna Beach last month, my host had planned a barbecue at home with some friends on Sunday. But the Aliso Fire that broke out Saturday afternoon cancelled that plan. Instead, one o...

Crystal Cove Shake Shack | Newport Coast

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

When I was in Southern California earlier this month, I learned for the first time that date shakes were available at the Crystal Cove Shake Shack. Date shakes had become a must on my visits to Pal...

Break of Dawn | Laguna Hills

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

Ever since I saw a photo of Break of Dawn's tempura eggs published by Professor Salt, I've been kind of obsessed with trying this place. Last week I departed Oceanside and drove up to Laguna HIlls ...

Izakaya in Los Angles/OC

by buttdrunk 10 months ago

Would like to get some recommendations for best izakaya in Southern California.

Gui Fei Ji @ Sam Woo Barbecue Express | Irvine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

On Thursday I stopped by Ranch 99 in Irvine to pick up ingredients to cook for a friend. I was happy to see Sam Woo next door. Mind you, I'd never had anything from the Sam Woo restaurants or BBQ c...

May 24, Santa Ana #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

For Ramadan, a reprise of #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque for "Creating Healing Spaces, Fighting Hate, One Halal Taco at a Time". Ramadan service, author Gustavo Arellano talking about Latino-Muslim u...

Restaurant recommendations please in South OC for a special birthday

by choopark 11 months ago

Hi. I’m looking for a restaurant for my husband’s 50th birthday dinner with close friends. Do you know one where a group of 10-12 people can have good food and drinks in a warm/cozy atmosphere? I...

Vegetarian char siu bao in Orange County area

by pleeplee 2 years ago

I once had a great vegetarian char sui bao in the San Francisco china town area. Is there a place where I can purchase vegetarian char siu bao in Orange County (preferred) or LA County? I'd even se...

First Visit to Dana Point - Restaurant/Bar Suggestions Please

by Attknee 1 year ago

Hello Everyone, we are making a four night stay in Dana Point this April. Already thinking about where to eat. There are many posts but most are a bit older and thinking there might be some newer...

Organic urad dal and best online store to purchase?

by blustery 12 months ago

I posted a question some time back regarding urad dal. I did purchase a bag or organic urad dal on Amazon in 2016 and it was fine. Need to buy more since I have decided to cook with it again. I...

Need help find a Taiwanese ginger tea in a cube-shaped form

by ineedgingertea 1 year ago

Need help find a Taiwanese ginger tea in a cube-shaped form, does anyone know what I am talking about? it comes in a dark cube shape and dissolves in hot water to make tea. It's delicious, spicy, a...

House of Chimney Cakes | Anaheim

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Last week I had a chance to stop in Anaheim to check out the new House of Chimney Cakes. The draw here are the baked-to-order Hungarian-style cones dusted with various flavored sugar crystals. Whil...

Zov's @ John Wayne Airport | Orange County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Arriving early for my departure from SNA in October 2017, I had a chance to wander around the food vendors inside security. I've always been curious about Zov's bistros, and gave the airport counte...