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Mo-chica (think that's the right spelling) is an excellent peru/japanese fusion (though i hate that word) spot in a food court near downtown LA. The guy is cooking seriously but just has a space in a food court.

Very high recommendation while it's still open (believe he's looking for a real restaurant - now that he's proven his concept.)

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my favorite spots...

Jagerhaus, Anaheim (German)

Javier's, Irvine (Mexican)

Darya, Orange (Persian)

Johnny Reb's, Orange (BBQ)

Fogo De Chao, Beverly Hills (Brazilian)
 

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Did you like it?!

i like mine better :) i dunno if i believe the whole story but he obviously knows what he's talking about


op487062 - i'm the sarah palin of food media - rarely read anything from food mainstream press - and i'm dumb as hell :)

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I'm gonna bounce this up for some everyday recommendations.

I'm headed to the Santa Ana/Huntington Beach area at the end of the month for business, so I'll have a day or two to try some SoCal restaurants.

I've read the reviews for some of the higher end restaurants, but what're some average price places to hit up? Typically, I keep my meals around $40 or so when on an expense account - so looking for some fun places with good cuisine to go with a few non-foodie coworkers (while I'd love to hit up some of the fine dining places, I know the rest of the group wont go for it).

I added Rusty Pelican to the list, as it was mentioned earlier, and I know Duke's is a good tourist trap place. Any other fun, local spots worth checking out?
 

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I'm gonna bounce this up for some everyday recommendations.

I'm headed to the Santa Ana/Huntington Beach area at the end of the month for business, so I'll have a day or two to try some SoCal restaurants.

I've read the reviews for some of the higher end restaurants, but what're some average price places to hit up? Typically, I keep my meals around $40 or so when on an expense account - so looking for some fun places with good cuisine to go with a few non-foodie coworkers (while I'd love to hit up some of the fine dining places, I know the rest of the group wont go for it).

I added Rusty Pelican to the list, as it was mentioned earlier, and I know Duke's is a good tourist trap place. Any other fun, local spots worth checking out?
if you're not from california, you have to try some mexican food restaurants. unfortunately, because i don't live near orange county, i can't recommend any off the top of my head--maybe las brisas in laguna beach?

otherwise, i'd recommend manpuku or ikka in costa mesa if you like japanese.
 

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if you're not from california, you have to try some mexican food restaurants. unfortunately, because i don't live near orange county, i can't recommend any off the top of my head--maybe las brisas in laguna beach?

otherwise, i'd recommend manpuku or ikka in costa mesa if you like japanese.
Will try out the mexican restaurants while I'm there - I saw in an Off-Topic thread that someone mentioned Fred's Mexican Cafe in Huntington Beach as a good one to try.

My coworkers unfortunately don't like sushi, that was the first thing I'd asked him when we were talking about where to eat on the trip. I may have to snag a meal or two without them, as I'm getting the impression that they aren't too adventurous at all with food; I ate at a few good ones last time I was out that way on my own.
 

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I'm gonna bounce this up for some everyday recommendations.

I'm headed to the Santa Ana/Huntington Beach area at the end of the month for business, so I'll have a day or two to try some SoCal restaurants.

I've read the reviews for some of the higher end restaurants, but what're some average price places to hit up? Typically, I keep my meals around $40 or so when on an expense account - so looking for some fun places with good cuisine to go with a few non-foodie coworkers (while I'd love to hit up some of the fine dining places, I know the rest of the group wont go for it).

I added Rusty Pelican to the list, as it was mentioned earlier, and I know Duke's is a good tourist trap place. Any other fun, local spots worth checking out?
My personal opinion is that Rusty Pelican is just OK, the only thing truly memorable from that restaurant was their appetizer bread, it is pretty damn good though and worth trying the restaurant just for that.

I'd recommend Javier's in OC. I think you'll have a good time there.
 

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Mastros - my favorite location is the one by South Coast Plaza.
Marche Moderne - South Coast Plaza
Mascarpones - favorite italian place. Located in Orange and family owned.
Citrus City Grille - Orange
Gulfstream - Corona Del mar
Bungalow - CDM
Banderas - CDM
Eat Chow - Newport
The Winery - Tustin
 

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Will try out the mexican restaurants while I'm there - I saw in an Off-Topic thread that someone mentioned Fred's Mexican Cafe in Huntington Beach as a good one to try.

My coworkers unfortunately don't like sushi, that was the first thing I'd asked him when we were talking about where to eat on the trip. I may have to snag a meal or two without them, as I'm getting the impression that they aren't too adventurous at all with food; I ate at a few good ones last time I was out that way on my own.
Hit up javiers in newport. It's not the best mexican food but it never disappoints with quality. :)

Theres a dope ass italian place in huntington. Forgot the name though
 
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