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Alberto’s

Alberto’s is a small chain of Mexican fast food.  Before they opened in Orange County we used to drive all the way to Oceanside to eat there.  Now there’s a few in Orange County.  Something strange happened because many of the Alberto’s have changed their names to things like Alberta’s and Albertaco’s but they seem to have all managed to keep the same taste.

My favorites are (1) 3 rolled tacos with guacamole. (2) two beef tacos with rice and beans.  One thing I don’t like there is the chicken burrito.  It’s just chicken in a tortilla.  No rice, no beans, no nothing.

One other cool thing: They’re open 24 hours.

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Natraj

This is an awesome Indian restaurant in Laguna Beach.  The best part is that on weekdays they have an all you can eat buffet for lunch.  It’s a must try!  My friend Tom’s favorite dish is the Chicken Tika Marsala.  It’s not usually served during the buffet though sometimes you can get lucky.

Directions: Natraj is on PCH south of Broadway about 10 blocks on the left (opposite the beach)

NOTE: Natraj is under new management now and the food is no longer any good.  :-(

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Peruvian place at Cerritos and Western.

There is a little hole in the wall Peruvian restaurant at the corner of Western and Cerritos.  If you’ve never tried Peruvian food (as in from Peru) I suggest you try it.  It’s pretty good and somewhat different.  One of the dishes I had there is this potato dish with this thick yellow gravy/sauce poured all over it.  Very good!   Also I had some squid salad and the squid was as tender as chicken.  Not rubbery at all.  Yum!  They also have chicken dishes.

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Sam Woo in Irvine

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Sam Woo has been called the best Chinese in O.C.  One indication is that the clientele is about 95 percent Chinese.  Another is that the service can be rude.   Some people say if the service isn’t rude it’s not real Chinese.  There are several Sam Woo restaurants in So.Cal.  I think there’s one in San Francisco too.

There are three restaurants there.  One is take out only.  One is called Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant and looks a little expensive.  I’ve never been in there.   The 3rd is between the first 2 and that’s were I eat.  It’s usually cheap too.

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Bangkok 4

Bangkok 4 is my favorite Thai restaurant.  It’s in the South Coast Plaza Crystal Court behind South Coast Plaza.  It’s on the 3rd floor.

I’m not sure if this is real Thai food or upscale Californiaized Thai food but I think is delicious.  It’s a little expensive.  The kind of place you’d go on a relatively nice dinner with your girlfriend.  If you just want to pig out go to the Thai BBQ next to Tommy Sushi.

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Kim Tar

Kim Tar is the kind of Chinese restaurant that looks dirty.  I’d be surprised if they got a A or even a B from the health department.  Fortunately I’m one of those people that thinks those kind of places are the most delicious.  Kim Tar is a chain and there are several of them.  I’ve been to the one in Cerritos and also the one in Anaheim.

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Ten Ten

Ten Ten is another great place for Dim Sum.  It’s often very busy and there can be wait any day of the week.  Again weekends are the best time to go as there is more variety.  I’m not sure what hours Dim Sum is served there but I suspect it’s 11am to 2pm

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Felix Continental Cafe

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Rubio’s

Rubio’s is actually a fairly large chain in So.Cal.  It’s specialty is fish tacos.   Yes you read correctly, Fish Tacos.  When I first heard about fish tacos it sounded kind of gross.  I don’t know why when you think about it.  Tuna sandwiches are one of my favorites as were Fillet-O-Fish sandwiches at McDonalds when I was a kid.  My mom told me I had to give them a try so I did.  They are awesome.   The one to order is the Fish Taco Especial.

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Sagami

sagami.jpg (39325 bytes)Sagami is a good place for quick Japanese food.  They’ve got various types of rice bowls and sushi.  It’s only takeout but there are tables outside if it’s a nice day.   It gets pretty crowed at lunch.  There’s also about 6 other takeout places there if you’ve got a hunger for Japanese food and your friends don’t

Directions: Take the 405 south to Culver.  Turn left from the exit on to Culver.   Left at Barranca.  Then left at the next light into the shopping center with a Target and a Mervin’s.  It’s in the middle.

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