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Super Mex and Great Mex

Some of my Japanese friends claim they don’t like Mexican food.  I have to assume they’ve only tried Taco Bell and Del Taco.  I suppose they could actually not like it but if I had to eat only one type of food for the rest of my life I wouldn’t be at all unhappy if it was Mexican food.

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Doria’s Haus of Pizza

This is a great place for cheap Italian food.  I’ve never had pizza there.  I usually have Lasagna or Cannelloni or Manicotti.  It’s all good and pretty cheap.   This is really a local type of place and there is often a wait to get in.

Directions: Take the 405 south to Adams.  Turn right and then right into the parking lot for the large Edward’s Theater.  It’s in that shopping center.

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Zankou Chicken

This is a small chain and originally from LA.  There are about 7 of them so far.  They are Armenian and they make some super delicious chicken (and other stuff).  My favorite item there is the Chicken Shawarma (sp?).  If you’ve ever been to a Greek fast food place and seen the big cone of lamb or beef rotating on a machine and cooking slowly from which they cut off the edges to make gyro sandwiches out of, well Chicken Shawarma is made on the same kind of machine.  Stacks and stacks of chicken are piled on the machine along with some stuff at the top that melts and drips all over it as it cooks.

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Jan’s Health Bar

This place used to be really hidden.  It was at the corner of Main and PCH in Huntington Beach INSIDE the surf shop on the corner.  If you didn’t know it was there you probably would never notice.  But, a few years ago they moved down the street to the 500 block on Main (5 blocks back from the beach)  There’s alot less foot traffic there but they say they get more business because there’s accessible parking.

Anyway they have a fairly small menu.  A bunch of smoothies (and they were making smoothies long before they were popular) and they make a couple of sandwiches and soups.

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Ebisu Ramen

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Yaohan (now Mitsuwa)

Yaohan is a Japanese super market.  They have stores all over the world.   Most of the Yaohan’s have other stores inside in addition to the main super market.   For example the one in Costa Mesa has 4 fast food counters, a bakery, an small appliance shop, a travel agency, a gift shop, a Shiseido counter, a Auto accessories store, a toy store, a Japanese dinnerware store, a book store, a hair salon and a few other things.  It’s a great place to visit.  The food’s not great but it’s usually passable.

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Little Saigon

I’m not sure if this is true but I’ve been told the Little Saigon has the most Vietnamese people outside of Vietnam.  It’s a great place to visit.  Especially check it out on Tet day one of the major celebrations.

Directions: A good place to start is the area near the Dragon Phoenix Palace Chinese Seafood Restaurant.  Little Saigon runs from Beach Blvd to Euclid along Garden Grove Blvd, Westminster Blvd and Bolsa Ave.

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Rutabegors

Rutabegors is the original "health food" place. At least it was my first exposure when my parents started going there in the 70′s  They’ve opened a couple more since then but the original is the best because it’s in downtown Fullerton in a neat old Mexican building.  I’m not sure it’s really considered health food by today’s standards but it’s similar.

Directions: Take the 91 west from the 57 to Harbor.  Take Harbor about 2 or 3 miles to the first street past Commonwealth and turn right. Turn right at the next street and Rutabegors is on the right.

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Jerry’s Famous Deli


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Harbor House

Harbor House is also open 24 hours.  There is one in Dana Point and one in Huntington Harbor both on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).  They specialize in omelets which are actually not bad.  They have a wide range of other foods too.  They’re pretty good especially for a 24 hour place.

Directions: Simplest Directions. Take Warner west from the 405 until you get to PCH.   Like 5 or 6 miles.  Turn right at PCH.  Harbor House is on the left about 1 mile down PCH.  If you see a tall water tower like structure (it’s actually a house) you’ve gone about 100 feet too far.

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