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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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Angelo’s and Vinci’s

This place used to be more cool.  It used to be located in the X backstage of the Fox Theater in Fullerton.  The Fox theater used to be a stage theater.  At some point it was converted into a movie theater and so the backstage was no longer needed.  A few years ago they moved to a new building next door.   It still has a lot of character inside but the food is really not that good.   Still it’s worth going just to see the place once.

Directions: Take Harbor north of the 91 about 3 blocks past Commonwealth.  It’s on the right. (see directions for Rutorbegors)

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Hof’s Hut

Hof’s Hut is a small chain of umm, Coffee shops?  It’s actually pretty good and they have really good dessert selections courtesy of their bakery.  My friend Willis loves this place.  He always gets the Rotisserie Chicken.

Directions:The one in Irvine is in the same shopping center as Sagami.

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Claim Jumper

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Claim Jumper’s claim to fame is their huge portions.  I seriously doubt most people could finish a meal there or even just dessert.  The food’s usually not bad though it’s definitely not great either.  There is almost always a wait for dinner though.

Directions: There are quite a few of these around.  Here’s one. Take Culver north from the 405 to Alton.  Turn left at Alton then right into the Lucky’s shopping center.  Claim Jumper is in that shopping center back toward Culver.

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Todai

Todai is an all you can eat Japanese buffet.  Lunch is something like $10.   Not a bad price for all you can eat including sushi.  It’s not bad for an all you can eat place.

Directions: There is more than one of these too.  The one I’ve been to is here.   Take Beach Blvd south from the 405 about 6 lights.  Todai is on the right just past Warner.  I’m not sure there is a sign but there is a Fitness Center and Edward’s Charter Center Theaters.  Also Todai is right next to the tallest building within miles.

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Imperial Dragon

This is a small Vietnamese restaurant in Costa Mesa. It’s definitely not bad. I’ve only been for lunch. They don’t have the catfish that the other place has but their soups are great as is their Charbroiled Pork with Rice and their Vietnamese eggrolls.

Directions: Take Bristol south.  It’s on the right just past Paularino in the same shopping center as Video Tokyo

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