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Sushi Wave

Sushi Wave has the best sushi I’ve had in O.C.  There is often a 20 minute wait.   It’s funny because the place is full of Americans instead of Japanese natives even though there are lots of Japanese natives in the area.  At least most of the employees are Japanese natives.  What makes it so good?  The fish is fresh!

Directions: From the 405 south take the 73 to the 55 south and then exit the 55 and drive down Newport Ave long the side of the freeway.  Sushi Wave is on the right in a strip mall several lights down.  If you make it to NikeTown and Triangle Square you’ve gone 1 or 2 lights too far.

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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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Prehistoric Pets

This is a really cool pet store that’s near Ebisu Ramen and Genghis Kahn Mongolian BBQ.   They specialize in reptiles but my favorite thing there is to feed the "Man Eating Catfish."  At least that’s what I like to call them.  Near the entrance to the store they have a small indoor pond with several kinds of fish including catfish big enough to swallow your arm.  For a few bucks you can feed them live night crawlers (large worms).  Cool!  This is definitely a must see place.  Check it out!

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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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Tommy Sushi

This place is interesting in part because it’s so hidden.  If somebody didn’t tell you it was there you’d probably think it was a closet.  The sushi’s not bad.   The dinner sets of Japanese food are large but not great.  I really like the Poki bowl which is kind of like eating a bowl of California role with some sashimi added to it.

Directions: Take the 55 to McFadden east and then turn left on to Newport Blvd.  Go Past the 5 to Bryan. Just past Bryan turn right into the parking lot of Tony’s Landing.  Tommy Sushi is behind Tony’s Landing, behind the Thai BBQ (which is also pretty good)  Don’t mistake it for the Teppan restaurant next door.

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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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Felix Continental Cafe

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Niki’s

Niki’s is Indian fast food.  I could probably eat there everyday.  I usually get the Chicken Tika (not hot) and I have them put the white sauce on my rice.  I have the spinach and the yogurt and if I’m really hungry I’ll order a samosa.  Note: The yogurt should be treated like a dip for dipping the meat and other hot things.  Think of it like sour cream on a potato.

Directions: Take Bristol north from the 405.  Past Sunflower on the right past the gas station.

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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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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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