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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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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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Fatburger

Fatburger is also from L.A.  Fatburger as in "Man! That’s Phat!"  I love them with all 4 extras.  Chili, Bacon, Egg and Cheese.  Yum!  The one in O.C is in the Park Place area.

Directions: 405 to Jamboree, turn right from the exit toward Newport. Turn left at Michaelson, the first light and left again at the next light which is into the Park Place area

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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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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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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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Tommy’s

Tommy’s is somewhat famous in Los Angeles.  They’ve become a small chain and there are a couple in O.C.  They make chili burgers and they are some of the greasiest things you’ll ever eat.  They are extremely delicious but you can only eat them about once every 2 months because they are so greasy.  Tommy’s is also open 24 hours.  I don’t know how we did it but when I was in high school my friends and I could eat 4 double cheeseburgers from Tommy’s each.  Note, all burgers come with chili by default.  If you don’t want the chili why are you at Tommy’s?

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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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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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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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