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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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Cheesecake Factory

You may have heard of them.  They are also a national chain (or are they now international).  The thing that sucks about the Cheesecake Factory is that they don’t take reservations and they are almost always busy.  On a Friday or Saturday night you can expect to wait at least 2 hours.

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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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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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