Zankou Chicken

1999-03-09

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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Yaohan (now Mitsuwa)

1999-03-09

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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Tommy Sushi

1999-03-09

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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Tommy's

1999-03-09

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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Todai

1999-03-09

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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Ten Ten

1999-03-09

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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Sushi Wave

1999-03-09

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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Super Mex and Great Mex

1999-03-09

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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Seoul Garden

1999-03-09

This is also a Korean BBQ.  It's much newer looking than Picnic Garden.  It's a toss up which is better.  Some people like one and some people prefer the other.   It's also $8 for lunch but drinks are separate.

Directions: From the 5 take Red Hill north.  Past the 1st light on the right is a shopping center.  It's in there behind the Del Taco.

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Sam Woo in Irvine

1999-03-09

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Sam Woo has been called the best Chinese in O.C.  One indication is that the clientele is about 95 percent Chinese.  Another is that the service can be rude.   Some people say if the service isn't rude it's not real Chinese.  There are several Sam Woo restaurants in So.Cal.  I think there's one in San Francisco too.

There are three restaurants there.  One is take out only.  One is called Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant and looks a little expensive.  I've never been in there.   The 3rd is between the first 2 and that's were I eat.  It's usually cheap too.

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