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#1 jennifer

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 09:59 AM

Any rec's for dinner out in/around Anaheim?  Not finding much promise on Yelp, Eater, etc. 

 

Will be down there for a convention at the Disneyland hotel.  Saw one place called The Ranch that insists they're not a steakhouse, but the entree menu is all $40 - $100+ steaks. 



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 11:24 AM

Up for a drive to Irvine?


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Posted 13 October 2016 - 05:26 PM

Yeah, that's only 30 min!  Shouldn't be a prob for my team. 



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 05:51 AM

Taco Maria is a can’t miss https://goo.gl/maps/F8pY5mhtyK72

Din Tai Fung for dumplings and such https://goo.gl/maps/76ri5mNmzWp

Kitakana ban nai Ramen https://goo.gl/maps/7EfGyqEhysy

Hanare Sushi: https://goo.gl/maps/76fHhr8Ub692

 

if you can't get enough ramen there's a Santouka and a Yamadaya around there too but hit kitakana first.


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 05:51 AM

Several very good Korean places in the area. Really like BCD Tofu house. Open all night and great soon do bo. Several other great korean places. Love Seol ak san which is in Stanton. Get the usual korean food but the kim chi fried rice cooked at the end on the griddle is the best anywhere. The Boiling crab is worth checking out though always swamped. In Tustin is an excellent sushi place, Sushi Wasabi. Terrible name but do a great omakase only dinner, get reservations. Located on the corner of a  small strip mall. Not much to look at but one of faves. Got some tips from Wandering Chopsticks blog. 


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#6 jennifer

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 04:56 PM

These all look great. Thanks! Taco Maria's schedule is opposite of when I'll be there.  Photos look amazing, will see if we can get over there.  They're open Tues - Sat.  I'll be there Sat - Tues.  And, DTF!  Must go get my fix.



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 11:41 AM

Made it to DTF yesterday before our flight home.  For anyone flying in/out of SNA, it's 7 min from the airport.  If you hit off-hours like we did (2:30pm), the wait was 10 min and we were in and out in under an hour.  There are so many times when restaurants don't live up to the hype. This was not one of those times. DTF was outstanding & memorable. And we're already trying to plan a Seattle run just to get our next fix. 

 

Taco Maria's hours were all opposite of when I was heading out, so hopefully I'll be able to try that next time I'm down there.

 

I fell onto this Shabu Shabu place while at Kinko's in Fullerton at 10pm.  Very good.  Caveat: My first time eating this, so I have nothing to compare it to, other than the fact that we all liked it a lot.  Reasonably priced, and welcome after waking up at 2:30am for an early flight and a 16 hour work day.  It's 15 min from Anaheim.  We liked the miso and shoyu broths. The spicy miso was way off balance so I swapped for the miso.  Nice goma paste, grated daikon and an array of other condiments.  https://www.yelp.com/biz/sakura-shabu-shabu-fullerton 

 

Another unexpected find was The Ranch.  Had great hesitations that this would be stodgy corporate overpriced and overrated.  Nope, food was simple but execution was stellar.  The photos on Yelp don't do it justice.  Best pan roasted salmon I'd had in years.  Served over quinoa with dried cherries & pistachios. My H's NY was equally outstanding.  All produce comes from their own farm.  Really shocked at how perfect the food was here.  Service was old school great.  A welcome break for my H & the kid from all the Disneyland crap food they'd been eating for 2 days.  Also the interior was beautiful.  I'd host a dinner event there in a heartbeat.  The kid had a $15 kid's filet with demi glace and mashers.  Worth it.  Tab was $150 including tip for the 3 of us.  In Anaheim, you could drop that any number of crappy chain places.