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.