We all went through the food truck frenzy. Some trucks were good, some were your typical roach coach. Some, like The Lime Truck were great and made enough money to start a brick and mortar – TLT Food.
This is a nice place to add into your “every once in a while” spots, although I wish I could go all the time. My favorite thing to do is get the taco flight. Short rib is a must eat, the fried chicken is delicious, the duck is a yelp favorite and their surf in turf is quite good. They have a shrimp special that changes all the time as well as a house special. When we went it was a habanero duck confit sopa – SO spicy, but really good. They also have homemade sauces for the tacos as well as fresh juices (definitely helps cut the spice). They have a revolving tap full of local brews and a wide selection of wines. Although parking is a pain, the food is worth the trip and the staff is super hipster and fun to talk with.
Weekends are always too short. This past weekend was the first time that I got to stay in Orange County for an entire Saturday. (Wedding season is the worst for travel.) Being local meant lots of new adventures.
|Ramen, Fried Tofu and Cutlet Curry|
Dinner time at Diamond Jamboree
For anyone who has visited this shopping market, you know that it is like Disneyland for Asian food. Parking is a nightmare, so try the parking structure first before you battle for spots in the lot. One of the best restaurants in that area is Ajisen Ramen. It has ramen (duh), sushi, udon, and rice dishes. They also have boba for you die hards. The ramen comes out within minutes of you ordering and is so large that you will not need to eat for the rest of the day.
|Mac n Cheese, Beer flights, and Burger and fries|
Drinks at Old Town Orange
This area is probably one of my favorites in OC. It looks like it came straight out of a movie, with the roundabout and “main street’ walking areas. There are lots of great restaurants in the area that I must try, but Haven Gastropub has been talked up so much I finally had to stop in. The food is supposed to be unreal, but I was only there for the drinks. The draft menu changes often and the wine list is almost two pages long. I will definitely be coming back here for the mac and cheese though. It smelled unreal!
|Fish tacos, shrimp ceviche, fish in Ranchero dressing|
The best “hole in the wall” seafood joint
When I find a meal that leaves me speechless I always have to ask myself if I am just starving or if the food is really just that good. I can say with full confidence that Clemente Seafood was the best hole in the wall Mexican food that I have found in Santa Ana, let alone all of the OC. It is some of the freshest fish that I have had, and the sauces and breading that they cook the fish in is so flavorful. The shrimp ceviche is their best seller, but the fried fish tacos were my favorite. I already told the owner they should expect me to be there at least once a week. This place should be a must try on everyone’s list, seriously people…