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Title: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on March 15, 2018, 10:10:13 AM
What are your go to spots in and around Irvine, to splurge, weekly, HH, drunk food, lunch, dinner, steaks, sushi, burgers, BBQ, you get the point, anything and everything.  Looking for places to go.

I'll start off with some that I go to that I haven't seen mentioned much

Habuya, THH, Belacan Grill, Peter's Gourmade Grill in Tustin
Anjin, Hashigo, Manpouku, TK Burger in Costa Mesa
Teddis Deli, Baja Fish Tacos in Lake Forest
Bear Flag, Shunka, Side Street in Newport
Andres, Fukada in Irvine
Pizza Port in San Clemente
Side Door in CDM


Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 15, 2018, 11:08:43 AM
McDonalds :)
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on March 15, 2018, 12:13:32 PM
McDonalds :)

The McDonalds app is awesome...$1 any sandwich with mobile pay.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Mety on March 16, 2018, 04:00:41 PM
Good list, akkord!
Here are couple additional good ones in/near Irvine.

Hanare Sushi: Omasake style
https://www.yelp.com/biz/hanare-sushi-costa-mesa

Jinbei in OH plaza
https://www.yelp.com/biz/jinbei-irvine-4

Rance's Chicago Pizza
https://www.yelp.com/biz/rances-chicago-pizza-costa-mesa

Angelina's Pizzeria
https://www.yelp.com/biz/angelinas-pizzeria-napoletana-irvine-2

Zinc Cafe
https://www.yelp.com/biz/zinc-caf%C3%A9-corona-del-mar-2
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Irvinecommuter on March 16, 2018, 05:29:19 PM
Tasty Garden
Mitsua Food court
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: nosuchreality on March 16, 2018, 08:29:37 PM
The Hobbit
Orange Hill
The Ranch
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: fumbling on March 18, 2018, 01:11:02 PM
McDonalds :)

The McDonalds app is awesome...$1 any sandwich with mobile pay.

Really? Big Mac, Filet o Fish, any sandwich for $1 all the time?
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: qwerty on March 18, 2018, 07:35:35 PM
McDonalds :)

The McDonalds app is awesome...$1 any sandwich with mobile pay.

Really? Big Mac, Filet o Fish, any sandwich for $1 all the time?

Generally the offer is there every week. Pretty much most sandwiches are included. I have several accounts setup for those really good deals like any sandwich for $1 (grand Mac)
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: aquabliss on March 18, 2018, 10:48:22 PM
Had the Grand Mac for $1 today using the app.  Kinda gross, it’s like too much Big Mac attack for me.  Just stick to the regular Big Mac next time.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: paydawg on March 19, 2018, 09:07:15 AM
Not a big fan of how almost all the deals on the McDonald's app is for mobile order/pay now.  When I first got the app, there were several non-mobile deals to choose from.  I guess it gives me extra motivation to cut them from my Go To list.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: irvinehomeowner on March 19, 2018, 12:13:14 PM
Yeah. I don't like that Mobile Pay thing either for McDs.

So I just order off the $1/$2/$3 menu. :)
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on March 19, 2018, 01:14:12 PM
I didn't like their mobile pay either at first, but used it a few times with the kids in the car for curbside and it's convenient.  Use the work phone and personal phone and get 2 sandwiches for $2.16 when I need a quick cheap lunch.  Hopefully they bring back the free nuggets when the Dodgers shutout in the 6th again.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: HMart on March 30, 2018, 01:40:42 AM
EMC Seafood has a nice happy hour. Their $5 for two fish tacos (or shrimp tacos) is my fav, those are some dang good tacos.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on April 05, 2018, 09:58:04 AM
EMC Seafood has a nice happy hour. Their $5 for two fish tacos (or shrimp tacos) is my fav, those are some dang good tacos.

Was at EMC last night for their late night HH, too bad they had a limited menu, "technical difficulties" in the kitchen. 
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: HMart on April 10, 2018, 09:22:13 PM
Jinbei in OH plaza
https://www.yelp.com/biz/jinbei-irvine-4

Really enjoyed Jinbei. Seemed like an authentic Japanese service experience, and the food was pretty good as well. If anything, there was too much fish (and not enough rice) on the sushi.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on May 02, 2018, 10:47:59 PM
Mizu Sushi is my go to place for Sushi in the Irvine area.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: FlorenceKeyes on May 31, 2018, 02:56:09 AM
Mcdonalds or KFC.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 31, 2018, 09:53:14 AM
Blaze for the BYO pizza... although Pieology has become a close 2nd (the crispy pepperonis remind me of Napolini in Downtown Disney).

Javiers for Mexican although they are super expensive now... so we just go down to Rodrigo's (used to be Don Jose) in Laguna Hills. Or up to Jalapenos in Tustin.

Used to go to Hen House quite a bit but are going to House of Kebab more... when we aren't going to Luna Grill.

Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: eyephone on May 31, 2018, 10:04:22 AM
Mcdonalds or KFC.

I would say Popeyes is a competitor to KFC.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 31, 2018, 10:05:12 AM
I've tried Popeyes a few times this last year and their sides are pretty bad... chicken not much better than KFC.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on June 01, 2018, 10:20:09 AM
I like Popeyes more than KFC.  Their Tuesday deal can't be beat.  As for the sides we only get their mashed with extra gravy.  I haven't been down to the Lake Forest location yet, anybody been?

I'd take McDonalds over KFC if I had to choose between the 2 since I'd be going to Popeyes for fried chicken. 
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 01, 2018, 10:22:56 AM
I like Popeyes more than KFC.  Their Tuesday deal can't be beat.  As for the sides we only get their mashed with extra gravy.  I haven't been down to the Lake Forest location yet, anybody been?

I'd take McDonalds over KFC if I had to choose between the 2 since I'd be going to Popeyes for fried chicken.

Popeyes and Church's are both much better than KFC.  Korean Fried Chicken is the right answer though. 

Haven't really gone to KFC in a while...we got to McDonald's for breakfast every once in awhile.    If I want fried chicken...we get the korean version or get them at Pavilions or Ralph's

Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: paydawg on June 01, 2018, 10:23:56 AM
Has anyone tried the new 'fresh' quarter pounders at McDs?  It seems fresher, but for whatever reason, I just don't like it very much. 
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Kings on June 01, 2018, 11:07:22 AM
Has anyone tried the new 'fresh' quarter pounders at McDs?  It seems fresher, but for whatever reason, I just don't like it very much.

what is a "fresh" quarter pounder?  is that like using "real" chicken?
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on June 01, 2018, 05:23:43 PM
Has anyone tried the new 'fresh' quarter pounders at McDs?  It seems fresher, but for whatever reason, I just don't like it very much. 

I'll stick to In'n'Out thank you very much. 
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Mety on June 01, 2018, 09:22:43 PM
Has anyone tried the new 'fresh' quarter pounders at McDs?  It seems fresher, but for whatever reason, I just don't like it very much. 

Mooya burger is good.
I'll stick to In'n'Out thank you very much.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on June 11, 2018, 11:32:31 AM
Has anyone tried the new 'fresh' quarter pounders at McDs?  It seems fresher, but for whatever reason, I just don't like it very much. 

I'll stick to In'n'Out thank you very much.

In n Out still a go to, but been liking The Cut and Burger Lounge too. 
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on June 11, 2018, 11:34:38 AM
Where's your go to for Korean fried chicken?  I normally go to Hashigo and BBQ Chicken if in the mood.  Also like Northwood Pizza, Pizza Port wings and Albertsons, though Albertsons is hit or miss as it can be too salty sometimes. 

I like Popeyes more than KFC.  Their Tuesday deal can't be beat.  As for the sides we only get their mashed with extra gravy.  I haven't been down to the Lake Forest location yet, anybody been?

I'd take McDonalds over KFC if I had to choose between the 2 since I'd be going to Popeyes for fried chicken.

Popeyes and Church's are both much better than KFC.  Korean Fried Chicken is the right answer though. 

Haven't really gone to KFC in a while...we got to McDonald's for breakfast every once in awhile.    If I want fried chicken...we get the korean version or get them at Pavilions or Ralph's
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: irvinehomeowner on June 11, 2018, 11:43:29 AM
Where's your go to for Korean fried chicken?  I normally go to Hashigo and BBQ Chicken if in the mood.  Also like Northwood Pizza, Pizza Port wings and Albertsons, though Albertsons is hit or miss as it can be too salty sometimes. 

There's a "Chicken?" thread in the Watercooler section for other chickens recs. :)

I prefer BBQ Chicken too... but if you just want wings/drums, try Krave Fusion next to Souplantation.

What makes fried chicken "Korean"? The spice? The coating? Where you buy it from?
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 11, 2018, 11:49:23 AM
Where's your go to for Korean fried chicken?  I normally go to Hashigo and BBQ Chicken if in the mood.  Also like Northwood Pizza, Pizza Port wings and Albertsons, though Albertsons is hit or miss as it can be too salty sometimes. 

I like Popeyes more than KFC.  Their Tuesday deal can't be beat.  As for the sides we only get their mashed with extra gravy.  I haven't been down to the Lake Forest location yet, anybody been?

I'd take McDonalds over KFC if I had to choose between the 2 since I'd be going to Popeyes for fried chicken.

Popeyes and Church's are both much better than KFC.  Korean Fried Chicken is the right answer though. 

Haven't really gone to KFC in a while...we got to McDonald's for breakfast every once in awhile.    If I want fried chicken...we get the korean version or get them at Pavilions or Ralph's

Place in Zion...Furia or something like that.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: bones on June 11, 2018, 12:07:55 PM
Where's your go to for Korean fried chicken?

Place in Zion...Furia or something like that.

+1 for this place.  We like it a lot too. Order when you get there. Takes about 15 minutes to fry up. Shop Zion while you wait.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: misslavender on June 11, 2018, 12:48:05 PM
Okidoki - Tustin (has wide variety of diff japanese food: noodles, sushi, yakitori, hotpot); I love the spicy udon that comes in a fiery stone pot
Crack Shack - Costa Mesa (bomb fried jidori chicken)
Miyabi Shabu - fav shabu place in irvine currently cos the meat quality is very good for the angus choice (even compared against the $80 wagyu they had)
North Italia - pasta (very nice date place, and pasta's yummy since made from scratch)
Habana @ spectrum is actually good as an inexpensive brunch place at their bakery section (with cuban sandwiches, pastries, those fried potato balls Porto's known for, coffee)
Moulin - Newport Beach (French brunch place)
Hive & Honey Marriott Rooftop bar was cool to check out since it's the only rooftop bar in Irvine. Good view, but drinks were a bit pricey (no cover tho!)
Shinsengumi - Irvine (since it closes at 11pm, and one craves ramen/udon a lot when everywhere in Irvine closes)
Bruxies - Irvine (always has $5 wednesday specials, and lately has everyday $7 chicken tender deal)

Happy Hours in Irvine:
Habana - Cuban restaurant in spectrum ($5-6 drinks and small plates)
Brio Tuscan Grille - Spectrum (nice sangrias and $5-6 drinks and small plates)
Tokyo Table - DJ
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on June 11, 2018, 12:49:45 PM
Will try it soon, thanks for the rec..

Where's your go to for Korean fried chicken?

Place in Zion...Furia or something like that.

+1 for this place.  We like it a lot too. Order when you get there. Takes about 15 minutes to fry up. Shop Zion while you wait.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Soylent Green Is People on June 11, 2018, 01:16:09 PM
Our "go to's"

Sushi: Ahi Ahi

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ahi-ahi-sushi-bar-and-grill-foothill-ranch?osq=Sushi (https://www.yelp.com/biz/ahi-ahi-sushi-bar-and-grill-foothill-ranch?osq=Sushi)

Pho: Thanh Binh

https://www.yelp.com/biz/thanh-binh-lake-forest-2?osq=Than+Binh (https://www.yelp.com/biz/thanh-binh-lake-forest-2?osq=Than+Binh)

Rice Bowls: Mo's. I dearly wish to win the lottery and open one of these nearby.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/mos-no-2-santa-ana-2?osq=Mos (https://www.yelp.com/biz/mos-no-2-santa-ana-2?osq=Mos)

Healthy Food: Rutabegorz

https://www.yelp.com/biz/rutabegorz-tustin?osq=Healthy+Food (https://www.yelp.com/biz/rutabegorz-tustin?osq=Healthy+Food)

Vegan: Seabirds Kitchen.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/seabirds-kitchen-costa-mesa (https://www.yelp.com/biz/seabirds-kitchen-costa-mesa)

Fast Indian: Nina's

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ninas-indian-and-british-groceries-lake-forest (https://www.yelp.com/biz/ninas-indian-and-british-groceries-lake-forest)


Plenty of good suggestions in prior comments. Will need to put some on my To Do list.

Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: misslavender on June 11, 2018, 02:53:33 PM
Places to look forward to:
Left Coast Brewpub opening this month in the Sand Canyon plaza
Breakfast Republic coming to University Center by UCI

All That Shabu coming soon to Culver Plaza sounds interesting. Does anyone know if this is AYCE (since the name sounds like All that bbq haha)?
Jiaozi dumpling coming soon @ marketplace looks interesting...
Oooh and a new stacks pancake location coming soon to Newport Bluffs
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: eyephone on June 11, 2018, 03:04:14 PM
Good stuff lavender!
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: inv0ke-epipen on June 12, 2018, 03:09:23 PM
Okidoki - Tustin (has wide variety of diff japanese food: noodles, sushi, yakitori, hotpot); I love the spicy udon that comes in a fiery stone pot
Crack Shack - Costa Mesa (bomb fried jidori chicken)
Miyabi Shabu - fav shabu place in irvine currently cos the meat quality is very good for the angus choice (even compared against the $80 wagyu they had)
North Italia - pasta (very nice date place, and pasta's yummy since made from scratch)
Habana @ spectrum is actually good as an inexpensive brunch place at their bakery section (with cuban sandwiches, pastries, those fried potato balls Porto's known for, coffee)
Moulin - Newport Beach (French brunch place)
Hive & Honey Marriott Rooftop bar was cool to check out since it's the only rooftop bar in Irvine. Good view, but drinks were a bit pricey (no cover tho!)
Shinsengumi - Irvine (since it closes at 11pm, and one craves ramen/udon a lot when everywhere in Irvine closes)
Bruxies - Irvine (always has $5 wednesday specials, and lately has everyday $7 chicken tender deal)

Happy Hours in Irvine:
Habana - Cuban restaurant in spectrum ($5-6 drinks and small plates)
Brio Tuscan Grille - Spectrum (nice sangrias and $5-6 drinks and small plates)
Tokyo Table - DJ

You forgot 85c bakery cafe
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 12, 2018, 03:11:28 PM
Diverging but happy hour in Irvine is an interesting topic...standard places like TGIF, BJ, and Cheesecake Factory.  Any other spots?
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: eyephone on June 12, 2018, 03:15:06 PM
Okidoki - Tustin (has wide variety of diff japanese food: noodles, sushi, yakitori, hotpot); I love the spicy udon that comes in a fiery stone pot
Crack Shack - Costa Mesa (bomb fried jidori chicken)
Miyabi Shabu - fav shabu place in irvine currently cos the meat quality is very good for the angus choice (even compared against the $80 wagyu they had)
North Italia - pasta (very nice date place, and pasta's yummy since made from scratch)
Habana @ spectrum is actually good as an inexpensive brunch place at their bakery section (with cuban sandwiches, pastries, those fried potato balls Porto's known for, coffee)
Moulin - Newport Beach (French brunch place)
Hive & Honey Marriott Rooftop bar was cool to check out since it's the only rooftop bar in Irvine. Good view, but drinks were a bit pricey (no cover tho!)
Shinsengumi - Irvine (since it closes at 11pm, and one craves ramen/udon a lot when everywhere in Irvine closes)
Bruxies - Irvine (always has $5 wednesday specials, and lately has everyday $7 chicken tender deal)

Happy Hours in Irvine:
Habana - Cuban restaurant in spectrum ($5-6 drinks and small plates)
Brio Tuscan Grille - Spectrum (nice sangrias and $5-6 drinks and small plates)
Tokyo Table - DJ

You forgot 85c bakery cafe

Off the list for a reason? ;)
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: inv0ke-epipen on June 12, 2018, 03:22:10 PM
Diverging but happy hour in Irvine is an interesting topic...standard places like TGIF, BJ, and Cheesecake Factory.  Any other spots?

Habana, EMC, and Tokyo Table for late night happy hour.
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 12, 2018, 03:23:21 PM
Diverging but happy hour in Irvine is an interesting topic...standard places like TGIF, BJ, and Cheesecake Factory.  Any other spots?

Habana, EMC, and Tokyo Table for late night happy hour.

LOL..I'm asleep by "late night".
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: akkord on June 13, 2018, 06:47:46 AM
Diverging but happy hour in Irvine is an interesting topic...standard places like TGIF, BJ, and Cheesecake Factory.  Any other spots?

Yard House, Andreis, Ruth Chris, Eats/Red Bar Hotel Irvine, Eureka, the Cut

Used to go to Gina's pizza on Thursdays, cheap pitchers, haven't been in awhile, so not sure what their specials are anymore

D&Bs if you want to go on the cheap ($3 Jack & Cokes/Dos Equis Pints all night Thursdays), food is horrible though, go to YH when their HH starts at 3pm for food/beer then move over here if you want cheap hard liquor drinks at 4:30 when their HH starts

Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: paydawg on June 19, 2018, 07:33:59 PM
What are some of the better child-friendly restaurants in the area? 
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Soylent Green Is People on June 20, 2018, 07:01:51 PM
Depends on what your kids will eat. If they've got pretty narrow tastes then chains like Red Robin or Islands will work. They're fairly loud places to begin with so any additional kid noise would be well tolerated by pretty much everyone. The key when our kids were out is "speed of food delivery" more than anything else.

My .02c

SGIP
Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: Irvinecommuter on June 22, 2018, 11:13:30 AM
Souplantation
Corner Bakery
Marketplace food court.
Tasty Garden (they serve "western food" while adults can get good chinese...lots of TV and free wifi too)

Title: Re: Go To for Food
Post by: irvinehomeowner on November 05, 2018, 09:46:56 AM
Yeah. I don't like that Mobile Pay thing either for McDs.

So I just order off the $1/$2/$3 menu. :)

I actually started using the Mobile Pay thing more now. It's easier to pick and choose and then just drive in or walk in to pick up.

I also use their kiosk more too because there are hardly ever lines there. My order is usually ready by the time it would have taken me to wait in the real person line. And, you can use multiple app deals by just ordering multiple times on the kiosk.

Also, Del Taco now has a mobile app. Lot's of BOGO deals... not sure if qwertaco eats at Del because I think he prefers Bell.