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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2011, 08:29:11 AM »
anyone tried Koko's Cafe?  Drove by the other day and saw it has opened...  should be HK style cafe food/drinks... 

It's on the corner of Jeffrey and Irvine Ctr Dr. where the BBQ place use to be..

Another thumbs up for iTea cafe nearby... been buying takeout a few times.. food is pretty good.. getting use to their beef stew noodle..

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2011, 07:55:07 AM »
Attempted to dine at Balcony at DJ this past Sunday.. Why is every Asian family out on Sunday night in the same location?  We drove to the top of the parking lot and then drove all the way down and no open spots...  if I want to feel cramped, I should've bought in rowland heights..

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2011, 08:32:09 PM »
Koko's cafe was a disappointment..  i know i shouldn't expect decent food from a HK cafe.. lived in SF for 3 years of my life and never had a good meal at a HK cafe there... it's only good if everything else is closed and you want a fancy overpriced drink or some greasy chow fun to go with the overpriced drinks you bought at the club you just left...

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #33 on: November 09, 2011, 06:28:41 PM »
SWSH Shabu Shabu opened recently:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/swsh-shabu-shabu-irvine

Had lunch there today, ordered the angus rib eye, really good cuts of meat, though quantity is a little stingy at $19 for large..  service is ok, like the soup broth finish which is a dashi flavored soy sauce base.. you just dump whatever is left in your hotpot into it and make yourself a nice bowl of japanese flavored soup..  asked for some extra tofu and wasn't charged didn't know if that was an error..  open at 11am and they have a happy hour at 5-6pm...  they do taste like House of Shabu Shabu on Walnut.. wonder if it's the same owner..

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2011, 10:43:27 PM »
SWSH Shabu Shabu opened recently:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/swsh-shabu-shabu-irvine

Had lunch there today, ordered the angus rib eye, really good cuts of meat, though quantity is a little stingy at $19 for large..  service is ok, like the soup broth finish which is a dashi flavored soy sauce base.. you just dump whatever is left in your hotpot into it and make yourself a nice bowl of japanese flavored soup..  asked for some extra tofu and wasn't charged didn't know if that was an error..  open at 11am and they have a happy hour at 5-6pm...  they do taste like House of Shabu Shabu on Walnut.. wonder if it's the same owner..

if you like japanese style shabu shabu, you should try shabu shabu bar in santa ana. it's pretty darn good.
if you like chinese hot pot, you might like the red pot in garden grove. all you can eat for $19.99.

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #35 on: November 10, 2011, 07:14:00 AM »
SWSH Shabu Shabu opened recently:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/swsh-shabu-shabu-irvine

Had lunch there today, ordered the angus rib eye, really good cuts of meat, though quantity is a little stingy at $19 for large..  service is ok, like the soup broth finish which is a dashi flavored soy sauce base.. you just dump whatever is left in your hotpot into it and make yourself a nice bowl of japanese flavored soup..  asked for some extra tofu and wasn't charged didn't know if that was an error..  open at 11am and they have a happy hour at 5-6pm...  they do taste like House of Shabu Shabu on Walnut.. wonder if it's the same owner..

if you like japanese style shabu shabu, you should try shabu shabu bar in santa ana. it's pretty darn good.
if you like chinese hot pot, you might like the red pot in garden grove. all you can eat for $19.99.

thanks for the recs... outside of Irvine, we usually go to Ten Shabu in West Covina when visiting family..  also Ichi Ichi in Rowland Heights is pretty decent as well...there was a hot pot place (wu-ji?) that has a sour cabbage stock as your hot pot but sadly they closed down a few years ago... if someone knows another place that can do sour cabbage, please let me know.. 

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #36 on: November 10, 2011, 09:49:29 AM »
Red Brick Pizza at the District is closing.

Wow... that center just keeps on dying... where is test to tell how great living next to it would be?
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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #37 on: November 10, 2011, 01:19:50 PM »
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.
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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #38 on: November 12, 2011, 05:54:07 AM »
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.

Wait till Little Sheep opens next to Marie Calendars...  that should drive more people back...  what we need is a decent cafe/diner that I always see on Fieri's diners drivein's and dives...  mom and pop's type restaurants can't make it on TIC rent?

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #39 on: November 12, 2011, 10:38:45 AM »
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.

Wait till Little Sheep opens next to Marie Calendars...  that should drive more people back...  what we need is a decent cafe/diner that I always see on Fieri's diners drivein's and dives...  mom and pop's type restaurants can't make it on TIC rent?
I've been wanting a greasy spoon in Irvine forever. Instead I go to the ones in around Irvine:

 Tustin:

Mega Burger
Classic Burger

Santa Ana:

Yellow Basket
The Original Yellow Basket

Lake Forest:

Burger Town, USA

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #40 on: November 12, 2011, 11:13:09 AM »
Try Habit in Santa Ana or Lake Forest.
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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #41 on: November 12, 2011, 11:31:49 AM »
The Habit is okay... but it's more like franchise... I prefer the mop/pop greasy spoons like the Greek-owned family restaurants (George's Burgers in Fountain Valley comes to mind).
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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #42 on: November 12, 2011, 07:03:19 PM »
yesterday on Fieri's show there was a hole in the wall restaurant that made pork shank fall-of-the bone bolognese sauce with Tagliatelle pasta... where can I get that?

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2011, 04:18:35 PM »
The reality is for every one American eatery closed 2 Asian eateries opened. We will soon see an interesting shifting dynamic. Non TIC retail centers are in the process of getting facelifts to justify a higher rent. At some point Asian eateries will populate all non TIC centers. The ones in TIC centers with the exception of Sam Woo are all struggling too with high overhead. Late 80's Culver/Westpark Asian corridor is losing its popularity to the new Asian Woodbury/Jeffrey corridor.

Wait till Little Sheep opens next to Marie Calendars... 

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Re: Retail Openings and Closures
« Reply #44 on: November 16, 2011, 08:23:54 PM »
Ate at SWSH for the third time in two weeks... we have really taken a liking to the place...here are some shots..


large angus ribeye


happy juice


veggie dish

Tip:  they give you a bowl with some soup stock in it near the end of the meal, make sure you ask for two spoonfuls of the stock, save some veggies and all of your udon, enoki, dried seaweed, scallions for it and cook it all in your pot in the end...  use the provided metal tongs and take out the cooked food and put it directly into the soup stock.. do NOT add any water from your shabu shabu pot... you're making a "dry" udon..  the flavor is pretty intense and finishes you off pretty well...

 

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