harbor fresh fish grill – brea, ca
yum. if you like fish, this is the place to be. we came on one of SG’s classmate’s recommendation.
a couple years ago, they had orange roughy so i ordered the fried fish plate with orange roughy. soo good. they used to have this amazing coleslaw that you can ask as your side dish, however, last time SG and i went it was totally different. i don’t know if the chef was sick or if management has changed but i was totally bummed out. it’s usually this chopped up (almost minced) cabbage/cucumber or what not. it was an incredible taste and texture.
last time i got grilled swai plate with garlic butter sauce. i highly recommend it. SG likes to get the grilled mahi mahi plate with garlic butter sauce or cajun sauce. both are excellent, fattening sauces.
the sweet potato fries are very good too. the grilled asparagus is also a winner.
part six? yeah, i could go on forever and ever.
polly’s pies – fullerton, ca (other oc locations too)
skip the dinners and go for the pies! this place is geriatric but you should still order a pie to go if you can’t stand the decor. the kona chips are pretty good—they are homestyle potato chips and come with most burger/sandwich type meals.
lemon meringue – kinda pricey, but you can wait for a sale, like right now (may 2012) they have a sale for 7.99 to-go price. lemon meringue is usually not what i go for in a pie, but this one rocks my world!
boysenberry – yum, take this home and get yourself some cool whip lite – it is the perfect combination
chocolate silk – this is decent but it is comparable to other pie-joints.
apple (no sugar added) – sg’s uncle who’s diabetic said he’s a fan of this, but is doubtful about the no-sugar-added because it tastes that good. i guess it’s natural fruit sugars…maybe?
the hat – brea, ca (there are other oc locations too)
if you love pastrami sandwiches, this is the place for you. try their chili cheese fries and/or onion rings
i tried the roast beef/french dip; it’s okay but not their signature dish.
i also tried the chicken salad sandwich (a cold sandwich): not my favorite. not recommended.
you see, i was trying all sorts of other sandwiches, when the whole time, i really needed to stick with pastrami.
angelo & vinci’s – fullerton
this place is really fun. we chanced upon it in some ad when we first moved to fullerton. SG’s uncle was in town and we were starving. the decor is crazy. if you have a.d.d., it’s going to be overwhelming. once you’ve been a few times, it’s not as bothersome and you can focus on eating.
the food is splendid. their secret is the cheese. it’s yummy. and their special dough, as in pizza dough and also those rolls they serve each table. really, really good stuff.
try the to-go counter. we’ve ordered pizza there many times.
we also adore the lunch special: slice of pizza, salad and pasta salad. it’s about $3 now (used to be less, dang it) but it’s still totally worth it. be prepared for a lot of cheese. it is not for the light-hearted.
it’s a good dinner joint too. note: try not to go on a busy night…sometimes they are swamped and the service gets really slow.
my favorites are the garlic/onion pizza and that one dish, the stuffed/rolled pasta with cheese, pine nuts and golden raisins. sounds crazy but it’s good, i promise. update: it’s called “rolletini.” recommend the pesto & meat or marinara sauce!
other dishes for dinner:
eggplant parmigiana – huge portions, split the order with a friend!
cannelloni – better than the manicotti
insalata orangina — i do not know what it is about this salad, but it is so incredibly good!
fried calamari – tasty and comes with their great marinara
most entrees (spaghetti, manicotti, etc) come with sausage or meatball. i recommend sausage but meatball is decent.
oh yeah, always get their italian salad dressing if you get a salad. super good.
brea’s best -brea
i like a good hamburger every now and again but i am super picky about them. i do not like mustard, ketchup or pickles so i’m tough to please. brea’s best is a great place. it’s a small local joint with the small-town feel to it, one of the things i love, is that it is close to a very clean stater bros. too, making it a great stop before picking up groceries.
SG always gets the regular hamburger or cheeseburger. i have ordered several things: among them, the bacon-avocado cheeseburger. i have to be starving in order to eat it, otherwise it’s a lot of caloric power. i also like the turkey club, it’s much more decent of a price than those corner-bakery-cafes/panera joints. my current favorite is the bbq chicken sandwich. i like the chicken a lot. as a salad-freak, my advice is to skip the salads; they are pricey and other joints pull off better salads. stick to sandwiches and burgers.
we always get sweet potato fries or onion rings. it’s an absolute must.