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Abilene Rose

10830 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, (714) 963-1700

If you have a taste for authentic Texas barbecue, look no further. The menu at Abilene offers mouth-watering barbecued brisket—cooked for eight to 12 hours in a pit oven—and superb baby-back or beef ribs. Steaks include baseball-cut prime rib and delicious ribeye (also in sandwich form). Or you may want to try a steak-and-shrimp combo or the scrumptious catfish dish. Another delicacy is the spiced beef Texas sausage; it goes great with a Big Red, soda straight from Texas! Homemade soups are featured daily, but save room for some pecan or sweet-potato pie.

Services: takeout and catering available. Full bar. Reservations accepted. Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-8:30 p.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Azteca Restaurant/Crooners Lounge

12911 Historical Main St., Garden Grove, (714) 638-3790

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The Gypsy Den

2930 Bristol St., B102
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Costa Mesa

Crooner's bills itself as Southern California's only "Elvis Lounge," a full bar featuring music and memorabilia from the Rat Pack and the King himself. Weekends feature rockabilly to the nines, Friday nights feature Main Street's Classic Car Show outside, and Saturday nights feature Elvis' movies on the TV. You can also re-create Elvis' Fun in Acapulco vibe with some great Mexican food at Azteca restaurant, which offers a menu filled with the owner's original recipes. Try the garlic tacos and garlic salad to set the party off, or ask about the daily special.

Services: takeout available. Full bar. Hours: daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; lounge open till 1 a.m. or later. All major credit cards accepted.

Bobby McGee's

200 S. State College, Brea, (714) 529-1998

Have your exquisitely juicy prime rib beef served to you by a pirate!?!?! Or maybe a clown!?!?! Bobby McGee's offers good-humored, fantasy dining at its finest, as the costumed staff serve up delicious grub. This fun-filled dining extravaganza offers a little bit of everything: from zesty filets topped with Dijon mustard, sliced and sautéed mushrooms, and Beranaise sauce to some of the best fresh fish available. And remember: though Bobby McGee's is fun for all ages, on Tuesday nights, kids eat free.

Services: full bar. Reservations suggested. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 4-11 p.m., Sun., 3-10 p.m.

Cafe Plaka

18633 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 963-4999

It's always a party at Café Plaka, where beguiling belly dancer Bathsheba (who performs Friday and Saturday nights), live music and dancing Greek waiters keep thing lively Thursday through Sunday. The exotic menu features Californian, Mediterranean and traditional Greek specialties. Try a lamb dish like arni psito (slices of roast loin of lamb served in natural juices), filet mignon, or chicken and pork souvlakia from the grill. Select from an outrageous assortment of appetizers such as vegetarian grape leaves or calamarakia (fried baby squid). And don't miss the baklava for dessert. Have fun!

Services: takeout and catering available. Full bar. Hours: lunch: Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner: Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Coach House

33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930

One of the premier concert venues in Southern California, the Coach House is a casual, intimate setting for enjoying world-famous artists from all musical genres. Such famous acts as Berlin, Chris Izaak, Leon Russel and Cracker make regular appearances here. At your table, you'll dine on American cuisine, choosing from an entrée, appetizer and dessert special offered each night. The regular menu features swordfish, New York steak and burgers. Their crispy mozzarella sticks, nachos or jalapeño poppers go great with a cold brew and good music.

Services: full bar. All major credit cards accepted.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

17595 Harvard Ave., Ste. B, Irvine, (949) 660-1332; also in Brea; Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine; Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills; MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana; South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa; Tustin Marketplace, Tustin

There's always a Coffee Bean nearby when a java craving comes calling. Their coffee selection is vast and tasty, featuring blends from East Africa, such as an Ethiopian mocha, and Latin America, like the Colombia Supremo—or order an Indonesian flavor like a Java Estate. Iced drinks include espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and iced teas. There's also a selection of tea-latte drinks and non-coffee iced blends. Order a fresh bagel, brownie, muffin or croissant to go with your favorite blend. All coffee extracts are processed to neutralize unpleasant acids so the coffee is exceptionally smooth and undiluted.

Services: takeout available. Hours: daily, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (hours may vary). Most major credit cards accepted.

Crazy Horse Steakhouse

71 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (949) 585-9000

Newly relocated, Crazy Horse Steakhouse is now at the Irvine Spectrum, attracting urban cowboys and cowgirls in record numbers. The venue features an unbeatable lineup of such country artists as Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, John Berry and Neal McCoy. Crazy Horse is renowned for its juicy steaks, prime rib and fresh seafood, using the most succulent cornfed, certified Angus beef, properly aged and cut fresh daily. Their superb wine list perfectly compliments the entrées. For dessert, try their signature "mountain-high mud pie," and send your taste buds to paradise.

Services: banquet facilities available. Full bar. Reservations accepted. Hours: daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-10 p.m. All major credit cards accepted.
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