This Week in Soup

MITAE RAMEN

A guy named Shark once sent a Weeklywriter a lengthy hand-written testimonial recounting the glories of this tiny noodle shop, and after a few chopsticks of the ramen, it's easy to see why this is Shark's favorite place for a feeding frenzy. 750 Saint Clair, Costa Mesa, (714) 545-3331. $

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Anh Hong Restaurant

10195 Westminster Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Garden Grove

Cafe Hiro

10509 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Cypress

christakis greek cuisine

13011 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Restaurant > Greek

Region: Tustin

La Cocina De Ricardo

23532 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Lake Forest

E-San Rod-Sap

1719 W. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Anaheim

Mariscos La Sirena

515 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: Santa Ana

Mariscos Licenciado #2

1052 N. State College
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Anaheim

Moscow Deli

3015 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: Costa Mesa

Pho 79

9941 Hazard Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Garden Grove

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This is the only Soviet-centric business for the local Russian community, and the three stout women who run the store ensure their creations don't disappoint. The borscht is blinding redness and belied by the blandness you'd expect of a beet-and-tomato soup. But it's surprisingly invigorating once you mix in a scoop of sour cream. It reminds me of a soup Mexican mothers force down the sore throats of their children, insisting on its recuperative powers. I'm not sure there's a babushka-abuelita exchange, but my larynx doesn't lie: after slurping up this borscht, I'm blessed with the pipes of angels. 3015 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 546-3354. $

Pho 79

Pho 79 is old-school, one of the first Vietnamese chain restaurants in the United States. They have a vast selection of foods from different regions of Vietnam, but the name doesn't lie. Slurp up the pho, trucked out in boiling canteens, your choice of meat standing on top of a mini-boulder of rice noodles. Add in jungles of bean sprouts and mints, and you have the flu shot you need for the winter.9941 Hazard Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 531-2490; 9200 Bolsa Ave., Ste. 117, Westminster, (714) 893-1883; 881 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (310) 599-5305. www.pho79.com. $

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