This Week in Roughage

Cruise this ramshackle roadhouse with a creek purling behind it, where inside you'll find the best dry-aged, corn-fed, hand-trimmed, mesquite-grilled beef in OC. It's all served with fried or baked potatoes, beans, garlic bread and a house salad. 20782 Trabuco Oaks Dr., Trabuco Canyon, (949) 586-0722; $$

Owner Jerry Phung is nothing if not a people pleaser. "I want to be an embassy for vegetarian cooking," he says. Well, there is no better ambassador than his faux orange chicken, which is crispy and sweet and spicy and delicious. The menu is varied and wide-ranging, from pot stickers to Vietnamese soy chicken salad to 1,000-layer tofu to hot-braised string beans. 3505E.Chapman,Orange,(714)744-0008.$

You probably won't go to Win Thai for its cheesy Asian pop background music, but you should go for the deep sweat its notoriously spicy dishes stimulate. Win Thai offers more than 100 items, ranging from traditional rice dishes to more exotic fare such as the spicy green mussel salad. 1151N.EuclidSt.,Anaheim,(714)778-0940.$

Location Info


59th and Lex Cafe

701 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Newport Beach

Apple-A-Day Health Food Company

30262 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Category: Restaurant > Specialties

Region: Laguna Niguel

Country Inn Garden Cafe

130 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Cafe

Region: Costa Mesa

Eva's Caribbean Kitchen

31732 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > Caribbean

Region: Laguna Beach

Green Parrot Cafe

2035 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Santa Ana

Inka Anaheim

400 S. Euclid St.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Category: Restaurant > Peruvian

Region: Anaheim

Katella Deli

4470 Katella Ave.
Rossmoor, CA 90720

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Los Alamitos

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