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PACIFIC WHEY CAFÉ & BAKING CO.
You start your day with breakfast, and even though the prices may be on the high side ($9 for pancakes with fruit?), what you get in return here are freshness and quality. Dinner selections are limited, but they do offer a mix of intriguing vegetable dishes and steamy pot pies and stews for foggy nights. 2622 San Miguel Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 644-0303; also at 7962 Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 715-2200; 25672 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ste. G-1, Ladera Ranch, (949) 542-7744; www.pacificwhey.com. $$

EL POLLO NORTEÑO
El Pollo Norteño whole-cooks chickens on a spit that spins and spins over a fire. Once in a while, they'll squirt lemon and chile powder. What more could you ask for? 1525 W. First St., Santa Ana, (714) 541-9097; also at 202 N. Grand, Santa Ana, (714) 542-0779. $

STEER INN
"Get the 'small but mighty,'" my friend counseled. "It's the best." This steak is more mighty than small. The meat has enough texture to create a tooth-gnashing gusto reserved for Discovery Channel feeding frenzies, yet no steak knife is required to cut the beautifully seared surface. 801 S. Tustin Ave., Orange, (714) 639-2434; also at 444 N. Lakeview Ave., Anaheim, (714) 974-5321. $$

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Merhaba Restaurant

2801 W. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > African

Region: Anaheim

Yi Dynasty Korean BBQ

1701 Corinthian Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Newport Beach

RENDEZVOUS

26701-B Verdugo St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Juan Capistrano

China Olive

3420 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Santa Ana

Ricas Tortas Ahogadas

Fourth and Mortimer sts.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Santa Ana

Yellow Basket

2860 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Santa Ana

The Crema Cafe

322 Main St., 7
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > Cafe

Region: Seal Beach

HK FOOD MARKET

14551 Red Hill Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780-6238

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Tustin

Harbor House Cafe

16341 Pacific Coast Highway
Sunset Beach, CA 92649

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Huntington Beach

Chez Rose

7360 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Westminster

Tai Buu Paris

9684 Westminster Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Garden Grove

THE WILD ARTICHOKE

4973-A Yorba Ranch Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Yorba Linda

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TACO MESA
You'll love everything about Taco Mesa, especially their calamari taco. Wrapped in a steaming flour tortilla, the thick, juicy slabs of chile-coated calamari-steak strips are among the tenderest sea creatures that will ever touch your lips. 3533 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 633-3922; also at 647 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0629; 22922 Los Alisos Blvd., Ste. P, Mission Viejo, (949) 472-3144; 27702 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ladera Ranch, (949) 364-1957; www.tacomesa.net. $

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