Best Place to Watch Weekend Warriors - 2010
Corner of Main Street and Buffalo Avenue, Santa Ana
Original Mike's seems to get more attention for its almost-weekly hot-rod-and-hog shows than its food, but that's okay—the cars beat the grub any day. If you don't want to deal with the crowds or the brutal sun shining off chrome and asphalt, a better spot to watch the classic cars and motorcycles is at this intersection, across the street from the Interstate 5 South onramp and just south of its offramp. It's here where the Original Mike's participants must pass, and the scene—hundreds of cars, Harleys and biker babes, louder than the John Wayne Airport runway—sometimes takes a full five minutes to disperse. Best part about this spot? It's just into the shade from trees standing on the nearby credit-union parking lot.