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Best Shabu Shabu/Hot Pot Restaurant Orange County 2011 - The Red Pot

The Red Pot

The Red Pot

12119 Brookhurst St.

Garden Grove, CA 92840

714-636-7168

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Last year, we tongue-in-cheekily dubbed the restaurant that preceded the Red Pot as "The Best Restaurant That Will Close Soon." Despite our attempt at a reverse-jinx, Four Seasons Hot Pot still shuttered. But as we mourn its loss, we celebrate the birth of its successor. The Red Pot serves essentially the same food in exactly the same spacious, window-bordered room, but it couldn't be more different. Instead of the nearly deaf owner, there are attentive, youthful faces who are as fluent in English as they are in customer service—a jarring but not unwelcome thing for those used to being ignored in Little Saigon. The pricing structure has also changed for the better. The old à la carte system has been jettisoned in favor of a $19.99 all-you-can-eat model. This, above all, has freed the itinerant explorer to discover things to swish beyond just chicken, beef and lamb. Pork-blood cubes, tripe, intestines, even tendon, can now be ordered wallet-risk-free. If you'll allow it, we'll now make another prediction: The Red Pot shall be "The Restaurant That Will Last Awhile." $$

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