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The three most common questions I receive as a food writer: what's good to eat within walking distance of Disneyland, where can I eat good Mexican food, and where can I get dim sum in Orange County.
The first is getting a little easier to answer, the second one has always been easy as long as Mexican food doesn't mean Don Jose's to you, and the third one was always awkward: drive to Alhambra, which is far and has daunting parking. For OC, though, I always recommend Seafood Cove #2. Sure, there are other places to yum cha, but Seafood Cove sends out the hottest items, they have the nicest cart ladies, and they have the best tea selection (you knew you could order better tea than the default, right?).
For a county without a strong Cantonese restaurant presence–our Chinese tends toward Taiwanese–Seafood Cove #2 scratches an itch that everyone has and no one talks about. When it's not dim sum hours, they serve live seafood, just like every Cantonese restaurant in Los Angeles. We've been back many times, because sometimes the drive to Alhambra is too daunting. Good luck parking, though.
77. Loco Moco at Bread Crumb Ohana Cafe
78. Bratwurst at Barley Forge
79. Beef Noodle Soup at (Wafting Fragrance) Noodle House
80. Taco de Nopal at Urban Cactus
81. Fried Chicken at Crazy Chi-Mac
82. Mole Tots at Amor y Tacos
83. Khao Soi at S.T. Noodle Bar
84. Chili Cone Queso at Cozy Cone Motel
85. Crispy Smelt at Big Catch Seafood
86. Teriyaki Chicken Plate at California Plate
87. Combo Plate at MasalaCraft
88. Cornbread Waffle N Chicken at Mrs. Bea's
89. Everything at Crispy Town
90. Kurobuta Pork Belly Bánh Mì at Mendocino Farms
91. Tostilocos at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice"
92. Milanesa at Delicias Peruanas
93. Super Nachos at Kelly's Korner Tavern
94. Tortas at Sliced and Diced Eatery
95. Seasonal Dumplings at Coconut Rabbit
96. Burrito de Birria de Res from Burritos La Palma
97. Bò Kho at Song Long Restaurant
98. Pancake Sandwich at Willowick Golf Course
99. Tahdig at Tanor Fresh Mediterranean Grill
100. Quatro Formaggi Panini at Old Vine Cafe