Restaurant Reviews


I like to eat...A LOT! This is a listing of some of the places that I've eaten at. I started this blog back in 2007 but since I've only started blogging more regularly in 2010, I only have a couple of reviews written up so far. Please check back regularly for new updates. 

My Top Ten List:
2012
2011
2010

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Aliso Viejo:
The Original Pancake House

Anaheim:
Catal Restaurant (Downtown Disney)
Jazz Kitchen Express (Downtown Disney)

Corona Del Mar:
Thai Del Mar

Costa Mesa:
118 Degrees (Raw)
Boudin
Daikokuya (Ramen)
French's Cupcake Bakery
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
Jinya Ramen Bar (closed)
Kohryu (Ramen)
Kickin' Crab
Mentatsu (Ramen)
Ramen Yamadaya
Ramen Zetton
Santouka (Ramen)
Seasons 52
Side Street Cafe
Z'Tejas

Dana Point:
Stacks Pancake House

Fountain Valley:
Au Lac (Vegan/Raw)
Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata (Ramen)
Tsuruhashi BBQ (Japaneses/Korean)

Fullerton:
The Cellar

Garden Grove:
Brodards  (Vietnamese)
Pho Dakao

Huntington Beach:
Issara Thai Cuisine

Irvine:
85C Bakery Cafe
Agora Churrascaria
Asian Tapas 
Baja Fresh
Blaze Pizza
Blackmarket Bakery
Bluewater Grill
Boiling Point
Britta's Cafe
Bruegger's Bagel
Capital BBQ and Dim Sum Express
Champagne French Bakery Cafe
Charlie Kabob
Chef's Yen's Chinese and Thai Fusion
Cheesecake Factory
Chipotle
Claim Jumpers
Corner Bakery Cafe
Cucina Enoteca
East Coast Bagel
El Cholo (Mexican)
Fukada (Organic Japanese)
Gosquared2 (Taiyaki)
Greens Cafe (Vegan)
Ha Long Vietnamese Cuisine
Hen House Grill (Persian)
Izakaya Wasa
Javier's Fine Mexican
Kaya (Soft Tofu) Restaurant
Knowlwood
La Pho
Las Fajitas Grill
Layer Cake Bakery
Lee's Sandwich (Vietnamese/Banh Mi)
Lucca Cafe/Deli/Fine Dining
Maizuru (Japanese)
Marmelade Cafe
Mimi's Cafe
Mochilato
Mokkoji Shabu Shabu Bar (Japanese)
Niko Niko Sushi
O Fine Japanese Cuisine
Pei Wei Asian Fusion
P.F. Chang's
Pho Bac Co/Photasia (Vietnamese)
Pho So 1
Pick Up Stix
Pomodoro (Italian)
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
Ruth's Chris (Steakhouse)
Sagami
Salad Republic
Sam Woo's Seafood Restaurant
Shizuma (Ramen)
Stonefire Grill
Taco Rosa
Tea Station
Thai Bamboo Bistro
Thai Cafe
The Counter (Burger)
The Veggie Grill
Wahoo's Fish Tacos
Yogurtland
Zen Sushi and Roll

Laguna Beach:
Casey's Cupcakes
Gallo's Italian Subs
La Sirena Grill
Lumberyard Restaurant
Pizza Lounge
Tivoli Too! (Mexican)

Laguna Hills:
Lulu's Creperie Cafe
Roman Cucina

Lake Forest/El Toro:
Break of Dawn
Frostings Cupcakes
Fuddruckers (Burgers)
La Cocina De Ricardo
Tacos Ensenada
Uoko (Japanese)

Mission Viejo:
Aloha BBQ
Taco Mesa

Newport Beach:
Benihana
Gulfstream
Haute Cakes Caffe
Il Barone Ristorante
Mama D's Italian Kitchen
Nana San Sushi
Rockin' Baja Costal Cantina
Sprinkles Cupcake
Susie Cakes (cupcakes)
True Food Kitchen (Organic)
Villa Nova (Italian)
Wonderland Bakery

Orange:
Cortina's (sandwiches)

Rancho Santa Margarita:
Cinnamon Productions
Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill

San Juan Capristrano:
The Ramos House
The Tea House on Los Rios

Santa Ana:
Bella Cuba
Taqueria 2 Guys

Tustin:
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Five Guys (Burger)
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Native Foods Cafe (vegan)
Nothing Bundt Cakes
On-The-Border (Mexican)
Whole Foods (food court)

Westminster:
Au De Paris Patisserie (Macarons)
Banh Mi and Che Cali
Cali Restaurant and Bakery
Com Ga Nam An (pho & hai nam chicken)
Pacific Bakery (Macarons)
Pho Thanh Lich
Quan Hop (Vietnamese)
Thach Che Hien Khanh (Vietnamese dessert)

Souplantation - Various Locations
Macaroni Grill - Various Locations

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Mitsuwa Visiting Ramen Purveyors:
Tatsunoya Ramen
Nidaime Tsujita Ramen
Kagetora Ramen (9/15-18, 2011)

Food Trucks:
Kogi
Dos Chinos
The Lime Truck
Oh For Sweets Sake (cupcakes)
Barcelona On The Go
Chunk N Chip
Seabird Vegan Truck
The Burnt Truck 
Rolling Sushi Van
Flavor Rush
Brats Berlin
Lobsta Truck
Longboard (Ice Cream)
Morsel Bakery

Theme Parks:
Knott's Berry Farm - Buena Park
Disneyland - Anaheim
Universal Studios - Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES, CA

Arcadia:
Wood Ranch

Agoura Hills:
Grissini Ristorante
Terri's Cafe 

Alhambra:
Caffe Italiano
Dog Haus
Diner on Main
Green Papaya (Thai)
Pho 79
Boiling Crab
Genki Living (Closed)
Kang Kang Food Court
Salju Dessert (Snow Ice)
Shin-Sen-Gumi Yakitori/Shabu Shabu
Vietnam House
Vietnam Restaurant
Golden Deli

Bell:
La Casita Mexicana

Beverly Hills:
Bouchon Bistro
Famous Cupcakes
Urth Caffe

Buena Park:
La-Men (Ramen)

Brea:
Bruxie
Merely Sweet
TAPS Fish House and Brewery

Cypress:
Cafe Hiro
Frostbites (Crepes and Frozen Delights)
Genghiskhan BBQ Buffet

Downey:
Aguas Tijuana's Juice Bar

El Monte: 
Paleteria Y Neveria
Tito's Plaza Food Court

Hollywood:
Crumbs Bake Shop - Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Long Beach:
Beachwood BBQ
Queen Mary Sunday Brunch

Los Alamitos:
Polly's Pies Restaurant
The Original Fish Company

Los Angeles:
Asahi Ramen
Beard Papa's
Coffee Tomo
Furibo (Japanese)
Kabuki's Japanese Restaurant
LA Market (JW Marriott)
Paulette Macarons
Phoenix Bakery (Chinatown)
Soi 7 (Thai)
The Restaurant (@Getty Center)
Toshi Sushi
Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle
Yojie Japanese Fondue and Sake Bar

Montebello:
Tacos Don Chente

Monterey Park:
Hoy Ka Thai Noodle
Lincoln Plaza Hotel Restaurant
Tokyo Wako

Ontario:
Dave and Buster's (Ontario Mills)

Pasadena:
Chado Tearoom
Euro Pane Bakery
Fair Oaks Pharmacy Soda Fountain
Half and Half (Tea Express)
Central Park Cafe
Lemonade
Marston's Restaurant
Mike and Anne's
Novel Cafe
Rose Tree Cottage (afternoon tea)
Tea Rose Garden (afternoon tea)
The Cheese Store of Pasadena

Rosemead:
Van's Bakery
My Hanh
My Dung
Thach Che Hien Khanh

Torrance:
Torihei - Torrance

San Gabriel:
Ajiman's - San Gabriel (closed)
Battambang Seafood Restaurant
Benten Ramen
Ducks Curry
Green Zone Restaurant (Organic)
Oh My Pan Bakery and Tea
Phoenix Food Boutique
Ton-Chan Ramen (closed)
Yong Dong Tofu

San Marino: 
Huntington Library Tea Room
Julienne's
Yoshida (Japanese)

Silverlake:
Cru (Vegan/Raw)

Temple City:
Tenju Tea

Venice:
Jin Patisserie

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CENTRAL CA:

Laetitia Vineyard and Winery - Arroyo Grande
Avant Tapas and Wine - Buellton
Pea Soup Andersen's - Buellton
Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe - Los Olivos
Saarloos + Sons Tasting Lounge - Los Olivos
Montrio Bistro - Monterey
Paluca Trattoria - Monterey
Old Fisherman's Grotto - Monterey
Suzanne's Cuisine - Ojai
Passionfish - Pacific Grove
Gallery Cafe at the Lodge - Pebble Beach
Brophy Bros (Seafood) - Santa Barbara
Crush Cake Cupcakery - Santa Barbara
McConnell's Ice Cream and Yogurt - Santa Barbara
Olio Pizzeria Enoteca and Bar - Santa Barbara
Olio E Limone Ristorante - Santa Barbara
Trattoria Mollie - Santa Barbara
Tupelo Junction Cafe - Santa Barbara
Paula's Pancake House - Solvang
Taqueria Cuernavaca - Ventura
Pete's Breakfast House - Ventura
Sicily - Ventura
Sushi Marina - Ventura

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SAN DIEGO, CA:
Buccaneer Beach Club - Oceanside
The Longboarder Cafe - Oceanside
Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill - San Diego (Mission Hills)
St. Germain's Cafe

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NORTHERN CA:

Zachary's Pizza - Oakland
Boulettes Larder - Ferry Building, SF
The Palace Hotel (Afternoon Tea Service) - San Francisco
Katana-Ya (Ramen) - San Francisco
Barbacco - San Francisco
Mangia Tutti - San Francisco
Ferry Plaza Seafood - Ferry Building, SF
Miette Patisserie - Ferry Building, SF
Pho Garden - San Francisco
Mel's Drive-In - San Francisco
Crown and Crumpet - Ghirardelli Square, SF
Paesanos - Sacramento
Pyramid Alehouse Brewery

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LAS VEGAS, NV:

M Resort Buffet (M Hotel)
Bachi Burger
The Cracked Egg
Hash House A Go Go
d.Vino (Italian) (Monte Carlo)
Jean Philippe Patisserie
Payard Patisserie (Caesar's Palace)
Cafe Belle Madeleine (Paris Hotel)
La Creperie (Paris Hotel)
Le Cafe (Paris Hotel)
Miller's Ale House
Mon Ami Gabi (Paris Hotel)
Monta Japanese Noodle House

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Boston, MA:
Atlantic Fish Company
Boston Burger Company
Icebox Cafe (Miami Airport)
Mike's Pastry, Monica's Salumeria, Caffe Vittoria
Georgetown Cupcake

Chicago, IL:
Kinzie Chophouse
Russian Tea Time
Giordano's Pizzeria
Yolk
Carmine's (Italian)
Zapatista (Mexican)

New York, NY:
Ray's Pizza
Teany (vegan)

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Travel Points of Interests

California:
Circle Bar B Stables (Horseback Riding) - Goleta
Clairmont Lavendar Farm - Los Olivos
Gainey Vineyard - Santa Ynez
Silver Sun Alpaca Farm - Santa Ynez
Apple Lane Orchards - Solvang
Quicksilver Ranch - Solvang
Seein' Spots Farm - Solvang
Ostrich Land - Solvang