Let's Dine Out... Where To Go?

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Dining Out Isn't Our First Choice... But When We Do...

Dining out

Dining out
Sometimes you must go out to eat

Sue is an outstanding cook and since she is vegetarian (allergic to meat, fish, and chicken) and Paul is  mostly vegetarian, eating at home is simpler and generally better.  Checkout our cooking website.

 

However, we do enjoy going out to places that have quality food, good value, good service, and flexible to support our vegetarian needs!

Vegetarianism is a conscious way of eating, and involves the practice of following a diet which includes fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products or eggs. A vegetarian does not eat meat, including game, poultry, fish, crustacea and shellfish.

An ovo-lacto vegetarian (or lacto-ovo vegetarian) is a vegetarian who does not eat animal flesh of any kind, but is willing to consume dairy and egg products. The terminology stems from the Latin lacto meaning "milk", ovo meaning "egg", and the English term vegetarian (see Etymology of vegetarianism for the etymology of "vegetarian"), so as giving the definition of a vegetarian diet containing milk and eggs.

However, they are  A mix of excellent food and service and time to relax! Please join us for some of our favorite places in the local area presented in a random order so you can't figure out where we will be most of the time!

Humor Is Always Required

The cat is about to be full!    Home Cooking Is BEst
Oh oh... The cat is in for a rude awakening! So is the horse.

Monsieur Marcel's At The Los Angeles Farmer's Market

This is a great small restaurant located in the eastern end of Los Angeles Farmer's Market. Open all day they serve great meals with super service! Watch out for their specials as they are quite interesting. Their market is next door so it is also fun to walk around and see what is new.

6333 W 3rd Street # 144
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3191
(323) 939-7792

Monsieur Marcel
Like being in Paris... Great food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere

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Catal In Downtown Disney

Fantastic food and an amazing staff who we have learned to love. Starting with the General Manager each of the staff are personable and make one feel right at home! It's tradition to have Christmas Eve dinner, Easter dinner, Mother's Day dinner, and special events with the folks at Catal.

1580 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92803
(714) 781-3463

Catal and Uva Bar
We were there opening day and have enjoyed it ever since!

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Preveza Mediterranean Restaurant (Los Alamitos)

The building once was a fast food joint so when Preveza came into being being we ignored it for many months. One afternoon we decided to "try it" and we are hooked. The menu is so diverse, loads of veggie foods and plenty to eat. The wine prices are amazingly low and the service always great. It is now pretty bust so we go mid-afternoon or early evening. Highly recommended.

Make sure you try the Sanagaki Flambe!

10931 Los Alamitos Blvd
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
562-391-0299

Preveza, an excellent choice
An enjoyable dining experience!

The Boathouse On The Bay (Long Beach)

WE WENT THERE FOR YEARS AND ON JULY 3RD WE WERE ASKED TO LEAVE OUR TABLE WE RESERVED FOR A YEAR ABD WERE PUT IN A HALLWAY WITH NO VIEW OF THE FIREWORKS.

NOT RECOMMENDED... THEY TREATED US HORRIBLY AND WE WILL NEVER DINE THERE AGAIN.

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Royal Khyber (Costa Mesa)

We began going to this restaurant when t was located in Costa Mesa and enjoyed it so much we followed them to South Coast Plaza. Super food and outstanding service.   Great food and quite an interesting menu!  When they say "vegetarian" we feel very safe!

1621 W Sunflower Ave # D53
Santa Ana, California - L.A. Metro 92626
(714) 436-1010

Royal Kaiber Restaurant
Enjoy an up-scale dining experience at Royal Kaiber

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Kamal Palace Cuisine Of India (Long Beach)

Did You Know? - Indian cuisine or Indian food encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, meat, vegetables, and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices.

The development of these cuisines have been shaped by Dharmic beliefs, and in particular by vegetarianism, which is a growing dietary trend in Indian society.

Welcome! Mr. Kamal invites you to his Palace - Kamal Palace - an authentic Indian cuisine for a most wonderful cultural and culinary experience of your life. Mr. Kamal says "As Taj Mahal represents the beauty, elegance and culture of authentic India, so does the food at Kamal Palace".

Located at beautiful Long Beach marina Kamal Palace is serving the community with delicious, authentic, and gourmet Indian food for last 30 years. Mr. Kamal himself is expert in Indian cooking and has added many of his own special dishes to the menu.

They are famous for our Tandoori Delicacies cooked in authentic clay oven; we present a wide variety of Chicken, Lamb, Seafood, & Vegetarian Curries, and many Appetizers, Soups, Breads and Desserts.

So please come and wine & dine in a peaceful atmosphere and get a taste of exiting and exotic Indian food. Their classic Indian food will not only quench your appetite, but will also drench your soul with beautiful aromatic cultural experience; and you will come back again and again.

6374 E Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803-4877
(562) 493-0255

The Himalayan Grill
The smells from the kitchen are just a delight!

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Himalayan Grill (Huntington Beach)

They are pleased to prepare for you one of the most tantalizing and flavorful cuisines in the world, the foods of India, Tibet and Nepal. Experience perfectly grilled tender tandoori chicken, flavorful lamb and tasty curries that are rich and creamy. Enjoy fresh vegetables in flaky samosas and fragrant, delicate naan bread. They welcome you to explore rarely offered fine Himalayan cuisine in a very friendly atmosphere.

Read more about Nepalase cuisine.

Peter's Landing Marina
16400 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(562) 592-9080

The Himalayan Grill
You will more more hungry after sitting down and smelling to goodies they are preparing in the kitchen

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Anaheim White House Restaurant (Anaheim)

In 1987, Italian immigrant Bruno Serato moved to Orange County, Ca. and took over the ownership of the fine dining restaurant, which now features steak and seafood with a Northern Italian cuisine.

His award-winning excellence and signature entrees befit the establishment, and has been hailed as bringing fine dining to Orange County. Anaheim White House Restaurant, and his philosophy is simple: to treat each and every one of his patrons as a distinguished guest in his home.

Simple as it may be, Anaheim's once "hidden treasure" is now recognized worldwide, and is now a "home" to many.

887 South Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 772-1381

Anaheim Whitehouse
Everything is great and read abbot their charitable efforts in the community

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Yucatan Grill (Seal Beach)

Another long time favorite. Over twenty years of enjoying their wonderful restaurant!  They started on an old Taco Bell location and we began enjoying the fire they put into their foods. Shrimp Diablo is a favorite. Habanero sauce eats its way out of the bottle... Yes, they can to less spicy also. They moved to Seal Beach and we always find a way to go down and visit and dine.

550 Pacific Coast Highway
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 430-4422

Yucatan Grill
Wonderful food and super staff!
Highly recommended

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Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens (Corona Del Mar)

The "coastal garden" cuisine at Café Jardin marries vibrantly fresh California produce with a French pedigree. The restaurant is located in full view of the central flower gardens. Dining takes place outdoors for the most part, moving indoors in case of inclement weather - a rarity in Orange County.

2647 East Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 673-0033

Cafe Jardin
After a delightful meal one can stroll the gardens! Life is good

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Seasons 52 In South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)

Seasons 52
Located at South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Avenue
Suite #2802
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 437-5252
Fax: (714) 437-5352

Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list in a casually-sophisticated ambiance.

At Seasons 52, they pride themselves on offering their guests:

  • Seasonally-inspired dining choices expertly designed to excite and surprise the palate
  • An award-winning international wine list featuring diverse wine selections that personalize the dining experience
  • Knowledgeable, approachable service that inspires confidence
  • A casually-sophisticated adult ambiance that feels inviting

Seasons 52
Fantastic for everyone....

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Corea Kalbi Costa Mesa

We discovered this jewel because of Hannah and her Eastern Studies at UCI! We got to know the manager/owner and his family and are treated like royalty when we visit. Excellent food, beautiful presentation, and resonable prices! Simply great!

Great dining and the Manager speaks PERFECT English and it very attentive to the guests!

Did You Know? - Korean cuisine as a national cuisine known today has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Originating from ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions in southern Manchuria and the Korean peninsula, Korean cuisine has evolved through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends.

Korean cuisine is largely based upon rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi is served often, sometimes at every meal. Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and gochujang (fermented red chili paste).

1701 Corinthian Way, #E
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 797-9292

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Patty's Place

Paul enjoys a good steak once in a while and if you want an excellent steak or a simply great lunch, Patty's Place is where to go! The atmosphere is excellent, the staff outstanding, service superb, and the owner is a doll! Highly recommended.

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Chapter One In Santa Ana

Great place for interesting foods and great service!

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Panda Palace Huntington Beach (CLOSED)

We started going to Panda Panda when it was in the Rossmoor shopping center over 20 years ago. Zachary's first solid food was a paper wrapped chicken and that was 25 years ago. The food is always outstanding and their new location is fantastic. Great bar, private rooms, and outstanding decor. Always a joy even to pop-in and have a drink!

Another tradition is to have Christmas dinner at Panda Palace and play the movie "A Christmas Story" with many of our friends on their wide screen TV! We even have the cook prepare ducks with the heads on so we can "chop them off" and giggle and yell! Loads of fun!

16400 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 112
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
562-592-3048

Panda Palace Restaurant
Relax and enjoy a trip to the far east!

Fio Rito's Italian Restaurant (Now Closed)

Los Alamitos' iconic Fio Rito's Italian Ristorante closed its doors on Sunday, but plans on relocating to a new location sometime in the not too distant future. Still, the restaurant will be missed by the many families who have patronized it for the last 49 years.

The award winning family restaurant was full of patrons who had waited in line or booked reservations in the last week or two that it remained open. "We've been having groups of 20 to 50 people come in this lately," said Ken Skinner, owner/manager. "It's sad but also uplifting to have the public come by and thank us for years of service."

Neighboring Fish Company restaurant is expanding, and will be taking over Fio Rito's space. Fio Rito's lease was up a year ago in December in 2011, and they had been leasing the site month-to-month since, knowing for awhile they would be closing their doors. But Fio Ritos is looking for another location in the area.

"Right now, people are giving us their email addresses so we can let them know where we move to," he said.

"We first have to find a location," said Skinner. "It will probably be several months before we reopen."

Skinner's parents, Pat and Phyllis Loughran, bought the restaurant from Leonard Fio Rito in 1976. Skinner and his wife, Cecily, have managed the restaurant since 1983. Fio Rito Italian Ristorante, known for its thin crust pizza, lasagna, spaghetti and meat balls, scampi, blue cheese and Italian salad dressings, will at least be temporarily missed by the many families who have dinned there.

"Oh we've had people be really upset that we are closing," said Skinner. The restaurant has proudly served many families into the third and fourth generations. Part of their success is that they have retained "Freddie," head cook for over 30 years along with their head waitress, "Jan," who has been working for Skinner and his wife since the 70's. "Our staff is really going to miss all the people until we reopen," said Skinner. "They all want to return, and have offered to repaint and come back."

Skinner said that part of their success is that the restaurant is a family environment with everyone knowing everyone else, kind of like the sitcom "Cheers." "They come in large groups and really enjoy themselves," he added.

"I think it's among one of the best restaurants around," said Paul deSha of Rossmoor and patron of more than 40 years. "It's a shame to see it go." He and his wife, Dolores, hope they find a new place soon.

For Bob and Judy Fitzroy of Los Alamitos, patrons for more than 20 years, coming to Fio Rito Ristorante has been like coming home to a place with the best pizza in town. "We're going to exchange emails," said Bob Fitzroy. "Hopefully they will find a new place soon."

"I'm going to miss the people, as it's more than a restaurant, it's a family connection," said Skinner. "It's really been a wonderful experience."