Restaurants Around the Square

note: 7-14 this listing is hopelessly out of date. We need a foodie to review all the new restaurants downtown.

Downtown Santa Ana:
Just go here Eat DTSA

Bistro 400
400 W. 4th Street 714 543-9821

(Jazz in the evenings - see schedule on their website)

Chapter One -The Modern Local
227 N. Broadway
Hip new downtown hangout in the Pacific Building.
check their website for hours & menu

El Curtido
300 W. 5th 714 973 0554

The Gypsy Den
125 North Broadway 714 835-8840

Mil Jugos Review
318 W. 5th Street 714 836-4601

Nature's Niche
322 W. 5th Street (5th & Broadway) 714 543-4264

Original Mike's
100 South Main Street 714.550.7764

Park Tower Sandwich Shop
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
M-F 6AM - 3:45PM

Pop's Cafe
112 E. 9th Street 714 543-2772
a great place for weekend breakfast!

no website but here's an OCFoodBlog review

17th Street:
The Olde Ship
1720 W 17th Street 714-550-6700

El Pico de Gallo Grill Review
17th & Flower
714 953- 7448

Peking Kitchen menu and review
413 W 17th 714-543-2383
(our favorite Chinese restaurant. Coupons in Cityline)

Super Antojitos
1702 N Bristol St 714 835-3619
lame website but good wet burritos.

The Hacienda
1725 N. College Avenue 714 558-1304
Thursday eve Southwestern, Sunday Brunch

Not Far Away:

Burrell's BBQ Read Review
305 N Hesperian 714-547-7441
If you live in Washington Square, you have to try Burrell's at least once.

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
2220 E 17th 714 973-1943

The Chili Pepper
167 South Main Street - map
Orange, CA 92868 714 639-2840
your webmaster's favorite Mexican restaurant.
read the Christian Z review (with pictures)

Chicago Pizza
3332 S Bristol 714-557-5950
(they don't deliver to WS but worth the drive to Target Center on S. Bristol)

3705 S. Bristol 714-754-7380
also 1945 E. 17th Street, coming soon to Bristol Marketplace where Blockbuster used to be. Also
13348 Newport Ave at 4th & Across from MainPlace.
no longer owned by McDonalds and still serving up burritos that look like airstream trailers and weigh about as much. Fun flash website too.

Juan Pollo
1231 W. Memory Lane
Santa Ana 714 550-0507 (read mini-review)

we like them so much they cater the WSNA Summer Party!

Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse
"Put Some South in Your Mouth"
2940 E. Chapman Ave. Tustin 714633-3369

Philly's Best (Read Review)
1804 N. Tustin

Baja Fish Tacos (Read Review)
3644 South Bristol, Santa Ana 714 641-4836

Hollingshead's Delicatessen
368 S. Main Street, Orange 714 978-9467
(read review)
Farmer Boys
17th Street

Knollwood "World's Best" Hamburgers
2107 E. 17th Street 714 541-0555
1801 N. Tustin 714 543-8008

El Torito
Main Place, Santa Ana 714 648-0058
don't miss Taco Tuesday .99 tacos 4-10PM
Enderle Center, Tustin 714 838-6630

El Torito Grill
951 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach 949-640-2875
1910 Main Street Irvine 949-975-1220
more upscale than the original and a fusion menu with great flavors.
The Newport Center location is a great getaway.

Zito's Bar & Grill 714 730-0003
Enderle Center, Tustin

Zito's New York Pizza 714 832-1111
takeout and delivery arm of Zitos above
17320 E. 17th Street • Tustin, CA 92780
4-9:30 Su-Th, 4-10 F, Sa

Tropika Malaysian & Thai Cuisine
Enderle Center, Tustin 714 505-9908

The Crab Cooker
Enderle Center, Tustin 714 573-1077
Great Seafood, Don't Look Up Here!

Zov's Bistro
Enderle Center 17440 E 17th St. Tustin, CA 92780 714.838.8855
considered by someone to be one of OC's best restaurants, although pricey.

Olive Garden
MainPlace 714 531-8323

California Pizza Kitchen
MainPlace 714 479-0604

Jerry's Woodfired Dogs
2276 E. 17th (at Tustin) 714 245-0200

Wahoo's Fish Tacos
13791 Newport Ave. Tustin
3000 S. Bristol, Costa Mesa
also 3333 Bear St. #211 CM
a So. Cal original

Avila's El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant
2201 E 1st St 714-547-9129

George's Thai Bistro
3732 S Bristol 714-979-8366

Orange County Mining Co
10000 Crawford Canyon Rd 714-997-7411
on a hill above Chapman Ave.
open for Dinner 5-11PM, Sunday Brunch 9:30AM-2:30PM

Claim Jumper
2250 E. 17th Street 714 836-6658
The home of big food. Great salad bar though.

Nieuport 17
13051 Newport Ave. Tustin 714 731-5130
Fine Traditional Dining, Zagat rated

Han's Homemade Ice Cream
3460 S. Bristol 714 979-8815
legendary ice cream but good sandwiches too.

For more information on dining in Orange County, check out The Happy Fork it's run by a friend, Brad Hagen who's a "foodie". Also Christian Z's Mex Food Blog is a good read and well illustrated.

For a listing of 281 Santa Ana restaurants and more go to Chowbaby or Let's Eat OC

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