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Best Specialty in Orange County

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Gulliver's Restaurant

When you hear the name it won't be a surprise if you are reminded of the classic tale of Gulliver's Travels. Being around for four decades is not an easy thing, and to remain a favorite Prime Rib restaurant in Southern California is no mean feat. Gulliver's is known for their hand picked, corn fed beef, which is slow roasted in a customized, patented oven for that distinct flavor and succulence. Gulliver's is equally well known for their house specialties of prime steaks, Chateaubriand, salmon, rack of lamb, baby back ribs and roasted Long Island duck. When you enter the restaurant, you will be transported back to 18th-century England, by being engulfed by a bona fide museum of leaded glass pieces and ceramic objects, and collectible prints of Hogarth, Rowlandson and other Gulliver’s Travels illustrators. It has a charm of an English inn, cozy and inviting with a vibrant pub to celebrate any occasion with a delicious Prime Rib feast. Gulliver's is a great place to unwind and relish the good times.

Irvine, CA, United States
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The Cheese Shop at The Mix

The Cheese Shop at The Mix is a somewhat of a mecca for cheese connoisseurs and fanatics of Costa Mesa, CA. Housed within The OC Mix, this charming cheese shop is associated with the popular restaurant The Cellar in San Clemente. The boutique itself is a work of wonder, with pretty, kitschy-kitchen interiors and of course, Clementine the Cow, their mascot. On offer here are a range of exquisite artisanal and domestic, daily-use cheeses along with gourmet snacks and eats that complement these cheeses and lots of cheese accessories - slicers, cutters, chopping boards and lots more. The Cheese Shop also features a small but excellent charcuterie section.

Costa Mesa, CA, United States
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Genghis Khan Mongolian Bar-B-Q

Buried in the far corner of the quiet Twin Peaks Plaza, Genghis Khan Mongolian Bar-B-Q has poor visibility, but this family-owned restaurant has been around since the 1970s. Why pay a restaurant when you can get a big plate of Mongolian BBQ for cheap at a food court? Once you walk in, you realize a few reasons. The restaurant is very clean and nicely decorated with masculine Mongolian art and pretty Chinese paintings. The friendly staff are upfront about the fact that the regular portion is generous enough for most appetites, although an all-you-can-eat option is offered, both with a variety of sauces. Suggested recipes are provided for different tastes. From seafood to vegetarian, the menu has no shortage of variety.

Lake Forest, CA, United States
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Empanada Man

The Argentine restaurant Empanada Man is even further proof that Lake Forest is the ethnic food center in south county. Located in a rather remote and industrial area, Empanada Man's 14 kinds of oven-baked, golden-brown and flaky empanadas make up enough reasons for the drive, for either a casual meal at the restaurant or a few dozen to-go for a party at home. For a small order, try the mixed half-dozen or dozen and decide which flavors are your favorite— each flavor has a group of royal fans. For to-go, make sure you pack enough chimichurri sauce a flavorful blend of parsley, olive oil, vinegar and lemon. The pizzas are also very popular; try Casa Deluxe, Eugazeta or Special.

Lake Forest, CA, United States
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Jack's Surfboards

If you are going to buy surf equipment anywhere, you should do it here. Established in 1957 by Jack Hokansonin in Huntington Beach, this is a large store packed with surfboards, surf gear, wetsuits, casual beach clothing and sun products. The owners carry the most popular surf brands: O'Neill, Billabong, Quicksilver, Gotcha and Rip Curl. In addition, they carry body boarding, snowboarding and skateboarding items.

Huntington Beach, CA, United States
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Mas Islamic Chinese

Mas Islamic Chinese Restaurant serves up an interesting and less common branch of Chinese cuisine, namely Hallal Chinese food. Although Mas Islamic Chinese serves many classic Chinese dishes that immediately come to mind, it would be a shame to miss out on their Islamic Chinese specialties. Special dishes include lamb with jalapeños, hand cut noodles with beef or lamb, special dumplings, green onion pancakes and their popular sesame bread. Mas Islamic Chinese is some of the most popular Chinese food in the area so expect lines during peak hours.

Anaheim, CA, United States
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Lulu's Creperie Cafe

Lulu's Creperie Cafe has all the idyllic French countryside charm. Be it indoors or on the beautiful patio, you will be serenaded by the French experience. Delicious food, whether it is gourmet French, lovely crepes or classic American dishes, you will surely relish. And the warm hospitality and affordable prices sets the tone right for a delightful time here. At Lulu's you will feel as if you are meeting your long lost friend. Enjoy the live music nightly and on Sunday brunch, and just unwind with a great smile playing on your lips. Lulu's is known for their hearty breakfasts and brunches, so step in to have a wonderful dining experience.

Laguna Hills, CA, United States
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