#10. Any Ice Cream at Stricklands Ice Cream

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Edwin Goei

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#11. Banana Blossom Salad at Xanh Bistro

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Dave Lieberman

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#12. Banh It Kep Banh Ram at Ngu Binh

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ProfessorSalt.com
It's #15 on the menu

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Hot, tooth-pulling, taffy-like glutinous rice is loved by Asians of many persuasions - as mochi in Japan, dduk in Korea, and at Little Saigon's Ngu Binh Restaurant, perhaps its ultimate expression as banh it kep banh ram.
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#13. Fresh Sangak at Wholesome Choice

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Nearly as long as a shopping cart...

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Last year, we called the sangak at Wholesome Choice the best bread in Orange County. I'll go further and say it's the best bread EVER--after the Bread of Life, that is.



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#14. Strawberry Croissant at Cream Pan

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Edwin Goei

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#15. Grilled Steak and Lobster Mashed Potatoes at Mastro's

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Edwin Goei / elmomonster.blogspot.com
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#16. Tripas Tacos at Taco Pronto

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ProfessorSalt.com
Gutsy tacos!


















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If you're the sort that scans through a taquería menu and considers the odd bits--cabeza, lengua, tripas, sesos, buche and such--you understand that ordering them comes with a high risk of poor execution. How many times have you received grey cubes of tough, undercooked, unsalted lengua? No wonder organ meats get a bad rap.


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#17. Mexican Teriyaki Bowl at Mos 2

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Decades before Kogi was an "inspired" idea in the head of OC native Roy Choi, another Asian-Mexican fusion feast was enrapturing Orange County: MOS Burgers, a Japanese-American burger stand not related to the Japanese fast-food empire, set up in deepest, darkest SanTana: off Edinger. It no longer exists, but it spirit lives on in the four Mos 2 locations still operating, and its place in Orange County (even Southern California?) culinary history is assured: here is where the Mexican teriyaki bowl was born--or at least, has reached its apotheosis.

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#18. Deep Fried Fish with Mango Salad at Thai Nakorn

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Edwin Goei

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#19. Sausage at Sabatino's

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Dave Lieberman
Just opening the package will suffuse your senses with the smell of porky perfection.
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