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16 May 2018

New in South Coast Metro 05-16-18 | Top 20 Cheap Eats in OC

From the Orange County Register                                                                                                                                                                    By Brad A. Johnson
Thursday, May 10, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                      bajohnson@scng.com
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Restaurant Reviews: Top 20 places for cheap eats in Orange County for 2018

 

It’s easy to get carried away and accidentally spend a ton of money eating out in Orange County. It’s also easy to dine very well on the cheap. Here are my favorite places to eat very well for less than $20.

 

10. East Borough

The best restaurant at The Camp is the one without four walls. This outdoor Vietnamese cafe serves a limited menu that includes the best banh mi in the county. Plus, on weekends, they serve dang good kaya toast (spread w/ coconut jam and a poached egg).
Best thing on the menu: Grilled pork banh mi.
2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-641-5010, east-borough.com

Banh mi with grilled pork at East Borough, an outdoor cafe at The Camp in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

12. Calipoke

Most poke is skippable unless you’re in Hawaii where the fish was pulled from the ocean a few hours prior. Calipoke isn’t like most poke places. It’s overseen by one of the best sushi chefs in California.
Best thing on the menu: Yellowtail poke bowl.
2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-280-4720, cali-poke.com

The raw fish at Calipoke is overseen by the same sushi chef who operates the impeccable Sushi Hana re next door. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

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