I am going to try my best here for Dai Lo @beefnoguy , he has droppped so much knowledge on Chinese and Japanese food for a long time on the IntErWeBz so hopefully I do this right…
-Yes to Cafe Hiro for that Japanese-Italian fusion!!!
-Gyutan Tsukasa at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa Food Court probably the best thing to get imo. Of course Santouka is always solid. Great casual meal and the beef tongue had always been good.
-Yea to Cream Pan!!! Probably one of the best Japanese bakeries in So Cal area. Get the cream pans and strawberry croissants, everything else is a bonus.
(Kean Coffee is nearby too, I always grab a pour over then head to Cream Pan)
-Meiji Seimen in Costa Mesa…tiny little Japanese casual spot with udon, soba, and tons of specials/seasonal dishes that is beyond me.
-Anjin in Costa Mesa will cost you some coin to play.
-Habuya I never been but I am very curious about this place. Okinawan is indeed hard to find.
-Yes to Han Yang for a repeat visit! FYI that dank ass mustard green kimchi can be bought. I think they quoted me $8 or $9 for a jar(don’t know the size). That mustard green kimchi is one of my damn favorites kimchi’s that includes OC and Koreatown.
-Try Mother N Law/Jang Mo Jip they open early for breakfast. You can get their soups and stews for breakfast alongside that kimchi!! Great way to start the day (Disneyland trip?)
-Mhat could hit the spot on a cold day with that dak galbi!!
-Myung Dong Kyoja has a Anaheim location that is just as good as Koreatown location. The kalguksu is good and comforting.
Koreatown OC outposts also includes Ham Ji Park(pork ribs and pork neck stew). Mountain (abalone porridge and soups). Eight Korean BBQ (Pork Belly! 8 different ones! Lol)
Don’t know any good American BBQ joints. Does Hawaiian plate lunches with Flintstone size ribs and short cross cut beef ribs count?
Then hit up Matiki Island BBQ in Anaheim!!
Also has the best damn Mac Salad in So Cal. I don’t fuks with all those Hawaiian chains anymore.
Salt N Straw has a downtown Disney location. Double fist it with a corndog in the other hand.
I will try and think of more.