I have a new engagement every Monday evening in Santa Ana that runs quite late - usually to 11 pm or midnight. I go with a friend who’s interested in exploring new foods, but options are naturally scarce that late. We can’t go beforehand due to work and driving distance, unfortunately. Basically I’m looking for spots in Santa Ana or anywhere on the way back to Hollywood (or surrounding environs - a 10 minute detour is fine) that are open after midnight - preferably until 1 or 2 am.
Pretty much any genre of food is ok, though spice level should be mild - so far we’ve tried a gastropub and an izakaya, and are looking for a decent Italian spot next. Ideal price range is $30pp or less (no alcohol), though I’m willing to keep pretty much anything in mind.