“We like to keep it lighthearted: break down the wall between the barista and the customer.” —Bryan Trinh, Owner of Bad Coffee

All photos by Melissa Valladares

Bad Coffee
A minimalist philosophy extends from the decor to the seven-item permanent coffee menu at this cafe, where sunlight streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Customers work at small tables while sipping cappuccinos and macchiatos ($3.50) and nibbling on pastries from Tustin-based Rye Goods. 1534 Adams Ave., 714-261-8161

Port of Sound Record Shoppe
This small shop packs albums and 7-inch singles into wooden display cases that snake around the room. Music lovers can find dozens of selections in their favorite genres, from blues and soul to indie rock and hardcore punk, along with new releases and collectible records. 1500 Adams Ave., 714-444-2337, portofsoundrecords.com

Doria’s Haus of Pizza
This traditional Italian restaurant has been serving thick-crusted pizzas ($7 to $25) here since 1981. Wood-paneled walls, red-checkered tablecloths, and vinyl booths give the place an old-school feel, as do the pasta dishes. Try the manicotti ($9.40) and eggplant Parm ($8.50). 1500 Adams Ave., 714-751-8777, pizzarestaurantmesa.com

Icecubes
Rolled ice cream—from the matcha strawberry ($6.50) to the inventive Unicorn Treat, vanilla ice cream studded with Andes mints and topped with mochi and cotton candy dust ($6.50)—dominates the menu at this year-old spot. Waffle sticks topped with crushed Oreos ($5) and basil strawberry lemonade ($3.75) are also winners. 2790 Harbor Blvd., 657-335-4159

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