Hoods: Santa Ana

Cater-corner from Whittier Law School in Santa Ana is an area filled with tall, faceless office buildings. In this unlikely setting, you’ll find a pleasant surprise: a handful of interesting spots to grab lunch or relax after work with a lavish meal.

The Scotchery (above, and bottom left)
This retooled restaurant serves steakhouse classics from filet mignon ($35) to prime rib ($51), along with red-meat alternatives such as pan-roasted halibut ($36) or lobster mac and cheese ($22). 3751 S. Harbor Blvd.,
714-557-2987, scotcheryoc.com

Musubiya Balls & Burgers (top left)
Musubi—seasoned rice balls filled with beef, chicken, pork, or seafood—dominate, but we also love the pork belly burger on a ramen-noodle bun ($9) and hamburger steak topped with a fried egg ($8.50). 3701 S. Harbor Blvd., 714-979-4500, musubiyaballs.com

5ifty Forks (bottom left)
Each quarter, Art Institute culinary students create the menu and work as chefs and servers at this restaurant, open for dinner Wednesday through Friday. The students turn out sophisticated, upscale food at bargain prices. 3601 W. Sunflower Ave., 714-338-1325, artinstitutes.edu

Tommy Pastrami (top right)
Loyal customers swear by the pastrami, corned beef, and brisket piled high on rye ($8 for half, $12 for whole) at this New York-style deli. House-made coleslaw and potato salad ($2.75) make ideal sides. 3751 S. Harbor Blvd., 714-540-2700, tommypastraminydeli.com

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