Neighborhoods: Global Eats in Lake Forest

Nina's Indian & British Grocery Restaurant

Photographs by Melissa Valladares

Near the corner of El Toro Road and Muirlands Boulevard in Lake Forest, foodies find an unexpected surprise: Vietnamese, Japanese, American, and Mexican cuisine, all in one unassuming cluster of strip malls. It’s like stumbling into a concentrated culinary trip around the world.


The Rush Bar and Grill
This sports bar and restaurant opened in December. Families share chips made fresh in-house, wings, and pizza ($3 to $22) while watching games on 30 TVs. 23532 El Toro Road, 949‑427‑7726,






Chopsticks Phohood3
Owned by Vietnamese pop star Tam Doan, this spot serves more than a dozen varieties of pho, including steak, pork, shrimp, and meatballs ($6 to $8), along with vegetarian options and bo luc lac (shaking beef) made with filet mignon ($9.50). 24602 Raymond Way, 949‑446-8366





hood2Nina’s Indian & British Grocery Restaurant
Filled with hard-to-find staples from England and India—think chutneys, spices, and teas—this shop also serves stuffed naan, dosas, and channa masala ($5 to $10) to go. 23542 El Toro Road, 949-583-2789,






La Cocina de Ricardohood5
In this cheerful Mexican restaurant, diners dig into burritos and enchiladas ($6 to $14), as well as shrimp cocktail with octopus ($14 to $20). 23532 El Toro Road, 949-586-1477,

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