Unlikely Achievers in the Orange County Restaurant Scene

Digital be damned, these feisty dinosaurs don’t rely on social media.
Photo by Cheryl T

Tartan Room
Stiff drinks, red meat, and twice-baked potatoes in a scruffy, windowless location with no visibility—a successful formula since 1958. This is one of the only places that still includes soup and salad with the entree and still has semi -reasonabe prices for meat and fish dishes.
2652 N. Tustin St., Orange, 714 282-1274, thetartanroom.com

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O.C.’s second-oldest German restaurant offers sauerkraut, wurst platters, grilled elk, and potato pancakes. Popular for Schwaben breakfast omelets, too.
2525 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714-5209500, jagerhaus.net

Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse
Hefty, mesquite-grilled steaks in the county’s remaining wilderness, resisting change since 1968.
20782 Trabuco Oaks Drive, Trabuco Canyon, 949-586-0722, trabucooakssteakhouse.com

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Photo by Dave I.

Taiko Japanese Restaurant
Packing them in since the 1980s, the proprietors are known for asking reviewers to ignore them, lest the lines get longer.
14775 Jeffrey Road, Irvine, 949-559-7190

Snooty Fox
Before there was Laguna Woods, there was Leisure World and homey breakfasts at Snooty Fox. No booze, no Wi-Fi.
23028 Lake Forest Drive, Laguna Hills, 949-770-7761

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