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Guidebook for Santa Ana

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Guidebook for Santa Ana

Food Scene
California-style cuisine, outdoor seating available, excellent martinis
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Citrus City Grille
122 North Glassell Street
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California-style cuisine, outdoor seating available, excellent martinis
Excellent food and service. The pastry case is phenomenal. Outdoor and indoor seating.available. About 3 miles from the Cottage, and worth the drive.
Zov's Bakery Tustin
17440 17th St
Excellent food and service. The pastry case is phenomenal. Outdoor and indoor seating.available. About 3 miles from the Cottage, and worth the drive.
As authentic of an English pub you're likely to find in Southern California. Food is excellent--steak and kidney pie is to die for. Also the fish and chips. Lots of British beers available. Football viewing (soccer to us Americans), and live music.
The Olde Ship
1120 West 17th Street
As authentic of an English pub you're likely to find in Southern California. Food is excellent--steak and kidney pie is to die for. Also the fish and chips. Lots of British beers available. Football viewing (soccer to us Americans), and live music.
Terrific Italian food. Gourmet food items available.Indoor and outdoor seating. available.
Francoli Gourmet
100 South Glassell Street
Terrific Italian food. Gourmet food items available.Indoor and outdoor seating. available.
Authentic Mexican food, just 3 blocks from the Cottage. Handmade tortillas and lots of traditional dishes, at reasonable prices.
El Pico De Gallo Grill
901 West 17th Street
Authentic Mexican food, just 3 blocks from the Cottage. Handmade tortillas and lots of traditional dishes, at reasonable prices.
Excellent seafood and first-class service in a beautiful restaurant only recently built. A great place to dine for a special evening. A bit pricey, but worth it.
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Water Grill South Coast Plaza
3300 Bristol St
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Excellent seafood and first-class service in a beautiful restaurant only recently built. A great place to dine for a special evening. A bit pricey, but worth it.
Best view of Laguna Beach (Main Beach) and excellent food. Spring for the valet parking right next door--it's well worth it.
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The Cliff
577 South Coast Highway
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Best view of Laguna Beach (Main Beach) and excellent food. Spring for the valet parking right next door--it's well worth it.
Fun atmosphere, decent food, large portions. Good for family dining. Not as authentic as el Pico de Gallo, but still a good place to dine.
Chili Pepper
167 S Main St
Fun atmosphere, decent food, large portions. Good for family dining. Not as authentic as el Pico de Gallo, but still a good place to dine.
Tapas restaurant on a charming brick courtyard.
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Lola Gaspar
211 West 2nd Street
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Tapas restaurant on a charming brick courtyard.
Good food, huge beer menu, bright and cheery location. Within walking distance of the Cottage (but I'd Uber if I were you.)
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Chapter One: the modern local
227 North Broadway
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Good food, huge beer menu, bright and cheery location. Within walking distance of the Cottage (but I'd Uber if I were you.)
Creative chef Jason Quinn's modern gastropub offers changing New American fare & top-shelf drinks. I once had a guest who came all the way from Cleveland, Ohio, just to go to this place. Popular among foodies.
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Playground
220 East 4th Street
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Creative chef Jason Quinn's modern gastropub offers changing New American fare & top-shelf drinks. I once had a guest who came all the way from Cleveland, Ohio, just to go to this place. Popular among foodies.
A refurbished old fashioned soda fountain. Featured in the Tom Hanks' film 'That Thing You Do,'
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Watson's Soda Fountain & Cafe
116 East Chapman Avenue
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A refurbished old fashioned soda fountain. Featured in the Tom Hanks' film 'That Thing You Do,'
Bowers Museum eatery ( an easy 4-block walk from the Cottage, Tangata offers Pacific Rim–inspired fare in a bright, modern space with a courtyard.
Tangata Restaurant
2002 N Main St
Bowers Museum eatery ( an easy 4-block walk from the Cottage, Tangata offers Pacific Rim–inspired fare in a bright, modern space with a courtyard.
Family-style restaurant with terrific fresh pies. Walkable from the Cottage, although one must walk over a busy freeway to get there. My Ohio and West Virginia relatives LOVE this place.
Polly's Pies Restaurant & Bakery
2660 N Main St
Family-style restaurant with terrific fresh pies. Walkable from the Cottage, although one must walk over a busy freeway to get there. My Ohio and West Virginia relatives LOVE this place.
So Cal's favorite burgers are just a mile away.
In-N-Out Burger
815 North Bristol Street
So Cal's favorite burgers are just a mile away.
Sightseeing
For first-time visitors, this the first recommendation on my list. Charming old California town atmosphere with lots of restaurants and dozens of antique shops. Just two blocks from Chapman University, the atmosphere is youthful and vibrant. Watson Drug Store is a must-see; it was featured in the Tom Hanks movie 'That Thing You. Do.'
Plaza Square
For first-time visitors, this the first recommendation on my list. Charming old California town atmosphere with lots of restaurants and dozens of antique shops. Just two blocks from Chapman University, the atmosphere is youthful and vibrant. Watson Drug Store is a must-see; it was featured in the Tom Hanks movie 'That Thing You. Do.'
Santa Ana, county seat for Orange County, is chock a block with interesting late-18th century, early 20th century architecture. Lots of art galleries and restaurants. About a 20 minute walk with the Cottage.
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Downtown Santa Ana Historic District
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Santa Ana, county seat for Orange County, is chock a block with interesting late-18th century, early 20th century architecture. Lots of art galleries and restaurants. About a 20 minute walk with the Cottage.
My favorite beach city by far. Walk along Heisler Park for stunning views of the ocean and, on a clear day, Catalina Island. Dozens of interesting shops and restaurants. The quintessential So Cal beach venue.
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Laguna Beach
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My favorite beach city by far. Walk along Heisler Park for stunning views of the ocean and, on a clear day, Catalina Island. Dozens of interesting shops and restaurants. The quintessential So Cal beach venue.
Arts & Culture
The museum's permanent collection includes more than 100,000 objects, and features pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Native American art, the art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and California plein-air painting. The museum has a second campus two blocks south of the main site, Kidseum, a children's museum with a focus on art and archaeology. The Bowers Museum and Kidseum are both easy 10 minute walks from the Cottage.
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Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
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The museum's permanent collection includes more than 100,000 objects, and features pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Native American art, the art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and California plein-air painting. The museum has a second campus two blocks south of the main site, Kidseum, a children's museum with a focus on art and archaeology. The Bowers Museum and Kidseum are both easy 10 minute walks from the Cottage.
Shopping
15-minute walk from the Cottage. Lots of restaurants.
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MainPlace Mall
2800 North Main Street
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15-minute walk from the Cottage. Lots of restaurants.
One of the premier shopping malls in the US. Dozens of high-end stores and restaurants.
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South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
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One of the premier shopping malls in the US. Dozens of high-end stores and restaurants.
My favorite shopping mall. Outdoors, overlooking the ocean. Interesting stores, good people watching (you'll see rich people), and the Island Cinema is a terrific place to see a film--beer, wine, snacks served right to your comfy reclining seat. Pricey, but worth it.
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Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
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My favorite shopping mall. Outdoors, overlooking the ocean. Interesting stores, good people watching (you'll see rich people), and the Island Cinema is a terrific place to see a film--beer, wine, snacks served right to your comfy reclining seat. Pricey, but worth it.
Essentials
Good prices, two miles away.
Smart & Final
707 West 19th Street
Good prices, two miles away.
Organic, health food store. Walkable from the Cottage. Excellent selection of freshly prepared foods, as well as organic produce.
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Mother's Market & Kitchen
151 East Memory Lane
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Organic, health food store. Walkable from the Cottage. Excellent selection of freshly prepared foods, as well as organic produce.
Entertainment & Activities
Two miles away, smack dab in the middle of the Outlet mall. Easy to get to.
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AMC Orange 30
20 City Boulevard West
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Two miles away, smack dab in the middle of the Outlet mall. Easy to get to.
The stadium is so close,we can often see the lights glowing in the northern sky at night. It's just across the freeway from the Honda Center.
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Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 East Gene Autry Way
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The stadium is so close,we can often see the lights glowing in the northern sky at night. It's just across the freeway from the Honda Center.
Home of the Mighty Ducks.
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Honda Center
2695 East Katella Avenue
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Home of the Mighty Ducks.
Turnbeck Cottage quests will hear the fireworks from Disneyland nearly every summer night beginning at 9:30. It's just five miles away if you want to see them in person.
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Ντίσνεϋλαντ
1313 Disneyland Drive
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Turnbeck Cottage quests will hear the fireworks from Disneyland nearly every summer night beginning at 9:30. It's just five miles away if you want to see them in person.
Three fewer screens than AMC, but it has my favorite big theatre for viewing 3D Imax-type films. Just down the street from Honda Center.
Century Stadium 25 and XD
1701 W Katella Ave
Three fewer screens than AMC, but it has my favorite big theatre for viewing 3D Imax-type films. Just down the street from Honda Center.
A short walk from Turnbeck Cottage, this place is a mecca for kids. Adults....not so much.
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Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 North Main Street
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A short walk from Turnbeck Cottage, this place is a mecca for kids. Adults....not so much.
Getting Around
2.5 miles away. Easy access for the train to San Diego or to Los Angeles for quick and easy day trips from the Cottage. Used in a few movies, including "Jerry Maguire.''
Train Station
1000 E Santa Ana Blvd
2.5 miles away. Easy access for the train to San Diego or to Los Angeles for quick and easy day trips from the Cottage. Used in a few movies, including "Jerry Maguire.''
Sitting between Angel Stadium and Honda Center, it looks like a padded silver bicycle helmet.
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Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center
2626 East Katella Avenue
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Sitting between Angel Stadium and Honda Center, it looks like a padded silver bicycle helmet.