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Friday, December 28, 2007

Al Palace

As seen in Hungry? Thirsty? OrangeCounty 1st edition
By Griffin Tamura

AL PALACE
The best Chinese food in Orange County!

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270 Bristol Street #110, Costa Mesa 92626
(at Redhill)
Phone (714) 549-0653
Fax (714) 549-5027
No website

CATEGORY
[Dinner] [Chinese] [Hole in the wall]

HOURS
Mon-Sat: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sun: Closed

PARKING
Located in a strip mall behind Denny's and a Wienerschnitzel. There is plenty of free parking.

PAYMENT
[VISA] [MC] [AMEX]

POPULAR DISH
This place has by far the best chinese food in Orange County. I have tried MANY others, but I always return to Al Palace. The three best dishes on the menu are the sweet and sour pork, beef steak kow and pork with spicy tofu. Every dish here is made fresh to order and served to your table quickly and PIPING HOT.

UNIQUE DISH
Most people that order chinese food get chow mein. Do yourself a favor and order the chow fun at Al Palace instead. It is similar to chow mein, but is made with long, flat rice noodles and is delicious. I recommend the beef chow fun.

DRINKS
Beer, wine, soda and hot tea are available.

SEATING
This is a small restaurant located in a strip mall. There are only about 12 tables so there may be a wait at times. Their service is extremely fast here though, so don't expect to wait long.

AMBIANCE/CLIENTELE
The clientele here is mostly families and a few couples.

EXTRAS/NOTES
This place has been around for as long as I can remember. My parents used to bring me here when I was a child. Most of the people that come here are regulars, and all the staff seems to know everyone by name. Every person I have introduced to this restaurant returns over and over again. The food is THAT good.

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