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September 2013

Readers' Choice 2013: Food

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Readers' Choice 2013

Food

ihop

BEST BREAKFAST: IHOP

"We love going to IHOP with the family! They have a great kids menu, and everyone can get their favorite foods made their way. The staff is always very friendly. It is nice to find a nice place where kids are welcome, and we can all relax for a good meal." -Rebecca Nishi, Irvine

Reader Rave: Tina Stag from Huntington Beach recommends trying Belgian Waffles


lunch

BEST LUNCH & BEST KIDS MENU: RUBY’S

A regular winner during our Readers’ Choice Awards, Ruby’s won two times this year! Once as best kids menu and once for best lunch. With the delicious milkshakes and super tasty meals, it makes perfect sense why.

"Great burgers, fantastic shakes, fun family atmosphere, and the site of one of the first dates I had with my future husband in 1988!" -Robin Watson, Westminster

"Trying to find a restaurant everyone can agree on is a breeze with Ruby's great choices! It is a healthy choice that I can feel good about because it has excellent vegetarian choices for me as well as trans fat fries for the kids which I love!" -Lyssa Witbeck, Laguna Niguel


pizza

BEST PIZZA: ZPIZZA

"ZPizza is the best of their fresh, organic ingredients and the fact that they have dairy free and gluten free option. When my son and I went dairy free/gluten we thought pizza was in our past. But then we found ZPizza! Not only is it healthy, but so delicious as well! My 6 year old often requests that we stop by for a slice!" -Melissa Aldridge, Orange

Reader Raves :

Julie Martinez from Placentia recommends the Provence Pizza

Ashley Moore from Huntington Beach recommends the Berkeley vegan pizza with gluten-free dough.

Locations throughout OC | www.zpizza.com


dinner

BEST DINNER: RAINFOREST CAFE

If you’ve ever wanted to dine with your family in the middle of the rainforest, here’s your chance! Our winner for best family dinner restaurant comes complete with a delicious menu, animals, volcanoes and thunderstorms.

1515 Disneyland Monorail System , Anaheim | 714-772-0413 | www.rainforestcafe.com

"We love Rainforest Cafe for family lunches because it is very kid friendly and has all of the animals and special effects to keep our toddler entertained throughout the meal. As an added bonus, they have professional balloon twisters walking around (who work on tips) making all sorts of fun things for the kids!" -Lilian Malik, Irvine

Recommended Menu Items: Awesome Appetizer & Jungle Steak and Shrimp


BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY HEALTHY RESTAURANT: NATIVE FOODS

If you’ve never been to Native Foods, you’re missing out. As our readers know, this vegan restaurant has different healthy options for the family, and with fun drawings and paintings on the walls throughout the restaurant, it’s clear why this restaurant won.

Locations in Newport and Costa Mesa | www.NativeFoods.com

Recommended Menu Items:

For Mom: Sesame Kale Micro Bowl
For Dad: Portobello and Sausage Burger
For Teens: Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger
Kids: Freddie’s Mac & Cheese


kids menu

BEST HEALTHY AND MOST DELICIOUS KIDS MENU: TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

"My son and I have Celiac Disease and these days more and more places are offering "gluten free" food but the problem is they mix pans and use ingredients that have gluten that they don't realize so we end up getting sick. I love that we can go to True Food Kitchen and get a variety of ingredients without a lot of chemicals and processed foods. What you see is what you get. And it's great to be able to give a four-year-old something other than the fruit plate for breakfast." -Megan Matt, Irvine


sweet tooth

BEST PLACE TO SATISFY A SWEET TOOTH & BEST DESSERT: YOGURTLAND, FROZEN YOGURT

If you and the kiddies are in the mood for a sweet treat, frozen yogurt is the dessert of choice for POC readers. In particular, Yogurtland is where our readers go when they’re looking to curb a sweet tooth craving.

TIP-TOP TOPPING SUGGESTIONS

"I personally love a combination of strawberries, vanilla froyo and chocolate cookie dough".-Jen kries, Mission Viejo

"I pile some oreo bits, cookie dough pieces, those pink and white animal cookies, brownie bites, some chocolate syrup and to top it all off, 2 or 3 cherries." -Joshua Serrano, Irvine

"If it’s vanilla, I like Heath Bar, granola, yogurt chips and mini rolo. If it’s a fruit flavor or tart, I go with yogurt chips, granola and circus cookies and gummy bears." -Lynda Ott, Pasadena


farmers market

BEST FARMERS’ MARKET: ORANGE COUNTY GREAT PARK

Who won best farmers market? We’ll give you a hint: Along with local farmers and independent storeowners, there’s a giant orange hot air balloon, and a merry-go-round. Duh! It’s the OC Great Park. With so much to do, this win was a no-brainer.

Reader Quote: Our family loves the Great Park Farmers’ Market because it’s not just a top-notch market, it’s a fun experience for the whole family. It’s full of quality vendors selling a wide variety of products, the food trucks and tents offer something to please everyone's taste buds, and the live music and open space naturally combine for a fun play space for the kids! It's our go-to Sunday morning outing! -Amy Lazzaroni, Foothill Ranch

6990 Marine Way, Irvine | 949-724-6247 | www.OCGP.org


spaghetti

MOST MESSY FOOD: SPAGHETTI

"Here is a picture of my son Ario Nikraz eating spaghetti when he was about one and a half years old. I think spaghetti is a great meal for kids because it’s fun for them to play with, and at the same time explore the food and it too." -Amir Nikraz, Irvine

There’s no denying that children are messy eaters. But, what’s the messiest of the meals? According to our readers, it’s spaghetti! When you’re cooking up the noodles and marinara, don’t forget the Wet Naps!


least messy

BEST KID MENU ITEM & LEAST MESSY FOOD: CHICKEN STRIPS

Chicken strips won double time during this Readers’ Choice Award. Scoring the titles of “Fail proof Kids Menu Item” and “Least Messy Food,” it looks like OC-ers think highly of these breaded sticks of yummy.

“I like chicken strips because they taste good and I like dipping them in ketchup” -Brody Nejdely, 5, Newport Beach


Other Readers' Choice Sections

Introduction  Family Fun Kids Play Health Care
Mom & Dad House & HomeEducation

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