Old Towne Eats

Old Towne Grinder 1
Being that I live in the Old Towne Orange sector of North County, I thought I would do a little series of posts on the many great places to eat in and around the Orange Circle Orange Plaza Square. I feel it is very important that we do our part to keep the small restaurants in business and preserve the great community Old Towne Orange has to offer us. Plus, most of them are WAY better than the big chains.

Old Towne Grinder 2
First on my list is the newest addition to the neighborhood. Old Towne Grinder and Ice Cream Parlour.
For those that don’t know, a grinder is a sandwich. When my wife and I first saw the signs we thought maybe another coffee shop was opening up, but were pleased to see it was sandwiches. The building stands where the old Orange Lock & Safe used to be.
*side note*
I’ve noticed several of the old businesses leaving the circle area. If anyone knows why, or has heard anything, I’d like to know.

Last Saturday my wife, her mom and I went there for lunch. It was great! Service was a little shaky, but they’re still in their soft opening phase, so I expect a few kinks. There were no kinks, however, in the food. I thoroughly enjoyed my meatball sandwich and old fashioned bottle of Dad’s root beer. My wife had the roast beef with au jus, and her mom had a turkey sandwich. They both also loved the food. I saw bread being freshly baked in the oven, and the taste was perfect. They’ve managed to make the bread light, not heavy. It was nice. At one point the owner came out to our table to make sure everything was ok. It turns out he’s a local too, living only a few blocks from the shop. He was a very nice man, and the staff was very nice too…..even though a few were a little ditsy. While we didn’t have room for ice cream, other reviews I’ve read say it is good too. You can’t go wrong with Dreyers Ice Cream.

So go enjoy Old Towne Grinder and Ice Cream Parlour, and while you’re at it, take a walk around! Maybe you’ll see me!

15 Comments so far

  1. Maria (ocmaria) on June 30th, 2008 @ 11:23 am

    I’m looking forward to this series!

    And … are we not allowed to call it the Orange Circle anymore?

  2. Dave Share (daveshare) on June 30th, 2008 @ 11:43 am

    No! According the the Old Towne Preservation Association it is the Plaza Square. Local businesses can not have circle in their name even!

  3. Jeff Donaldson (fejsez) on June 30th, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

    I am looking forward to this series also.
    I have been thinking of reviewing some of my favorites in South County and Newport area.
    Orange Plaza? Thats BS.
    it will always be the Circle.
    Like the Big A. I still call "the Block" "the City" some times.

  4. Tom (tomarthur) on June 30th, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

    Yay for this series! I also live in Old Towne (next to the Metrolink Station) and can’t convince the significant other to visit such ‘non chain’ places. If someone else writes about it… maybe he will go!

  5. Gina (oc_gina) on June 30th, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

    Great idea, Dave!

    And, we are always looking for a good samwich here at Casa Gina.

  6. Dave Share (daveshare) on June 30th, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

    fejsez: Not just Orange Plaza…Orange Plaza SQUARE! Whateva…..

  7. Jeff Donaldson (fejsez) on June 30th, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

    daveshare: haha nothing square about the place, except for the Preservation Association.
    Need to go back to Felix soon. mmm cuban

  8. Jon (oc_jon) on June 30th, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

    Davey Davey Davey! Welcome back!!!!

    You and I have always shared a penchant for non-chain food and retail. I’m famous for telling people to hit The Circle if they need something to eat or if they need to make a household purchase.

    For instance, a person recently said they needed a new set of mixing bowls and I said "you should got to the Orange Antique Mall at the Circle, they have tons of awesome stuff like that". Of course that person looked at me like I was nuts.


  9. Dave Share (daveshare) on July 1st, 2008 @ 7:36 am

    Jon……you are nuts…….

    But we all love you for it!

  10. DanGarion (dangarion) on July 1st, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    My wife and I live down the street from here and just yesterday were wondering if they had opened up yet. We are big fans of the Filling Station.

    For those interested there are a number of Orange County Foodie Blogs that review restaurants around the county.

    Orange County Food Blogs http://ocfoodblogs.blogspot.com/ is one of the best. It’s a community of OC Foodie reviewers that also have their own websites that they do reviews on as well. Check it out sometime.

  11. Maria (ocmaria) on July 1st, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

    Felix! I haven’t been there in ages! How about an OC Metblog meetup sometime? ;)

  12. Jon (oc_jon) on July 1st, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

    Dave, one of the shop owners (Woody’s, I believe) told me they (the city counsel) would like nothing more than to see the antiques phased out and more dining establishments phased in.

  13. Dave Share (daveshare) on July 1st, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

    Hmmm…..they’d better be careful! It’s very possible to have too much of a good thing.

    Thanks for the info tho!

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  15. elserracho on July 7th, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

    i too live in old town and i’m just thrilled that a 7th place to buy a sandwich just opened up.

    it’d be nice to get some more actual restaurants.

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