Jimmy Z Grill is one of the finer parts of going to UCIrvine. Whether they're hosting parties on a certain night for fraternities, sororities, or clubs, or just having a regular night of fun, the establishment always holds it down. Their patio is one of the best, with enough tables and hookahs to go around. The service is great, the drinks are fantastic, and the vibe can't be beat. There's no where in Irvine like it. Go here. And go often.
The place has extremely good burgers at an extremely low price. As much as I am a fan of U Burger, the quality of the meal far exceeds it in terms of price and taste.
What can I say about this place that will describe the sheer brilliance of it? It has the most interesting and diverse set of CDs and records you could ever want or imagine. They have imports of big name bands. They have a lot of stuff by Indy bands that you may not have heard of but will be hooked on. If you go here you will spend money. It's a huge store. Also, they buy used CDs from you at a fair price; a good place to get rid of the stuff you don't want.
Their boards and gear are priced fairly, but the staff is really eager to help you out if you're having a problem. They put different items on sale quite often.
I bought my 2000 Honda Accord at this place, and the car has treated me well ever since (despite how much I've torn into the car). The sales people and the mechanics are always friendly. I've never had a bad experience. One time they were taking an extra long time to repair my car, so they offered to pay for a rental for three days, which was a real bargain. Also, they take full responsibility for anything that's wrong with the car after they've fixed it. I would go here to buy another Honda, without a doubt.
Suncoast was a much better store before the days of ebay. They would generally have the hard to find movie posters, the odd movie memorabilia, and the more eclectic selection of DVDs. This one in Del Amo still has a good selection, but make sure to buy the merch here when it's discounted. That's the real bargain.
This store has everything you're looking for, from posters, to tees to toys to cards and especially comics. I once found a majority of the back issues I was looking for for a lot of hard to find series. Another plus is that Matt Groening will sometimes drop by (at least, he used to years ago). They also have a great cheap bin with some classics from the 70s.
The portions are huge but delicious. It has an incredible vibe--a huge place that really gives you the New York feel. We bought the spaghetti and the salad and still had plenty to take home. The wait staff was also top notch. Can't wait to go back.
I will certainly agree that the service leaves something to be desired at times, but then again the place was jam packed when I was there. The pene, the chicken, and the bread were all delicious. It's mostly French cuisine, so it's great if that's your thing. I also saw Mandy Moore here--so it's definitely a hot spot.
This is a well kept secret in New York. As one of the servers explained, Oliva's is an experience. The food, at times, leaves something to be desired. But it's the bar that truly shines, with live music that has real fire to it. They tend to give you tastes of exotic drinks just to get you fired up.