A look back at some of the places where we chowed down in 1990:
Angelo's & Vinci's, 516 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton. Open Sundays through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays till 11:45. (714) 879-4022. An old vaudeville house has been turned into a restaurant that evokes the spirit of a Sicilian square on St. Ciro's Day, right down to the red, white and green lights and the smells of sauces and garlic and bread.
Sarducci's Cafe and Grill, 31751 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday till 11 p.m. (714) 493-9593. Although best known for its Italian dishes and seafood, this is also a great breakfast spot, as relaxed and friendly as the town in which it resides. Try the eggs Alaska, seafood omelet or Cajun breakfast. Sit out on the lower patio, and you can watch the morning trains pull in.
Cafe Capistrano, 31752 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (714) 493-0607. A cross between a truck stop and a country kitchen, this place exudes the kind of small-town, Western flair that attracts customers with cowboy boots and turquoise jewelry. Be sure to sit by the window for a view of the mission and great people-watching. And ask for the Capistrano omelet: peanut butter, apricot-pineapple preserves and bacon.