Arts & Leisure

Good neighborhood ambience at Dino’s

DINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT and Pizza in Westminster (Orange County Tribune photo).

By Jim and Marilyn Tortolano

Sometimes you just want to go to someplace comfortable with neighbors and friends and enjoy a nice, casual meal. Every town has a few of those places, and in Westminster you might be going to Dino’s Italian Restaurant at 6391 Westminster Blvd.

Dino’s has been around for decades. Tucked into a Fifties-built center anchored by a Big Lots and a bowling alley, you might pass it by as you drive toward Springdale Street, but that would be a shame.

Dino’s is an old school neighborhood pizza and Italian food joint with a relaxed working class vibe. Big TV screens on the walls mean you watch the big games while you work on your slices or rigatoni. While it has a wide menu of choices, the centerpiece is the buffet, which is one of the best of its kind in the area. There’s a wide selection of pizza slices, meats, pastas, salads and more at a modest price.

Jim had the buffet with an emphasis on the pizza; he liked the variety of fresh items. Marilyn concentrated on the spaghetti, which she pronounced first rate.

For those who’d rather order from the menu there are pizzas with side dishes, many pasta choices, sandwiches and a nice selection of desserts and beverages. And if you can’t drop in, there is delivery and catering available.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (714) 895-3303 or go to .

Paris coming to the Promenade

The number of food choices available at The Promenade at Brookhurst Street and Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove is continuing to grow. Next up will be a Paris Baguette, slated to move into the site at the east end of the mall recently vacated by Radio Shack.

SOON TO BE opened … A Paris Baguette at The Promenade in Garden Grove (OC Tribune photo).

PB is a trendy bakery-café started in 1988 featuring “French-inspired goods.” It has a wide variety of bakery items ranging from the tried-and-true breads to more exotic choices. In addition, there are sandwiches and salads.

There are over 2700 locations worldwide, and four of them in Orange County.

The Promenade location will be the second in Garden Grove. No news as to when the new PB will open, but it’s fun to see the selections available at that center growing by leaps and bounds.

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