Photography By: John Glover
Photography By: John Glover

Jeff Chon of Tabu Shabu Spills His Go-To Spots in OC

Founder and CEO of Tabu Shabu Dishes the Deets on OC’s Sizzling Foodie Scene

Name: Jeff Chon Jeff Chon’s Favorite Restaurants
Job Title: Founder and CEO of Tabu Shabu
Resident of: Costa Mesa
Local Living: 18 years 


3 Things I Love About the OC Community:

-The people; they are vibrant and full of life!
-The food culture; it’s among the best in California.
-The unity; for being a very divisive time in history, I see a great deal of togetherness.

Jeff Chon’s Favorite Restaurants

Digging In

My favorite thing to order at Tabu Shabu is Snake River Farms Wagyu short rib with tonkotsu pork broth and ginger garlic sauce in a porridge format. 

“We strive to provide an incredibly fun and energetic experience when eating out while still being healthy and delicious!” 

Coming Together

Photography By: John Glover

I have developed amazing friendships from both the employees and guests at Tabu Shabu. I have always loved the dynamic between people who serve and the people they serve. As cliche as it may sound, it is amazing how a good meal and drinks can change someone’s entire outlook and attitude by simply bringing people together. I know—it’s cheesy, but I’ve seen it firsthand for many years. 

Tabu Shabu
333 E 17th St, Ste 19
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Other Locations:
Carlsbad, Huntington Beach, North Park, Orange, San Jose, Thousand Oaks

Jeff Chon’s Favorite Restaurants

Local Hangout 

Eagle and Pig is a traditional barbershop in Costa Mesa. After working long hours, there aren’t many things that truly allow me to wind down and have some genuine male comradery. It’s like going to a clubhouse with great conversation and great beer, and you get the feeling that comes with a nice haircut and shave. 


Family Is Everything

My family inspires me daily. My parents inspire me to work hard to give my kids the same or better opportunities than they were able to give to me. My wife and kids inspire me because they bring me happiness even when my business life gets difficult.

Jeff Chon’s Favorite Restaurants

Pizza My Heart

When it comes to a Friday night slice of ‘za, Brewery X in Anaheim is my favorite spot. The pizza here is easily the best in Orange County and they have an amazing selection of beers that range from hoppy to hazy. But when it comes to choosing your pie, the buffalo chicken is a must! It comes with hand-battered fried chicken, blue cheese crumbles, buffalo sauce, ranch drizzle and green onions.


In the Outback 

Outpost Kitchen on Bristol St in Costa Mesa is a little gem near South Coast Plaza. It’s an Aussie-inspired restaurant that uses organic and local ingredients. Go on a nice warm day, sit on the patio and try the ahi wrap. You won’t regret it!

Jeff Chon’s Favorite Restaurants


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