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Long Beach to Dana Point - Date Lunch/Brunch

vaporgirl Jul 15, 2006 02:48 PM

Hi -

Am looking for a good meeting point between LA and San Diego for a first date brunch/lunch on Sunday....Coastal would be great - not too noisy/not too pricey would also be good...

Anywhere between Dana Point and Long Beach with the exception of Laguna (only because the traffic/congestion there gets pretty bad on the weekend)...

Thanks for your suggestions!

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    JBC Jul 15, 2006 03:54 PM

    The Queen Mary in Long Beach is a one-of-a-kind place to have a Sunday Brunch:


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      JBC Jul 15, 2006 03:58 PM

      Follow the link(s) for some Queen Mary advice and strategy:


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      vaporgirl Jul 15, 2006 04:42 PM

      Thanks - I saw the posts for the Queen Mary when I searched Chowhound. I'm not too interested in a buffet...and it also sounds a bit crowded/hectic for a first date situation...at least for me!

      Suggestions for someplace seated and relatively calm? Funky is fine if there are booths and the food is good.

      1. Carrie 218 Jul 15, 2006 05:25 PM

        Belmont Shore in Long Beach has a number of great places and some charming shops to boot -- I really like Babette's for very casual bistro cuisine and Open Sesame for great Middle Eastern. At the far end, in Naples, are some slightly more upscale establishments; sorry I can't remember the names.

        1. 1000steps Jul 15, 2006 07:48 PM

          I like the Beach house in Dana Point Harbor. Would make for a very good date brunch

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            OCBites Jul 15, 2006 08:31 PM

            Consider Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point (Crown Valley Pkwy @ PCH. You can get there mostly by freeway if you need to bypass the nightmare of PCH on a Sunday. Great oak-grilled meats and plenty of lighter options too. Not horribly spendy. Not a buffet. Awesome patio. Handsome architecture. Low-key coast crowd, though not surfer scruffy. www.saltcreekgrille.com

            1. Professor Salt Jul 16, 2006 06:12 AM

              How about Ramos House Cafe next to the San Juan Capistrano train depot? Not cheap, but don't know what your price target is. It's very cozy under a roofed patio, with good food. It is a known place, so it gets busy at peak times.


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