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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 RE: vaporgirl 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 RE: JBC Jul 15, 2006 03:58 PM

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


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      vaporgirl RE: 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 RE: vaporgirl 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 RE: vaporgirl 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 RE: vaporgirl 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 RE: vaporgirl 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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