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Feb 21, 2007 06:00 PM

Seeking cheap eats in Newport Beach

Is there any such thing? I'm headed there on Monday for business, and I think I'll have the evening to myself so I am looking for a place where I can have a good, solo, leisurely meal. I'm staying right by the airport but I have a car. (I'm unfamiliar with the area, though, so nothing too hard to find!) If there are any good holes-in-the-wall or can't miss type places, let me know.

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  1. Taco Rosa, Newport Beach. They have fresh fruit margaritas. It is in a hard to find mini-mall, but don't let that deter you. It is a mellow, relaxing place to eat, and anytime I'm in OC, I meet with friends there. Yummy food. The owners own Taco Mesa.

    1. Taco Rosa - (949) 720-0980 - 2632 San Miguel Dr, Newport Beach, CA

      1. For hole-in-the-wall-ish (not really), Taco Mesa (as just mentioned) on 19th in Costa Mesa, city next to NB. It's a converted old Taco Bell...really odd place and mix of people but it's good.

        1. Can you be more specific on price range? Does that include booze? Any favorite cuisine?

          1. Well, my princely stipend is $25 total, but I'd be willing to go a bit over if it was worthwhile, or treat myself to a drink at the bar. I'm coming from the East Coast, so it would be nice to get something that would be significantly better/different in California, so I was thinking Mexican or Asian. But I've never been there, so I'm wide open to everyone's suggestions. I am an adventurous eater. I love seafood and spicy things. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so dessert isn't really a draw for me.

            Also, if there's an early morning can't-miss breakfast place that I can go to Tuesday morning, that might be nice too!

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            1. re: pomme de terre

              Try Plums in Costa Mesa for breakfast...if you are in a hurry,Keanes is down from Plums just off 17th st for excellent espresso and pastries

              1. re: pomme de terre

                Good call on Plums for breakfast. I love that place. I start everymorning with the best cappucino in town at Keanes Coffee as well.

                Personally, when I dine alone, I like to be social and sit at a restaurant's bar. Because it will be Monday it should be mellow at the bar at Cafe R&D or Francoli in Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

                Bandera (on PCH) would also be a great night.

                I am not sure how good the sushi is in your area but not very far away from John Wayne is a quaint sushi bar called Ango Tei. Good value and quaility. It is one Paularino next to my favorite Japanese market call Mitsuwa.

                1. re: pomme de terre

                  Dick Church's Restaurant is very close to the airport. Diner type food, good breakfasts and has been around forever....although I haven't been in at least 10+ years. 2698 Newport Blvd, just south of the SNA (sorry, I'll never use John Wayne).