Dinner half way between LA and San Diego
I need to meet someone for dinner about half way between LA and San Diego. Any suggestions? I'm a foodie. He's not. He'd be happy at the Cheesecake Factory. I wouldn't. Fire away.
Great great ramen not quite half way down at Shin Sen Gumi Hakata ramen on Redondo beach blvd, i have take non foodies there before, they can enjoy without thinking of it as exotic, just a dolled up version of top ramen. Top Baguette or any one of a number of other Vietnamese places in Westminster (Bolsa Ave) are all very good. In DelMar i had a great meal at a place on the water. I think it was called Jakes. A real wood on the walls, fancy Sandiego county steak house, i did not expect the food to be standout, but it was. Not cheap.
Off the 5 or 405? Off the 5, Zov's Bistro in Tustin. I'll leave the recommendations off the 405 to other CHs.
If you've got money to burn and/or it's a special occasion - Roy's in Newport Beach is fantastic.
Otherwise, I recommend Taleo in Irvine (405/Jamboree). Great sort-of-upscale Mexican. Very nice, California-casual place, some outside seating. All the food is great; fantastic queso fundido and guacamole.
Lastly, maybe Opah. They're in Irvine, Aliso Viejo, and Rancho Santa Margarita. I've always had really great meals at Opah in Irvine.