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How's THIS for a challenge?? Looking for CHEAP, GOOD resto. in Newport Beach!

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aurora50 May 18, 2007 10:06 AM

Hi gang,
Well, Labor Day Weekend is coming up, and my sister and I will have a little money to spend, so we'd like to go down to the Newport Beach area for a nice dinner. The catch is, we're looking to spend no more than, say, $80-100 total, which is kind of a challenge for Newport! But we're not that much into ethnic/Asian or anything that's too exotic - another challenge.
So, any ideas, fellow Hounds?? This should be interesting!

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  1. kingkong5 RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 10:11 AM

    I'm thinking Banderas might be fun

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      aurora50 RE: kingkong5 May 18, 2007 12:40 PM

      Also considering Bandera's (my sister loves rock fireplaces!) What are the best dishes there?

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        Ernie RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 01:05 PM

        Bandera is a good choice. I like the beef short ribs and roasted chicken at the Bandera in Corona Del Mar. Also enjoy their grilled artichoke with rémoulade appetizer. Excellent cornbread and salads are done well too.

        Only problem is that Bandera gets crowded and I can imagine Labor Day Weekend will be extremely busy, so expect a long wait. However, their patio with fireplace is a nice place to enjoy a drink while waiting.

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          aurora50 RE: Ernie May 18, 2007 01:21 PM

          How late are they open? We like to eat later than most --

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            kingkong5 RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 01:27 PM

            Bandera

            Corona del Mar
            3201 East Coast Highway (Marguerite)
            Newport Beach, CA 92625
            949.673.3524

            Hours
            Mon - Thu 5pm-10pm
            Fri 5pm-11pm
            Sat 4:30pm-11pm
            Sun 4:30pm-9:30pm

            The artichokes are great, as well as the chicken if that's what you are in the mood for. It should be a fun time!

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              brekkie_fan RE: kingkong5 May 19, 2007 09:10 AM

              same restaurant group also owns Gulfstream down the street at PCH/MacArthur - very lively and open late.

              plus they do Cafe R&D over at Fashion Island, just another mile or so from Gulfstream. Heck, it's the same family as Houstons.

              all the menus are similar enough in your taste and in the same general neighborhood, just in case.

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                aurora50 RE: brekkie_fan May 19, 2007 04:29 PM

                brekkie fan, I'll definitely keep those alternates in mind - as you say, "just in case" Banderas is positively insane and the wait is 2 hours or something nuts!! : )

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      mc michael RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 10:19 AM

      Crab Cooker.

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        thebaron RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 10:33 AM

        Nesai. RIverside Ave across from the post office. Our favorite in NB. Should fit your $$ requirements. "Cal-ital" with an asian touch. Everything Fresh and well prepared.

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          I got nothin RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 10:46 AM

          Kantina maybe. Not sure if you consider mexican/fusion to be too exotic though.
          Personally, I like The Cannery. I've always had excellent fish dishes here. But this may be difficult to do within your budget

          http://www.cannerynewport.com/
          http://kantina.com/

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            aurora50 RE: I got nothin May 18, 2007 10:55 AM

            Thanks so far for your recs, guys!! : )

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              mc michael RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 11:09 AM

              You mean Memorial Day, right?

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                aurora50 RE: mc michael May 18, 2007 11:27 AM

                Well, basically, but we've got a little bit of leeway, since we'll also have Tuesday off. But sometime that weekend, yes.

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            letynjery RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 12:46 PM

            Isn't there an El Torito Grille there?

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              aurora50 RE: letynjery May 18, 2007 12:48 PM

              Yeah!! And it's good, too!! But, alas, we've been there before too, looking for something different --

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              torta basilica RE: aurora50 May 18, 2007 01:03 PM

              Blue Water Grill, Sabatino's, Wildfish - especially on a Monday night when all the apps are 1/2 price, Bamboo Bistro, but that's Thai/Vietnamese, Picante Martin's on Balboa Island, Bluefin, Sage if you don't go crazy. We eat out all the time & it's usually under $100, but often get 2 apps or salads & split an entree, with a decent bottle or couple of glasses of wine.

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