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

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. I'm thinking Banderas might be fun

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    1. re: kingkong5

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

      1. re: aurora50

        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.

        1. re: Ernie

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

          1. re: aurora50

            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!

            1. re: kingkong5

              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.

              1. re: brekkie_fan

                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!! : )

      1. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: I got nothin

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

              1. re: mc michael

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

          2. Isn't there an El Torito Grille there?

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            1. re: letynjery

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