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Laguna Beach - Favorite Restaurants??

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JMRB May 30, 2007 09:38 AM

Will be in Laguna Beach in August for 5 nights and looking for restaurant suggestions. Will eat any kind of food, not worried about price etc just looking for a good combination of places to eat. Any suggestions of what not to miss?

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    yummyintummy May 30, 2007 12:51 PM

    Ok I am not sure about the name but if you venture near Thalia Street (near the beach) there is a small Taco shack featured on the Laguna Beach show on MTV. It is simply marvelous - try their spicy Chicken burger it has salsa and gauc on the inside. I sometimes drive 100 miles just to eat this. Not trendy or fancy but simply delicious!

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      stormin norman May 30, 2007 01:05 PM

      Are you thinking of Taco Loco on PCH?La Sirena is also a good,casual spot for Mexican food.

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        whatsfordinner May 30, 2007 05:39 PM

        Is it the taco place that's sort of close to Five Feet? On one of the streets that runs perpendicular to the street Five Feet is on? I LOVE that place!!

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          torta basilica May 30, 2007 09:32 PM

          No, Thalia is a long way south - the only Mexican I can think of is Adolfo's on PCH & Thalia, but it's not a small taco stand....

      2. browndoggie May 30, 2007 12:21 PM

        My favs:
        230 Forest Cafe
        Five Feet
        Zulu Cafe
        Aegean Cafe
        Brussels Bistro

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          mrsjoujou May 30, 2007 10:46 AM

          We like Sapphire Laguna. The food is very fresh,tasty and creative. Make sure you make reservations a head of time. Great place for brunch,lunch or dinner. We also like Zinc for their chili and salads.

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            bosanova99 May 30, 2007 10:40 AM

            Sundried Tomato Cafe is great!

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              torta basilica May 30, 2007 10:28 AM

              Do a search - you'll get tons of info. Totally second Mozambique & Zoolu and add 230 Forest. Have fun!

              1. Mr. S May 30, 2007 10:15 AM

                I would say that you should not miss Zoolu Cafe, they do legendary swordfish, amazing calimari, a fanstastic veal chop etc.... the hubby on the grill, the wife takes the orders kinda place. But before you think its a slow mom 'n pop shop, just know that Zagat said they have the planets best swordfish... a must.

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                  Ernie May 30, 2007 10:27 AM

                  I agree, swordfish at Zoolu is a must. Delicious, fresh, and huge portions too.

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                  mikester May 30, 2007 10:01 AM

                  I'd be sure and hit Mozambique (near the south end of town) for a dinner, and Brussels Bistro for a lunch. In South Laguna, check out Eva's for some nice Caribean style food in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, and be sure to order one of their signature drinks (guava or passionfruit margaritas !). It's been some time, but Ocean Avenue Brewing Company used to have some really good beers, and good food items to go with it. You'll have to have at least one breakfast at The Cottage, for the history and charm of the place (food's not bad, either), and will have to stop in for a light lunch or coffee break at Zinc Cafe.

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