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Good food in Laguna/Newport with a trendy atmosphere?

brunch girl Aug 17, 2007 10:18 AM

Philadelphia Chowhound coming into OC next week. Will be staying in Irvine, but will probably be visiting the beaches as well. Any good recommendations for dinner would be great! I am up for any type of cuisine, moderately priced is preferred. Any restaurants that I should not miss?

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    I got nothin RE: brunch girl Aug 17, 2007 11:40 AM

    Please specify how you define "moderately priced". Does this include drinks and dinner? Are you looking for a view, or just great food? Does "trendy" mean a younger crowd, or just a popular spot?
    These old posts might give you a start:

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      brunch girl RE: I got nothin Aug 17, 2007 01:47 PM

      Moderately priced is about $100 -$120 for two with a drink or 2. Thanks for the link!

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      gordita RE: brunch girl Aug 17, 2007 12:06 PM

      Lucky you, I have a cache of places to hook you up with. Sapphire (south Coast Highway), could be resonable if you order carefully. A place with a scene is La Casa de Camino (1287 S. Coast Highway), go up to the roof and enjoy. Music, young crowd , good food and what a view. The cottage(308 N. Coast Highway) for breakfast is awesome. Check out the Montage hotel for drinks, you'll be blown away. One of my all time favorite hotels. There's a place on PCH (north on PCH past town) where they've renovated cottages and the state rents them out. I know they do breakfast and lunch and dinner, it's about the most reasonably priced meal your going to find alfresco, nearly on the beach. Maybe some othe hounds can help with the name, I've zoned out on it. My favortite hole in the wall bakery is behind French 75, bring cash. I know it's toward Sapphire, south of town. Eat well and have fun!

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        gordita RE: gordita Aug 17, 2007 12:53 PM

        the 'hole in the wall ' bakery name is Andre's.

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          Moka RE: gordita Aug 17, 2007 01:26 PM

          Yup, and their croissants (as well as other things) are fine!

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          I got nothin RE: gordita Aug 17, 2007 01:29 PM

          The beachcomber is the place where you can basically eat on the beach.


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            nancyhudson RE: gordita Aug 17, 2007 03:20 PM

            Beachcomber Cafe is the place on the sand with the renovated cabins - not worth the 2 hour wait, if you ask me!

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              Mr. S RE: nancyhudson Aug 19, 2007 04:04 PM

              ...and Beachcomber is part of Ruby's diner

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                nancyhudson RE: Mr. S Aug 19, 2007 09:23 PM

                really? are you sure? i know the shake shack up on pch is now part of ruby's, but i didn't think the beachcomber was...hhhmmm.

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                  Mr. S RE: nancyhudson Aug 23, 2007 03:36 PM

                  Yes, The Shake Shack as well.... Last summer was quite tragic. We keep living up to the cookie cutter image in OC... sadly.

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                    nancyhudson RE: Mr. S Aug 23, 2007 03:39 PM

                    that IS tragic - i'll have to stick to the orange bowl for date shakes! i couldn't believe the jolly roger was closed down when i came for my annual visit.

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                      aurora50 RE: nancyhudson Aug 23, 2007 03:46 PM

                      The Jolly Roger is closed? *tear*
                      Are there any of these left??

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                        torta basilica RE: nancyhudson Aug 25, 2007 06:19 PM

                        Ruby's still does date shakes if you ask - not on the menu. I haven''t had one yet, though. Do you mean the Orange Inn on Cleo?

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              mrsjoujou RE: brunch girl Aug 17, 2007 03:08 PM

              I second Sapphire.

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                swicks RE: brunch girl Aug 17, 2007 03:17 PM

                Hush in Laguna
                Port in Corona del Mar
                Aire in Costa Mesa
                Mesa in Costa Mesa
                Sejour in Newport Beach
                Marche Modern in Costa Mesa

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                  Moka RE: swicks Aug 18, 2007 01:25 PM

                  Is Sejour open again? I heard they had to close "temporarily" last month.

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                  torta basilica RE: brunch girl Aug 19, 2007 08:31 AM

                  All good suggestions. Port food if iffy - fun atmosphere on Sunday nights, though - I have gift certificate for $25 off $50 or $50 off $100 if you want me to forward via email...

                  Sapphire is probably the best choice, but very hard to get in...

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                    karynx78 RE: brunch girl Aug 19, 2007 12:13 PM

                    230 Forest Ave in Laguna- amazing food and incredible martinis.. small but very cozy and always busy.
                    The Cannery - Food is good .. price is more on the higher side.. can cut costs by ordering appetizers and drinks at the bar area. Also always pretty happening.
                    Gulf Stream in Newport- I like the set up.. nice outside area with lounge chairs and a nice fire pit where people gather around.. If you want more of a social vibe.

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                      Snoopy RE: karynx78 Aug 19, 2007 04:06 PM

                      Had a very good dinner three weeks ago at 230 Forest.

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                      dac_1971 RE: brunch girl Aug 19, 2007 04:34 PM

                      Although it's located in Dana Point, the StoneHill Tavern at the St. Regis Hotel is very good.

                      1. brekkie_fan RE: brunch girl Aug 19, 2007 06:06 PM

                        b/c you mentioned staying in Irvine, if you want to stay close by, I enjoy the bar scene at Opah. Jamboree/Irvine Blvd. Same chef who does 230 Forest in Laguna Beach. Enjoy your stay!

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                          baharflower RE: brunch girl Aug 27, 2007 01:27 AM

                          Love love love love the bar at Laguna Beach Surf and Sand resort...bar is named Splashes and you truly will feel like u are drinking right on the beach....never tried the food, but the drinks are absolutely delicious...raspberry mojito!!!!!!

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