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Newport Beach Restaurant Week 2008--which restaurant are you going to try?

So Newport Beach Restaurant Week is coming up (Jan 20-24). Last year, I went to French 75 for lunch and wasn't impressed. This year, I'm not totally sure where I'm going to go, but I'm thinking either The Ritz, Blue Coral, or The Cannery. Any suggestions?

Which restaurant are you going to go to? Did you try any of the participating restaurants last year? How were the portions?

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  1. Went to Sage and Tommy Bahama's last year. Loved both of them. Can't wait to try more this year. Thanks for the head up.

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    1. re: justagthing

      I'm probably going to go to only one restaurant. Which takes the cake--Sage or Tommy Bahama's? Where their portions good?

      1. re: im hungrry

        I loved the scallop slider at TB and I had the beef stroganoff at Sage, also very good, but no longer on their menu. I will be heading back to TB for sure, not sure where else though.

        1. re: justagthing

          Went back to TB again this year for lunch yesterday. Crab Bisque-nice chunks of crab and just a tinge on the salty side, but to be expected as I do not each much salt. Scallop slider, perfectly delicious as last year. Finally, lime tart and 2 cubes of flour-less chocolate cake. The cake was very rich and those 2 bites were just enough and the tartness of the lime was perfect.

          1. re: justagthing

            Just cuz of fellow hounder's recommendation... I did a spontaneous lunch run at TB. Did my opentable reservation at 11:40 for a noon lunch :-p

            Usually I shy away from chain, like Applebee's, Chili's, etc since they are chain. I have to say, I'm actually very impressed by TB. Great food, great ambient, and I really like my waitress Kimberley H a lot!!! She's a sweetie... not to add imo very cute :-)

            I'll have my yelp review up in a little bit...

            1. re: kelvlam

              Can't compare TB to those other chains, much smaller, more like a Roy's type of a chain, if you are going to compare. What did you have?

      2. I'd try Ristorante Max. I've heard good things. Anyone been?

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        1. re: ausfrench

          It's wonderful. Great fresh seafood dishes and very warm service.

        2. Bayside was excellent last year.

          The Ritz was very good.

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          1. re: torta basilica

            So which did you like more--Bayside or The Ritz? Thanks in advance! I went to French 75 last year, and their portions didn't tickle my fancy.. Also, their service was very poor. I seriously waited 40 minutes for my food.

              1. re: torta basilica

                Bayside and The Ritz are very different. I don't think you can go wrong at either. Bayside is lighter and brighter, with a solid menu. The Ritz feels like a private club, complete with elder statesmen at the bar no matter what time you go. The mariner's salad is great and the souffle is top notch.

          2. the bungalow, the cannery and maybe the ritz.

            1. Has anyone eaten at that Royal Thai place on the menu list? I've driven by it several times and always wondered if it was good. I'm new to the area and haven't had chance to check it out yet.

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              1. re: Rachel529

                Royal Thai is solid. I wouldn't say that the food is unbelievable, but it is a good place to eat.