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ISO Dinner for one between LAX and Newport Beach

Am flying into LAX in March, late afternoon. Driving down to Newport Beach for conference at the Fairmont, then back up to West LA for business. Since I'm on East Coast time, I'll be hungry. Do I stop somewhere along the 405S for a bite, or stave off the stomach rumblings until I hit NPB and then check out one of the local places there? I'm open on cusinine but since it's just me and I'll most likely be in jeans for the flight, not looking for the top of the line dining experience. Recs?

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  1. for seafood, blue coral in newport beach, very good

    1. i'd make that decision based on the time you get your rental car.
      if you get the car in the middle of rush hour, i'd eat near LAX to avoid the 405.
      if you get your car early in the afternoon which would allow you to drive to npb before the worst of the rush hour, i'd drive south immediately.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        I'll probably have the rental around 4PM on a Sunday (7PM East Coast stomach time). So if I head south, where to eat? Blue Coral? Manpuku's? Pig out at the Agora Churasscia (sic?) ? Go to Arcadia for the chicken pot pies?

        It's hotel dining for the following 2 nights, so I'd like to get some local flavor favs.

        Thanks for all the suggestions. A plane delay might just force me to Bruddah's, albeit poi, pork and pineapple aren't my first choices.

        crew

      2. If you're into Hawaiian food, Bruddah's is fabulous for a plate lunch. Located inbetween the 105 and 91 freeways. Not too far from the airport, if you can't wait to get all the way to NB to eat.

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        Bruddah's
        1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

        1. The Fairmont is off the 405 at MacArthur. Would you be willing to head west on MacArthur to PCH? If so, you can head directly South on PCH. Between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach is a ritzy new stretch of land and development. In the Crystal Cove center on the east side of the highway are several restaurant choices, including a great sushi joint by OC's premier Japanese chef (Bluefin). You can also swing into Maestro's, a contemporary seafood/chophouse. I'm not sure what time of day you're thinking, but the sunset views are to die for in that area.

          1. You might want to detour off the 405 in Long Beach, Lakewood exit to the traffic circle, then Pacific Coast Hwy to Newport Beach.

            This will take you past a few more good options

            Hole Mole (fish tacos, fast food casual) Left side of PCH

            Green Field Churascarria, Left side (huge sign, can't miss it)

            Enriques (mexican, carnitas and lamb shank specialties), right side, in a small shopping center

            Koi, Seal Beach (Japanese/ Sushi)

            Walt's Wharf, Seal Beach (seafood, 201 Main Street (turn right off PCH)

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            Green Field Churrascaria
            5305 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804

            Enrique's
            6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

            Hole Mole
            5109 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804

            Koi Restaurant
            600 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 100, Seal Beach, CA 90740

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            1. re: mlgb

              Hi all. I didn't notice the nifty "link to a place" feature so I'm updating with information on Bluefin:

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              Bluefin
              7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660

              1. re: Jason_Coulston

                Wow! thanks jason and mlgb.
                Hole Mole sounds interesting for a quick bite.
                Not opposed to driving past hotel. Sunset will probably wind up being about the time I'd be eating. Lots of places here to have an excuse to avoid the hotel food and drag a few folks with me.

                Will follow up with report on all spots OC and LA after trip.

                crew

              2. re: mlgb

                Great idea. fer sure! A Sunday drive along PCH in Huntingon Beach at sunset is a So. California thing to do. IMO, a good burger would make it a perfect day. I would head to TK Burger with that surf shack ambiance, some really good cheese burgers and great buns.

                The Dairy Queen next door to TK is a goodplace for a chocolate dipped soft-serve cone for dessert. Then walk-off that meal by crossing PCH for a walk out onto the Huntington Beach Pier to watch the surfers.

                TK Burger
                110 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
                Huntington Beach, California 92648
                (714) 960-3238
                http://www.stockteam.com/tkburger.html

                Da Beach
                http://www.stockteam.com/hbpier.html

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Good call on TK's. That's a distinctly Orange County kind of experience. I love their Ahi Tuna Burger. With a side of fries, the "special sauce", and a cold soda it's tough to beat, especially when you're on PCH in Huntington Beach.

                  R. Jason Coulston