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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
Green Field Churrascaria
5305 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804
6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
5109 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804
600 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 100, Seal Beach, CA 90740
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.
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.
110 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
Huntington Beach, California 92648
Trip Follow Up:
This was a trip where the Chow Recs failed to meet the mouth!
I connected with a friend who lives in Marina Del Rey so on landing we went to Joe's on Abbott Kinney. Decent little place. The Escolar was prepared nicely, flakey on outside and firm but not raw on the inside.
Ergo, missed all the recs heading south. Full intentions of hitting the Bluefin on Monday night. But with time changes, when I got out of my mid afternoon meeting, I was straving so drove east toward Huntington Pier. Hit TK's for the Ahi Steak as recommended. Was stuffed after the fries. Too cold and windy to hit the pier. Sun too bright and too low to take decent pics anyway. Unfortunately, rest of eats were Fairmont Hotel conference food. Not too bad. Sandwiches at luncheons were ample.
Wanted to hook up with Plum Cafe or Haute Cakes for breakfast. But on Monday morning no one was in the Plum Cafe at 8 AM. Found Haute Cakes and the Galley on the drive back from the pier but neither opened until 7 AM (10 AM my time and I'd been up since 2:30/3 AM. So had to default to a Coco's and an IHOP.
But thanks again for the recs. The places all looked interesting. Will keep on my list for the next trip. Maybe it'll be more Chow friendly in itinerary.