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May 9, 2008 01:32 PM

dinner in Corona del Mar?

I'll be visiting a friend new to Corona del Mar. He loves CrowBar but wants to try additional places as well. He's considering:

* Oysters
* The Quiet Woman
* The Bungalow

Any chowhound comments about or preferences among these 3 places?

Thanks very much.

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  1. of the three, i've only been to the bungalow. pretty good service, however, they tend to turn tables quickly. the rib eye is very good at the bungalow.

    1. As iloveredwine said A Restaurant should be added to your consideration even though it is about 4 mile north of Corona Del Mar in West Newport.

      If he likes Crow Bar (as I do) he will really like A Restaurant. Simple fresh ingredients with everything very well executed.

      I can't wait to go back.

      1. I would head down the coast a bit to Newport Coast and hit Javier's.
        Upon arrival, and a Marg or two, I would order the chicken mole poblano enchiladas.
        But, that would be me. Otherwise I would get the burger at Quiet, and some of the best calamari I've had, (IMHO). At brecky, head to Rose Donuts, and get any one of the breakfast sandwiches, and a jelly donut.

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        1. re: The Vapors

          Use caution (and reservations) if going to Javier's on a Thurs or Sat night.

        2. Please go to The Quiet Woman so I can hear a review. The menu has changed drastically since last I was there.

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          1. re: kc girl

            mini trip report:

            * The Bungalow was very average -- won't go back. The steaks were less than advertised, eg. my bone-in filet was drenched in a heavy sauce and accompanied by heavily sauced potatoes gratin. Stomach ache.

            * Two visits to Crow Bar were wonderful. Noisy, busy and fun. The small plates are great to share with a group. Liked especially the flatbreads and caesar salad. Draft beer list is wonderful -- try the Trois Pistoles from Montreal. The wine list was extensive and fairly priced.

            * For coffee, breakfast and lunch, went several times to Cafe Zinc. Very high quality ingredients featuring top baked good, healthy/minimalist egg choices and a delicious assortment of salads and prepared foods for their lunch bar (eg. white bean salad, whole artichokes, lentils, etc.). Lively atmosphere of regulars. Will go back many times.

            * for my next visit, I'll try The Quiet Woman and A Restaurant up the PCH in Newport Beach. Thanks very much for the advice.