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cortez May 9, 2008 01:32 PM

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.

  1. wilafur May 9, 2008 01:40 PM

    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. c
      cdmedici May 9, 2008 04:56 PM

      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. t
        The Vapors May 9, 2008 05:12 PM

        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
          cdmedici May 9, 2008 06:11 PM

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

        2. kc girl May 9, 2008 06:08 PM

          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
            cortez May 11, 2008 07:23 AM

            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.

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