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PD Girl Jun 10, 2008 08:25 PM

I am going to a concert at the venue formerly known as Irvine Meadows and need some advice on where to eat. The concert is Saturday and I am looking for some good food and drink before the show. Preferrably in Irvine or Costa Mesa. Any advice???

  1. elmomonster Jun 10, 2008 08:44 PM

    What kind of food would you prefer? If you like Japanese, right across from Verizon is a place called Fukada.

    And of course, there's all the chain-y places at the Irvine Spectrum.

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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      PD Girl Jun 10, 2008 09:06 PM

      We were looking for something kind of nice, but not superfancy. I want to have good food and really good drinks. I was thinking of Onotria Wine Bar in Costa Mesa or there was a couple of places in Irvine on Zagat that sounded okay.

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        JAB Jun 10, 2008 09:10 PM

        Old vine: http://www.oldvinecafe.com/

        Make a reservation.

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          Samantha Jun 12, 2008 01:37 PM

          Onotria is wonderful, but would be more upscale than what you are looking for. I second the rec for Old Vine. You could also go to Javier's at the Irvine Spectrum-more upscale Mexican and a great drink/cocktail menu.

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        soccerandlost Jun 10, 2008 09:19 PM

        My advice is to pack a great picnic dinner, get there early, and tailgate. That's what we do every time we go to Verizon and we have a blast.

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          holy chow Jun 10, 2008 10:38 PM

          Luca Cafe off of Sand Canyon.

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            elmomonster Jun 11, 2008 01:17 AM

            Great suggestion! And close to boot.

            http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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              brekkie_fan Jun 12, 2008 08:42 PM

              Don't know your timeframe (guessing very leisurely), but just a heads up - they close between brunch and dinner on Saturdays. Reopen at 5pm.

              On the bright side, their cheese and wine shop (don't think you can stay and eat) is open from 9-9 daily.

              http://luccacafe.net/index.html

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