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  • Samantha Jul 1, 2003 11:44 AM
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Looking for a great breakfast place in Orange County for this Saturday. The future in-laws are coming to town and we want to take them to breakfast before we start checking out rehearsal dinner places for the wedding. We live in Irvine and will be looking at restaurants for a rehearsal dinner from Newport Beach to Dana Point, so anywhere in between is good. It just has to be very tasty! My fiance and I are not big breakfast eaters so we really have no idea where to take his parents. Any suggestions are welcome. THANK YOU!!! By the way, we are doing a brunch buffet on Sunday, so just a regular breakfast will work for Saturday.

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  1. We have eaten at the Cottage many times and it has never failed to leave us satisfied after breakfast there.

    Link: http://www.thecottagerestaurant.com/

    1. Ted's, SW C/O Aliso Creek and La Paz, Laguna Niguel, has many interesting breakfasts.
      It's a fast-food, hole-in-the-wall, diner kind of place, very popular with locals; cheap, quick, hardy and good.
      There's even patio dining.
      Mimi's is across the street (NE).

      The Cottage is great, but often becomes quite busy.

      1. I think the best breakfast is at the Ramos House Cafe in SJC. Might have to wait, but the setting is great (old Los Rios, near the Mission) and food wonderful.

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        1. re: Emma

          May I enthusiastically join you in this recommendation?

          1. re: Emma

            The Ramos house is amazing. The food is inspired, the location is charming and they have blankets for you if the weather is chilly. The prices are a little high, so I just wanted to set expectations. Definitely worth a visit.

            1. re: kryztyne

              There is nothing in OC that can even touch the Ramos House for a very special breakfast or brunch!!

              1. re: josephnl

                I know it's too late for the OP, but be aware that Ramos House serves ONLY a $35 brunch on the weekends. My wife and I went down there on a Saturday recently, looking for a light lunch (I was hungry for some of their delicious mac n cheese). We were seated and handed a menu with one price. Since we didn't want a $70 lunch that day, we went elsewhere. We'll go back during the week sometime.

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            torta basilica

            Pinot Provence in the Westin across from south Coast Plaza evidentally has a scrumptuous breakfast - just read about it in our local rag, 714 I think. They did an article on all the great local breakfast places a month ago, but I've thrown mine out. Trying to get there, but won't beat you to it. All is a la carte & sounded fab. BTW, where are you brunching? My fav in OC is at the Sutton Place Hotel on MacArthur in Newport - incredible selection of seafood, sushi, carpacchio, braesola, cheeses, etc etc & an excellent champagne to accompany -just don't go on holidays like Easter or Mother's Day - a bit of a zoo then! Have fun!

            1. The Cafe that is at the boat ramp location off of Jamboree next to the Hyatt Newporter serves a wonderful breakfast in a neat spot. Forgot the name but just ate there recently. To get there drive into the campground and then make a quick right, they comp you 4 hours parking at the guardhouse, open early like seven a.m. Overlooking the back bay, indoor and outdoor seating. Fresh oj, great omelettes, homemade corned beef hash. They always have a large tent set up for receptions also. Might be an option for a catered event?

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              1. re: Ginger Wolf

                Here's some info.

                Link: http://www.letseatoc.com/info/backbay...

              2. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. We decided on The Cottage in Laguna, as it takes reservations and we thought this would be a good idea for 4th of July Weekend. But now that we have all of these great ideas, my fiance and I are going to have to try them all out once the parents are gone.

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                1. re: Samantha

                  For next time, one of the best places for breakfast in OC is at Las Brisas. This is a fabulous place to take people visiting from out of the area. The food tastes ok, but the view is incomparable! Other great places in Laguna are at C'est La Vie (outside dining veranda), Madison Square (you can bring your dog with you if you want) and also Coyote Grill (awesome bloody mary's). One of my old favorites, The White House, lost its lustre for me when I discovered egg shell in my Eggs Benedict.

                  1. re: kryztyne

                    One hopes the OP found her breakfast after six years...

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Here's to hoping that they have also found an appreciation for a good breakfast together after six yrs.

                      Thanks for the laugh,DU.

                      R

                2. Next time you're looking for a great place (& unusual) for brekkies, you MUST try Break of Dawn
                  http://breakofdawnrestaurant.com/

                  1. Mollies Kitchen, Mollies Kitchen. On La Paz. Fantastic breakfast without the view or the pomp and circumstances or self-promotion. If you know where Henrys and Costco and In and Out Burger and Mimis are, just follow La Paz a little further and on your left side you'll see their sign at Mollies Country Kitchen. (949) 643-9174. 27932 La Paz Rd Ste M Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. They got 4 1/2 stars from CitySearch. A gem hidden away.

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                    1. re: EclecticEater

                      I heartily agree. Their country breakfast is my favorite of all time. I love the biscuits, sausage and gravy.

                    2. Even though too late for the in-laws, I think Plum's in Costa Mesa is the best breakfast/brunch place around. Very creative food. expecially Pacific Northwest dishes.