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3 nights in Newport Beach

We are coming to Newport Beach next week for 3 nights. We will have our 2-year old with us , although we may get a babysitter for one dinner. We'd appreciate your suggestions on good places for bfast and dinner. Nothing fancy, but nothing like fast food or chains either. We like good food of all types! Thanks.

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  1. For a casual non-fancy seafood dinner try The Crab Cooker...you can even bring the 2 year old. Best Manhattan style clam chowder around.

    2200 Newport Blvd
    Newport Beach, CA 92663
    (949) 673-0100

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    1. re: monku

      Another great restaurant. This is not a chain restaurant. This is not Joe Crab, or Mr. Crab or any of those other "theme" restaurants. The Crab Cooker is what all those wannabes try to knock off. Grab some home smoked albacore on your way out or while you wait for a table. (You may have to wait because it is worth waiting for!) - Don't forget a jawbreaker out of the jar by the hostess desk.

    2. Are you on the Peninsula? I just did this with a two year old last week. We enjoyed going to the beach and lunch at Mutt Lynch's. For our babysitter night we went to Shibucho in Costa Mesa which was great. There's not really any good food on the peninsula but it's very casual and family oriented. I haven't tried A Restaurant but it's close as well.

      1. A great casual family owned Italian restaurant is right by the Newport Pier. It is called Il Farro and would be perfect with a two year old. Afterwards you can stroll around and then enjoy some gelato at the same owners gelateria called....Il Gelato.

        If you are getting a sitter and want a more adult venue the exudes the Newport Coast lifestyle then go to Mastro's Ocean Club. The steaks and seafood are terrific.

        1. Another family friendly italian restaurant on the penninsula is Mama D's.

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          1. re: ccash25

            While I want to second this suggestion (love the food and service, it is probably more "italian casual" than you might want), since you are on vacation I would suggest heading to Sabatinos (not too expensive) located in Lido Village Shipyard (sit on the patio). They have some of the best sausage on the West Coast, family owned, an institution for Newport natives. Get the mixed (spicy/mild) sausage and pepper platter. Insane. Don't forget to eat as much as you can of the fresh bread and olive, pepper, anchovy (don't let that scare you) tapenade. They are huge supporters of the community. One of my top 5 favorites.

          2. If you're in the mood for old-fashioned coffee-shop fare, the breakfasts (served all day, except waffles) at Dick Church's are excellent and inexpensive ($6-9). It's a bit north, Newport Blvd. at Mesa (overlooking the 55). http://www.chow.com/places/33046

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            1. re: MostlyDifferent

              I haven't searched, but I gotta believe this must be the first time Dick Church was ever brought up on Chowhound.

              Dick Church's Restaurant
              2698 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

            2. I read something in the Orange County magazine a few months ago about the Bliss Bar...which, I believe can only be found on Balboa island. The picture looked fabulous...a bar of awesome vanilla ice cream on a stick...then dipped in chocolate...and dipped in your choice of toppings...I'm sure your 2 year old would love his/hers covered in colored sprinkles. If any of you CHs know where to find this, please feel free to jump in...the picture had me at hello.

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              1. re: attran99

                Walking around Balboa Island, there are a few places that make this bar as well as frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and toppings too! Just walk around, choose one and enjoy.

                1. re: attran99

                  Actually we call them Balboa Bars - at Sugar n Spice or Dad's on Balboa Island. But I prefer the frozen bananas myself!

                2. I don't know if you like sushi, but for your night out San Shi Go on Main St on Balboa is one of the best sushi bars in OC, and they have some of the best fish. The one in Laguna is more focused on rolls, but the one on the peninsula is great. You can ferry over, park, have dinner, then a nice romantic walk along the beach...

                  1. The Omelet Parlor in Costa Mesa, is a neat breakfast place, Wavos is another little place for breakfast.

                    1. I think j4sharks has come and gone...post is 2+ years old.

                      1. We drive from NOC to go to R&D in Fashion Island with our kids--the kid burgers are fantastic (and the meal is $5). I love their cocktails, prime rib sandwich, fries & killer coleslaw.