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What's good in the immediate area?

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  1. Muldoon's across the street by the Edwards Cinema is a good place. Cool Irish pub with good food.

    Flemings for steak.

    What type of food are you looking for?

    There are a lot of chain restaurants in there. CPK, PF Changs, El Torito, Cheesecake Factory....

    1. R&D Cafe (across from Neiman Marcus) is pretty good, although I am not a fan of their burger.



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      1. re: umami

        As promised, I came back for the beer. Unfortunately, I found out that I'm not a fan of their burger either. Not enough meat on an oversized dry bun. I'm still crazy about their beer and how fresh and cold it's served. I had Chimay, Pilsner Urkel & Sierra Nevada this time around. It's not great and certainly overpriced but, I'll be back for the beer.

      2. We ended up outside of the immediate area and went to Cucina Alessa and we were not disappointed with the food although there were a couple of service mis ques. We'll probably end up back in Newport tomorrow for another film.

          1. re: bllrdfam

            Second this idea. The hubby and I enjoyed a great dinner there. We had their seasonal pre-fixe dinner. We had kobe for the first time...and it was FAB! They cooked my scallops to perfection and the hubby thoroughly enjoyed his braised short ribs...so tender! Dessert was a treat...I had their molten lava chocolate souffle cake...now I usually don't like chocolate, but I loved the dessert...not overtly sweet or chocolatey...a nice balance of all flavors. The hubby had a great creme brulee with roasted bananas.

          2. We ended up at R&D Cafe on Sunday and split a chinese chicken salad, rubenesque sandwich, warm potato salad and carrot cake. All were good with the walnuts in the carrot cake being especially tasty. I'd say that it's a little pricy. The highlight however was the beer. I had a Stiegl from Austria and a Lost Coast from Nor Cal and both were so fresh and cold. I'll be back for the beer.

            1. I love the Tommy Bahams on Avocado, just outside Fashion Island. Casual and really good food. Try their grilled cheese with lobster sandwich and heirloom tomato soup.

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              1. re: janetms383

                Love their scallop sliders, but it isn't always on the menu.