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OC Brunch off the 5

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I live in LA, and I'm meeting a friend who lives in San Clemente for brunch on Sunday. We'd like to meet somewhere in the OC (since she usually drives to me), but off the 5 since that is the most convenient for her. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. break of dawn! absolutely hands down - beautiful and creative, delicious. we drive down at least once every few months from chino hills...

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    1. re: jacknhedy

      Another vote for Break of Dawn. Be aware, they're only open for breakfast/lunch, so if you want to linger thru the afternoon it may not be the place for you.

      It's located just south of Laguna Hills Mall, below the El Toro Y.

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      Break of Dawn
      24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

      1. re: Bogey153

        I love break of dawn as well!! Amazing!

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        Break of Dawn
        24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

        1. re: jroxybabe19

          Break of Dawn is a delicious option. I totally recommend the Crème Brulee French Toast.

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          Break of Dawn
          24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

    2. I'll have to chime in on Break of Dawn - the Skillet breakfast is to die for & could feed 2 easily. Had the Kabocha Squash Soup, which was delicious. Fruit plate was ok, but the cinnamon bun described that comes with it sounded like the cinnamon coffee-something else bun they offer for dessert, so, thinking I wouldn't appear as much of a piggie if I ordered the fruit plate... Foiled - it was a weak little almond pattycake thing :( Other than that heartbreak, I can't say I was all that impressed with the service, but would definitely return - everything sounds SO delicious on their very eclectic menu!

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      Break of Dawn
      24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653