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Suggestions for Sunday brunch/breakfast in OC (Laguna/Newport/CM/Irvine)?

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We're taking a friend for a birthday breakfast.

Problem is I know all the places in OC and keep hoping that some Chowhound will enlighten me about a hitherto unknown (great) place.

Right now, in consideration we have Taco Rosa Champagne Buffet, Beachcomber, Omlette Parlour, 333 --- but I am not excited.

Any diamonds in the rough out there? (Yes, Ramos House Cafe is out. A bit too pricey.)

Doesn't have to be in a great location ala Beachcomber. But food should be solid and there should be a bit of ambience.

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Ramos House Cafe
31752 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Taco Rosa
2632 San Miguel Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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  1. Are you familiar with Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills?

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

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      1. You might already know about it, but Old Vine Cafe does a nice breakfast

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        Old Vine Cafe
        2937 Bristol St # A102, Costa Mesa, CA

        Old Vine Cafe
        2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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        1. re: I got nothin

          Wholeheartedly second Break of Dawn.

          It is truly a one of kind breakfast restaurant. The food is outstanding.

          Owner/chef used to good at the Ritz. Now I am craving the dish with the merlot poached eggs and the rice/portugese sausage dish.

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

        2. Plums on 17th in Costa Mesa is good. I also really like the brunch at Memphis, though it's limited and decidedly southern. Favorite at the moment is actually the Beachcomber - but it sounds like you've tried it and aren't that much of a fan.

          1. I third Break of Dawn. It's our go to place for brunch. It's a casual atmosphere with amazing food. My husband and I have tried numerous dishes on the menu and have never been disappointed.

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

            1. I fourth Break of Dawn

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