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Apr 13, 2010 07:59 PM

Lunch / Brunch restaurants in Laguna Beach -- gluten-free/vegetarian options (Mother's Day)

Hi -

We will be in Laguna Beach over Mother's Day and wonder if you have any suggestions for lunch or brunch in that area? We will have my mother with us (and some children) so nothing too pricey or stuffy.

My husband and I are gluten-free/vegetarian so it makes things a little more difficult for us, although we try to make do with most menus...

Also - do you have any good recommendations for lunch places in Laguna? We'll be there for about 5 days and want to stay put (not drive too far).

Thanks for any and all help!

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  1. here are a few places to look into;

    Orange Hill
    Mozambique Steakhouse
    Lucca Cafe
    Surf and Sand Resort

    were I you, since I am gluten/dairy/yeast free, I'd be looking for places that have omelette stations and such, as well as buffets. the fixed menus are usually most difficult because they (a) don't do substitutions on special occasions and (b) are creating menus diverse enough to please palates, without much concern for allergy/distaste.

    have fun!

    Orange Hill Restaurant
    6410 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

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    1. re: Emme

      Emme -

      Thank you for the suggestions! Yes - an omelette station is exactly what we're looking for, since you are right - most fixed menus will be an issue.

      I will look into the restaurants you mentioned -- thanks again! Much appreciated...

    2. Zinc Cafe probably has gluten free items, The whole menu is vegetarian, so at least that will be covered. It has a nice patio, but it does get crowded and you order at a counter.

      The Cottage is nice for breakfast and lunch for the eggs, though a lot of what I order there is wheat based. Coyote Grill in South Laguna has good Mexican food. I usually order the enchiladas and eggs, but I don't know if they use corn or wheat tortillas. Mosun on PCH is a fun sushi place. Not the best, but I like the rolls there.

      There is also La Sirena Grill. Ive eaten there once and was underwhelmed, but other seem to like it and it does have veggie options, so when you are looking for a week's worth of options, this should make the cut. My last option is Laguna Thai by the Sea. Small but friendly. I think you can get veggie options there, but you might want to double check that one.

      La Sirena Grill
      347 Mermaid St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Coyote Grill
      31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Mosun Sushi Saki Bar & Night Club
      680 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Laguna Thai by the Sea
      31715 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Cafe Zinc & Market
      344 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      1. Drive inland just a little bit to Laguna Hills and go to Break of Dawn. Explain the gluten-free/vegetarian to the chef (his name is Dee Nguyen) and see what he suggests.

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

        1. Do the Hare Krishnas still serve their vegetarian meals at the buddhist temple in Laguna Beach?

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          1. re: Gypsy Jan

            Ocshooter - wow! A lot of good suggestions - thank you so much! That is so helpful!!

            Das - I'll check out Break of Dawn -- sounds great!

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