Friday brunch between LAX and Newport Beach
I'm picking my sister up from LAX tomorrow for a weekend trip to the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach and I'd like to stop either somewhere near the airport or somewhere between the two places for brunch. I was thinking maybe Jongewaard's Bake N Broil since I've never been but I'd love suggestions.
I JUST posted about BnB's peach pancakes, they are wonderful. And one of my favorite breakfasts(or any meal) to eat is pie! My favorite pies at BnB are banana cream and lemon(strawberry is good too but I think they don't do that anymore this year) lush. Their choc. cream and other fruit pies are good, the point is their crust is fantastic. The rest of their food, I'm not so sure about, I've found it to be just decent. Stick with the sweets, I would say.
We had breakfast at BnB on Sunday; I got my favorite lemon blueberry pancakes. I noticed that the peaches for the pancakes are like those for fresh peach pies: mixed with a lot of goop. While I know that appeals to many people, I'm just mentioning it for anyone who likes a plain fresh fruit topping.
In addition to Jongewaard’s, several of my favorite lunch spots come to mind, three of which are right-off the 405 Fwy. In alpha order:
Jongewaard's Bake N Broil
3697 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
The spinach and cheese omelet is exceptional as is the quiche. They also make one of the best chicken pot pies I have ever tasted – killer crust! Their pancakes, muffins, cakes and pies are scrumptious – choose a piece or two to go for later. Be sure to check-out the Specials Board.
3333 Bristol Street, #3001
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Upstairs on the back side of South Coast Plaza by Macy’s. Chef Florent Marneau and his lovely wife Amelia do a fantastic job in bringing wonderful French cuisine to SoCal. The $20, 3-course lunch spontanée is a super deal, saving you perhaps 50% versus ordering a la carte. The Eastern skate wing or the braised short ribs are terrific selections. Florent is hands-on in the open kitchen daily and you can taste his presence in every bite. Amelia is a certified French pastry chef and her creations are marvelous.
Memphis Soul Café & Bar
2920 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Laid-back, casual venue with a Southern 50’s dive bar vibe. Very tasty, authentic gumbo is a must try. Great salads/combos. Excellent catfish po’ boys, popcorn shrimp tacos, crab cakes and a killer “Zuni” fry bread. Wash it all down with a pink lemonade martini (or two), my favorite. Superb Sat/Sun brunch – try the pork chop with eggs, grits and caramelized cinnamon apples.
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Another of Joachim Splicahl’s showcase restaurants serving up consistently wonderful French fare with a country twist. Chef Lulu De Rouen has revitalized the menu and patrons’ dining pleasure with a host of new offerings including a 2-course express menu for $19 and a 3-course spa menu for $25. The fish du jour and the short ribs are outstanding lunch choices. Desserts are heavenly.
The Golden Truffle
1767 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa CA 92627
Alan Greeley, IMHO, is one of SoCal’s greatest, yet relatively unheralded, chefs. He has never disappointed me. In fact, the best meal I ever had in my entire life was a 6-course tasting menu prepared for me by him several years back. One of my all time favorite restaurants. Go prix fixe and let Alan’s talent, experience and creativity roam free with your taste buds. He is there for lunch Tue – Fri and for dinner Tue thru Thur. Call ahead to ensure his presence to maximize your dining experience. Unfasten your waist belt and open your culinary mind. Excellent wine cellar and trustworthy pairing suggestions.
Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar
2920 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Pinot Provence Restaurant
686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
If you want to stop closer to LAX you might consider Martha's 22nd St Grill in Hermosa Beach for brunch...it's nothing fancy, just really fresh sandwiches and salads and the like, on a nice patio near the beach.
I think you would really enjoy Jongewaard's (it is reasonably close to the 405 so you could even just pick up something baked to go if you don't eat there) but have you ever taken your Sister to Pann's? If you can wait until you get down toward Newport, you might also like Old Vine Cafe in the Camp. Of course, if your Sister is as adventurous an eater as you, you might consider Westminster for Vietnamese.... The Resort at Pelican Hill is very pretty, by the way, and the weather is supposed to be lovely this weekend, so the two of you ought to have a terrific time.
Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Jongewaard’s Bake 'n Broil
3697 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
Old Vine Cafe
2937 Bristol St # A102, Costa Mesa, CA