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Where to Eat in OC Next Month?

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I'll be flying back on 12/16 to visit the family for the holidays, then returning to Vegasland on 12/28...

So what should I eat while there? I'm thinking of doing at least one fine dining spot, with the rest being those lovely holes in the wall that SoCal is known for. And since my dad's house is near South Coast Plaza, Central OC spots are definitely welcome, though it isn't too big of a deal to drive south, especially if there's a great stretch of coastline involved!

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  1. As I mentioned in another post Charlie Palmer's is one that I'd highly recommend for lunch. Old Vine Cafe @ the Camp also has a great 3-course lunch for $20 (their buratta caprese is a must-have); I like their dinner menu as well. I'm presently addicted to those two locations...for b'fast I'd head to Laguna Hills for Break of Dawn. For great pastries, head to Old Town Tustin's Cream Pan; I love their boxed sandwiches while most others love their strawberry croissants.

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

    Cream Pan
    602 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

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

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    1. re: OCAnn

      Thanks, OCAnn!

      Actually, I was considering Charlie Palmer. I LOVE Aureole here in Vegas, so hopefully the OC location is just as great.

      And I haven't done Old Vine in a while. So they also have lunch specials now?

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

      1. re: atdleft

        OVC's lunch menu: http://www.oldvinecafe.com/lunch.php

    2. Marche Moderne- Fine Dining
      Pupuseria San Sivar- Pupusas
      Mil Jugos- Arepas
      Santouka- Ramen

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      San Sivar Restaurant
      1940 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

      Marche Moderne
      3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      Santouka
      3760 S Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      Mil Jugos
      318 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

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      1. re: terramassu

        Sounds good. San Sivar and Mil Jugos aren't far from my dad's house, so it's good to know I'll have plenty of things to try nearby.

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        San Sivar Restaurant
        1940 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

        Mil Jugos
        318 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701