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Orange County Recommendations

alexa52 Jan 8, 2011 10:50 AM

Will be in OC this weekend. My sister and I are flying in for my dad's birthday. He lives in Ladera Ranch and we were thinking of Dana Point for lunch one day (he loves the water and checking out the boats). Dinner in San Clemente one night? Dinner in Balboa, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa or CDM for his birthday. And breakfast somewhere near Ladera Ranch-- he LOVES a good breakfast. But, we don't mind driving a bit.

My dad goes to Laguna Beach all the time, so we wanted to pick some new areas at least for lunch and dinners.

We would not want anything ethnic except Chinese food. Mostly steak/fish kind of spots. What are the hot spots in OC these days?

Any suggestions would be wonderful!

Laguna Restaurant
7770 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95823

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    Gail RE: alexa52 Jan 8, 2011 12:50 PM

    Blue Water Grill, Newport Beach

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      alexa52 RE: Gail Jan 8, 2011 02:03 PM

      Thanks Gail.

    2. BubblyOne RE: alexa52 Jan 8, 2011 03:34 PM

      Well, I see you have 2 links going at once. If your dad is a boat lover, go to the Galley Cafe in Newport for breakfast. Cash-only and it's been around since at least the early 50s and not much touched since. Old-fashioned diner-style breakfasts right at the water; he can check out the boats while you wait for a table or after eating.

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        BubblyOne RE: BubblyOne Jan 8, 2011 03:37 PM

        This spot is a little hard to find:

        Galley Cafe
        829 Harbor Island Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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          The Chowhound Team RE: BubblyOne Jan 9, 2011 07:38 PM

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