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Great lunch/brunch food along PCH driving south from LA?

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Hi everyone,

I'm in search of restaurant recommendations for a Sunday drive down the coast to Dana Point...we'd like a lunch/brunch place as close to the water/ a pretty view as possible. Any category and price range is fine, but casual seafood would be absolutely ideal, and anything spicy or ethnic/regional hole-in-the-wall type places would be appealing to us as well. :)

We're heading inland the next day and have our stops planned out so no need to recommend inland favorites such as Ramos House Cafe, etc. I haven't seen anything searching the boards that is quite what I have in mind so if you have ideas please let me know.

Thank you!!!

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

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  1. Check out Beachcomber @ Crystal Cove to meet your close to the water / pretty view requirements:

    http://thebeachcombercafe.com/

    1. You can check out the Terranea at the resort in Palos Verdes on your way down.

      Or once you get to Dana Point, go a tad further south to Laguna Niguel and check out the Montage Resort (or is it called Monarch Beach/Bay?) or my personal favorite, the Ritz Carlton in LN.

      1. you might find some ideas here as well:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585873
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708810
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/669643
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766046