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JHW Mar 23, 2011 09:14 AM

We need four really good restaurants around Lake Forrest. Quality of food and food presentation are the only criteria. What say you?

  1. JAB Mar 25, 2011 10:19 AM

    If Peruvian is of interest, check out Inka Mama's in Foothill Ranch.

    Inka Mamas
    26676 Portola Pkwy E, Foothill Ranch, CA

    1. Das Ubergeek Mar 23, 2011 02:06 PM

      Assuming you really don't care about the other criteria, such as ambiance, cost or ethnicity, here you go:

      1. Break of Dawn, Ave. de la Carlota, Laguna Hills. Vietnamese-inspired breakfasts that are higher-end than their price tag lets on. Open only for breakfast and early lunch—closes by 1:30 or 2:00 every day and dark Mondays and Tuesdays.

      2. Sol del Sur, Rancho Viejo, San Juan Capistrano. Food from around the world, served leisurely (you will spend 2-3 hours here, so order a second bottle of wine and get comfy), but very, very good.

      3. Pizza e Vino, Sta. Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita. Just exactly what it says, but really the very best pizza in South Orange County and a nicer environment than just some random pizzeria.

      4. Piccolino, Los Alisos Blvd., Mission Viejo. Very good pastas, a surprisingly good shrimp risotto with lemon reduction, and a minimum of Italian-American meddling ("pollo alla Parmesan" as an example of what's NOT on the menu).

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

      28731 Los Alisos Blvd Ste 3, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        JHW Mar 23, 2011 02:31 PM

        That is great. Thank you very much.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          johnglowacki Mar 24, 2011 10:16 AM

          Pizza e Vino is a must.

          1. re: johnglowacki
            cdmedici Mar 24, 2011 04:48 PM

            I read that Pizza e Vino is opening a location in Newport Beach. Does anyone now the address?

            1. re: cdmedici
              JAB Mar 25, 2011 10:17 AM

              I saw that as well and hope that it's an expansion and not a move.

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          I got nothin Mar 23, 2011 11:51 AM

          2nd Break of Dawn
          Other options would be:
          Fukada in Irvine for udon and soba;
          Kappo Hana in Laguna Hills for a variety of seasonal japanese dishes
          Lucca Cafe in Irvine for italian/mediterranean tapas plates

          Kappo Hana
          25260 La Paz Rd A, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

          Fukada Restaurant
          8683 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

          1. ocshooter Mar 23, 2011 11:39 AM

            If you are looking fro breakfast or lunch, I would do all 4 at Break of dawn, or at least 2 of them.

            If you need to stay inland around Lake Forest, Nirvana Grill is one option, then... chains..

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

            Nirvana Grille - Mission Viejo
            24031 Marguerite Pkwy Ste C, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

            1. JAB Mar 23, 2011 10:16 AM

              Please also define "around Lake Forrest".

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              1. re: JAB
                JHW Mar 23, 2011 02:30 PM

                OK, one half an hour drive, max.

                1. re: JHW
                  ocshooter Mar 23, 2011 04:55 PM

                  A half an hour from Lake Forest and picks for dinner changes things a lot.

                  Tops for food in OC is arguably Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza (yes, the shopping mall). About 20 minutes or less north on the 405.

                  You can go to Laguna or Dana Point in a half hour and pick up Studio at the Montage and Stonehill Tavern, both very high end options. Also in Laguna is my favorite, Tabu Grill., though it will be the most laid back of these four.

                  For a food is my only concern-price be darned, these would be my must dos in OC.

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

                  Stonehill Tavern
                  St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629

                  30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA

                  Tabu Grill
                  2892 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

              2. Servorg Mar 23, 2011 09:24 AM

                B, L or D?

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                1. re: Servorg
                  JHW Mar 23, 2011 09:27 AM

                  What does that mean?

                  1. re: JHW
                    Servorg Mar 23, 2011 09:29 AM

                    Which meal(s) of the day are you seeking? B(reakfast), L(unch) or D(inner)?

                    1. re: Servorg
                      JHW Mar 23, 2011 02:32 PM

                      I am sorry. Though it is dinner.

                    2. re: JHW
                      Philly Mar 23, 2011 09:30 AM

                      Breakfast, lunch or dinner--duh!

                      1. re: Philly
                        JHW Mar 23, 2011 02:29 PM

                        Whoops, so very sorry.

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