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Help - need place between Santa Monica and Newport Beach to meet

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I'm meeting a friend late this afternoon. He's staying in Santa Monica, I'm in Newport Beach, and we want to split the distance and meet somewhere in the middle. I never get off the freeway between LA and OC, though, so don't know anyplace good. He's an Aston-Martin driving, mansion-living, Dolce & Gabanna-wearing foodie, and won't step into anyplace that isn't first-rate. We could drive into beach cities if there isn't anything at a convenient 405 exit (ha!). APPRECIATE ANY AND ALL HELP!!! Meeting about 3pm today, Sunday.

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  1. How about Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach?
    http://www.beachwoodbbq.com/

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    Beachwood BBQ
    131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks for the tip. Great looking menu! But definitely too down-home for him. His body is a pristine temple of chicken and fish.

    2. Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes, Beautiful views on the cliffs In Palos Verdes, near Trump's Golf Coarse.

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      Terranea Resort
      Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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      1. re: JEN10

        Now that's just his style. Thanks!