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Mar 19, 2013 01:22 PM

Must Eats - Doheny Beach - LA

Hi CHers! My boss gave me her hotel to use in Doheny Beach, because she can't go anymore. I was thinking of spending one day in Los Angeles and one day in San Diego. Sadly, even though I'm just a few hours away in Arizona, I have never spent much time in either of these places! You've never steered me wrong, so I'm interested in everyone's suggestions, for their favorite restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops etc. in any of these areas.

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      1. re: nyfashionintern

        Break of Dawn is very good and I still have a soft-spot for the Ramos House Cafe.

    1. I'm sorry, I also just realized how broad this post was. I thought I might add that I will be with my boyfriend, and we would prefer to eat at places that would be relatively cheap for breakfast and lunch (my friend suggested Joans on Third, which looked good,) so we would have a bit larger budget for dinner, but still nowhere too expensive (maybe $150 for the 2 of us). I'm also interested in getting some good Asian food, as this is nowhere to be found in Phoenix.

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      1. re: nyfashionintern

        You do realize Joan's on Third is a good hour-and-a-half to two hours drive from Doheny. One day in south Orange County could have you spending half the day on the road. You could find good Chinese in the Irvine area, plus Japanese in Costa Mesa. Northern OC has great Vietnamese and good Korean.

        THe best Chinese food would be found in the San Gabriel Valley and Korean would be nearish LA's Downtown. Both areas are also a good 1 1/2 hour drive from where you are staying.

        This is all just to help you plan out your trip and figure out where you want to go that day.

        My knowledge of Orange County food is rather limited.

        1. re: Ogawak

          I know, we are in Doheny for a few days, and planning on spending one day in LA area. I'm definately open to places in Doheny as well, but from what I saw to do/see/eat, I wasn't overly excited, and figured a day or 2 away would be nice. Thank you for the suggestions; I will have to check out San Gabriel Valley!

          1. re: nyfashionintern

            Some of the hottest places for creative and excellent food in the LA area right now are Bestia, Red Medicine, Animal and it's sister restaurant Son of a Gun, Alma Sotto and Picca upstairs from Sotto. I don't think you can go wrong at any of them, although some of them might push your budget a little and some will be more budget friendly.

            1. re: nyfashionintern

              If I may help you get started:

              For Dim Sum (menu, not cart):
              Sea Harbor or Elite
              For Shanghai Dumplings:
              Dean Sin World

              Many posts here, much more comprehensive than I could ever offer for all the Chinese food in the SGV.

          2. re: nyfashionintern

            If you want some well priced Asian food between Doheny and LA, I'd definitely sample some of the amazing Vietnamese food in Westminster. Books could be published with all the great content here on chowhound about vietnamese food in Westminster and Garden Grove. Most of this thread is still relevant (thought 3 years old):


            My personal favorites are Pho Thanh Lich for pho (rare beef is great) and the cha gio and bun rieu soup at Vien Dong. But there are a bajillion places in town there.

            Good luck!