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short trip to Newport Beach 4/4-5

Never been to the area and only thing I have seen is the Cannary. Just the wife and I and we pretty much love everything, espically big fans of farm to table...any must eats?

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  1. I think you will get better, more focused responses if you share what your expectations are,

    You can go to MixMart or South Coast Plaza and eat yourself silly with great food with medium to high end price points.

    Memphis Cafe at the alt plaza is great as are the other restaurants there.

    MixMart on Hyland Avenue near S. Coast Plaze has several great places to eat and get special, i.e., what do they call it, third generation coffee.

    These are all in Costa Mesa, i.e., Newport Beach adjacent.

    If you want an ocean view, you can go to one of the many mediocre restaurants on S. Coast Highway that look out onto Newport Bay or you can drive down to the Balboa Pier and walk out to Ruby's Diner, offering a dose of 50's nostalgia with burgers and shakes.

    You can get a picnic lunch to go at the Pavilions on Via Lido and go to the beach.

    Sorry, I don't know of any farm-to-table franchises in the area.

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    1. The Cannery is great right now while Nick Weber is there. You might want to call in advance and ask if he'll do a special menu for you. The crowd there still pines for the old Cannery food, but we recently had a stunning 6-course dinner there and there wasn't a course that was a miss.

      The highlights: Uni Shiso Leaf taco topped with fried chicken skin, spot prawn paella with morels, shrimp roe, bellota him and rice cooked in bellota fat.

      Really great, but I don't think you'll get that off the menu.

      1. +1 on Mozza and check out Playground, Marche Moderne, Sabatino's, Beachcomber...

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        1. re: JAB

          +1 on Playground but it is ~45 minute drive from Newport.

          Places closer to Newport but not necessarily the farm to table concept Cucina Alessa, Tamarind and Mastro's Ocean Club.

          1. re: JAB

            +1 on the Beachcomber - breakfasts are good and the setting is hard to beat.

          2. I am a fan of the Crab Cooker - super casual seafood spot that's been in the same place for many years. Not fantastic food but it's a fun experience and the food is good.

            1. We have lived in the area for many years, and would recommend the following:

              1) Marché Moderne at South Coast Plaza is by far the best fine dining experience you will have in the area. Go for dinner, and do reserve in advance.

              2) If you like pizza, 2 great options are Pizzeria Mozza and Pizzeria Ortica, both very nearby.

              3) For a fun breakfast or lunch, The Beachcomber in Crystal Cove, just south of Corona del Mar is literally right on the beach. The setting cannot be beat, and the food is fine. If you would like a very casual but good Mexican breakfast or lunch with a peek-a-boo ocean view, the deck at the Coyote Cafe in Laguna Beach is also fun.

              4) Also in Crystal Cove, Tamarind has good Indian food, Bluefin has very good sushi and Bear Flag Fish Company has great fish tacos (for lunch).

              Ruby's, Alessa and the Crab Catcher are fine, but imho nothing special.

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              1. re: josephnl

                And how about the long established diner breakfast/lunch spot in the bay, The Galley?

                The pocket park across the street that honors the indomitable lady who founded the diner is a special place.

                1. re: Gypsy Jan

                  My goodness...is The Galley still there? Wow...yes, this is a NB institution that's definitely worth a visit. How could I forget it?? Please confirm that it's still the same family-run greasy spoon. If so, it's certainly worth a visit for the sake of history...but do also go to The Beachcomber for the setting, and perhaps to the Coyote Cafe in Laguna for another super-casual experience.

                  1. re: josephnl

                    Hi josephnl

                    I don't know if you are being funny or sarcastic, but whatever.

                    The Galley is now run by the son of the lady who started the place.

                    Don't know about the Beachcomber and I think that the Coyote Cafe is long gone.

                    Coast On In is gone as is the big flaming gay bar whose name I can't remember.

                    It was always chancy to drive through Laguna Beach in the 70's on Halloween - Six foot five transsexuals skipping across PCH in ballerina tutus.

                    1. re: Gypsy Jan

                      I'm not sure I understand your post. I was neither trying to be funny or sarcastic. Sorry if something I said made you think I was.

                      It's been at least 10 years since I've even thought about The Galley, so I honestly didn't know it was still there. Great...I'll visit soon.

                      The Beachcomber in Crystal Cove is indeed a fun spot...especially for the setting right on the beach...and the Coyote Grill (not Cafe...I goofed) is alive and well in S. Laguna, and is a very good place for a Mexican style breakfast.

                      I know nothing about Coast On In...never heard of it.