Lunch in Laguna
A few quick questions, if you don't mind...
1) What are the oldest dining & drinking establishments in Laguna; ie. Old Laguna restaurant fixtures, cocktail bars, etc?
2) Are there any great hamburger stands, lunch counters, diners, canteens, etc? Any mid-century greasyspoons or Googie coffee shops?
3) Are there any great taquerias; especially for Baja style fish tacos?
4) Best $25 (or under) lunch in the area?
5) Best dining room for scenic beach and sea views?
Thanks so much!!!
If you are interested in the historical aspects of Laguna (which your post indicates), Hotel Laguna is one of the oldest buildings in town and worth a walk-though, right on Main Beach.
Las Brisas (as mentioned below) is great for a drink and the view. Assuming you don't mind parking and a little walking, I would do something like a drink at LB and then lunch at Alessa.
If any of your group are movie buffs, one of the scenes in "Now, Voyager" with Bette Davis uses the gardens outside Las Brisas and the pergola to the right as you are facing the front as a stand in for one of the Brazilian scenes in the movie. Bette had a house in town for years.
Splashes is further south.
re: Gypsy Jan
Olamendi's looks great!
My friend told me about another place in San Juan Capistrano called El Aldobe: http://ww.eladobedecapistrano.com/
I've also discovered what looks like a great 'Old Laguna' redsauce spot, Polina's Salerno: http://www.yelp.com/biz/polina-salern...
Is Watson Drug & Soda Fountain in Orange any good / worth a visit over the weekend? My in-laws are in OC and we'll be spending the weekend.
Thanks for all the great tips!
El Adobe Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano is a historical site.
It was former President Richard Nixon's favorite place to eat when he was in residence in his Western White House in San Clemente.
In my college days (yes, I am old) I traveled down on a bus to protest the Vietnam War outside the El Adobe restaurant because the Secret Service wouldn't let us anywhere near the Western White House in San Clemente.