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Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Irvine HELP

loreeLB Mar 19, 2014 10:36 AM

Staying at the Fairmont Saturday afternoon/evening looking for somewhere within taxi distance for either of the following:
farm-to-table fare
craft cocktails
notable bar menu
Would like up to $$$ max..... preferably american (new)/cont/french/etc... Thank you!!!!

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  1. JAB RE: loreeLB Mar 19, 2014 10:43 AM


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      Searching4Dunny RE: JAB Mar 19, 2014 03:16 PM


      Seems to fit the description very well.

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      VenusCafe RE: loreeLB Mar 24, 2014 03:08 PM

      You want to cab it from the Fairmont to Newport Beach?
      And back again? If that is correct and you are not looking
      for a FANCY FIND, I recommend a place in Laguna Beach
      that has fabulous food in a casual environment, try Cafe Zoolu. It is almost Hawaiian in mood. Chef Michael Leech cooks like a star; he and with his wife Toni will make certain that it is a meal to remember! Their swordfish has been called THE BEST, period!
      Had a fabulous family birthday dinner there and want to go back ASAP
      Others call it a wonderfully casual high end seafood joint!
      Check out the food photos!

      Cafe Zoolu
      860 Glenneyre Street
      Laguna Beach, California

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        Das Ubergeek RE: VenusCafe Mar 30, 2014 06:29 PM

        The Fairmont is actually in Newport Beach, right by John Wayne Airport. That'd be like a $60 cab ride to Laguna Beach. Though, if you're going to Laguna Beach, craft cocktails are found at Broadway by Amar Santana (also buy anything with octopus), and at 370 Common across the street on Glenneyre.

        For cocktails and new American food, I'd suggest Arc, at the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa. It's much closer than anything on PCH. Be aware that it's all fire-grilled, so some of the food can be charred, but that ($20 but enormous) burger is amazing.

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        New Trial RE: loreeLB Mar 25, 2014 02:00 AM

        Perhaps Fig & Olive or Lark Creek at Fashion Island, less than 10 minutes by cab. Bistango, a tad closer in the other direction, might also work. If Italian appeals, Il Barone (walkable from the Fairmont, across MacArthur--use the crosswalk at the light) is pretty good.

        1. jennayly RE: loreeLB Mar 26, 2014 01:08 AM

          Try Houston's in irvine. Very classy ambiance and great large portions of flavorful food.

          1. Searching4Dunny RE: loreeLB Mar 26, 2014 11:07 AM

            So where did you end up going?

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              loreeLB RE: Searching4Dunny Mar 28, 2014 02:28 PM

              you'll never guess LOL. Andrea's Ristoranti @ Pelican Hill, opted for the splurge! It was fantastic as always...

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                revets2 RE: loreeLB Mar 29, 2014 02:36 AM

                Heard there was a chef shuffle. Glad to hear it's holding up!

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