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Newport Beach dinner

bossgirl Mar 28, 2014 04:35 PM

Looking for casual dinner, under $30, in Newport Beach on a Saturday.

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  1. Servorg RE: bossgirl Mar 28, 2014 05:41 PM

    If you like Italian then Mama D's Italian Kitchen http://www.mamadsnewport.com/ would fit the bill very well.

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      bossgirl RE: Servorg Mar 28, 2014 06:27 PM

      Thanks for the rec. Saw an old post on them and wasn't sure whether still worth it.

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        Servorg RE: bossgirl Mar 28, 2014 07:21 PM

        I like red sauce Italian and I like Alejo's in Westchester - just to give you something to gauge my recommendation on. I had the spaghetti and meatball and I liked it. But unless you like that type of Italian you are probably better off with JAB Sabatino's recommendation below. Hope you will come back and report on wherever you end up.

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          bossgirl RE: Servorg Mar 30, 2014 09:31 PM

          So...we ended up going to...Gulliver's in Irvine! :( My cousin, the birthday girl, wanted to go there for old times sake. She used to go there in her 20's. I look forward to using the recs another time.

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            BubblyOne RE: bossgirl Mar 31, 2014 05:21 AM

            LOL, my mom loves that place. They certainly have decent food and it is a well-run spot.

    2. JAB RE: bossgirl Mar 28, 2014 07:11 PM

      Sabatino's. They specialize in sausage. Anything with sausage. Try the stuffed pepper.

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        OCSteve RE: JAB Mar 28, 2014 08:00 PM

        Big +1 on Sabatino's.

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          BubblyOne RE: OCSteve Mar 29, 2014 07:28 AM

          Another for Sabatino's. The best sausage I've ever had.

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            jessejames RE: BubblyOne Mar 29, 2014 12:24 PM

            Same here. That pork sausage with cheese inside is incredible.

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        Blessings RE: bossgirl Mar 28, 2014 08:52 PM

        Try True Food Kitchen - Fashion Island has a lot of great restos, Tommy Bahamas, etc.

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          josephnl RE: Blessings Mar 30, 2014 11:28 PM

          Fashion Island has a few good (not great) restaurants, and I really must disagree re True Food...it's among the worst, and Tommy Bahama is not much better. IMHO, the better spots include Fleming's, Gulfstream, R + D Kitchen, Red O and Fig & Olive...all of which are pretty goog, but there really is nothing outstanding in Fashion Island.

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            set0312 RE: josephnl Mar 30, 2014 11:39 PM

            Nothing outstanding, in Fashion Island, but I myself quite like True Food--especially compared to R + D, Fleming's, and Gulfstream. To each their own I guess.

        2. Gypsy Jan RE: bossgirl Mar 29, 2014 10:28 AM

          Just adding another suggestion - Nesai on Riverside Dr. in Newport Beach.


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            kevin RE: bossgirl Mar 29, 2014 11:18 AM

            Garlic Jos or Jack Shrimp ???????

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              kevin RE: bossgirl Mar 29, 2014 11:18 AM

              Or the Crab Cooker.

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                Gypsy Jan RE: kevin Mar 29, 2014 11:31 AM

                I don't know Garlic Jo's

                For background, I have eaten great Cajun food at the festivals in Lafayette, Louisiana.

                Jack Shrimp fits into the "authentic" Cajun category.

                So there you go - Just my opinions,

                Sincerely, GJ

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                  kevin RE: Gypsy Jan Mar 29, 2014 11:38 AM

                  Gypsy, I thought you were going to say my recs were terrible since you had the real Cajun goods in Louisiana. :)

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                    Gypsy Jan RE: kevin Mar 29, 2014 11:50 AM

                    Hey, Kevin

                    We are friends (in the Internet kind of way),

                    I would never diss any any of your recommendations, unless I have personal experience that I need to report.

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                      kevin RE: Gypsy Jan Mar 29, 2014 12:10 PM


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                        Gypsy Jan RE: kevin Mar 29, 2014 12:13 PM

                        Right back at you.

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                flowergirl RE: bossgirl Apr 1, 2014 06:56 PM

                Love The Crab Cooker and had a couple quirky but good meals at The Chicken Coop.

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