Hello SoCal hounds! Spousette & I will be driving down from Berkeley to spend the weekend in Orange County. We'll be staying in Laguna Beach & hanging out w/ relatives in Tustin.
We probably want to stay under $20/person for most meals (fortunately we don't drink!) but if there is something more expensive that is good value & exceptional, we're open to suggestions. We tend to like our food toward the healthy end of the scale (meaning: fresh green veggies vs. giant slabs of meat) but can be flexible if you want to send us to, for example, the best fried chicken ever. We would especially be interested in anything that we can't get in the SF Bay Area.
Please recommend not just restaurants, but ice cream, bakeries, farmers markets, &c.
If you're familiar w/ the Bay Area, here are some examples of what we like up here: Pizzaiolo, Cha Ya (vegetarian Japanese), Tartine bakery, Ici ice cream, Delfina, Thai temple, Vik's Chaat...
By the way, is there anything to eat for lunch on the way down 5?!
Thanks in advance!