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Orange County Recommendations: San Clemente/Newport?CDM/Costa Mesa or Laguna

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alexa52 | | Jan 8, 2011 11:28 AM

Originally posted a question in the California Board, but looks like OC belongs in LA after doing a bit of research.

My sister and I will be in OC this weekend for my Dad's birthday. We need a spot for dinner Thursday night- doesn't need to be too fancy or high end. Just good food. My sister is flying into John Wayne airport -- so anything from there to Ladera Ranch would be great.

Friday we wanted to take my dad to lunch in Dana Point. Any suggestions here? Especially near the water/marina? For dinner Friday we were thinking San Clemente might be fun. Any places in San Clemente or San Juan Capistrano worth it? If not we are welcome to suggestions. Nothing too ethnic-- except Chinese and Italian.

We were thinking of trying to do dinner in Newport for his birthday, but it seems a lot of reviews I am reading say there are far more good restaurants in Laguna (his favorites are Kyi, Romeo's on Broadway). Which may be why that is where he goes out to eat most often. My sister and I wanted to take him somewhere new though. Is the Cannery, Canaletto, Alessa or Gulf Stream worthy of a birthday dinner?

If not what about CDM: Bandera, Tommy Bahamas, Crow Bar or Five Crowns for a nice dinner?

And finally if we were to go to Laguna for dinner- what is your #1 choice for food (a good view too would be nice but not necessary).

And finally - he LOVES breakfast. I have seen good reviews for the following: pacific whey, beachcomber, cream pan, plums, costa mesa omelet bar. Any particular favorites?

Thanks!

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Five Crowns
3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Bandera Restaurant
3201 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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