Thanks for the suggestions a couple weeks ago for some helpful dining hints from one end of LA to another in Orange County. Although my dining preferences were largely hijacked by things out of my control (non-foodie hub, other people) I still had some luck.
A suggestion for Canele near Griffith Park, from two years ago, yielded a great dinner then and another last week. I'd be a regular if I lived nearby. The non-foodie non-leaf-eating partner scooped up his grapefruit and mint salad and his bistro steak. I was lucky recipient of the potatoes (divinely greasy and tasty...mmmm). My shrimp salad and burrata with cauliflower and currants were perfect. A helpful chef explained some potato food science to me with a suggested book, On Food and Cooking. I'll return next time I'm in town.
Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove was OK. The folks working there were super nice however and the lights were very bright! So at least I could see the menu! (-: A post Disneyland dinner at 9:15pm on a Monday doesn't offer a lot of dining options. It was fine.
We visited the Getty Museum above Santa Monica, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the food. There were three options of dining (cafe to full service) so we chose the mid-range cafeteria style. There were quite a few options for vegetarians and non. I had a lovely side of tasty warm beets for $1.95, a southwest tofu sandwich and a light potato leek soup. No need to fear museum food! The cost was very reasonable.
On our way to the car we blew by Pourtal (litterly, the winds were crazy). I loved this little place with their fancy wine dispensing units and ability to buy tastes of wine normally out of my price range. We enjoyed a couple drinks, more Burrata and Kobi dog apps and a nice chat with the wine buyer.
While in Laguna Beach I was able to get the hub to stop in for a snack at Cafe Zinc. What a charming little place! It must be a goldmine because it was almost full at 11:15am. On a Wednesday. We shared a highly tasty Composed Salad of egg salad, beets and fennel salad with some crostini and brie. I would have loved to have had my main lunch there as their vegetarian menu looked great, but guests we were meeting had made a res at Las Brisas where "you pay for the view." I feel, for the cost, we could have eaten far better elsewhere. I would gladly return to Laguna Beach--just not that restaurant unless I was sloshing happy hour margaritas on their deck. (-:
3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
104 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Cafe Zinc & Market
344 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651