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Looking for Cheap Eats but Relaxed Dining in the South O.C./North County [moved from California board]

Leahsift | Apr 25, 2008 01:51 PM

I'm new to Chowhound, but have been a voyeur for some time! We just moved to North County from Chicago and the restaurant advice has been incredibly helpful.

My husband often works in L.A. and we are currently in Carlsbad. During these days, we've enjoyed meeting somewhere in the middle (Laguna, San Clemente, etc.) to meet for dinner. Although there are quite a few threads discussing O.C. or North County dining, I'm looking for that specific region that overlaps both. Ideally, I'd like suggestions for more inexpensive dining since my sons can often eat twice their weight. We do not enjoy fast food and we all love a restaurant where we can sit and have a leisurely meal to both savor and to catch-up on the day’s events.

Although we've found some restaurants that have offered some nice meals, they're either too expensive or too fast-food-y. Any suggestions?

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