We are spending a few days in April along the southern coast. Each day we'll be heading out from the Laguna Beach area heading north stopping along the way. We plan to spend one day in Catalina and we'll get as far north as LA and its environs, though we won't be doing Disney or downtown LA.
I'd like suggestions for good places to stop for meals along the way. Mostly casual to moderate, good food and views, from simple lunches to interesting dinners. I need one special place for a birthday dinner. American and seafood, mexican and cuban, other suggestions welcome.
I know this is a broad based qestion, so any and all thoughts are much appreciated.