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Laguna Beach - good, bad, and ugly


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Laguna Beach - good, bad, and ugly

Randy Brook | May 23, 2004 09:58 PM

1. Just spent a Thursday night in Laguna Beach. Dinner at Javier's was very good - enchiladas with shrimp and crab and an unusual, not overpowering sauce. The seasoned rice was perfect. Warning - this is a "scene" place for the young set. Loud music and lots of activity. It was calmer and cooler in the bar, where I sat. Also, the fresh fish was sold out at 9:30 when I arrived.

2. I walked by C'est La Vie restaurant/bakery just before dinner, around 9 pm. The croissants in the case looked a bit tired, but it was late at night. I went back the next morning at 10 am and what looked like the same croissants were in the display case. I asked if they were fresh. The answer was "no, we make them at night". They didn't say what night. Needless to say, I did not buy one.

3. My breakfast was at Madison Square & Garden Cafe. You order cafeteria style from surly, unhelpful staff. I asked about having a 2-egg instead of 3-egg omelette and the response suggested their eggs came premixed. (Probably not true, but also likely they premix themselves in quantity.)

My vegie omelette had lots of vegies but not a hint of seasoning. In other words, it was tasteless. The omelette part was like rubber. The side of french fries was tepid and seemed like machine cut frozen fries. Overpriced, too.

The platters next door at the Cottage looked a lot better and the prices were a bit cheaper.

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