I need your help! My Mom lives in Santa Monica (actually on PCH a few blocks from the Pier) and I live in Tustin in Orange County. We often get together in each other's cities, but we want to meet for lunch somewhere that is kinda/sorta equidistant for both of us (give or take a little). We usually take the 405, the 22 and the 55.
O.K., now for what we're looking for! My Mom is somewhat particular. No fast food, probably no chains. She doesn't love much Asian food (I know, bummer), although she does like Indian, Italian, Mexican and definitely Californian. She likes organic (although not a requirement, just to give you an idea of her likes, etc.), and local, excellent ingredients. In OC, she likes Zov's and surprisingly, Champagne Bakery.
I'm easy, I'll eat anything she'll eat (and much more, of course).
I know it's a tough order, but does anyone have ideas for me?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!