Hi, hoping for a little help. Visiting Newport Beach tomorrow for a few days from Western North Carolina. The places I've looked up based on some recs here and elsewhere have been a little on the $$ for us (I'm sure my search was not exhaustive and hope my laziness will be forgiven!). I also don't know the area well so don't know how far certain towns are from each other. For example, is it a short drive to Laguna Beach for dinner? Other local areas?
I'm looking for places with dinners entrees in the range of high teens/low 20s (or lower!). Thai, Mexican/Cal-Mex, fresh seafood, Greek and "American" recs would all be welcome. We're not big drinkers, so that's not an issue. Prefer non-national chains. Atmosphere: not stuffy or dressy. We're early 40's, late 30's, if that helps.
Thanks for any feedback.