OK, for Orange County-ites...
What are the Top 10 Must Try Eats in OC?
I have a couple:
1.) Aubergine, Newport Beach - Expensive and worth it.
2.) Champs Chicago Dogs, Los Alamitos, Cheap & done correctly.
3.) Mirabeau French Bistro, Monarch Beach - Really laid back, good authentic french bistro fare, nice outdoor patio with a view (if it's not foggy), fireplace. Go during the week for a special weeknight treat that's not too busy. Intermediate prices. Inexpensive wines by the carafe.
4.) Pedros Fish Tacos - Several Locations, cheap
5.) Las Brisas, Laguna Beach - For breakfast during the week, Extensive buffet. Omlette bar, carvery, the basics, dessert table. OMG, The View! $8.95 - Great bang for your buck.
6.) Maggiano's Little Italy Supper Club Menu, South Coast Plaza - Go before 6PM M-F for $9.95 uber-meal. Started as a promotion when they first came to town now they never mention it unless you ask. A separate menu, but quite extensive. Comes with salad, a couple of pasta dishes, a meat dish or two, and lemon cookies for dessert. Not just any lemon cookies either. These make my squirters squirt just thinking about them. All served family style. Where else can you eat at South Coast Plaza with some atmosphere and service and walk out with a doggy bag for $10 a person?
7.) Ramos House, SJC - For breakfast and atmosphere of Old San Juan. Can't be beat.
8.) Ruby's on the Pier in Huntington Beach - Eat a burger in Pacific Surround Sound and watch dolphins playing in the surf. Cheap (if you don't add parking)
8.) Gen Kai, Dana Point - Sushi
9.) Thai Nakorn, Buena Park - Thai
10.) Cafe Jardin, Sherman Library and Gardens, Corona del Mar. An oasis off PCH. $3 donation required for access to well maintained, seasonal gardens. Visit the cactus garden, the rose garden, the fuschia garden (stunning!)and more, then sit on the patio and eat Pascal Olhats relaxed, upscale menu. A little known gem in OC.
What would you add?