This weekend a friend and I are driving down to Newport (staying at the Balboa Bay Club) for a celebratory "girls' weekend" getaway. We are both food lovers, so we want to treat ourselves to a fabulous dinner, but have no clue what is good in the Newport vicinity/OC. I looked through old posts and most relevant ones seemed to be from 02 and 03. I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance. Food is the first priority, but somewhat of a scene would be nice since she is a twentysomething single woman.
If it helps at all, my favorite restaurants in L.A. are A.O.C., the Hungry Cat, Angelini, Lucques, La Buca, and Blair's, just to name a few. Her favorites are Josie, A.O.C. and Grace.
We will also be in the Costa Mesa area at lunchtime on Sat. and would love to grab a sandwich or something along those lines. If you can make suggestions on that too, that would be great.
Thanks so much.