I'm home now from So Cal and planning to fast for a month! (not really...but it probably would do me good). We had a number of nice meals with friends and family and really enjoyed ourselves. A couple of standouts were:
Felix's Continental CAfe in Orange(on the circle). Felix's is a cuban and spanish restaurant. We used to love to eat there in the 80s before we moved. It was a delight to find the food as good as always. I had the roasted pork...yummmy. http://www.felixcontinentalcafe.com/. The arroz con leche for dessert was fabulous. We even were able to eat outside on their sidewalk cafe (courtesy of mild weather and a very efficient standing heater). Had dinner with Melanie and Andy, Mom, and Caitlin and David.
Las Brisas (on the cliff overlooking Main beach in Laguna Beach). Las Brisas has been there for years (since 1979) when it replaced the old historic Victor Hugo's (which was founded in the 30s). The last time I had been to Las BRisas was April 6th, 1988...why do I remember the date? Because I went into labor there! I had forgotten until I walked into the restaurant. We had lunch there with Betty and Del and dinner with Carol and Jerry. Enjoyed both. Had the crab and scallop cakes (an appetizer) for dinner and the garlic shrimp (also an appetizer) for lunch. All were happy with their meals. And the view for lunch was stupendous. They also have a bar menu and outdoors bar.
Anyone interested in an appetizer/dessert crawl? Judy and I were. We started at Lucille's for their fried dill pickles and a coke. Then we headed over to BJ's (originally for an appetizer AND dessert...but we ate too many pickles...now there is a sentence you don't see written very often!). We had the baked cookies with ice cream and a glass of wine! Two great So Cal chains.
http://www.lucillesbbq.com/ and http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/ (BJ's is now spreading across the country)