Taste of the Town

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2012
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A restaurant resource for dining out in Laguna Beach

Ready to Rock Your Mornings

Rock’N Fish sends their customers off with full bellies to start their mornings (or afternoons) right.  Chef Roberto’s Huevos Rancheros, fresh lemon ricotta pancakes, slices of brioche French toast, all sorts of benedicts and much more await guests to Rock’N Fish’s weekend brunch—their newest addition to their eclectic menu.

Known around OC for their steaks and seafood, Rock’N Fish looks to have weekenders start their days right with all varieties of sweet and savory treats that they have on the new menu. “Since we opened in the former home of the Jolly Roger restaurant a year ago, our guests have shared stories about the brunch they used to enjoy here,” says Jim Donegan, proprietor of Rock’N Fish. “It was a natural choice to respond by introducing a weekend brunch that will allow our guests to enjoy popular brunch favorites while taking in our beautiful views of the Pacific.”

Brunch starts at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. on Sundays, and goes until 2 p.m. Let the signature blood orange mimosas and Fireworks Bloody Marys flow! (422 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-3113; rocknfishlb.com)

The Right Flavor

Chef’s Table events allow all the Ritz-Carlton chefs to showcase their talent.  The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel recently kicked off a new monthly Chef’s Table Dinner series, led by Executive Chef Andres Jimenez and other selected chefs from the resort. The new series will allow diners to indulge in a special, seasonal four-course menu that each chef will play an individual role in creating. The first theme celebrated the Chinese New Year with creatively atypical plates by chef Andres, in addition to chefs Marissa Gerlach, Steve Wan, Brian Sundeen and Jim Fritz.

The limited monthly dinners will be borne of the bounty of the season and feature specific chef’s favorites. The series will include Market to Table, a special meal service that focuses on ingredients available at locals farmers markets; the highly-regional 250 Miles of Cuisine, which creates dishes from items raised and harvested within 250 miles of the resort; the self-evident Mushrooms, Mushrooms, Mushrooms and A Sneak Peek of Summer on the first calendar day of summer. (1 Ritz Carlton Dr.; 949-240-2000; ritzcarlton.com)

 

A Romantic Citrus Refresher

With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to whip up a refreshing spring cocktail.The Tommy Bahama Hibiscus Key Lime Cocktail goes perfectly with an afternoon on the deck, looking out over the great Pacific.

 Tommy Bahama Hibiscus Key Lime Cocktail

1½ parts vodka

½ part Cointreau

1 part hibiscus syrup

1 part pineapple juice

1 part fresh squeezed lime juice

5 cubes muddled fresh pineapple

Method: Mix all ingredients together and strain into a tall Collins glass, garnish with three floating key lime wheels.

 Courtesy of Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach (400 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-6886; tommybahama.com).

 

Bite of the Chupacabra and More

Check out Three Seventy’s refreshing cocktail and new weekly specials. Those who try the Chupacabra from Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink are sure to become true believers.

The Chupacabra

1 ½ ounces Karma Tequila

½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

½ ounce organic agave nectar syrup

3 cucumber slices

5 cilantro sprigs

Method: Add salt to glass rim. Muddle cilantro and cucumber with agave syrup and fresh juices in the bottom of glass. Add ice and tequila and serve with a lime wedge.   Guests of Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink will also enjoy weekly specials, including:   Tuesday nights: Brown Bag Night! With dinner order, enjoy a mystery brown bagged bottle of red or white wine for $15.  Wino Wednesdays: A three-course menu plus wine pairing put together by chef Mitch Gillan, $30 per person.   Sunday Night Social: Old-fashioned supper classics to be shared. chef Ryan Adams selects new menu additions weekly.

Buy your friend a drink board: This is a chalkboard at the bar. Buy your friends a drink anytime. We will put their names on the board, and the drink can be redeemed whenever they like! (370 Glenneyre St.; 949-494-8686; 370common.com)

 

On The Edge of Warmth

Head to Pacific Edge for hot cocoa with a kick and happy hour specials.

Pacific Edge specials: Monday is Industry Night at Pacific Edge, giving fellow industry workers the chance to enjoy 50 percent off burgers and mojitos. Tuesday features musician Kevin Miso playing live hits for patrons as they enjoy cocktails and watch the sun sink into the water. Every first and third Wednesday of the month is “Sing for your Dinner” Wednesday, which allows diners the opportunity to sing for a chance to win their dinner—sounds like music to our ears. And every Friday is “Ditch Friday,” which means that all cocktails are doubles.

Pacific Edge’s two restaurants, The Deck and Beach House, are also participating in Laguna a la Carte from March 8 – 11 (lagunabeachfoodies.com).

Chef’s Homemade Winterdream Hot Cocoa

6 ounces heavy cream

2 ounces Swiss chocolate

1 ¼ ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur

1 ¼ ounce Frangelico

1 ¼ ounce Tia Maria

Method: Heat heavy cream and chocolate together in a saucepan, then pour in mug. Add liqueur, Frangelico and Tia Maria. Top with whipped cream (Recipe courtesy of Pacific Edge, 647 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-281-5709; pacificedgehotel.com. )

American

BJ’s Pizza and Grill
280 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-3802;

bjsrestaurants.com

Broadway
328 Glenneyre St.; 949-715-8234
broadwaybyamarsantana.com

The Cliff Restaurant
577 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1956;

thecliffrestaurant.com

The Cottage Restaurant
308 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-3023;

thecottagerestaurant.com

Hennessey’s Tavern

213 Ocean Ave.; 949-494-2743

lumberyard
384 Forest Ave.; 949-715-3900;  blumberyard.com

Royal Hawaiian
331 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8001;

royalhawaiianlaguna.net

Ruby’s Diner
30622 Coast Hwy.; 949-497-7829; rubys.com

Splashes Restaurant and Bar 

1555 S. Coast Hwy. at Surf & Sand Resort;
949-497-4477; surfandsandresort.com

Stonehill tavern
One Monarch Beach Resort;

949-234-3200; surfandsandresort.com

Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill 

400 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-6886;

tommybahama.com

Tivoli Terrace
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-9650;

tivoliterrace.com

Tivoli Too!
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.;
949-494-6044;

tivoli-too.com

 

Belgian

Brussels Bistro
222 Forest Ave.; 949-376-7955;

brusselsbistro.com

 

California Contemporary

230 Forest Avenue
230 Forest Ave.; 949-494-2545;
230forestavenue.com

Café Anastasia
460 Ocean Ave.; 949-497-8903

Blue Laguna
696 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-2583;

bluelagunaoc.com

Cafe Zoolu
860 Glenneyre St.; 949-494-6825;

cafezoolu.com

K’ya Bistro Bar & The Rooftop Lounge
1287 S. Coast Hwy. at Hotel La Casa del Camino; 949-376-9718; kyabistro.com;

rooftoplagunabeach.com

The Loft
30801 S. Coast Hwy.

at Montage Laguna Beach;

949-715-6420;

montagelagunabeach.com

Madison Square & Garden Cafe 

320 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-0137;

madisonsquare.com

Mosaic Bar and Grille at 

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420;

montagelagunabeach.com

Nirvana Grille
303-101 Broadway; 949-497-0027;
nirvanagrille.com

Sundried Tomato
361 Forest Ave.; 949-494-3312;

thesundriedtomatocafe.com

Tabu Grill 

2892 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-7743;

tabugrill.com

The Terrace

425 S. Coast Hwy. at the Hotel Laguna;
949-494-1151; hotellaguna.com

The White House Restaurant & Nightclub

340 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8088;

whitehouserestaurant.com

Watermarc Restaurant

448 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-6272;

watermarcrestaurant.com

 

Caribbean

Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen 

31732 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-6311;

evascaribbeankitchen.com

 

Chinese

Mandarin King 

1223 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8992

 

Continental

Dizz’s As Is 

2794 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-5250;

dizzsasis.com

 

French

C’est La Vie 

373 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-5100;

cestlavierestaurant.com

French 75 

1464 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8444;

french75.net

Studio at Montage Laguna Beach 

30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420;

studiolagunabeach.com

 

Global Cuisine

raya 

1 Ritz-Carlton Dr.; 949-240-2000

Sapphire Laguna Restaurant & Pantry 

1200 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9888;

sapphirelaguna.com

 

Italian & Pizza

Cucina Alessa

234 Forest Ave.; 949-497-8222

Gina’s Pizza 

610 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-4421; 1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-4342; ginaspizza.com

Pizza Lounge

397 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-2277;

pizzalounges.com

Polina’s Salerno Italian Restaurant
220 Beach St.; 949-497-2600

Ristorante Rumari  

1826 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-0400;
rumari.net

Romeo Cucina  

249 Broadway; 949-497-6627; romeocucina.com

Ti Amo Ristorante 

31727 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-5350;

tiamolagunabeach.com

Z Pizza  

30902 Coast Hwy.; 949-499-4949; zpizza.com

 

Mediterranean

Picayo 

610 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-5051;

picayorestaurant.com

GG’s Café-Bistro 

540-108 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-9306;

ggscafebistro.com

Zeytoon Cafe 

412 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9230;

zeytooncafe.com

 

Mexican

Asada 

480 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5533;
asadalaguna.com

Avila’s El Ranchito 

1305 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-7040;

avilaselranchito.com

Coyote Grill 

31621 Coast Hwy.; 949-499-4033;
coyotegrill.tv

Laguna Feast 

801 Glenneyre St.; 949-494-0642

La Sirena Grill

347 Mermaid St.; 949-497-8226;
30862 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-2301;
lasirenagrill.com

Las Brisas 

361 Cliff Dr.; 949-497-5434;

lasbrisaslagunabeach.com

Olamendi’s 

1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-4148;

olamendis.com

papa’s Taco 

31622 Coast Hwy.; 949-499-9822;

papastacosinc.com

Taco Loco 

640-1B S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-1635;

tacoloco.net

 

Seafood

The Beach House 

619 Sleepy Hollow Lane; 949-494-9707;

thebeachhouse.com

Claes ovation

425 S. Coast Hwy. at Hotel Laguna;
949-376-9283; claesrestaurant.com

House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer 

540-200 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-4500;

houseofbigfish.com

 

Seafood/Steaks

maro wood grill

1915 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-793-4044;

marowoodgrill.com

Mozambique Steakhouse & Coastal Lounge 

1740 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-7100;
mozambiqueoc.com

Rock’n Fish

422 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-3113;

rocknfishlb.com

starfish

30832 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9200;

starfishlaguna.com

 

Specialty

Laguna Culinary Arts 

845 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-4006;

lagunaculinaryarts.com

 

Sushi

242 Café Fusion Sushi 

242 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-2444;

fusionart.us

katsuya 

858 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-793-4030;
sbe.com/katsuya

O fine japanese cuisine

30872 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5551;

ofinejapanesecuisine.com

San Shi Go 

1100-303 S. Coast Hwy. (upper level);
949-494-1551

 

Thai

Laguna Thai by the Sea 

31715 Coast Hwy.; 949-415-0924;

lagunathai.com

Royal Thai Cuisine 

1750 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8424;

royalthaicuisine.com

Thai Bros.

238 Laguna Ave.; 949-376-9979;
thaibroslaguna.com

 

Vegetarian

Zinc Cafe 

350 Ocean Ave.; 949-494-6302;

zinccafe.com LBM


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