Taste Of The Town: April

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A New Brunch Comes Ashore
Surf & Sand rolls out its new weekend brunch menu.

Brunch at Splashes is all-new and served fresh to its hungry patrons, with a wide variety of new small bites and artisan creations from chef Jeff Armstrong. Included in the revamped brunch menu is smoked albacore, lobster scrambles, grilled swordfish, crab and shrimp cocktails and even Nutella pancakes. And brunch wouldn’t be brunch without a handful of tantalizing cocktail options to wash down the new creations with. New drinks include the Verde Mary, the Sunrise Sangria and a variety of top-notch bubbly to toast the good life with.

Naturally, one thing that remains unchanged is the stunning ocean view. Between the wide variety of sweet, savory and succulent treats, your plate(s) will be full and your cup, tumbler or flute of choice will certainly runneth over. The new assortment of options at Splashes is available now on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

(1555 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-2779; surfandsandresort.com/splashes)

Gnocchi Night


This end-of-the-month Argentinean tradition comes to Maro Wood Grill. In Argentina, the end of each month is a time to scrape together whatever is left and maximize its meal potential, as money tends to be tight by then. It is (according to legend) this custom that led to the creation of a national “gnocchi day” that takes place on the 29th of each month as part of a celebration of good food, family and prosperity.

Enter Maro Wood Grill, Laguna’s own Argentinean stop for freshly grilled bites, which hosts “Noquis del 29” every month to bring this Argentinean tradition to hungry locals. Executive Chef Debra Sims makes all sorts of special seasonal gnocchi by hand for this traditional event, including ricotta, beet, three-cheese, spinach, shrimp and pumpkin gnocchi.

Locals can now treat themselves to this special menu item and celebrate the end of the month in delicious fashion. ”Regardless of the origin,” owner Maro Molteni says, “the important part of the tradition is to enjoy the food, the place and the company.”

“Noquis del 29” happens on the 29th of every month, and early reservations are recommended. (1915 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-793-4044; marowoodgrill.com)

Laguna’s Little Italy


A new menu and chef bring a true authenticity to Ti Amo’s cuisine.

Ti Amo Ristorante, one of south Laguna’s hidden gems, is making a splash in 2012. Although the restaurant has been charming residents and locals for many years, new owner Veronica Scala took over in January, bringing with her big plans for the beachside eatery.“This is a new venture for me,” Veronica says, noting that she has already introduced a new menu, happy hour and wine list to the intimate Italian restaurant.

Creating a truly authentic Italian experience, the new executive chef Pino Domicolo brings his Sicilian roots to Ti Amo cuisine: “Our new chef is from Italy—he does all the desserts by hand every morning; the pastas, raviolis [are] all from scratch as well,” Veronica explains. In addition to menu changes, Ti Amo patrons will find enhancements to the restaurant’s décor. The upper garden enjoyed a remodel, but the most dramatic change took place downstairs, where the bar and lounge area is now open with a new happy hour.

Ti Amo is open six days a week for dinner: Tuesday – Sunday from 5 p.m. to close.  (31727 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-5350; tiamolagunabeach.com)

Small Bites of Nirvana


Nirvana Grille will now offer small bites late at night.

From 9 – 11 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Nirvana Grille on Broadway will tempt diners with tasty creations from chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales. Nirvana gives guests a wide, scrumptious menu of choices to nibble on while they enjoy refreshing cocktails in the heart of the village. Some of the new small plates include organic spinach and mushroom salads, thyme blue cheese French fries, pork medallions and savory chicken wontons. All of these small bites and more will be available both at the bar and at any of Nirvana Grille’s tables, making this the perfect place to satiate your appetite after a night on the town. (303 Broadway St.; 949-497-0027; nirvanagrille.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;
lblumberyard.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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