As I snack at some of my favorite joints this summer– and find some newbies to add to the bunch — I’ll keep detailing them in this O.C. Cuisine series. This post will be dedicated to both Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.
Seriously love me some Laguna.
A true city of surf & sand, Laguna is my favorite Orange County summer spot. Newport, it’s next-door neighbor, is a blast too. They’re also both food meccas, and so worth visiting for some yummy eats.
- Rose Bakery Café
Breakfast burritos are such a California thing, and locals love to pick them up here. Rose has a wide selection — from healthy to hearty — that won’t disappoint. My personal favorite is a simple egg white avocado duo, but this is by no means a vegetarian place. Grab a coffee too, a seat on their outdoor patio, and your morning is set. (3536 East Coast Hwy)
- Zinc Café and Market
Zinc is both a Laguna and Corona del Mar staple. Personally, I like CDM more — it’s bigger, has a better lunch selection, and is much easier to find nearby parking. BUT, both are unbeatable with food that is light, flavorful, and very, very photogenic. Think an Instagrammer’s heaven. Pictured here was a really simple breakfast, and I might include Zinc in some future posts just so you can see more of their offerings. I love their stuffed peppers and salads, and their pastries and coffee, and their cookies too….it’s hard to choose! ( 350 Ocean Ave. and 3222 East Coast Hwy)
- Bear Flag Fish Co.
Bear Flag is all about the fish. Order some freshly chopped and marinated poke (they have both ahi and salmon). You’ll be hard-pressed to choose between the fish tacos or fish burritos, but definitely don’t forget to grab some of their famous mango salsa for quite a flavor zing. Beat the lunch rush by showing up early or after 2 p.m. (3421 Via Lido)
- Big Fish Tavern
Big Fish is the place for both seafood and ambience. It’s bustling and loud on a busy night, but that’s what makes it fun. Mondays are Locals’ Night (a.k.a. 25% off food!) and Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays. The price is pretty reasonable for delicious food; expect $11-$25 for a solid entrée. If you’re only in Laguna for a night, try Driftwood Kitchen, Nick’s Laguna, or Watermark (more complete reviews for all to come), but if you frequent LB restaurants, Big Fish is great to check out. (540 S Coast Hwy #200)
Until next time…