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Monterey for a mixed group

We will be in Monterey (from Newport Beach) for a high school sailing regatta next weekend. We need to find a restaurant for a team dinner Saturday night. Parents. high school sailors and guests (25 to 30). We would like something decent and reasonable, but good food. We realize our limitations. Any suggestions? Also, where can we get a nice picnic-type sandwich lunch? Thank you.

Oct 05, 2013
sayrob in California

Farm to table, locally sourced restaurants with non local wine lists

My point exactly.

Jul 18, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near Bolsa Chica

Fish Camp in Sunset Beach is casual with fresh fish and easy access. It is on PCH but should not be as crowded as near the pier.

www.samsfishcamp.com

Jul 17, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Farm to table, locally sourced restaurants with non local wine lists

So many restaurants claim to be farm to table, locally sourced 100 miles or less, cooking from the amazing garden on premises or the like, yet have wine lists with very few local choices. California produces many fine wines, yet whenever I research many of these establishments, the wine list is mainly from other regions. Am I missing something? Shouldn't everything be locally sourced rather than imported with these claims? Can anyone please recommend local (preferably OC) restaurants with specifically local wines?

Jul 17, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

fresh fish in OC

Saw a thread in 2009 about this but nothing recent. I am spoiled by having freshly caught fish many times in summer by the men in the house, but need some for a Monday BBQ with no time to fish for our own. Where is the best place in OC to buy really, really fresh off-the-boat fish?

Jun 28, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Newport beach with ocean or waterfront view?

We live on the bay and spend a lot of time on the water. Dock is quaint but very small and not much view. Sol has great trendy Mexican food but again not much view. 3 Thirty 3 is next to Sol. Way too much bar scene for me and same minimal view.

The Cannery food is excellent but again not much view.

For classic bay views try Harborside in the historic Balboa Pavillion (food ok) or Newport Landing nearby (haven't been there for a while so can't comment on food).

I continue to mention Ruby's in my posts but I love the burgers and shakes and the view from the Balboa Pier location on the roof is amazing.

The best suggestion by far is to get a grocery picnic as another post mentioned, some good wine, and rent a Duffy electric boat near the Pavillion to cruise around the harbor. An unforgettable experience!

May 22, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Mother's Day Takeout picnic style near Newport Beach

Any suggestions for takeout for a Mother's Day dinner? We will be on our boat so picnic style would be best -- no heavy heated dinners. Men like meat but ladies are mainly vegetarians/salad eaters.

May 08, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Huntington beach?

Ruby's at the end of the pier is nice for a casual inexpensive lunch. Burgers and other diner-type food. Dukes is so touristy as are most of the restaurants near the pier but it is on the beach.

May 08, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

good eats in Anaheim near the Anaheim Marriott

Well said josephnl. While waiting at a train crossing today near The Ranch I read your post and have to add that the location can really be deceiving. It is truly in an industrial/office area near a lumberyard and railroad tracks! Don't let the location scare you off. The restaurant has a local garden not far away for truly fresh produce, too.

Apr 05, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

good eats in Anaheim near the Anaheim Marriott

http://www.theranch.com/

The Ranch in Anaheim is not far away. Great food and reviews to support it.

Apr 02, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (April 2013) - Voting

BURGERS

Mar 27, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Dish of the Month (April 2013) - Nominations

VEGGIE BURGERS

Mar 22, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Orance County Recommendations for Special Event

Villa Park Catering in Orange has a private facility called The Villa that could probably accommodate you. I have attended different functions there and they are always nicely done.

http://www.villaparkcatering.com

Feb 20, 2013
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Where in OC...

As crazy and un-high end as it may sound, my first thought was Ruby's on the Balboa or Huntington pier. The view is amazing and the food is decent for a breakfast or lunch. Plus, the stroll on the pier to get there is part of the attraction. My out-of-town friends always want to go there when visiting.

Oct 31, 2012
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Ruby's Diner on Lincoln in anaheim

Nothing different. Same menu. It does have the carhop service, I think, although I haven't seen anyone using it at lunch lately.

Jul 30, 2012
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

lunch tomorrow in Belmont Shore/Naples

Belmont Brewing Company is at the foot of the Belmont Pier. Beautiful view of the ocean and Queen Mary. When we first tried it I was not expecting much due to the "brewery" aspect, but the food is good. Definitely not gourmet so if you are looking for more high end this might not be your place. The Lobster Bisque is wonderful. Sit on the deck at the far end if you can. We can sit there for longer than they probably like watching the ships and ocean. I don't recommend sitting inside as the atmosphere is casual and loud. They usually take dinner reservations, not sure about lunch, but definitely request the deck as it fills quickly. Enjoy the QM.

Jun 26, 2012
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Mothers day lunch in Huntington Beach

Totally agree. We were there again tonight. Yum!

May 04, 2012
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Best restaurants in/near Disneyland?

Definitely agree with Napa Rose. Wonderful food, service and wine list. Call now for reservations, though. If you have kids (girls), Ariel's Grotto in California Adventure for a total princess experience (food not bad) or Goofy's Kitchen in the Paradise Pier Hotel for more characters.

Apr 07, 2012
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Orange County birthday dinner with kids

We love Cucina Alesa in Newport but a little compact for a big party. We were hesitant to bring two kids there but they were welcomed by the chef and staff like they did not get many kids. The kids were treated royally! My favorite risotto anywhere and I compare everywhere to my own! Are the other two locations any larger than Newport? If so, I would definitely recommend. One of my favorites in Newport.

Feb 17, 2012
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Orange County birthday dinner with kids

Not OC but we love Belmont Brewing Company at the Belmont Pier. Sit on the patio which overlooks the beach and the pier with the Queen Mary in the distance. They take reservations so the kids don't get grumpy having to wait. The view provides entertainment. Lobster Bisque is yummy as is the Tuscan Tomato soup and the entrees. Dessert is not spectacular but is good. Our kids love to have dinner here.

Feb 16, 2012
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Mexican in Orange County

Is Ernies related to the one that used to be in Pasadena on Colorado? Loved that place since I was a kid (40 years ago..scary) but it is long gone.

Dec 14, 2011
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner in Newport area

Where can I go for a casual birthday dinner near Newport? I have lived here all my life and am no longer interested in trendy, overpriced restaurants with attitude! No scenes, please. My husband loves red meat and I eat only fish and vegetarian. A well priced California wine list is greatly appreciated, so is friendly, professional service. Has anyone tried 118 degrees in Costa Mesa? Not sure the husband will be able to survive w/o the meat! Suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

Nov 16, 2011
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

I think I'm Hosting Thanksgiving! Help! :)

One more thought to consider...carving. As I said in my original post, I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner and actually find it relaxing. But, carving the finished turkey leaves me clueless. I always recruit someone to do it and make sure you have a nice, sharp knife or you will have ragged unappetizing pieces. Enjoy! Hope this begins a long tradition of hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

Nov 08, 2011
sayrob in Home Cooking

OC Mastro's: Oceanclub in Newport or Steakhouse

I agree with the last post. I have lived in Newport all my life and don't enjoy the wannabe restaurants. If you have the desire to try to "be seen" go for Oceanclub. If you want a good meal without the fluff go to Costa Mesa. If you want a good meal and a view, with some fluff go to the Balboa Bay Club.

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Balboa Bay Club
1221 W Coast Hwy Ste 145, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Nov 06, 2011
sayrob in Los Angeles Area

I think I'm Hosting Thanksgiving! Help! :)

First, take a deep breath. I love hosting TG and am sad I have to travel this year. I have ordered the fresh, free range, organic, whatever turkeys and always get negative comments asking what I have done different that year. Amazingly, my best turkeys are the frozen Butterballs from the grocery store (no I don't represent Butterball). I follow cooking instructions from their website, rubbing olive oil, garlic and rosemary under the skin on the breast, stuffing with garlic, apples and onions that I later discard. Moist, easy and yummy. Do the whole turkey. After you get over removing the "insides" it's not that bad. Just don't forget to defrost for the few days it takes.

I also enjoy reading all of the November cooking magazines for a fun new side, but stick with my own recipes for the rest. My extended familty expects the same boring thing. I did a pumpkin risotto one year that was yummy, but I thought my dad would have a fit.

Dessert is always pumpkin pie, apple pie and chocolate frosted brownies (at my request as I don't do pie). Keep dessert simple. My friennds/relatives often ask to take it "to go."

Nov 06, 2011
sayrob in Home Cooking