Monday, August 31, 2009

A Breakfast that is Worth the Wait

If you love omelettes and waffles you won't mind waiting to get in to the Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor. They don't take reservations and on the weekend you will absolutely have to wait at least 15 minutes because this is a favorite amongst locals. It looks like it used to be part of the "Chester Drawers Inn" but on the window it says The Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor." I immediately thought of this place when my friend Huy came to Orange County to visit. I used to drag him to restaurants in San Francisco telling him how delicious the food was, so when we decided to meet for breakfast and I had to show him this place. We went during the week so we didn't have to wait to be seated. He asked me what he should try and I told him my favorite omelette was the "South Coast Finest." This omelette is made with avocado, bacon and cheddar cheese - simple and delicious. I also highly recommend the "Belgian Wonder Wa-Fulls" this waffle is topped with warm bananas and walnuts sautéed in butter and brown sugar. We decided to get both and split both plates down the middle. This was the best idea ever and we both got the best of both worlds.

Check out their menu and try it next time you are in the area. Its right off the 55 freeway.

The Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor179 E 17th StreetSte ACosta Mesa, CA 92627Hours: Mon-Sun. 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Drinks at the Barefoot Bar

I drove to Huntington Beach today to try “the best fish tacos ever.” I didn’t find them but I did end up having a great drink and some decent fish tacos. I went to Duke’s expecting it to be some dive fish taco bar by the beach. It turns out that Duke’s is a family restaurant that has expensive sea food. This was not in my budget today so we stuck to the bar menu. The drink I had was called a Hawaiian Iced Tea. This had gin, rum and vodka with some tropical juices. I’m sure I could have had 10 because they tasted so good and then regretted it. However, I was totally responsible and only had one. The bar menu at Duke’s has snack foods such as fish tacos, fish and chips and burgers. If you go into the main dining area the menu doubles in price but offers foods such as Alaskan king crab and fresh fish.

I ordered my fish tacos beer battered and Cajun style. The dish is about $10 and you get two huge tacos (pictures below). I don’t think I will put Duke’s on my list of favorite restaurants, but I will recommend spending some time at the beach and ending your day with a Hawaiian Iced Tea at the Barefoot Bar. If you need a snack, split a plate of the fish tacos.

Dukes,Iced tea spirits drink


Cajun Fish Taco

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Why am I doing this?

How do you usually find out about a great restaurant? Some people read reviews, others look for the latest food trends and some are food adventurers that try every restaurant in their area. Most however, try the restaurants their friends recommend and as they are looking at the menu they turn to their friends and say “what’s good here?”

Eating out is a social thing – of course it is mainly about the food but it’s also about the experience. Whether it’s sharing some laughs with friends at your favorite hole in the wall, celebrating a birthday at the neighborhood grill or enjoying brunch ocean-side with the girls. Food unites us. And it is only fitting that we share our favorite places so other people can have those great experiences too. It is my intent to help those that love good food, good friends and want to create extraordinary occurrences in their life. This will be your place to find new delectable experiences to share with those you love. From one food lover to another; Bon Appétit!