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Since 1930, the Glide 'Er Inn has been perfecting its fine seafood dishes. The melt-in-your-mouth mountain trout, the sublime snapper and the fish kabobs will keep you running back. In 1996, the restaurant received the Writer's Association Award for best all-around seafood. Besides the menu, the décor is also enticing: there are model airplanes frozen in flight above your head while you dine in this homey, full-service atmosphere.

Services: Takeout available. Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. All major credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested. The Grasshopper1749 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-4026

Formerly the Rock 'N' Java, the Grasshopper boasts the largest patio (3,000 square feet) in either Costa Mesa or Newport Beach. The menu includes everything from patty melts to vegetarian plates, and all the bread is baked fresh daily. The roast beef sandwich is quite tasty, made with Boar's Head meat, as are all the sandwiches. You'll want to try the stuffed French toast for breakfast: it's filled with cream cheese, topped with fruit. There's always entertainment to dine by, from Irish folk music and poetry readings, to a fire dancer every Friday night. And the chess club keeps you cerebral folk in check.

Services: Delivery and catering available. Hours: 6-2 a.m. daily. Most major credit cards accepted. Parking available. Habana2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-0176

A little bite of Cuba located in the Lab. Besides being a great place for cocktails, this hip hideaway is the place for nueva Latina cuisine. Some of the sandwiches are humdingers, packed with meat and served in a heavy bread. Eat one of these, and you can forget about work for the rest of the day. If that doesn't work, try a Lemon Drop Martini during happy hour from 5-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On certain nights, the place heats up with Latin flamenco guitar and two wild flamenco dancers. And the steel drum Sunday brunches are amazing. There is terrific ambiance here, created by a myriad of candle trees and the dark wood décor.

Services: Catering available. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Reservations suggested. Heroes305 N. Harbor Blvd., (714) 738-4356

A traditional American pub established in 1990, Heroes has 202 different beers on tap. It's a peanut shells on the floor kind of place, so don't worry about the mess you make while gorging on complimentary peanuts. The menu features terrific steak and seafood dishes, served in generous portions on huge pewter plates called sewer caps. The homemade meatloaf is as big as your house and will give you enough leftovers for the rest of the week! There's also live jazz music every Sunday evening, usually featuring the indubitable Ed Slauson Band playing traditional standards from the early jazz era.

Services: Takeout available. Full bar. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11-1:30 a.m. Parking available. All major credit cards accepted. Huntington Beach Beer Co.201 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 960-5343; www.hbbeerco.com

Huntington Beach Beer Co. is fast becoming a downtown landmark. As the name implies, HBBC is known for its fresh, hand-crafted ales, which are brewed with local flair evident from names such as Huntington Beach Blond, Pier Pale Ale and Main Street Wheat. The constantly expanding menu features everything from appetizers (like breaded calamari and grilled quesadillas) to main dishes (like grilled mahi mahi, jambalaya and brick-oven-baked pizzas). Because everything's made fresh to order, you really can't go wrong for lunch or dinner. One outstanding dish is the Chinese chicken salad, which doesn't skimp on the good stuff, including grilled chicken and a homemade dressing with pizzazz. Since the beer company's located one floor up from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, its two heated patios are perfectly situated for kicking back and swilling a tasty brew.

Services: Takeout available. Beer, wine and cider only. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (light menu available until midnight); Fri.-Sat., 11:30-1 a.m. All major credit cards accepted. Inka Grill260 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 444-4652

Mystique and music from the Andes on Friday and Saturday nights is what awaits at the Inka Grill, where one can enjoy and partake of an extensive list of wines from around the world. Also voted the No. 1 restaurant, unbiasedly—by their customers. And this is a great little nook to bring a date if you're looking for ambiance and tucked in conversation. Don't miss the chupe de camarones, a milk-based shrimp soup that is like shiatsu for your tongue. This authentic Peruvian restaurant offers a 42 entrée menu, entirely derived from family recipes, featuring quality ingredients and moderate prices.

Services: Takeout and catering available. Open Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. till 10 p.m. All major credit cards accepted. Reservations accepted. Jolly Roger640 W. Katella, Anaheim, (714) 782-7500

Located inside the Jolly Roger hotel, this restaurant offers rib-sticking American food in a casual, family-oriented surrounding. The décor is nautical, hearkening back to pirate days. Steak lovers should partake of the prime rib, aged, seasoned and oven roasted to perfection, or the Monte Cristo sandwich—a layered composition of turkey, ham and Swiss cheese, battered and deep fried and served with fruit. Fowl fans will heartily enjoy the famous fried chicken, three pieces in a special batter, deep fried and served with mashed potatoes. There's also a lounge for a more hushed dining and drinking haven. Ahoy!

Services: Takeout and catering available. Full bar. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. All major credit cards available. Parking available. Le Diplomate Cafe2122 Brea Mall Dr., (714) 256-0303
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