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Photo by Jack GouldJim Righeimer

Teacher-bashin', labor-bustin' OC politico, real-estate guy, and Lord of Darkness. Righeimer was afraid we were going to use this as an opportunity to make fun of him. We wouldn't do that —we think Riggy's a swell guy. It's just that, you know, he's Satan. But did we mention that, aside from that, we really like Jim Righeimer? BREAKFAST: Coco's and Las Brisas (tie). "Here's a secret about Las Brisas not many people know about: during the week, breakfast is $8.25. I get there before 9 a.m., and there's a full omelet bar where they make them to order, French toast, everything, and it's all on a white linen tablecloth while you get to look at the ocean. At Coco's, I like the California omelet." LUNCH: "Island's for hamburgers. They have good portions of food, and the staff is really well-trained and friendly." DINNER: "There's an Indian restaurant right on Brookhurst in Fountain Valley called Punjab. They've got great tandoori barbecue and a very pleasant, down-home atmosphere. It's a family-run kind of place." coco's bakery & restaurant Locations everywhere / las brisas restaurant 361 Cliff Dr. Laguna Beach (949) 497-5434 / island's Also located everywhere / punjab cuisine of india 18687 Brookhurst Fountain Valley (714)963-6777 [RS]

Josh Ferguson

Location Info


Plum's Café and Catering

369 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Costa Mesa

Clerk, 21st Century Comics. Though he's not heavy into comics, Ferguson says working at 21st Century has led him to a deeper appreciation of the form. He's into The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a comic that expands on the exploits of the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Captain Nemo. "They're just good stories—really well-written. I'll read anything if it's really well-written," says Ferguson, who previously worked at a bookstore and attends Fullerton College. The store has provided further evidence that life imitates art. "When I first saw the movie Mallrats by [Clerks director] Kevin Smith, it didn't really mean much to me. Now that I've worked here, it's brought it home. When you work here, you really do hear people say things like, 'No way, dude. Superman would never marry Lois Lane! He'd go for Wonder Woman!' It's funny. It's bizarre, but it's funny." BREAKFAST: Ferguson likes Denny's mainly because "it's the only thing open at 2 a.m., and that's usually when I'm getting breakfast. I hate how Orange County falls asleep after 11 p.m. It's like my only options are Denny's, doughnut shops and all-night grocery stores. Well, I'm not going to be cooking at 2 a.m." LUNCH: He likes going to Giovanni's Pizza. "It's probably the best Italian food around. They have a grinder that's amazing. It's really great food at decent prices." DINNER: Rutabegorz, as much for the atmosphere as for the stuffed mushrooms, which is his favorite thing on the menu. "I pretty much like any place that has nice people to talk to. You know, you can actually engage in an intelligent conversation with a waitress. That's nice." Denny's is located at every third freeway offramp / Giovanni's Pizza 922 Williamson Ave. Fullerton (714) 526-5561 / Rutabegorz 211 N. Pomona Fullerton (714) 738-9339 [SL]

Frank Delgadillo

Founder of Ambiguous Industries, Delgadillo was a pre-law student at Chapman University when he decided it would be fun to start a clothing line. "A few of my friends were in the industry, and they barely had any knowledge and were making a lot of money. I thought, 'I could do that.'" And he has. Starting Ambiguous in 1995 from his Chapman dorm room, the company now has a 5,500-square-foot space in Irvine, 15 employees, clothing in stores coast to coast and enormous street cred. And if he had to do it again, "I wouldn't," he says. "If someone had told me going in how hard, how competitive this is, how much it takes to keep a business going, I don't think I would. It only looks easy." For breakfast, he likes Cappy's in Newport Beach, where he usually has the bacon and eggs. "It's basic, but it's definitely a place to go if you're hungry because they give you a really good-sized portion. It's a really youthful place, very beachy. A lot of people either getting ready to go surfing or coming from surfing. It's the kind of place where you can check out where style is going." For lunch, he likes the world-famous Felix Continental Café. "I like everything about it:the arroz con pollo, the music, the waiters, what the waiters wear—the atmosphere is a real throwback. You know, it's right by Chapman, but I didn't go there until after I left school. My mom made me go." For DINNER, "I love Tiamo in Laguna Beach. I love the atmosphere—it's the kind of place where you take your family or your girlfriend. You know, sometimes I miss breakfast or lunch because I'm so busy during the day, but I'm big on dinner. It's the time I can kind of collect my thoughts. I love to have the seafood there, and their risotto is really good." Cappy's Café 5930 Pacific Coast Hwy. Newport Beach (949) 646-4202 / Felix Continental Café 36 Plaza Square Orange (714) 633-5842 / Tiamo's 31727 Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949) 499-5350 [SL]

Mike Mchugh

Recording engineer at the Distillery, drummer for Neil Armstrong Band. Fan of cheap-ass food. BREAKFAST: Burger House. "The food is great, and the service is wonderful. I always get the cheese-omelet meal that comes with toast. The place reminds me of Kansas, of this diner out in the middle of Colby, Kansas." LUNCH: "For sure, the Globe. I always get the turkey and sauerkraut on rye. It's fine German cuisine. The headcheese is superb." Have you actually had the headcheese? "As far as you know, yes. I also like the Gypsy Den because it has nice breasts." Chicken breast?"No, tuna breast." Tuna breast? "Aaaah . . ." DINNER: "Thai Spice. Man, I love that place. I really like the chicken-vegetable-tofu plate. They also have very large cups." And what can you do with these large cups? "You can put Thai tea or Thai coffee in them." Like how big are we talking?"We're talking probably 32 ounces." Burger House 799 W. 17th St. Costa Mesa (949) 646-9301 / Globe Delicatessen 1928 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa (949) 642-3784 / the Gypsy Den Café & Reading Room 2930 Bristol Costa Mesa (714) 549-7012 / Thai Spice 615 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa (949) 548-4333 [AMR]

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