Where famous people eat!

Mike Young

Managing editor, Times Orange County. Young may be the only person at the Times OC willing to sit down with the Weekly. We hope editor Lennie LaGuire won't hold that against him. The avuncular Young isn't just liked and respected throughout the local publishing world, but he also plays in a band! BREAKFAST: "The Raft in Newport Beach. It has a wonderful atmosphere: it's on a porch, near Lido. It's family-owned; they don't even take credit cards or anything. My favorite is a pasta-based quiche—wait, I've got the info right here because my wife just wrote a review on it—called frittata al macchrone. Because the place is really small, everyone knows everybody else. It looks like someone's house." LUNCH: "Diva in Costa Mesa, near the Performing Arts Center. It's perfect for a business lunch because it's very quiet and elegant. It's California cuisine, so you get lots of shrimp swimming in mashed potatoes and things like that." DINNER: "Aysia 101 in Newport Beach. It's pan-Asian, so it's the equivalent of going to three or four different kinds of Asian restaurants. The pad Thai is good, and the sushi bar is really wild." THE RAFT CAFE 2816 Lafayette Ave. Newport Beach (949)673-0739 / DIVA RESTAURANT 600 Anton Blvd. Costa Mesa (714)754-0600 / AYSIA 101 2901 W. Coast Hwy. Newport Beach (949) 722-4128 [RS]

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Location Info


Plum's Café and Catering

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

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Costa Mesa

Co-owner of Misfit No. 9, the quirky underground (literally) gallery in the Santa Ana Artists Village. "I wanted to give people a creative space," she says, "and give them different ways of presenting the art. To me, go eclectic. Every day is different." BREAKFAST: "I flunk out on this one," she says, admitting that, as a rule, she doesn't eat breakfast. After some prodding, though, she confessed to a fondness for coffee, biscotti and bagels on the Dana Point Marina. Even more than the coffee, which she insists is excellent, she loves sitting outside and watching the boats in the harbor. She also, after some reflection, adds the breakfast tacos at Morey's Café in Santa Ana—right next door to her gallery. "They're delicious, but not too spicy." LUNCH: "One would be Zov's in Tustin," she says. Although she loves spicy food, she has a fondness for the Armenian/Mediterranean restaurant's chicken kebab with eggplant. "The chicken's extremely juicy." Another of the artist's favorites is the Plein Air Café at the Orange County Museum of Art, where, after a morning of art viewing, she settles in with a plate of Brie cheese, mango and pablano. DINNER: "The Riviera in Westminster," she says, without a moment's hesitation. "They make an amazing dish with flambéed peppercorn beef. It's wonderful with cognac. It's kind of an upscale place; you have to dress to go there. They also serve the best margaritas I've ever had. They use all the real ingredients, including the small green limes, instead of the big yellow ones most places use." Morey's Deli & Cafe Santora Arts Complex 209 W. Second St. Santa Ana (714) 834-0688 / Zov's Bistro 17440 E. 17th St. Tustin (714) 838-8855 / Riviera at the Fireside 13950 Springdale Westminster (714) 897-0477 [VDI]

Carole Luther

Tanka-writing poet from Laguna Hills. Luther made her biggest mark on Orange County poetry with FarStarFire Press, a high-class small press that's published a vast majority of Orange County's heavy-hitting poets, including Derrick Brown, Jaimes Palacio and this writer. In honor of her poetic style, we've reduced her responses to our questions to haiku. BREAKFAST: Laguna Village: "Open-air seating/Exquisite view of beach, cliffs./Eggs, muffin and fruit." LUNCH: Senor Lico's: "Patio with brook/Authentic Mexican food/Grilled shrimp with the works." DINNER: Kitayama: "Classic Japanese/Tatami rooms face gardens/Loves Yakatori." Laguna Village 577 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949) 494-1956 / Senor Lico's Mexican Restaurant 20722 Rose Canyon Rd. Trabuco Canyon (949) 858-0724 / Kitayama 101 Bayview Newport Beach (949) 725-0777 [VDI]

Diane Parker

Publicist. A hot, tan, toned blonde who walks with a cane, Parker is currently working with a production company on a movie in conjunction with Warner Bros., part of whose profits will benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis. Oh, yeah, which Parker has. BREAKFAST: "Cappy's on PCH in Newport Beach has a huge breakfast selection, it's quick, and it's got a good-looking beach crowd and a relaxed atmosphere. I'm a pretty light breakfast eater, but they have great omelets." LUNCH: "This was tough. There are so many great places for lunch, but one of my favorites is the Crab Cooker. They have the best Alaskan king crab claws in town. The other would be the Bluewater Grill in Newport. It's not fancy, but it's nice. They've got great seafood, you're on the water, the service is terrific, and it's not too expensive." DINNER: "The Ritz at Fashion Island has spectacular food; it's very, very fancy, and the service is impeccable. But my first choice is Il Fornaio. Again, there's a superb selection, in this case of Italian dishes from various parts of Italy. They change the menu every month. But it's the service, from the maitre d' to the waitstaff, that makes it really fun. And for the quality of the dining, the prices are very reasonable." CAPPY'S CAFE 5930 W. Coast Hwy. Newport Beach (949)646-4202 / THE CRAB COOKER 2200 Newport Blvd. Newport Beach (949)673-0100 / BLUEWATER GRILL 630 Lido Park Dr. Newport Beach (949)675-3474 / THE RITZ RESTAURANT 880 Newport Center Dr. Newport Beach (949)720-1800 / IL FORNAIO 18051 Von Karman Ave. Irvine (949) 261-1444 [RS]

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