Where famous people eat!

Mike Lord

Singer, Dial-7 and OCWeekly's cover boy. Mike Lord is a big, huge hotty. "It's so great you called me about this!" he said. "I love food. I'm like a little chef myself. I call myself 'The Ghetto Gourmet.'" Baby, you're black, but you grew up in Irvine. Still, you're a hotty. BREAKFAST: "The Cottage, Laguna Beach. I get to eat anything I want there. I order the buckwheat pancakes with blueberries on top. It's a very ethnic dish. And I get eggs and cottage fries. It's a really homey place to eat; it's like sitting in someone's grandma's house." LUNCH: "Bandera in Corona del Mar. They have great steaks and salmon. And they bring out this cornbread—it's the best in OC, other than Memphis. You gotta taste this cornbread." DINNER: "The White House, Laguna Beach. Man, every dish there is excellent, but they specialize in a seared ahi tuna or a blackened rib-eye steak with three jumbo Cajun shrimp. You go after a long day of work and relax with a Jack and Coke and listen to a really good reggae band or cover band while you're eating and they're setting up for their nightclub later." THE COTTAGE RESTAURANT 308 N. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949)494-3023 / BANDERA RESTAURANT 3201 E. Coast Hwy. Corona del Mar (949)673-3524 / THE WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT 340 S. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949)494-8088 [RS]

Deke Marcus

Location Info


Plum's Café and Catering

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

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Costa Mesa

Irvine-based band manager who handles such diverse bands as El Paso's Southern rockers the New Texicans and LA's acoustic-alternative cult favorite Alias Means. He began promoting his bands through his brother's website, Virtual Radio (, in 1994, years before Metallica ever heard about MP3. He's also a sarcastic bastard. BREAKFAST: Laguna Beach's the Stand, which serves exclusively organic and vegetarian food. "Everyone working there seems to be a hippie, high or both," he jokes. "Maybe that's redundant." Great smoothies and $4 granola help him start the morning well-fueled. LUNCH: Newport Beach's Carnitas la Villa. "I affectionately refer to it as the 'Pig Village.' The superdeluxe burritos are delicious and gigantic, served with freshly made chips and killer salsa. Located at the beginning of the Newport Peninsula, it's chock-full of beachgoers. This would be the ambiance, if beachgoers provided ambiance." DINNER: Sid's steakhouse, also in Newport. Western motif, odd paintings and décor (including the quintessential red-and-white tablecloths). "They always ask me for my name and phone number when I walk in," says Marcus, "so they make me feel important even though they haven't called me yet. Great cheap steaks (when they haven't run out of food), with mashed potatoes and what we believe are candied carrots. The filet mignon wrapped in bacon ($14 for 8 ounces) is terrific with a side of cheese garlic bread. It tastes great even with the 27 health-code violations Sid's received lately. I don't know—it may be closed now." It is. The Stand natural food restaurant 238 Thalia Laguna Beach (949) 494-8101 / Carnitas La Villa 3417 Newport Blvd. Newport Beach (949) 723-4432 / Sid's . . . well, that doesn't matter now, does it? [VDI]

Paul Suntup

South African-born poet currently serving his second year on the Laguna Beach Poetry Slam Team. Writes a hell of a lot about food. His most famous poem, "Teardrop in Snow," reflects the barrenness of suburban living through his nearly empty refrigerator. BREAKFAST: "Muffins. For me, breakfast is all about muffins. Forget about fried eggs, bacon, pancakes and hash browns for a moment. My favorite is the lemon poppyseed muffin from Einstein Brothers Bagels. For best results, have a hot cup of coffee or tea. Take a bite, chew no more than three times, and then sip from the hot beverage. Swirl. Swallow. Yummy." LUNCH: "Depends on what I'm in the mood for. For a quick (and absolutely delicious) meal, I go to Niki's Tandoori Express on Bristol in Santa Ana. By far the best 'fast' food I've ever had. My favorite dish is the chicken tikka with yogurt. Don't forget the naan bread. The atmosphere is actually pleasant enough to want to sit down and eat. Something else that impresses me about Niki's is that I only have to say 'for here' or 'to go' once. They listen, which is so rare at many restaurants." DINNER: "Many favorites here. The Maharaja Palace in Orange is the best Indian food I've had. . . . A great place to grab low-priced, really good food is Taco Loco in Laguna Beach, where my favorite is the tofu mushroom burger. It tastes nothing like it sounds. For those times when you crave really messy food, this is the dish to have. I have never been able to eat the entire burger without half of it tumbling out from between the buns. Lastly, I wanted to mention my favorite dessert dish: the strawberry pie from Claim Jumper." Einstein Brothers Bagels 17675 Harvard Ave. Irvine (949) 756-8903 / Nikki's Tandoori Express 3705 S. Bristol Santa Ana (714) 850-0595 / Maharaja Cuisine of India 421 N. Tustin Orange (714) 633-7252 / Taco Loco 640 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949) 497-1635 / Claim Jumper all over the place [VDI]

Ed Royce

Rare Republican. It might be said that Representative Ed Royce's (R-Fullerton) tastes run toward the hand that feeds him: the 39th District congressman made his name in politics with his crusade against government waste, particularly the practice of giving millions of tax dollars to monolithic corporations, like McDonald's. Even though we've taken exception with him on some issues—deregulating the banking industry, for one—we've always appreciated his willingness to go after the hypocrisy of his own party. He spends nearly every weekend in his district and, evidently, patronizes its businesses. BREAKFAST: "Polly's Pies, in Fullerton," he says, without a trace of doubt. "You can't get your cherry pie just anywhere. It's excellent food, and the staff is personable." He's also fond of the bottomless orange juice, but really, "you want to start with the cherry pie." LUNCH: The congressman admits that this one's due in part to convenience—it's downstairs from his Fullerton office—but Heroes has great food. "It's like the Cheers of Fullerton," he says. "The burgers are the best in town, and you get so many curly fries that they fall off your plate. There's photos and memorabilia on the wall, and it's a great, friendly local crowd." DINNER: Again, Royce is decisive. "Café El Cholo in La Habra. It serves authentic Mexican food, and it's locally owned and operated. Get the combo plate, with the wonderfully hot salsa—chile relleno, taco, enchilada and tamale. Try it out—you'll love it. It's an institution in North Orange County." Polly's Pies 136 N. Raymond Ave. Fullerton (714) 526-7741 / Heroes 305 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton (714) 738-4356 / Café El Cholo 840 E. Whittier Blvd. La Habra (714) 525-1320 [VDI]

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