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Bret Lubin

Owner of alternative clothing and record store Rack 'N Ruin. Guitarist for the Rookies. Lover of eggs. BREAKFAST: "The Coyote Grill in Laguna Beach. I get the Philly Eggs—eggs and Philadelphia cream cheese all smushed together scrambled-style. They give you tortillas and salsa and a special kind of spicy hash browns and black beans. They have Coke in the 8-ounce bottles. There's patio seating with an ocean view where you can sit next to Nicole Brown's sister; I've seen her there a bunch of times. And they have good mimosas that are a good hangover cure." LUNCH: "The soup at Dexter's is ridiculously good. It changes your definition of the word 'soup.' When I first had it, I felt like I was in the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. I couldn't believe how much I was freaking out over a bowl of soup. Soup was always just, like, soup—liquefied food —but this is so good. I had the chicken noodle, but just calling it 'chicken noodle' doesn't do it justice. It's so much more. It's the best lunch I've ever had, just a tuna sandwich and chicken noodle soup." DINNER: "I want to say French 75, but I've never actually eaten there. I just like the décor. It's deco, like 1920s French deco. You feel like you're in a Paris cafe. I go there and have drinks at the bar. I really like Honda Ya Japanese Cuisine in Tustin. You don't have to use them, but they have the rooms where you sit on your ass and eat real sushi Japanese-style." Did you do that? "No, I sat in a regular booth; I didn't do the ass-seating. The ass-seating is for parties of five or more." Would you have wanted to do the ass-seating? "Would I have? Yeah!" The Coyote Grill 31621 Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949) 499-4033 / Dexter's of Capistrano 27134 Paseo Espada San Juan Capistrano (949) 488-8012 / French 75 1464 S. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach (949) 494-8444 / Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant 556 El Camino Real Tustin (714) 832-0081 [AMR]

Mitchell Townsend

Location Info


Plum's Café and Catering

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

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Costa Mesa

Guitarist, the Killingtons. BREAKFAST: "My old favorite breakfast spot was right down the street, walking distance from my house. Unfortunately, that place got to the point where I felt more like I was at a Cro-Mags show than a restaurant. Watching the 'I'm Punker Than You' contest ended up killing my appetite, so Plums took over the throne. It's tucked back in the corner of a small, incognito shopping center on 17th Street in Costa Mesa. The menu is insane and completely unique, and you don't have to worry about getting bitten by some jock's pit bull while you eat." LUNCH: "I don't think I need to explain my fascination with Wahoo's Fish Taco. Anyone who has ever been there knows. The one in Costa Mesa on Placentia Avenue is the shit. Wahoo's is probably half the reason I stay in California." DINNER: "A tie between Mario's and Haus of Pizza. Both of these places rule, and eating at either of them pretty much renders you useless for the rest of the evening. As soon as your ass hits your chair at Mario's, there's a pile of chips in front of you, and the guy never stops bringing them until you feel like you are going to die. Their food is great, and their mango margaritas are even better. I have been physically addicted to Haus of Pizza since I moved out here 12 years ago. Pizza is my favorite food, and with the exception of getting it by the slice on the street in New York City, Haus of Pizza is the best I have ever had. It was through stuffing our fat faces at Haus of Pizza that my friend Jon Weir and I were made aware of the term 'crapulous,' which means gross, unnatural discomfort due to overeating. Both Mario's and Haus of Pizza will put you in a severely crapulous state, for sure. You will crawl home and ask yourself why you did it." Plums Café 369 E. 17th St. Costa Mesa (949) 722-7586 / Wahoo's Fish Taco 1862 Placentia Ave. Costa Mesa (949) 631-3433 / Mario's Restaurant 18603 Main St. Huntington Beach (714) 842-5811 / Haus of Pizza 1500 Adams Ave. Costa Mesa (714) 751-8777. [JR]

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