Best Cheap-But-Classy Dinner Date - 2010
K'ya Bistro Bar
The entire menu consists of "small plates," but here's the secret: They're not really small. They're not huge, mind you, but dishes such as the decadent truffle risotto could feed a person and a half for only $5. Few food items top $10 at K'ya, and everything from the pad Thai-style fried calamari to the pecan-crusted pork chop is shareable and surprisingly delicious. The dining room, located on the ground floor of Laguna Beach's charming La Casa del Camino, is like that of a warm, cozy tavern. It's the perfect place to split a meal without having to split the check.