Best Place to Spot a Local Powerbroker Orange County 2013 - Gulfstream
It must just be a huge coincidence the bar area of this Newport Beach dispenser of classic seafood and eclectic American cuisine draws both Orange County powerbrokers and desperate single ladies watching their youth and chances for secure financial futures slip by if they don't get their treadmilled asses in there right now. Getting a chance to rub, uh, shoulders in this Hillstone Restaurant Group hotspot is easiest achieved at the square bar in the middle of a wide-open room that has plenty of counter space to amble up to for meets and greets, tables around it for more intimate conversations, and floor-to-ceiling windows to look out if one is hoping better political/business/matrimonial prospects are coming inside. Want to have a small bite and cocktail away from the maddening crowd? Ask for a seat on the patio, where the staff will see to your every need or leave you alone with your table mate, depending on your marching orders. Inside or out, the vibe is as breezy as the coastal winds, making Gulfstream the perfect place to find Mr. Right for your heart, executive suite or political party's slate mailer.