Tagged: newport beach

san shi go – newport beach, ca


if i was just a tourist in this town, i probably wouldn’t stop at this sushi restaurant.  but, i would truly be missing out.  inside, it’s nice and clean.  always smells of fresh sweet fish and soy.

i have been to San Shi Go several times and have NEVER been disappointed.  we snuck in late on valentine’s day a few years back.  this place was packed and they squeezed us in at the far end of the sushi bar where orders were flying by our face, water was being spilled, etc etc.  they felt so bad they kept bringing us free appetizers and then sushi and then ice cream.  the service is really great there, hard to say about a lot of places these days.  they take the time to make sure the customer is taken care of.

and this particular evening was no different.  they were bumping NOW! 6.  how can you go wrong there?  it really help set the stage for the compilation of sushi that was about to hit our palates.  we went through our favorites:  salmon lemon roll, some jalapeno yellow tail roll thing, some stuff with roe, toro, a crunchy roll for good measure, ahi of course, a few of the chef’s choice (always a good idea).  but then, something caught my eye.  Amebi.  in the US eating raw shrimp, at least from my experience, is not so popular.  but, damn it’s good.  i ordered it, and was exceedingly excited to taste the delicate sweet shrimpy-ness.  not only did i get to experience the tasty flesh, we got to watch the poor little shrimp head flinch in front of us after the back end was chopped off for us to savor raw.  seems so gruesome now, but after they fried the head, we ate it.  and it was good.

bottom line:  go to San Shi Go, even though it looks a little janky on this dirty corner in Newport Beach.  sit at the sushi bar.  indulge in omakase – chef’s choice or “I’ll leave it to you” – my favorite way of eating, really, anything.  enjoy.


the alley ~ newport beach


This meal started with merely the intention of having brunch.  It turned into a marathon of a day.  Good thing we were well nourished.

I have known The Alley for either the last bar stop before you head home (they always seem to be open the latest), and brunch.  And damn they are good at both.  If you’re into that sticky old school charm….you’re in the right place.

If you have been reading for a while, you would have seen many a photo of eggs benedict, I like to sample them wherever I happen to end up for breakfast (exception: Mexican restaurants).  And this I might add, was a particularly amazing one.  Perfectly poached eggs and a relieving-ly crispy english muffin = truly phenomenal eggs benedict.  My companion du jour was not a huge fan of the cheesy potatoes that accompanied the dish, but I wasn’t mad at it.

Go for brunch, go for beer, you won’t be disappointed……also, you can spy on other people across the bar (maybe even look down some low cut shirts if you’re into that kind of thing) by looking up into the old school crackled mirrors on the ceiling.


new year’s day hangover cure attempt – tk burger


and THIS is the hangover cure attempt.  thank you TK Burger for making such an important effort in the resolution of this said hangover.  your aggressively cooked and properly seasoned turkey burger with cheese was just what the doctor ordered.  HOWEVER, my ulcer-rific stomach had another agenda.  straight rejection.  it left me so sad….depressed even, on this simply beautiful day 1 of 2013.  i couldn’t even eat the fries…..and that’s saying a lot.  i could be 30,000 miles away from the next sip of water and still eat an entire plate of these salty delicious treats…..but not this time.  it will go down as a sad sad day in history:  the day megan could not finish her overwhelmingly delicious plate of fries.  sad. sad. day.  turns out i still needed some water and a nap.

new year’s eve day breakfast



where there’s bacon there’s breakfast.  here was a pretty valiant effort to prepare for the battle i was about to put my stomach through on our new years eve festivities.  though a meal of eggs, potatoes, and bacon would seem to be hearty, the thing that really got me was that glass over there on the right…….mimosas:1  megan:0.  seriously.

i also wasn’t able to make a viable dent in my meal because i had been on a vacation bender for the past two days……what i really needed was some water and a nap.  cheers to 2013!

brunch at the landing, newport beach

this is the aftermath of brunch at the landing.  advice:  get there at 10am.  get the brunch buffet.  and definitely pay the extra $5 for endless champagne, they will keep that glass full all morning.  we finally made our way out of the place two hours later.  thank you to the landing for a fantastic rainy sunday.

great mex, newport beach

Fridays are for tacos.  Don’t bother with Taco Tuesday in Newport Beach.  Fridays at Great Mex really trump all.  Reliable and consistent.  No lines.  It’s not 100 degrees inside.  No punks fighting over texts while spraying cabbage and salsa on my shirt.  The tacos are still $1.25.  A pitcher of beer is still $8.  Sounds like a pretty good Friday.

back bay tavern, newport beach

the back bay tavern just opened inside the new whole foods at fashion island.  by far one of the best burgers in town and really it’s the price that puts it over the edge.  for 11 bucks you get an organic grass fed beef burger with your choice of cheese along with the freshest accoutrements.   included is a side of fries or the freshest brightest side salad you’ve ever seen.  monica and i enjoyed some sparkling wine and a long chat in between bites.