Best Salads in town: Nick’s Laguna Beach
May15

Best Salads in town: Nick’s Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Update posted at the end of this article. Nick’s may have the best salads, but their public relations needs a swift restructuring. Last summer I was walking around downtown with lifelong Laguna resident, Joe – Uncle Joe – an elusive man who treats everyone kindly. I was hungry and the heat was tiring me. All I could dream about was a salad. “Who has the best salads in town,” I asked. Without hesitation, I was...

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Best Coffee in Laguna Beach: JeanPauls Goodies
May05

Best Coffee in Laguna Beach: JeanPauls Goodies

By Carisa Carlton A Laguna Beach icon for 42 years, JeanPauls Goodies serves up the best coffee with the flakiest French pastries you can get outside of Paris. I don’t know of a better barista in Southern California to get cranked up. Jean Paul blends his own coffee and the formula is quite secretive. He uses only Arabica beans from Columbia and Sumatra. He says it’s not the American way to buy high and sell higher, but his coffee is...

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Top 4 Hole in the Wall Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Apr04

Top 4 Hole in the Wall Restaurants in Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton The first  3 hole in the wall Laguna Beach restaurants came at the recommendation of Daniel Garza who is considered by friends and acquaintances as somewhat of an authority on good local food at affordable prices. Laguna Feast 801 Glenneyre Street Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 494-0642 Laguna Feast offers tacos for a buck all day long on Tuesdays and they serve Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Taco...

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Best Mac & Cheese
Mar31

Best Mac & Cheese

By Carisa Carlton Like many of you, I have been eating macaroni and cheese since I was a toddler. As a mother, I have prepared the dish more times than I can count and in as many colorful ways I could imagine always searching for creamier cream, better butter, and tastier cheese. Never did it occur to me to add chunks of meaty lobster and four cheeses (American, Jack, Cheddar and Parmesan), but that’s exactly what Executive Chef...

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Best Tiramisu in Laguna Beach
Dec18

Best Tiramisu in Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton The competition for the best tiramisu in Laguna Beach doesn’t even rank close to this restaurant’s hold-me-down, crazy-delicious tiramisu. Zinc Café’s dreamy-creamy, chocolate-dusted mascarpone custard floats in your mouth like a heavenly paradise. The juicy rum ladyfingers are just right – not too dry, not too wet. Zinc Café’s tiramisu is served with freshly whipped cream on the side. I have no idea how they...

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Best Sea Bass Under $40 | Laguna Beach
Nov20

Best Sea Bass Under $40 | Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton I went on a summer long Laguna Beach taste-testing extravaganza in search of the best sea bass. In order to filter my selection, preparation, freshness, service, and price was taken into consideration. Drowning sea bass in a heavy sauce is the most common culinary error I found. By heavy, I mean entirely too much butter and/or cream. One restaurant in town, however, understands Ohhhhhh-my-God sea bass experiences....

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