Did you know that over one-third of the beautiful city of Laguna Niguel has been designated as open space? Well, if you’re going to go outside and enjoy all that open space, you’ll probably work up a powerful appetite! Laguna Niguel may not be well known for its variety of fine dining options, but you can certainly get a tasty bite of food if you are willing to find a hidden gem in any number of plazas sprinkled around town.
Let’s start our culinary tour at Rosetta Coffee Brewing Company for a delicious, handcrafted cup of coffee. The baristas take pains to delight both the eyes and the palate with each individually prepared cup of coffee. If you’d like a sweet bite to go with your coffee, the homemade beignets are fried fresh to order, or check out their other lite fare (don’t hesitate to peruse the secret menu!). Have a seat and enjoy the ambiance while your order is being prepared; the decor is quirky yet satisfying. You may not want to bring a crowd; this place is ideal for enjoying a relaxing cup of coffee by yourself or with a small group.
For a larger portion size, Plumeria offers a wide variety of brunch menu options. This Hawaiian-inspired restaurant is hidden in a plaza in the middle of several furniture and design stores! Don’t be fooled by its unassuming exterior, each plate packs a flavor punch. Popular items include the loco moco, eggs benedict with roasted Kalua pork, blueberry ricotta pancakes, portuguese sausage, and mixed (alcoholic) beverages. This is also a great place to try Spam! Casual dining at it’s best; you order outside, then can be seated inside their tastefully furnished dining room or find a shady table outside. Try a weekday to avoid the large weekend brunch crowds for a more enjoyable experience.
Here are two fun family-friendly places for finding fresh fish that you might favor:
Baja Fish Tacos is a small but rapidly growing Southern California chain is known for its authentic, reasonably priced, quick-serve, mexican-style food. Of course the fish tacos are a must-try, but the enchiladas, burritos, and rice are tasty choices as well (for your friends and family who are not so fond of fish).
Then there is Spikes Fish House. Their atmosphere may be casual, but they take their fish very seriously. They use sashimi grade Ahi for their poke (Hawaiian-style raw fish salad) bowls. Plus, the grilled fish options are always fresh and high quality.
Now, let’s go Italian. Sambuca has a small but intimate vibe, and they take pride in the quality of their food. Since it is small, it can get packed quickly, especially on weekends. If you want to avoid a wait, try them on the weekdays. As with any Italian food restaurant, they have to make a flavorful gravy, delicious pasta (black linguini is very popular), and at least in this case, succulent lamb (who knew?).
And finally, let’s end our tour at Bistro K, offering a slightly more upscale take on an eclectic assortment of foods. Since the owners have Italian roots, the pastas are certainly a good choice (including a gluten-free option), but don’t hesitate to try other items. Some of their most popular dishes include paella, baby back ribs, quiche and coconut cake (didn’t I say eclectic?). If you go on Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm, you’ll be treated to live music.
Of course, there are many more places to eat in Laguna Niguel, but this list will get you started. Bon appetit! And if you’re looking to purchase a home in Laguna Niguel, our team of experienced real estate professionals would love to help you get settled in the area. Just give The Reed Team a call!