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Lemonade: a fun, healthy counter spot.

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Lemonade has recently appeared at Fashion Island’s “food court.”  Started in Los Angeles, it is another one of those places that you order your pre-made food as you walk down the line to a counter at the end.  (Think “glorified Souplantation”.)  The great part is that the food is actually quite extraordinary: fresh ingredients in ways that other restaurants of this type are just not creating.
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Heaven

When I think of Bear Flag, I think of heaven.  Seriously it is a wonderful hidden gem in South Orange County.  You can visit the Newport Peninsula location, but I highly recommend the Crystal Cove one.  (Staff is a bit older and a bit…quicker.)

The seafood here is fresh, tasty and mouth-watering.  I recommend trying the panko fish tacos because its cheap and good.  But then, you should focus on the fish of the day board.  The ahi tuna burritos are the best, but any type of burrito or grilled taco will have you singing its praises.  For those that like clam chowder, this one is pretty good.  I hate chewy clams, but this chowder isn’t too creamy or too chewy.  They have a little bit of everything for all eaters (but you have to like fish.)  The ahi tuna poke (raw fish cubed with sweet soy sauce, seaweed and sesame oil) isn’t well priced or made with the best quality fish, but if you are starving you can buy it by the pound to go.  They always have the game on, and have bottled beer and and wine for those stressful nights – make sure you check out their nightly specials online.  For fun, you can try to catch a lobster in their claw game.  If you like seafood, this is a place that can’t be missed.

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