East 17th St. Culinary Corridor- Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
A short walk or bike ride from my house in Newport Heights, the East 17th Street Corridor houses an exciting and eclectic mix of eateries. Stretching from Newport Boulevard to Dover Drive, East 17th Street has it all from casual delis to upscale restaurants. On the west end near Newport Boulevard, there is the excellent Santa Monica Seafood. The ridiculously fresh Ahi or Ceviche to go is a must; they also have a few sit down tables and a small market. Further east, is the popular Greenleaf with fresh salads, sandwiches, other health conscious choices and a cool wine bar. Directly south across 17th houses Bruxie (gourmet waffle sandwiches), the legendary Hi Times spirits store (anything liquor can be found here) and various other casual options. Across the street once again stands Pie Not (tasty Australian meat pies) and SideCar the anti-donut shop serving handmade gourmet donuts and pastries. Another 100 yards down on the right side is Jeff Chon's take on shabu shabu, Tabu Shabu a fun tasty choice for lunch or dinner. Halfway between Tustin Ave and Irvine Ave is Wild Goose, named after John Wayne's boat, that has an awesome Happy Hour...try the Sloppy Joe fries. A short walk on the opposite side at the corner of 17th and Irvine, literally underground, is the old school steakhouse La Cave; picture dark surroundings, blood red leather booths and an abattoir's selection of meats. The only downfall of La Cave is Justin Bieber is fond of it, proceed accordingly. Bon Appetit.