It took me 2 years to find a great hair stylist. My wife LOVES my haircuts and they have helped me professionally (honestly).
When she asks how I want my haircut, I tell her "Anna you are the expert." She understands my style, matches it with a great cut, and recommends great (reasonable) products. She has never failed.
(As a note, I have heard other stylists in the studio refer to Anna as a color expert. I do not have my hair colored but that sounds like a strong endorsement.)
Beyond being a stylist, she is young and hip, speaks multiple languages, and is a fascinating person to chat with.
Zeke's Smokehouse Barbecue is a lone star outside of Texas. They serve ribs (and other favorites) cooked as BBQ was intended - with smoke. These aren't yuppie style over-cooked, oven baked, ??fall off the bone,? baby back pork ribs. These are Texas beef ribs for real men; ribs flavorful enough to eat without sauce. Rest assured that though the food is authentic, the dcor is clearly Californian. Zeke??s is clean, hip and they serve the ribs on plates rather than Texas style (on news paper). Highly recommended.
This restaurant is within walking distance of our house. We thought we'd give it a try while the in-laws were in town: bad idea. Other than the alluring exterior everything else about the experience was dismal. The food was nearly inedible, the atmosphere was old and worn out, and the staff were slow and misdirected.
This Huntington Beach hotspot, named after a local legendary surfer, has the aura of coolness. You walk in to find muscular waiters and tan waitresses both of whom obviously spend their off hours on the beach. Next, while waiting for a table, you willnotice the wall decor proving that this establishment was around when the Beach Boys were actually boys. You'll then sit down and enjoy everything on the menu. From the appetizers (Crab and Macnut Wontons) to the main courses (Fresh Fish and Seafood) the flavors are fresh and poignant. In addition to all of this, many days of the week you can enjoy live music on one of the patios, the bar, or the back deck. Duke's is a must for any visitor to the Orange County coast.
This restaurant made famous by the star power that has graced its dining room is now slowly fading from the sky. It has almost everything it needs to be a top location. It has a great location in Newport Beach, an interior that is dark and romantic, an excellent view of the harbor, and a piano bar. So why is it fading? The valet boys were unprofessional and underdressed, the bathroom walls are turning yellow with age, the piano singer was dull, and the food and service were poor. The ungracious and disturbingly fake server recommended Bistecca Arrabiata - Homemade Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic, White Wine and Crushed Red Chilies Topped with Seasoned Strips of New York Steak. Sounds excellent, however, the menu over promised and the kitchen under delivered. This Bistecca Arrabiata could also be called: spagetti-con-ragu-e-stake. The accompanying description would read: Store bought spaghetti with a dull mass produced Ragu sauce topped with tender but uninteresting portions of stak
The Holly Street Bar and Grill, just 1 block from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station, is more than its name suggests. This ivy covered bar and restaurant is the essence of class. Their menu boasts of interesting pastas, seafood, and a list of desertsthat will take several visits to conquer. The atmosphere is elegant but humble and the food is delicious. This is one of those rare occasions that the food exceeds the expectations you have when you were reading the menu. Id recommend this as a great lunch spot or a perfect place for brunch on Sunday morning.
This franchise specializing in fondue is intriguing. The dimly lit atmosphere, the great smell, and the young crowd are noticeable immediately. The next treat is the food. Starting with the cheese fondue and ending with the chocolate fondue, the food is very good. The options on the menu are diverse (for fondue) and flavors are interesting and well done. I consider this one of the few franchised restaurants that I would take a date too. Its wonderful to know I can now have fondue at a moments notice without the planning or clean up of doing it at home!
Another interesting note, on Mondays the Irvine location has a 20% discount on their entire menu for people working in the service industry.
This is a great lunch spot for people working in Old Town Pasadena. It is one of the best food quality for the dollar lunch values in town. Nearly everything from their lunch specials menu is bound to make a good impression.
This restaurant, for the upscale younger crowd, serves excellent food and has a great atmosphere. For starters try their Rock Shrimp Wonton Nachos and/or their Colossal Fire-Roasted Artichoke.
Opah's biggest drawback is its location in the middle of a shopping center parking. It generally detracts from its ability to be a great date spot. [Note this review is written about the Aliso Creek location]
Set in an old hillside home directly above the ocean the atmosphere and location are excellent. The food is also quite good although does border on being too complex for the above average palates.