Old Vine Cafe | Eat Chow | Newport Beach Golf Course | ExplorOcean | Environmental Nature Center

Old Vine Cafe Near Eaves South Coast: Where the Owner's Passion for Wine and Italian Cuisine is on Display

To enjoy elegant Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere, venture to Old Vine Cafe. Executive chef and owner Mark McDonald runs the show at this Costa Mesa restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

At Old Vine Cafe near Eaves South Coast, you don't have to be an early riser to take advantage of breakfast because it is served until 3 p.m. every day. Start your morning with an omelet loaded with beef tongue, smoked salmon, or slow-roasted pulled goat shoulder. For something a bit sweeter, opt for the mousse-filled crepes.

If you stop by for dinner, check out the menu, which includes handmade fettuccine, all-natural filet mignon, and sea scallops, among other dishes. Regardless of what you decide on, there's surely a wine that pairs perfectly with your meal. McDonald, after all, is quite passionate about wine, as evidenced by the wine dinners he hosts.

Old Vine Cafe
2937 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 545-1411

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Dig Into the Grilled Salmon Tacos at Eat Chow Near Eaves South Coast in Costa Mesa

Eat Chow's chef turns the idea of classic American cuisine on its head. The eatery's decor is deceptively simple, composed of the typical diner accouterments, but the food features a unique take on traditional comfort food. For proof, order the popular parmesan truffle fries, the vegetarian tostada, or the grilled salmon tacos topped with curry slaw. Customers give all of these dishes high marks (though they seem to love practically the entire menu), and they say you should wash down your meal with a glass of the restaurant's sweet sangria.

That is, if you aren't a fan of beer. Anyone who loves suds should check out one of the many international bottled beers or craft beers on tap. Big Kona Wave Golden Ale, Hanger 24 Orange Wheat, and Stone Pale Ale are just a handful of the brews on the draft list. You can also grab a cup of coffee from Intelligentsia or a glass of locally sourced California wine at Eat Chow, which is just a stone's throw away from Eat Chow.

Eat Chow
211 62nd Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Tee Off at Newport Beach Golf Course Just a Short Trip From Eaves South Coast

Newport Beach Golf Course draws many newbie golfers since it's relatively small. The 18-hole course, which sits behind the John Wayne Airport near Eaves South Coast, features mostly par-3 holes, as well as a few par-4 holes. Gather some friends for a round of golf at Newport Beach Golf Course and tee off.

It may not take you very long to complete a round of golf at the course, but then you can head to its on-site restaurant. Enjoy a few domestic beers with your fellow competitors (look for special discounts) and, if you need to refuel, order the tacos. According to guests who've visited Newport Beach Golf Course, the staff is friendly across the board and the rates for play are very affordable, as are the rates for renting golf carts. Feel free to wear whatever you like while you play at Newport Beach Golf course—there's no dress code.

Newport Beach Golf Course
3100 Irvine Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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ExplorOcean Near Eaves South Coast: Learn More About What's Under and Atop the Waves

Whether your child is 5 or 15, he can learn something new about the sea beyond Newport Beach at ExplorOcean, located not far from Eaves South Coast. The nonprofit organization strives to teach every student in grades K through 12 fascinating facts about what#39;s living under the waves.

At ExplorOcean, kids can get up close and personal with a few of those sea creatures. The touch tanks hold more than 25 different types of cold-water invertebrates, including sea stars, hermit crabs, and more outlandish animals like the massive Keyhole Limpet. If you visit Wednesdays or Saturdays at 2 p.m., you can even feed the creatures and watch them eat.

If you're more interested in the crafts that sail on top of the waves, head to the Steele Model Pavilion. This is where models of historic ships reside, and the exhibits shed light on the first seafarers from Asia and Europe.

ExplorOcean (CLOSED)
600 E. Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661

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Environmental Nature Center: A Peaceful Getaway, Just a Quick Drive From Eaves South Coast in Costa Mesa

It's called the Environmental Nature Center, but residents of Orange County simply call it ENC, and for the past 40 years workers at this simple 3 1/2-acre space in Newport Beach have strived and succeeded in helping 15 native plant ecosystems survive and thrive. When you make the short trip over from Eaves South Coast to see this gorgeous preserve, start at the building, an education center that was the first building in Orange County to be awarded the Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rank.

Visitors highly recommend you see the butterfly house, with a diverse range of species including Monarch, Queen, Mourning Cloak, West Coast Lady, and California Dogface. Outside, you'll find plenty of entry-level hiking trails, surrounded by native flora and perfect for a leisurely stroll or an outing with children. Kids may also enjoy the educational activities available. Admission to Environmental Nature Center is free.

Environmental Nature Center
1601 E 16th Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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