We’re at the NB P. Mozza quite a bit, more than the Highland location. It’s always been adequate and a respite for the OC, but recently, there’s been some turn in both FOH and BOH and it’s even better. Sunday Lasagna nights are especially good EARLY because it doesn’t sit as long.
Most places we eat in OC are between NB and HB in Costa Mesa. Pueblo in the OC Mart Mix is great because kids can run around the courtyard. Stop by ST Patisserie. Better than most pastry shops in LA. Manpuku (especially in the tatami room) for yakiniku (like KBBQ but Japanese)…kids love it, they’ll put a time restriction on your table on the weekends. Social, great cocktails, we love the pig head, but the large formats are good as are fried chicken nights…patio is good for kids. Crack Shack, great, casual, tons of kids, games, lots of cocktails, delicious fried chicken. 2145 Pizza, Neopolitan pizza in a renovated garage.
Marche Moderne has been disappointing after the move.
In addition to BlueGold, LSXO, a sister restaurant of Little Sister.