Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, along Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County is a small restaurant specializing in Caribbean Cuisine. The first thing I noted, on my visit there, was how important it is to have a reservation. Without one it is possible to have a long wait, or not get seated, especially if you are a group, as the seating is very tight. Secondly I noted that, while parking is available along the coast highway, it is difficult to find it directly in front of the restaurant, be prepared to walk from one of the nearby side streets. But do not let this deter you, for dinner at Eva’s Caribbean Restaurant is to enjoy the variety of cusine from the Caribbean Islands, while lively Island music fills the air. And if this is your first time the friendly waiters will gladly explain the menu choices, you need only ask.
From the appetizers to the desserts, here are some of my favorites. Appetizers – soups made from spinach, okra and coconut milk and Caribbean Conch Fritters; Entres – Jerk BBQ Salmon or Jerk Chicken with Mango salsa; Creole stewed fish – stewed in Creole Voodoo sauce; Sides – Plantains and garlic mashed potatoes; and desserts – Guava Cheesecake and Banana Passion Flambe; these are just a few of the many choices found on the menu. And in the bar, beside the usual liquor – there are Speciality drinks made with rum and mixed with mano, guava, or Jamacian ginger beer. There is also Jamacia red stripe beer and St John Pale Ale, to name a few. For a taste of the Caribbean, without actually flying there, Eva’s Caribbean Restaurant is the place to go.
Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen – www.evascaribbeankitchen.com
31732 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Open Tues-Thurs 5 – 9 pm Fri & Sat 5-9p, closed sunday and Monday
Royal Thai Cuisine
4001 West Pacific Coast Hwy. Newport Beach, CA 92663.
(949) 645-THAI http://www.royalthaicuisine.com/
A typical Thai Restaurant with a large appetizer menu that includes many of my Thai favorites:
Satay – vegetarian or with beef or chicken served with peanut sauce; soups – hot and sour or with coconut; Tofu with noodles and seafood; Entrees include lots of curry, bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Their specialities are – steamed cornish hen with plum sauce, Duck prepared in many ways all seasoned with Thai herbs; ” and the “Crying Tiger” a Prime-cut, charcoal broiled, ultra spicy with greens; Desserts use coconut, mango, banana and Lichee fruit. Come prepared to experience the tastes of Thailand. For your dining pleasure there are two of them on Pacific Coast Highway, the other is at 1750 South Pacific Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651.Phone: (949) 494-THAI
Sol Cocina Mexican Restaurant. Do not let the decor put you off, with it’s rough hewn, dark wood tables and chairs and wrought iron; instead while dining here you will find the service is casual but efficient, the view of the Balboa Marina – with it’s many boats – very enjoyable, and the menu reflecting the cuisine of the Baja Peninsula – fresh food full of flavor with an emphasis on grilling.
The restaurant is open for lunch as well as dinner, with an extensive menu from appetizers to desserts. Seafood, including shrimps, oysters, lobsters, calamati, and fish can be ordered in tacos, soups or as the main menu grilled or beer-battered. Among their specialties are – the Filet and shrimp taco with a single slab of grilled prime filet mignon, shrimp with melted cheese, slices of avocado, and green chile salsa on the side; the beer-battered mushroom taco comes with deep-fried oysters a blend of Mexican cheese,avocado, chiles, and a savory red pepper garlic sauce. These are just two taste tempting taco suggestions, the rest of the extensive menu you need to go and discover for yourself.
In the bar, a variety of Mexican Beer and speciality Tequilas are there for the asking. Sol Cocina serves high-end Mexican Cuisine with a special tasty difference, and you won’t have to cross the border. Located at 251 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 675-9800 Hours: Sun-Sat 11am–11pm
For a taste of cusine from around the world, visit Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California, where many restaurants, featuring not only the above, but Chinese, Iranian, Korean, Mongolian, and of course – good old American cuisine.