Recently opened, Paris Baguette on 17th street in Costa Mesa was where I decided to spent my lunch this week. The first thing I noticed was the wide selection of authentic French pastries and sandwiches.
The spread of pastries included all flavors of macaroons, croissants, cakes, cookies, and along with this, there was a huge selection of sandwiches for both meat lovers and non-meat lovers. I decided to go for a chocolate croissant and a smoked sausage bread -- sweet and savory. I also chose to try their iced chai as I am a huge lover of chai. My total came to about $10.90, a pretty reasonable price.
After a couple of bites of each of my pastries, I was taken back to my winter in Paris. The croissant resembled the very same croissant I had at a small cafe next to Montmarte. The sweet chocolate chips combined with the layers of flaky pastry created the most perfect combination. Along with this, the sausage roll was delicious and satisfied my savory cravings.
Overall, I enjoyed my time at Paris Baguette. Not only is the food good, but the ambiance was very warm and inviting. I think it would be a place perfect for studying for a big test or even grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend. With all this being said, I would give Paris Baguette 9 /10 because of its variety of options and its comforting setting.
Paris Baguette is for anyone looking for a new place to simply chill out and have a sweet or savory snack. Service was very efficient and fast. The hospitality was great due to the fact that I was offered samples as soon as I arrived. Along with this, the price range was fair for the amount food I received. I will definitely be returning to Paris Baguette to satisfy my Parisian food cravings with pastry and sandwich prices varying from $2-$6 .
350 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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This week I tried the new L&L Hawaiian Barbecue on the corner of Wilson and Harbor in Costa Mesa. The first thing I noticed when I entered the building was the long line of people. This gave me comfort in knowing that the place was well loved.
The menu had a plethora of options including a BBQ chicken bowl, Loco Moco, Fried shrimp, and Chicken Katsu - all Hawaiian classics. I decided to go for my favorite Hawaiian dish: Chicken Katsu. Knowing that Hawaiian portions are generally pretty large, I went for the mini Chicken Katsu plate for $5.99. This plate included authentic Chicken Katsu, macaroni salad, and a scoop of rice. The portion size was large (as I expected) so I ended up sharing with my peers. I also decided to choose a classic Hawaiian drink: a delicious Hawaiian Sun Lilikoi Passion to wash down my food.
Overall, I enjoyed my food thoroughly. I thought the chicken was very crispy and delicious and made me remember the exact same Chicken Katsu I ate when I traveled to Hawaii two years ago. Along with the complementary mac salad and rice added additional islander flavors and perfected the entire meal. With all this being said, I would give L&L a 8/10 simply because of the huge portion sizes (which most would be okay with).
I would recommend L&L to anyone who is searching for local Hawaiian food or just wants to try something new at lunch time. Service only took about 5-7 minutes for my meal to come out and I made it back to school with lots of time to spare. The hospitality was great and my food was delicious. Along with this, the price range was great for the amount food I received. I will definitely be returning to L&L to satisfy my island food cravings. Entree prices vary from $4-$10.
2300 Harbor Blvd n4, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Hi! My name is Cosette Terriquez and I'm a senior at Estancia High School. I love to eat, write, travel, and hang out with my friends and family. Welcome to my blog where I will be writing about school events, games, reviews, and lots more!