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On the Road in the OC

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LAist was on the road last weekend – to the OC and Laguna Beach. While we didn’t run into Kristin Cavalleri and company, we did manage to have a good time despite the fact that we’re a) not rich; b) not blonde and c) not driving a 7 Series.

Now, here’s a good tip if you want to do a relaxing summer getaway to Laguna: Stay in Irvine. Most of the hotels in Laguna are terribly expensive; they usually won’t let you book for a single night; and the traffic on PCH is a nightmare. We chose the Hyatt in Irvine for the night, located right off the 5, and about a 20-minute drive from Laguna Beach. It wasn’t exactly a super bargain ($129 plus a $12 parking fee and an $11 daily Internet fee), but compared to other Laguna Beach hotels, it was. (Even though the Hyatt's located in the middle of a corporate park setting, we have to give props to the Portico products and the great fitness center.)

For breakfast/lunch recommendations, we asked the Hyatt staff and concierge for local diners or greasy spoons. But we blanched at their IHOP and Mimi’s Café recommendations. Like we don’t have those in LA? So we ended up at South Coast Plaza and had lunch at Lawry’s Carvery, which was a yummy choice.

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For those who know Lawry’s the Prime Rib, think of this restaurant as its fast-food equivalent, with carved turkey, prime rib and roast beef sandwiches, salads and platters. The prime rib was good, a little fatty, but the roast turkey and gruyere sandwich was freakin’ awesome. (Maybe even as good as the turkey sandwich at Breadbar.)