The Beach House is a Laguna staple. A nice breezy spot nestled right against the pacific coast, it has easy access to the highway and is great if you want to take a romatic walk post dinner, or walk up and down along the art galleries and cute shops that line PCH through downtown Laguna. If you go during lunch hour, or preferrably around sunset, you want to make reservations. Even when I did, I still had something of a wait before my table was ready. The wait staff definately knows the food, and made some expert selections based on what my date and I provided in the way of our preferences. The staff was professional, curteous, and despite a bit of laid back Laguna charm, it definately had the pizzaz and flair of a 60's movie star that can still turn heads. For a safe meal, Id suggest the coconut shrimp, and if you are in the mood for something special, try the Lobster, crab, and shrimp stuffed pork loin. Delicious!
PROS: Great for a romantic date! Courteous staff. Good ambiance.
CONS: A bit pricey. Must make a reservation.
I was recently in the market for a rear-projection HDTV. I had considered all the 'normal' retail outlets, and was frustrated with their deceptive sales pricing (IE - Raise the price back up right before it goes 'on sale'). I was browsing the web and was directed to New World Electronics, which is in Westminster right by the Home Depot and Westminster 10 Movie theater. Despite not being as large as a Best Buy or Circuit City, they had a wide variety of selection. It's something between a mom-and pop shop, and a full fledged electronics outlet. The salespeople are comfortable just talking, and gave me time to make my decision. I purchased a Name Brand HDTV for nearly half the price that I had seen online, and their extended warranties were nearly a third of the price Best Buy charges for their plans. All in all I got a great product at a great price, and was never talked down to, unnecessarily upsold, or given any sort of problems. I will definately return!
PROS: Good variety and selection. Lots of open box demos. Awesome pricing.
CONS: Single location only. Not a chain.