Many American bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Bruce Springsteen. Satisfy a hungry heart with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale café fare at The Cottage Restaurant in Laguna Beach.
Housed in a historical home, The Cottage Restaurant has charmed diners for the past 35 years with a garden view overlooking the Laguna surf and a menu of elegant breakfast and supper fare. More than 30 egg creations, such as eggs florentine ($13.75) and a chicken-fajita omelette ($11.25), conquer morning plates, and chefs toy with fresh ingredients, traditional recipes, and ancient sorcery to create stacks of homemade pancakes bedecked in a spectrum of flavors, including cranberry orange ($6.30 for four) and blueberry buckwheat ($8.30 for four). Lunchtime feasters can indulge in charbroiled salmon resting on a bed of rice and crisp vegetables ($10.25), or mouth-dive into a french dip sandwich nurtured by tender roast beef ribbons and swaddled with savory au jus ($10.25). Dinner commences with crispy bruschetta ($7.25) or succulent salmon and crab cakes ($8.95) before waiters parade to tables armed with a slew of fresh salads, pastas, and giant inflatable Snoopys.
Feasters can admire the restaurant’s enchanting views of Laguna Beach from the house’s charming confines or the outdoor patio. The Cottage Restaurant’s vintage-inspired dining room showcases Tiffany lampshades and paintings by local artists. As guests mosey through the lobby, they can ogle a collection of photographs or a replica of an old sailing vessel located in the foyer, where there is perpetually a 10% chance of maple-syrup floods.