We hope you've enjoyed the Southern California spotlight posts we've put together so far and you're as excited to come to So Cal as you are to come to Blog Sugar. To wrap up this series we thought we'd share some of our favorite local restaurants and places to eat that are close to both the Ayres Hotel if you're staying there, and the actual Blog Sugar event site. We love to eat and enjoy a burger from In N Out just as much as we enjoy a fancy rooftop dinner at Michael's down in Naples, so you should find the list both abundant and versatile...Enjoy!
Local Specialty Dining (all within 20 minutes of the Ayres/Blog Sugar venue):
Mahe's in Seal Beach - great sushi, seafood and fun local beach atmosphere
Park Ave in Stanton - Orange County's restaurant of the year, cool vintage vibe with excellent steaks & chops (a personal favorite of Andrea & Rachel)
Spaghettini - great Italian food in a rich yet cozy environment; bands play most weekend nights
Michaels on Naples - specializing in Italian cuisine, Michaels offers an extensive wine list in a relaxed setting.
McKenna's On the Bay - a Long Beach landmark, McKenna's offers great seafood including a full oyster and sushi bar, and nightly entertainment right on the bay.
The Crema Cafe - to die for crepes, quiches & fresh baked goods, this is a great casual spot that serves up amazing eats
Casual Dining (these are all located on Seal Beach Blvd very close to the Ayres):
California Pizza Kitchen - specialty pizzas, salads & pastas
Island's - fish tacos, burgers & yummy french fries make this a great family friendly spot
Macaroni Grill - casual Italian dining
Hof's Hut - extensive menu featuring just about anything you can think of in a casual atmosphere
Chipotle - amazing burritos, "bowls" and chips using natural and fresh ingredients. The updated version of great Mexican food.
Pei Wei - similar to Pick Up Stix, just way better, the quicker & cheaper version of PF Changs
In N Out - if you've never had one, you've gotta try an In N Out burger while you're here!