Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 13, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 13, 2019 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


Peter Dills grew up as the foodie son of the Original Foodie Elmer Dills, and now 
goes by “The King of the Brunch”. You can listen to his two shows on AM 830 
KLAA every Sunday afternoon right after the Angel Baseball game, and every 
Sunday morning on GO Country 105 FM


The Brunch has its own history. How much of it is true lends itself to its own 
universe. Just like how certain food entrees got their start, the Brunch is said to 
have started at a Chicago Hotel. Back in the 1930’s restaurants weren’t open on 
Sundays, so hotels were the traveler’s source of Sunday dining. Breakfast and 
Lunch combined, giving us “Brunch”.

Where to go in Orange County and Long Beach

Balboa Bay Resort

My last visit might just be my favorite. I have been going to the Resort (formerly 
club) for over ten years and each time there seems to be something new to pique 
my interest. This time it was their Brunch - for $53 your visit has hot and cold 
items all included!! Maybe my eyes were bigger then my stomach because I never 
got to the hot items, having gone directly to the buffet line where I filled my plate with shrimp, lox, crab claws 
and decent-sized cut king crab legs. The brunch also includes unlimited mimosas (there was a room full of 
happy guests), but I opted to go off the menu and order a split of Moet Chandon - heck if you are going to drink, 
you might as well go all the way! After my meal the server insisted I try the dessert table, I said no I was full, and 
he said “no problem take some to go”. I hope he doesn’t get in trouble. All in all, this is a real value if you play 
your cards right.

Gladstones Long Beach

How do you choose one restaurant in a city with some many great places to not only brunch but to also dine? 
Many reasons I love Gladstones , first

 is the dining on the Sunset Deck, where else can you sip a bloody mary or an endless Mimosa while in the 
backdrop is the Queen Mary? How about Sunday Calypso music, it really is my go to spot in Long Beach Chef 
Pete Lehmar has been with Gladstones since they opened in 2004, and prides him self on the the ability to adapt. 
Sure, he has award wining clam chowder and has won best Readers choice as the best seafood restaurant in Long 
Beach, but ask him for a burger, He’ll say “I can make that too” !

Café Jardin

Café Jardin Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30 AM to 2 PM

It is four courses for $39.50, and there is a $5 admission fee to enter Sherman Library and Gardens. Originally 
this was where the volunteers of the library would have their lunch. Chef Pascal Olhats took over and has now 
made the restaurant his primary Orange County Home. I suggest the Indian Spiced Braised Lamb Osso-Bucco. 
It is one of the best I have ever had. You prefer Italian Indian or French food? Those are here, too. You won’t find 
any warmers or chafing dishes, but what you will find is a beautiful setting for romance. If you are in the mood 
for mimosas they are endless at $14 . A la Votre

Brigatine (Del Mar)

Bing Crosby and his friends decided on Del Mar for their Thoroughbred Club in 1936, a prime destination of 
horse racing fans for years. The Brigatine hasn’t been around that long (last I heard was 45 years), and has turned 
itself into a mini chain. In the Del Mar/San Diego area I don’t have to tell you that it’s all about the fish tacos! 
Though the Sunday Brunch is a pleasing excuse to have a Bloody Mary before the 2 PM post time at Del Mar, you 
should enjoy Puerto Nuevo style lobsters (you know, the ones with no claws), For me the Crab Cake Benedict 
style is the real winner; they use lump Crab and come with a side of breakfast potatoes. 

Listen to me on Go Country 105 every Sunday Morning at 8 AM

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benefitting the students of Sierra Madre Elementary School 
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May 11, 2019 
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