Native Knowledge: A Local’s Guide to a Perfect Orange County Week

Dylan Marsh’s Beach Town Vibes

Expert: Dylan Marsh Perfect Orange County Week
Credentials: Marketing Manager Pizza:90 & Royal Hawaiian


On my way to work I usually stop for a hot cup of coffee at JC Bean in Dana Point. The staff is super friendly and know exactly what I order: triple shot Americano and a Ham and Swiss Croissant. The espresso they use is dark, robust, and full of flavor and it is indeed a great way to start your day!




South of Nick’s in San Clemente is a great spot to enjoy south of the border cuisine and crafty cocktails any day of the week. I give it a five-star experience every time I dine here. Albondigas is a must try. The aroma of the Hoja Santa (sacred leaf) compliments the citrus flavor of this Hispanic America soup exquisitely, especially paired with a glass of Clase Azul Mezcal.




Being a native to SoCal, I can always depend on Kings Club Barbershop to give me a fresh cut, timeless laughs, and a cold brew! This barbershop offers mens cuts and hot shaves, located in Dana Point Plaza, and specializes in the traditional barbershop since 1963.



Who doesn’t like pizza? For me, I enjoy a hot Neapolitan pie from Pizza:90, located in Irvine and Riverside, and soon to be Sherman Oaks. Pizza:90 offers the freshest and some of the most authentic ingredients for creating Neapolitan pizza. They hand make and stretch their pizza dough, and cook their pizzas in an Italian wood burning oven that can get up to over 1, 000 degrees. Wow that’s hot! For me my go-to is a classic Margherita pizza made with Bufala Mozzarella (buffalo mozzarella).




For fun, tasty, and ethnic cuisine, I love going to Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen located in South Laguna. Eva has a vast variety of Rums from around the world—with over 385 different types—so you can try a different one every day of the year! My favorite dishes include the stuffed eggplant (Aubergine Choka) and Red Snapper (Curried Snapper).




Soon to reopen is the Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach. Known for Hawaiian comfort food and rum cocktails such as the Lapu Lapu, this spot has been around since 1947. After being closed for four years, the town is very excited of its return— it will be the new favorite spot in Laguna Beach!




When I have a break from work, I often take a quick trip to visit the Central coast. Every time I visit SLO I have to stop by Bang The Drum Brewery, grab a few growlers of “Draca” (smoked porter with chipotle peppers) and listen to local artists play some tunes!


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