I was back in OC a couple of times during the last month. I didn't have a lot of time for going out, but did want to give a quick report before I forgot.
http://goldentruffle.com/ The Golden Truffle on Newport Blvd. used to be one of my favorite places. Always fun and the food always inventive. I hadn't been there in probably 8-10 years. I went for dinner last weekend and am happy to say it has not changed much. Food is still outstanding and fun, service is among the best. You can see photos on my Facebook page here:
Entree was New Zealand spearfish atop potatoes, drizzled with lemon basil oil and topped with fresh lemon basil. It was fabulous.
Only other report is that I had lunch one day at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/ Not much to say about it as I've always felt like it was a place mostly for the view and people watching. Hasn't changed. Had gazpacho and salad. Both were nice, but nothing to write home about. Too bad that location isn't still Victor Hugo's.
Wish I had more to report, but it was mostly eating on the run or not at all.