I have lived in Costa Mesa for nearly three years now, and I’ll be the first to say that I just adore my little neighborhood. From the back bay trails to the coffee shops and restaurants, Costa Mesa is pretty much the best. So here are a few of my personal Costa Mesa Favorites.
Best Coffee: Sidecar Doughnuts
I’ve written about Sidecar Doughnuts a few times now, but I most recently discovered their delicious coffee. I’m not really a coffee drinker at all, but there’s something special about their iced coffee, especially after a sweaty spin class at Grit Cycle (another Costa Mesa fave!).
Best Brunch: SOCIAL
Costa Mesa is home to a lot of fabulous brunch spots, but SOCIAL is my current fave. The brunch prices are decent, the menu is seasonal, and they have live music at brunch as well. Plus, champagne with guava juice? What’s not to love?
Best Crossfit: Crossfit Vibe
It’s no surprise that Crossfit Vibe made the list. I’ve been going to this box for nearly two years and I love it to pieces. If you are local and want to try crossfit, I highly recommend them.
Best Salad: Mendocino Farms
The Sophisticated Chicken and Prosciutto Salad gets me every time. Mendocino Farms also has a seasonal menu and offers a wide variety of salads and sandwiches, but my heart belongs to the Sophisticated salad.
Best Drinks: Boathouse Collective
I’ve only been to Boathouse Collective once and didn’t try the food, but I LOVED the large outdoor space and garden. Boathouse may have a small menu, but what they have is delicious.
Best Running Path: Back Bay Loop
This may be considered partially Newport Beach, but I love running the back bay loop. I trained for both of my half marathons on this loop and it offers the right amount of rolling hills and lovely scenery.