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“Perfect--except it was really *cold* in there for dinner”

Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
Ranked #39 of 535 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

We eat here frequently when in Irvine. The breakfast is a nice one (try the sourdough French toast, but skip the cinnamon and sugar on it for a better flavor of the tasty bread); there's a server there (well, you order at the counter and she brings it to your table) who's astoundingly nice and has a great memory for guests (we're just visitors, but she remembers us from visit to visit even if a few months' separate the visits).

We took family there for a casual dinner in November and, while the service and food were predictably good, the restaurant was chilly in temperature. It turned out the staff had left a door open somewhere in the back but it blew through the dining area and left it really, really cool in there. Not pleasant or relaxing. We asked about the temperature and staff closed the door in the back (we could feel the difference) but in 10 minutes it was left open again and the chill returned.

For burger lovers, the sourdough cheeseburger is fun. Salads are tasty here, too. And, of course you have to bring back a loaf of sourdough for home (yes, we bought one of the turkey-shaped loaves for Thanksgiving!).

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Reviewed January 13, 2012

Had the most delicious chicken club sandwich ever. The moist roasted chicken was served with avocado and bacon in between warm sourdough bread. Really amazing! You also have a choice of chips, or a side of mix green salad.

The bread at this location, are baked at the premises, so it's really fresh. Ate at the one in San Francisco airport, and it was good, but not the same. I believe that the bread is not baked fresh there, because the place is too small.

Always crowded, but the lines moves quickly!

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Thank judy k
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

Had lunch here, today. Outstanding, even though the mall and restaurant are extra-crowded with Christmas shoppers. I had a Turkey and Havarti half-sandwich with a salad. Really good! The salad had Craisins, feta, candied walnuts, and balsamic vinegarette. The sourdough bread was especially excellent. My friend had a sandwich and chili. Said both were great too. Give it a try!

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Thank Futuremauian
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Maybe famous for it's bakery however the traditional breakfast consisting of scrambled egg and sausages or bacon with potatoe wedges and choice of toast left a lot to be desired.
Scrambled eggs microwaved and lifeless.

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Bouidin's in South Coast Plaza is a real find. The salads are superb and the sourdough bread is unparalleled. Order at the counter, find a booth, and the very friendly staff will serve you. (Note: you can add or subtract anything on your salad.) There are unlimited self-service drinks. People-watching is also a benefit for those eating here. Finally, the prices are very reasonable, especially given the quality of the food and the location.

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1  Thank ahp100
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