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What You're Eating: Menu Specials On The Water In OC

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It's the beginning of the new year and the following restaurants have great views with even more amazing food. Steak specials, tasty brunch menus, and new kids fare. The following is a roundup of delicious restaurants in Orange County serving up special menus this week.

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New Healthy Kids Menu at Bluewater Grill - Lido Beach

630 Lido Park Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-FISH (3474)

This innovative New England-style seafood pub with an Orange County flare has a beautiful location right on the water. Kids are welcome at the Bluewater Grill and to help parents keep their lil' minnows healthy, the kids menu has been revamped with healthier choices. The fried fish and shrimp have been replaced along with other dishes. Now kids can enjoy a child-size bento box with grilled seafood, vegetables and fruit.

Bluewater Grill has just received approval from Kids Live Well, a program of the National Restaurant Association and Healthy Dining. The new kids menu offers pasta, grilled cheese or grilled chicken, cod, shrimp or salmon skewered. The bento box also contains carrot sticks and fruit, and a choice of fruit juice or low-fat milk. The choices don't end there -- kids can also choose from steamed veggies, edamame, salad, fries or mashed potatoes. The restaurant staff will help parents with picky eaters find something delicious to eat.

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Winter Fare at Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill - Costa Mesa

3333 S. Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 979-7469

Bundle up and head out to Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill in Costa Mesa. Z'Tejas is offering a new menu of warm hearty meals and winter-inspired cocktails until March 3. Try a Mandarin turkey salad with honey and lime balsamic vinaigrette for lunch or a Southwestern seafood skillet featuring lobster, scallops, shrimp and crab meat topped with bacon gratin and chipotle puree and wash it all down with a Muddy Winter, made with tequila, crème de cocoa white, Frangelico and half and half.

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Carnivores Delight at The Deck - Laguna Beach

627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-6700

Crashing waves and gentle ocean breezes create the perfect ambiance for a seafood lunch or dinner. If you prefer the Turf on your plate while viewing the surf then come out on a Thursday, which is Prime Rib Night on The Deck. Start with a choice of Caesar or Garden salad. Your prime rib entree comes with mixed veggies & choice of potatoes. The Deck is the only restaurant on the sand in Laguna Beach. Come as you are and enjoy the beachy vibe.

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Prime Rib Sundays at Cannons Restaurant - Dana Point

34344 Street of the Green Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 443-6173

Come for the food and stay for the view but make an extra effort to come on Sundays for the prime time, special slow-roasted prime rib dinner including a Caesar or Cannons side salad from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cannons Restaurant is perched on a cliff above Dana Point Harbor offering panoramic, oceanfront dining with unmatched views of the Southern California coastline and Pacific Ocean. Guests can choose from outdoor terrace dining or glass walled indoor dining. Come early and enjoy happy hour daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cannons is a must see one-of-a-kind seafood restaurant in Dana Point.

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Champagne Brunch at The Rusty Pelican - Newport Beach

2735 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 642-3431

Each Sunday, watch your favorite sports teams battle it out in the upstairs lounge at The Rusty Pelican. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., a delicious special menu is offered for the Sunday Brunch at this classic Orange County restaurants. Fill up on the tasty Seafood Omelette loaded with three eggs, snow crab, shrimp, scallops, and jack cheese, Malaspina or Blue Point oysters on the half shell "Shucked to Order" or Fresh Ahi Sashimi with mango and pineapple fruit salsa, ginger and wasabi.

Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer who lives in Southern California and has enjoyed a wonderful seafood meal over the years at each of these establishments. You can find her at @sunnynsocal and

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