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Made-to-Order Meals Find a Way Home

July 28, 1994|BENJAMIN EPSTEIN | Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to the Times Orange County

Mr. Pizza, he delivers, well, pizza. Since July 1, Decadent Dining Delivery Co. has been delivering pizza quattro stagioni from Caffe il Farro, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding from Five Crowns, eight-course feasts from Marrakesh and pretty much anything else you might want to order from those restaurants--for a charge of $4 per restaurant.

The eclectic mix of participating establishments also includes Hassan's, Sub Station II, Indian Paradise, Amelia's, Thai Touch, Friday's and Sfuzzi.

Owner William Blindell promises home, hotel and dockside service in "about 45 minutes," depending on restaurant location and food preparation times. Areas of delivery are Costa Mesa, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and Newport-adjacent sections of Irvine, and service is available daily from 5 to 10 p.m. Menu prices are exactly what they are in the dining rooms.

Minimum order is $10, with free delivery on orders over $75 from a single restaurant. Tips are not included. Plastic cutlery and plates are available for $1 per set.

(714) 548-2132.

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Spoons Restaurants Inc., a Newport Beach-based chain with 19 California locations, opened its 11th Orange County location this week in Laguna Niguel. Spoons menus typically feature half-pound burgers, fajitas and ribs, but the new Spoons California Grill also offers lighter fare such as fresh fish, pasta and salads.

Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until midnight; the bar stays open one hour later each night.

28150 Cabot Road, (714) 347-9300.

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Every Saturday evening through October, Hotel Le Meridien is hosting a poolside cook-out that includes a grilled two-pound Maine lobster, corn on the cob, baked potato, Caesar salad and a buffet of desserts for $32 per person, plus tax and tip. Live tropical music accompanies dinner, which runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. (714) 476-2001.

Benjamin Epstein is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to the Times Orange County. Information for this column can be Faxed to (714) 966-7790.

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