A Master Plan: Mission Viejo Neighborhoods

Pub thirty two
It’s hard to believe that planners once considered MISSION VIEJO, with its hills and valleys, “undevelopable.” But Donald Bren and partners saw the potential and developed a huge master-planned community. Now there’s even more going on; locally owned restaurants and salons open regularly, drawing crowds, particularly in strip malls on Alicia Parkway.

Gandolfos DeliGANDOLFO’S DELI
This New York-style deli piles sliced-inhouse meats high on its sandwiches. Options range from the Mama Leone—ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, and Parmesan—to the New York Giant— pastrami, pickle, and mustard.
$6 to $10
23981 Alicia Parkway
949-581-3354,
gandolfosdeli.com

POLISH AVENUEPolish avenue
One of the newest businesses on the block, this upscale nail salon has a clean, modern look. Manicurists do gels and nail design and give spa-style pedicures with exfoliating and paraffin treatments in massage chairs.
23981 Alicia Parkway
949-588-5407
polish-avenue.com

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This warm, welcoming pub is usually filled with locals drinking pints of craft beer ($6.50) from rotating taps and eating comforting dishes such as ribeye with mashed potatoes ($29), pork chops ($25), and
seasonal risotto ($19).
23962 Alicia Parkway
949-716-0687
pubthirtytwo.com

FRENCH’S BAKERYFrenchs Bakery
Known for its special occasion cakes and wagon wheels (extra large Danish pastries with cream cheese and fruit filling), this institution also offers breads and baguettes, more than a dozen kinds of pie, and traditional pastries.
24000 Alicia Parkway
949-830-9560
frenchspastry.com

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