Neighborhoods: Balboa Village

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San Shi Go

Photographs by Melissa Valladares

With the Fun Zone on one side and Balboa Pier on the other, Newport Beach’s Balboa Village can feel like a jumble of bike rental spots and carnival rides. Walk along the peninsula’s main street, though, and you’ll find great places to eat and shop, including two newcomers.


The Trough Sandwich Kitchen7173
The popular Rancho Santa Margarita sandwich shop recently opened its second location. Read more here705 E. Balboa Blvd., 949-673-1029, thetroughoc.com

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Chez Vu Bakery Cafe
Spring rolls and banh mi ($4.50 to $6) make up much of the Vietnamese-French menu at this new family-run cafe. Pair them with Vietnamese iced coffee or Thai iced tea with boba ($4). 704 E. Balboa Blvd., 949-723-0414, chezvubakerycafe.com

 

Balboa Candy7475
This sister shop to the popular Balboa Island store tempts with an old-fashioned vibe and goodies to match, from saltwater taffy in tall wooden barrels to oversized rainbow lollipops and favorites such as Abba Zabba and Sugar Daddies. 304 Main St., 949-673-7021, balboacandy.com

 

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A favorite for its fresh, creative sushi ($7 and up), this restaurant also offers grilled fish ($16 to $24) and a long list of sakes ($6 to $300). Try the omakase option, and the chef will send out his favorite dishes of the day. 205 Main St., 949-673-3724, okidoki345.com

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