Here are 3 Orange County beach restaurants with surfers-turned-chefs – Orange County Register

Food options are going more upscale at Southern California beach sites. And surfing chefs know what famished beachgoers crave. Come as you are, these places expect customers in soggy board shorts.

Moulin Bistro

In 2014, former action sports executive Laurent Vrignaud envisioned an authentic French cafe when he opened Moulin in Newport Beach. “Nobody will out-Paris us,” he likes to say.

Francophiles swoon over croque monsieur sandwiches, croissants, crepes and espresso drinks. Last fall, he opened a smaller neighborhood cafe a block from Laguna’s Main Beach.

He’s bracing for summer. An express lane will crank out top sellers to-go: waffles, crepes and a French hot dog —  a Toulouse sausage stuffed in a baguette. And he’s added ice cream sundaes served in vintage tulip glassware.

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