I have not been there for a long time. Wow, Ralphs is gone? That is odd! They are still huge in LA and Ventura counties. The first time that I came to California, I was driving into San Clemente, it was night-time and there was this huge sign in the air for a grocery store called Alpha Beta. I thought to myself "Now this is indeed a nuclear town!" Alpha Beta got bought by Vons, so that experience is gone for 1st time NukeWorkers. Too bad.
I can't remember the name of the restaraunt, but is was on the South side of El Camino Real, on the right. It was a Japanese restaraunt. They had this killer seafood soup, served in an iron bowl. It was quite delicious! Their other dishes were also quite excellent. We used to eat there all of the time.
Near Surfin Chicken was a place called Stuft Crust Pizza that was great and also the best camera store that I have ever walked into. I can't remember it's name though. If you are into photography and that store is still there, check it out.