Ah, Brussels Bistro, how I love thee. This is a little Belgian restaurant / bar in Laguna Beach, on Forrest Ave. Now people who know me know that I LOVE Belgian strong ales, and of course they serve them here, but that’s not why I love this place. Partly it’s the feeling that you’re transporting to another part of the world as you descend the steps into the Bistro, which is all subterranean. Partly it’s the excellent mussel dishes (I recommend the curry), and partly it’s the odd combination of friendly aloofness displayed by the owner. I don’t know if that’s a Belgian thing or just his thing. What it all adds up to is the place is just different, which is a very welcome change from most things in The OC.