This Week’s O.C. Food News (Oct. 5 to 11)

Photograph courtesy of Urban Kitchen Group

From refreshed brunch menus to reopenings, here is our weekly guide to the latest in O.C.’s dining scene. 

Cucina Enoteca
Newport Beach
Although brunch service was paused due to the pandemic, you can now enjoy a refreshed program at the restaurant’s Fashion Island location. Expect refreshing spritzes, creative cocktails, and signature dishes such as breakfast-inspired smoked salmon pizza, ricotta pancakes with roasted banana and rum syrup, and the crab frittata.

Outpost Kitchen
Costa Mesa (South Coast location only)
Dine inside or al fresco at the South Coast location for new fall brunch items such as gluten-free pumpkin pancakes and the Glitter & Gold Skillet featuring plant-based sausage and spinach mash. Also try the cold-pressed juice-based cocktails.

Fork & Knife
Costa Mesa
Helmed by Jonathan Blackford, the former chef of CdM Restaurant, Fork and Knife focuses on family meals, grab-and-go items, and an artisan market featuring house-made goods as well as some of Blackford’s favorite products. The meals include an entree, house-baked rolls, a salad, an appetizer, a side dish, and dessert. You can also pick up freshly made pasta, jam, sauces, and dressings daily.

Brea and Orange
Visit the newly reopened locations of this eatery, which specializes in Belgian waffle sandwiches and artisanal shakes. Bruxie is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will offer throwback specials such as the barbecue pulled pork and braised short rib waffle sammies.

Lido Bottle Works
Newport Beach
The waterfront restaurant unveiled a fall menu highlighting seasonal flavors such as burrata salad with winter squash puree and apple cider vinaigrette and hummus with roasted yams and butternut squash. Open for outdoor and indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Las Brisas
Laguna Beach
With the reopening of indoor dining, now is the time to check out the beachfront restaurant’s renovated interiors, including new wood flooring and bamboo touches. Take advantage of new menu specials “for two” with shareable entrees such as Maine Lobster and dry-aged prime ribeye.

Rich Elixirs
The Costa Mesa kombucha shop hosts a soft opening of its new location in Old Town Tustin on October 8. Taking over the former space of Zama Tea, Rich Elixirs specializes in house-made kombucha and ginger beer as well as bone broth and ginger shots.

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