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Boathouse Collective

1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, CA, 92627

949-646-3176

This quirky hang is a restaurant and private-event venue from local artist Clayton Peterson. A pastiche of up-cycled shipping containers and post-and-beam construction, the space is also an indoor-outdoor affair with frequent live music by local and touring acts. Mathieu Royer is executive chef, cooking a supertight and ever-changing menu of eclectic fare that’s in […]

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Café Hiro

10509 Valley View St., Cypress, CA, 90630

714-527-6090

Hiding out in Cypress, chef-owner Hiro Ohiwa caters to a devoted following who admires his formal French training and Japanese aesthetic…

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Early Bird

Morningside Plaza, Fullerton, CA, 92835

714-529-4100

Imaginative breakfasts washed down with in-season, single-origin coffee make this humble hang Fullerton’s newest sleeper for the foodie crowd…

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EATS Kitchen & Bar

Hotel Irvine, Irvine

949-225-6780

Choose the attractive, fire-pit patio for the best ambience at Irvine’s retooled business hotel restaurant…

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Fish in a Bottle Sushi & Grill

1205 E. Imperial Highway, Placentia, CA, 92870

714-528-4000

Sleepy Placentia gets some modern chow at this maverick mom-and-pop cafe that supplements California cuisine with elaborate, innovative sushi rolls…

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Playground

220 E. 4th St, Santa Ana, CA, 92701

714-560-4444

Chef-owner Jason Quinn puts his food truck life in park with this buzzy storefront in Santa Ana’s fast-evolving downtown scene…

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Sapphire Laguna

1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-715-9888

Chef-owner Azmin Ghahreman satisfies locals and visitors with globally inspired large and small plates at lunch, dinner, and brunch…

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The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar

31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688

949-888-0072

Lakeside seats, terrific cocktails, and daring fare by young chef Karl Pfleider are earning local love for this rare gastro-canteen in Rancho Santa Margarita…

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The Golden Truffle

1767 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

949-645-9858

Classic cocktails are fresh news at maverick chef Alan Greeley’s 32-year-old bastion of improvisation…

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The Wild Artichoke

4973 Yorba Ranch Road, Yorba Linda, CA, 92885

714-777-9646

Chef-owner James D’Aquila and his winsome crew raise the culinary bar at this teensy, modest storefront…

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Three Seventy Common

370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

949-494-8686

Confident chef-owner Ryan Adams reboots the former Sorrento Grille into a straightforward bistro with rich, hearty eats prepared with local goods…

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Tommy Bahama’s Island Grille

854 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar, CA, 92660

949-760-8686

Ongoing nips and tucks keep this perennial favorite fresh. The fare remains reliably coastal and fresh: sole with yuzu-lilikoi butter…

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True Food Kitchen

Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA, 92660

949-644-2400

Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid is translated into a globally varied parade of healthful starters, salads, sandwiches, and entrees…

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