Chain restaurants and stores dominate most of the strip malls on Costa Mesa’s east side. But at Santa Ana Avenue and 17th Street, look a little closer and you’ll find indie boutiques and cafes tucked in among the usual suspects
An agricultural landmark and architectural gem, Anaheim’s packing house has been transformed into a European-style food hall. The venue, at 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., offers nearly 20 dining experiences ranging from customized gelato to sushi, as well as a handful of vendors making their first O.C. appearance.
A couple of blocks from the busy part of Main Street in Seal Beach, a few standout restaurants and boutiques cater to locals and in-the-know visitors.
You’d never expect to find top-notch French desserts and a high-end cycling shop in this Foothill Ranch neighborhood filled with faceless office buildings.
In Mission Viejo, locally owned restaurants and salons open regularly, drawing crowds, particularly in strip malls on Alicia Parkway.
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Orange County’s newest food hall feels a bit like a permanent food truck meet-up, with walk-up counters serving imaginative concoctions to enthusiastic customers. There are lots of tables inside and out, but you might have to hunt for seating...
Robin Jones introduces readers to the refreshingly industrial Midway Market, a rough-edged bloom of businesses tucked in the middle of warehouses and auto body shops. Look for the Quonset hut and you’ll find Viridian, a treasure-trove of jewelry, art, and intriguing one-of-a-kind objects. The Boathouse Collective is an unpretentious urban cafe with a hip, ad-hoc aesthetic (pallet furniture!) and live music. At Waffleholic Café, the waffles can be sweet or savory, served with crab cakes, or turned into BLTs.
You’ll find boba tea, handmade pasta, specialty hot chocolate, and a charming boutique.
Outsiders largely overlooked this quiet community in Fountain Valley until Afters Ice Cream opened in 2014 and brought a flood of foodies to town. But locals have long enjoyed the city’s eclectic restaurant scene. Before or after getting your...