O.C.’s Best: Fried Chicken To Go

It’s a quintessential summertime favorite, a staple at picnics and family get-togethers. What better to serve everyone than a heap of golden fried chicken bursting with flavor and crunch? Make sure one of these versions makes it into the basket for your next sunny outing.

O.C.’s Best: Vintage Cocktails

The revival continues for cocktails inspired by the golden, boozy pre-Prohibition era, along with variations on established classics, such as the Manhattan and the Boston sour. Here are six great bars in Orange County where old meets new in handcrafted cocktails.

Best of 2013: Local Candies

C SALT, the handmade-with-love confections by self-taught Courtney Dudman Donley, has long been O.C.’s candy company to beat. But Donley may have outdone herself with her latest creation—luscious, soft butter caramels with sea salt. We can’t describe them without drooling on our keyboards, but you can pick up your own at any Mother’s Market location. $11 for six pieces; $18 for a dozen. csaltgourmet.com

O.C.’S BEST 2019! | FASHION FAVORITES

The Irvine-based blogger Christine Kong talks about her favorite fashion spots in O.C.

O.C.’s Best: Vegan Breakfasts

Veg-heads don’t just mow down bowls of granola and slam wheatgrass shots at the break of dawn. Most want to enjoy brunching on Sunday-Funday with everyone else. And because it can be hard to find tofu scrambles and dairy-free waffles, we’ve rounded up five local eateries that provide tasty vegan options to start the morning right.

O.C.’s Best: Haute Dogs

No longer a simple sausage in a bun with ketchup and mustard, the modest hot dog now gets the gourmet treatment. From a wild...

Tamales in Orange County

Undoubtedly in the kitchen of someone’s abuela. Honestly, naming the “best” tamale would be an impossible task (although we try here). The next-best thing...

O.C.’s Best: Tiki Drinks

Though some regard them as overly cloying concoctions, tiki cocktails such as mai tais and zombies are enjoying a resurgence in Orange County. Craft bartenders layer the rum-based drinks with multiple spirits and spices to create beguiling and complex potions. Here are five great places to get your tiki on.

O.C.’s Best: Roast Chicken

Whether it’s cooked slowly over open flames on a spit-roast or stuffed with herbs and roasted in the oven to golden perfection, few dishes are as comforting as a simple roast chicken. While it’s hard to beat a home-cooked version, these seven diverse locales in Orange County do right by this ubiquitous classic.

O.C.’s Best: Inspired Salads

Fresh, hearty salads get serious love in health-conscious Orange County, whether complementing a main dish or prepared as stand-alone meals. Here are seven restaurants where the humble salad reaches its full potential—packing a delicious mix of flavors and textures to a light-but-satisfying end.