Top Dentists of O.C. 2022

An extensive list of dental professionals chosen by their peers as some of the best in our area! To help you find top dental...

O.C.’s Saturated Food-Truck Market

Q: Any advice on how to stand out in O.C.’s saturated food-truck market? A: The gourmet food truck craze gets several things right: clean trucks, friendly service, changing menus, and quality ingredients. Stick to those. But fusion and freak-show cuisine has been done to death. (Who thought Asian tacos would so quickly go from novelty to cliche?) Surprise everyone by making well-executed versions of foods everyone loves. For instance, if you’re going to make pizza, don’t make a tofu faux-pork-belly pizza with Assyrian woodchuck cheese, seaweed, and kumquat sauce on a wheatless crust. Just make the best possible version of the traditional kind. 

O.C.’s Best: Grilled Cheese

Gourmet grilled cheese now is a staple on menus from high to low, and Katherine Nguyen finds seven to recommend in Orange County, from her favorite at Costa Mesa’s Shuck to the Havarti-cheddar mix at Boudin SF to the mobile melts of Waff-N-Roll food truck.

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.

O.C.’S BEST 2019! | VR IN OC

Go high-tech with these immersive virtual-reality experiences.

Fable & Spirit Is Our 2020 Restaurant of the Year

Our Restaurant of the Year is now open for takeout service!
Physicians of Excellence 2022 Orange Coast Magazine

Physicians of Excellence 2022

This year's Physicians of Excellence were judged by the Orange County Medical Association to be the most accomplished and caring. 

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: Date-Night Restaurants

O.C. abounds with restaurants eager to pamper couples looking for a special night out. Katherine Nguyen offers seven suggestions for date-night destinations, from casual Kettlebar to sumptuous Studio at the Montage.

O.C.’s Best: Whiskey Cocktails

Whiskey is complex, sometimes medicinal, and often an acquired taste. That’s the very reason it does well in cocktail form: It can stand up to any sweetness. Here are five bars in Orange County where you can find your gateway whiskey drink.