Main Course

Main Course reviews are in-depth restaurant reviews from Orange County’s dining experts, Orange Coast magazine.

Tupelo Junction Cafe: Southern Sensibility with a Tasty, Home-Grown Edge

It's southern sensibility with a tasty, home-grown edge.

Meizhou Dongpo: It’s all about the duck at Irvine’s upscale Sichuan dining experience

It's the first O.C. outpost of the 120-unit Beijing restaurant chain.

Spirited Cooking is Key to Lido Marina Village Jewel Lido Bottle Works

Open since May, it exists thanks to last year’s overdue glossing up of dowdy Lido Marina Village.

Laguna Niguel’s Hendrix Feeds its Neighborhood Well

A hint of Europe, lots of California flavors, and a coastal vibe that always feels welcoming, Hendrix games a lot of appealing angles in one convenient venue.

Ironwood’s Menu is Deep, Seasonal, and Crowd-Pleasing

Expect nuanced cooking, luscious beverage options, and surprisingly polished service.

Puesto: Irvine’s New Mexican Venue Brings Delicious Twists to Our Taco Scene

The restaurant oozes an upscale suburban personality with urban Mexican flourishes.

Fountain Valley Gastropub Recess Room Impresses & Gets a 3-Star Review

When five childhood pals couldn’t find a nearby haunt for chilling after their weekly basketball game, they gave birth to The Recess Room.

A Hunger-Inducing Photo Tour of The Recess Room in Fountain Valley

Get a sneak peek of our August issue restaurant review.

The July Restaurant Review – Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

This beguiling patio is chef-owner Rich Mead’s fourth and most triumphant enterprise.

Mr. G’s Bistro: Pasta gets love at Balboa Island’s new Italian

With my hunger blissfully satisfied, I exit Mr. G’s Bistro stuffed and toting precious leftovers I look forward to enjoying later.