Main Course

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

Suenos Laguna Beach Restaurant Review Orange Coast Magazine

Main Course: Sueños in Laguna Beach

Food writer Gretchen Kurz says Laguna Beach newbie boasts inventive kitchen.

Healthful Options All Over Orange County

If you're looking to eat something good and stay healthy, give some of these spots a try.

Global: Vietnamese Dumplings

The city of Hue is a cradle of central Vietnamese cooking, home to a once-royal cuisine dating to when the city was capital of...

Main Course: Ini Ristorante

Fierce desserts and winning fusions delight in Fountain Valley.

Good Food on Tap at San Clemente Gastropub MRK Public

It feels so incongruous. Yet it works so well.  My wife and I are sitting at the rear counter of MRK Public in San...

Anchor Hitch

Just navigating to Mission Viejo’s Anchor Hitch demands a fair degree of skill. The expedition requires dealing with a grim parking ...

Main Course: Oak Grill, Where You’ll Come for the Patio, But Stay for the...

Orange Coast dining critic Gretchen Kurz says a recent makeover lifted Oak Grill at The Island Hotel from expense-account land to resort-glam—with help from chef Marc Johnson’s menu.

Main Course: Reunion Kitchen + Drink

By the time Reunion Kitchen + Drink took over in December, my melancholy advanced to full-blown cynicism. So I expect my first visit to be bittersweet at best. But, after one sip at the very busy bar, I’m unexpectedly impressed.

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.

Orange Creamsicle from Ini Ristorante

This dish is a take on a childhood favorite married with a classic Italian dessert.