O.C.’s Best: Fusion Cuisine

It was only a matter of time before the diverse mix of culinary tastes here in Orange County began blending—sometimes, all in one dish. Korean BBQ tacos? Yakisoba hot dogs? Yes, please! These restaurants offer dishes that represent a clever and delicious melding of cultures.
Orange County Pancakes

Our Six Favorite Pancake Spots in Orange County

No dish is sexier than a stack of golden pancakes with rich syrup and butter dribbling off the sides. It’s the stuff of breakfast dreams.

O.C.’s Best: Happy Hour

Who doesn’t like happy hour? Tasty cocktails, cold beer, and good wine are nirvana after a long workday—especially accompanied by great snacks at special prices. Katherine Nguyen rounds up seven fabulous O.C. happy hours—some extending into late night.

O.C. Best New Restaurants 2022

Best New Restaurants - This year’s robust crop of new places is our most impressive yet, revealing a dining landscape of inspiring resilience. We’re...
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O.C.’s Best: More of What We Loved Eating in Orange County This Year

Our dining and drinking scene keeps getting more adventurous and creative, and we’re all the happier for that. Here are some of our stand-out favorites this year.

O.C.’s Best: Boba!

Just when you thought boba tea—also called bubble tea or milk tea—was old news, it’s back and tricked-out with all kinds of mix-ins.

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: Southern-Inspired BBQ

Blessed with great weather year round, O.C. always has been a hot spot for outdoor grilling. And barbecue defined by slow-and-low smoking has been brought to the culinary forefront, as evidenced by Franklin Barbeque of Austin, Texas, recently winning a James Beard Award. So this weekend, put down the burger flipper and head to one of these six local restaurants doing justice to the Southern tradition.

O.C.’s Best: Meat on a Stick (Skewers)

Meat cooked and served on sticks is classic to many cuisines, and Katherine Nguyen finds six worthy Orange County examples to suggest, including Japanese yakitori, Turkish doner, Mediterranean shawarma, and the kebabs from countries such as Iraq.

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.