It’s Golden Foodie Time

Honoring Orange County’s food luminaries is the mission of the Orange County Restaurant Association’s Golden Foodie Awards. Saturday night, at a gala in the ballroom of the Fairmont Newport Beach, awards in 30 categories will be bestowed, covering the spectrum of Orange County food.

The list of nominees for the sold-out event follows—check back for highlights from Orange Coast Senior Editor Chris Christensen, who’ll have all the details.

Best American Food
Savannah Chop House
The Crow Bar and Kitchen

Best Asian Cuisine
AnQi by Crustacean
Ten Asian Bistro

Best Beer Menu

Haven Gastropub

Slater’s 50/50

Taps Fish House & Brewery


Best Burger
Crow Burger Kitchen
Mick’s Karma Bar
Slater’s 50/50

Best Californian Cuisine
SeaLegs Wine Bar
Sundried Tomato

Best Cocktails
320 Main
Broadway by Amar Santana
French 75 Bistro & Champagne Bar

Best Food Truck
Rancho A Go Go BBQ
The Lime Truck
The Burnt Truck

Best French Food
Brasserie Pascal
French 75 Bistro & Champagne Bar
Marché Moderne

Best Happy Hour
Brasserie Pascal
K’ya Bistro
Scott’s Restaurant and Bar

Best Indian Food
Royal Khyber
Tamarind of London

Best Interior Design

Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s

Cucina Enoteca

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon

Best Italian Food
Cucina Alessá

Lucca Cafe

Best Mediterranean
K’ya Bistro
Lucca Cafe

Best Mexican Food
Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen
Sol Cocina

Best Pizza

Il Dolce Pizzeria
Pizzeria Mozza

Pizzeria Ortica

Best Restaurant Branding
AnQi by Crustacean
R+D Kitchen
Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Best Seafood
Bluewater Grill
House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer
Scott’s Restaurant & Bar

Best Steak
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Savannah Chop House

Best Sushi
RA Sushi
Riptide Sushi

Best Tacos
Avila’s El Ranchito
Soho Taco
Sol Cocina

Best Vegetarian Food
118 Degrees
Avanti Cafe
Tamarind of London

Best Wine List
SeaLegs Wine Bar
The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Excellent Service, $15 and up
Anaheim White House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Stonehill Tavern

Excellent Service, Casual Dining
The Counter
Mi Casa

Most Delicious Dessert
Cookie Fundido, Matador Cantina

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Tres Leches Cake, Savannah Chop House

Best Mixologist
Dave Castillo, 320 Main

Shanti Dutta, Tamarind of London

Forrest Taylor, French 75 Bistro & Champagne Bar

Best O.C. Food Blogs
Cathy Thomas Cooks, Cathy Thomas

Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman, Anita Lau
Fast Food Maven, Nancy Luna

Golden Chef
Yvon Goetz, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

Alan Greeley, Golden Truffle
Craig Strong, Studio, Montage Laguna Beach

Golden Pastry Chef
Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery
Cathy Pavlos, Lucca Cafe
Santana Salas, Haven Gastropub

Next Golden Chef

(culinary arts student)

Vincent Espinoza

Francis Laureano

Roshelle May

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