This neighborhood spans two cities—LAGUNA HILLS to the west of the 5 Freeway,
LAKE FOREST to the east—and offers spots worth visiting on either side.
Folks sip craft beers and snack on pretzel bites ($7), fried wontons ($7), and empanadas ($4) while playing board games such as Battleship and Sorry! at this brewery, which opened in September. GameCraft’s own lagers and ales dominate the taps. 23301 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949-734-0910
Big Air Trampoline Park
Sure, kids and adults come here to jump on trampolines. But there’s also a rock-climbing wall, dodgeball, a balance beam for jousting, and a laser maze. Enjoy music-filled Cosmic Nights on Friday and Saturday evenings, or Toddler Time on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. 23251 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949-305-9788
At this family-run restaurant, diners dig into traditional Italian dishes such as spaghetti with meatballs ($14), linguini with clams ($17), fettuccine Alfredo ($13), and chicken Marsala ($20). Try the thin-crust pizzas ($14 for small, $18 for large); they’re so popular, the house-made dough typically runs out long before closing. 23766 Mercury Road, Lake Forest, 949-472-5466
Bhan Baitong Thai Cuisine
Long glass tables, white-tiled walls, and bamboo plants give this traditional Thai restaurant a modern vibe. The menu focuses on classics such as pad thai and pad see ew; fried rice dishes and curries served with a choice of protein; and soups such as tom kha and tom yum. 23808 Mercury Road, Lake Forest, 949-595-0899