Best New Restaurants | April 2016


COVER Best New Restaurants! Spotlighting Orange County’s top 10 best new restaurants, including Pascal and MRK Public in San Juan Capistrano, Macallans in Brea, Sushi Roku and The Ritz in Newport Beach, Taps in Irvine, Urbana at the Anaheim Packing House, True Seasons Organic Kitchen in Anaheim Hills, BLK in Huntington Beach, and Tackle Box in Corona del Mar. Find out which one is our New Restaurant of the Year, and buy tickets at our annual Top 10 event at

Mr. Speedy Weed Chapman University grad Keith McCarty’s Silicon Valley tech company is making marijuana delivery easier than ordering a pizza. So, his mother wonders, is that a good thing?

The 10 Quintessential O.C. Books Orange Coast literary critic Valerie Takahama chooses the ten books that she feels are landmarks on the O.C. literary landscape. They are: “A Scanner Darkly,” Philip K. Dick, 1977; “Laguna Heat,” T. Jefferson Parker, 1985; “The Gold Coast,” Kim Stanley Robinson, 1988; “Dazzle,” Judith Krantz, 1990; “Tapping the Source,” Kem Nunn, 1994; “The Rainy Season,” James P. Blaylock, 1999; “Like the Red Panda,” Andrea Seigal, 2004; “A Long Stay in a Distant Land” by Chieh Chieng, 2005; “Drift,” Victoria Patterson, 2009; “Savages,” Don Winslow, 2010.



Insights, and What We Got Right in 1986 What were we saying about diver Greg Louganis in 1986?

Person of Interest A bunch of undergrads from UC Irvine decided to start a free medical clinic in Garden Grove to meet the medical needs of underserved Vietnamese- and Spanish-speaking residents. We spotlight the leader of that remarkable enterprise.

Neighborhoods Exploring Downtown Fullerton, including Seoulmate, Grits, Wander Outfitters, and Furry Belly Deli for dogs and cats.

Trade Secrets A conversation with David J. Peterson, the Garden Grove native who created the languages used on “Game of Thrones”—Valyrian, somewhat like Latin, and Dothraki, comparable to Russian.

Travel A perfect getaway to Santa Rosa wine country

Arts Local painter Valerie Lewis, profiled by arts writer Dave Barton

Don’t Miss Our events page featuring six great April happenings



O.C. Style Opener Show off your shoulders!

Finds Festivalwear!

Tastemaker Monica Wise of L*Space



Opener/Main Course Dining critic Gretchen Kurz reviews Salt & Ash in Placentia, where two chefs from San Diego are serving New American food.

Nibbles & Bits A Smackdown between the Salad Nicoise served at Papillote and Champagne French Bistro; a Pay It Forward feature with Cameron Cortese of Chapter One, Jason Montelibano of Eats Kitchen, and Marc Johnson at Oak Grille; the featured product is Terrace Hill olive oils from a company begun by two Orange residents

O.C.’s Best A sampler of O.C. locations where you can get great detoxifying juices

Dining Guide We run the entire Dining Guide in April with recommendations for 200+ restaurants. We’ll also have short spotlight features on Café Gratitude in Newport Beach, and U Jelly doughnuts in Fountain Valley, staff favorite lists, and more.



Opener Vignette from the Jeni Maus storybook Tudor home in Fullerton, teasing to the feature in the back of the section

On the Market Hipped-up farmhouse style

Personal Space A redone kitchen in an Ole Hanson-built home in San Clemente

Home Feature Barbara Thornburg’s photo-driven feature about the Jeni Maus home in Fullerton



My O.C. He ran away from his family, all the way to Orange County. But once he got here, he could finally see what he was missing.

Rituals Passover is in April this year, so columnist Laura Saari visits two local delis that suddenly become very kosher for the holiday.

Answer Man Three local trivia questions, including one about John Wayne’s O.C. roots, the county’s now-gone walnut tree empire, and the practical joke involving “dihydrogen monoxide” that turned the Aliso Viejo city council rather sheepish.



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