April 2014: 10 Best Restaurants

A guide to Orange County’s best restaurants

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Best Restaurants 2014
Our popular celebration of the top 10 best restaurants in Orange County, as judged by dining critic Gretchen Kurz. Which is our Restaurant of the Year? What other restaurants made the cut? Click here and enter to win tickets to our issue launch party on April 17.

The Nature Dorks
Robert Allen and Fred Roberts have written the definitive guide to Orange County’s wildflowers. It may never sell out its 2,500-copy first printing, but to a peculiar few, it’s a blockbuster. Click here to read the story, click here for a happiness-inducing nine-second video!

Forget Coachella. UC Irvine grad Negin Singh’s rapidly expanding arts collective, Cartel, is hosting its biggest event to date this month—a low-cost underground music festival dubbed Brokechella. Click here to read.

Our Main Course review is a two-fer! C4 Deli and Provisions Market get our critic’s seal of approval. Click here for a rundown of the best local bento boxes in Global Diner.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 180 recommended Orange County restaurants

Coast Lines
In Neighborhoods we visit Rancho Santa Margarita; click here for a map to all of our featured Neighborhoods. O.C. Answer Man reveals all about Saddleback and other natural features in O.C. Take the Perfect Getaway to nearby L.A. for a weekend trip. Click here for a gallery of work—including cool stations of the cross in San Juan Capistrano—by artist Lance Jost.

Check back for four of the hottest brand-new homes On the Market. Check back for Made-in-O.C. products and click here for a through the fabulous home of Dean Soll.


Letter from Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith

Zoom! Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s top charity events. Be sure to check out our Charitable Events Calendar here.

Don’t Miss! Six events you’ve gotta check out this month.

Legends A profile of the late Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar, who lived in Santa Ana—a documentary about his life will air nationally on April 29. Click here for more info about Salazar.

Rituals The annual gathering of the woodys and woody owners at Doheny beach

Land’s End Shawn Hubler contemplates the preponderance of butts on beaches this Earth Day.

Snag a copy of our print edition to see: Hot Pop with Cameron Diaz, profiles of interesting O.C. people, buffalo frog legs, and even more dining content!




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