April 2018 | Best New Restaurants

Dig into our annual list of O.C.’s most notable restaurants. Discover inspired dishes, today’s trends, the perfect spot for any occasion, and our pick for Restaurant of the Year.

HISTORICAL FIGURE | Cal State Fullerton musical theater alum Rubén Carbajal was 18 months out of college when he got his big shot: a role in the national tour of “Hamilton,” which starts its run at Segerstrom Center for the Arts next month.

OUR LAND OF ORANGES | Today, O.C.’s orange kingdom has been reduced to a dozen museum plots and small family farms. Fortunately, many photos survive in the Orange County Archives, and they celebrate the era of this once-ubiquitous crop.

’HOODS | International fusion fare and aerial fitness in Fountain Valley

PERFECT GETAWAYVisit Boise, Idaho, for its sophisiticated dining scene and picturesque riverbank.

CULTUREPHILEUC Irvine MFA graduate Jen Beagin and her frank debut novel “Pretend I’m Dead”

O.C. EVENTSCorgi Beach Day, Literary Orange, and more in April

SOURCEDHome decor for your backyard or patio

ROOMS WE LOVEA repurposed dining room becomes a place to entertain for this San Clemente family.

ON THE MARKETStandout homes built in 2017

HOT SHOP | G2G Designs in Corona del Mar

FINDS | Fringe is in fashion.

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH |Executive chef-partner at The Cut in Irvine

FOOD NEWSNew places to try including Free Range Cafe in Newport Beach

MR O.C. | Raising daughters in the era of Time’s Up and #MeToo

EXCURSIONS | Checking in on the vital dredging operation needed to save the Bolsa Chica wetlands

DINING GUIDEAll of our 200-plus restaurant reviews and a spotlight on Garden Grove

PERSON OF INTERESTMarlene Hurtado, a barber at Good Fellaz Barber Shop



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