Where the Chefs Eat Dining critic Gretchen Kurz conducted an extensive survey of Orange County chefs, soms, bartenders, and other dining insiders to find out their secrets—restaurants they admire, ones they feel are overrated, and where they get their favorite hangover meals, along with their favorite date-night spots, late-night noshes, hole-in-the-wall treasures, and many others. Here’s your chance to learn their secrets!
The Kogi King Star chef and food truck pioneer Roy Choi, he of the Kogi truck and Korean taco, titled his autobiography “L.A. Son,” but we know better. Read this wildly successful, articulate, and edgy son of Villa Park as he dishes up stories about growing up in O.C., learning to love tacos, and the future of fast food.
The Happy Return of the Friendly Diva Click here to read our profile of opera royalty and world’s greatest Carmen, mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic of Newport Beach, celebrating the O.C. diva’s triumphant return to the stage after a five-year break to help raise her son.
Read our Main Course review of Pirozzi in Corona del Mar, the best use ever for a former KFC. Click here for Second Course, in which we visit a Chipotle-style restaurant, but with poke—PokiNometry in Anaheim. O.C.’s Best details places in the county to have a romantic dinner, making it your perfect guide for Valentine’s Day, or just date night.
Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 180 recommended Orange County restaurants.
Meet our Person of Interest, country-singing doula Ashlee Morton. Explore Downtown Fullerton in our Neighborhood feature, and see all of our Neighborhood guides on a map here. Plan your Perfect Getaway to Vail, Colorado, where this ski season the base is thick and the powder soft.
Click here for our Finds page, showcasing springtime’s most golden goodies; Hot Shop takes you to The Lab in Costa Mesa, and inside the expanded Heirlooms and Hardware. Plus, find out how a hatmaker works in Tastemakers.
Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C. A former O.C. resident who relocated to Roswell, N.M., with her faithful bird-watching dog laments the lack of birds in the New Mexican sky, especially in February when the National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count is underway. Click here.
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.