Orange County’s Best New Restaurants | April 2015


Best New Restaurants Dining critic Gretchen Kurz unveils her list of this year’s 10 best new restaurants, including our Restaurant of the Year. Click here for the much-anticipated list!
WIN! Click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets to our exclusive annual Top Restaurants bacchanal at Pirch in Costa Mesa, featuring the chefs from the chosen restaurants and other sponsors.


Written in Dust A desperate friend asked essayist Pam Tallman for a favor, thinking he might not survive his accidental injuries: “Can you clean out my house?” The odyssey that followed became a journey into one man’s personal grief, and led to a long-buried treasure.

Snapshot: Serial Composer Lisa Bielawa She isn’t afraid to defy convention in her chosen field: opera. That’s why the artist-in-residence at Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana is staging an opera told in 12-minute segments and televised in episodes airing on KCET and the web. “I didn’t set out to change the form—I’m excited about doing this opera this way. [But] I’m not interested in doing away with anything. It’s about keeping opera open to the changes in our culture.”


Read our Main Course review of Moulin in Newport Beach, and then click through for a gallery of authentic French finds from the restaurant’s shop. In Global Diner, discover three great places to get Columbian food. Plus, griddle corn cakes! In Bites, get the latest news about Tempo Urban Kitchen in Brea, Eats Kitchen + Bar in Irvine, and The Waffle Affair in Newport Beach.

Don’t forget to click over to our Dining Guide, our authoritative and searchable listings of more than 190 recommended Orange County restaurants.


Meet our Person of Interest, Ali del Rosso and her hand-crank platen printing press, Oscar. Explore Garden Grove’s Korean business district in our Neighborhoods feature, and see all of our Neighborhoods guides on a map here. Let’s go to Atlanta for the Sweetwater 420 music fest this month in Perfect Getaway! Follow the flow chart in Hot Pop answering the question “Should I go to this month’s Newport Film Festival or Literary Orange Book Festival?”

Click here for our Finds page, showcasing perforated bags and shoes. Hot Shop takes you to Gorjana & Griffin in Laguna Beach. Plus, find out about Tastemaker Jolie here.

Feature Tour a Laguna Beach seaside stunner. Then click through to this month’s homes On the Market, featuring hot-hot minimalist modern homes.

Editor’s Letter here.
Legends  The complicated career trajectory of former gymnast-turned-Broadway-star-turned-O.C.-acting-school overseer Cathy Rigby.
Rituals  There’s Coachella. Then there are the private weekend-long bacchanals near April’s Coachella music festival that include their own musical lineups, bungee-flinging into inflatable pools, and all manner of youthful indiscretion. We enjoy the ritual hosted by the young entrepreneurs at Vestal wristwatches to understand the social media strategy behind their annual party.
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.

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