Where to Eat Now! O.C. Food Halls | August 2015


Food Lovers Guide: Where to Eat Now! Orange County is the perfect environment for groovy, multi-tenant dining-hall mashups that offer something delicious for everyone. Our deep bench of indie restaurateurs, infamously pricey real estate, and mobile, motivated, food-forward population combine to create the new food halls. We look at what’s open now, what’s coming soon, and who pioneered the trend: Anaheim Packing District, 4th Street Market in Santa Ana, and Union Market in Tustin. We also look at O.C.’s food hall pioneers such as Mitsuwa Marketplace, OC Mix, The Lab and The Camp, and Wholesome Choice markets, as well as coming attractions.


Dark Revenge Why does novelist Victoria Patterson, a daughter of Newport Beach, keep writing such nasty things about the place? She bears down ever harder in a novel released this month, “The Little Brother.” It’s a fictionalized account of the infamous and sensational gang rape case involving Gregory Haidl, the son of an Orange County assistant sheriff. Its characters are more than shallow and casually cruel—they’re capable of savage, soul-crushing evil. “I knew right away that for a writer, this was the ultimate Newport Beach story.” Click here for an exclusive excerpt.

Members Only Whether bonding over robots or ukeleles, Orange County’s high school clubs remind us all of the importance of like-minded souls. Click here to check them out.


Read our Main Course review of Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point, and our Behind the Counter interview with Brett Mohr of ChocXO in Costa Mesa. O.C.’s Best delivers the best low-and-slow Southern barbecue in O.C., while we discover three great places to get Vietnamese dumplings in Global Diner. Plus, get the latest news on Kettlebar in Tustin’s The District and the new TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Irvine.

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


Explore Center Street Promenade in Anaheim in our Neighborhoods feature, and see all of our Neighborhoods guides on a map here. Meet way pregnant fitness instructor Jericho McDuffie in Stat Sheet, sign language interpreter Paula Dunn in Trade Secrets, and plan your Perfect Getaway road trip to Carlsbad! Plus, don’t miss the chance to meet the county’s nerdiest poets in Hot Pop, and artist Paul Darrow in Arts.


Click here for our Finds page, all about black and white. Hot Shop takes you to Joyride Vintage in Orange; or explore Utterly Engaged, an online and print wedding publication by Tastemaker Lucia Dinh Pador.


Check out a gallery of beautiful photos of our featured home, an art-filled San Clemente residence. See four local homes that are On the Market, all with retractable glass walls, here.

Editor’s Letter here.
My O.C. Free-Range Parenting
Rituals How the La Habra Corn Festival has thrived for seven decades in a city that has no corn, and never did.
Answer Man has tons of O.C. trivia here.


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