Neighborhoods: New in Old Towne Orange

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Jason's By The Circle

Photographs by Melissa Valladares

Old Towne Orange’s mix of old (antiques malls) and new (upscale gastropubs) makes it a perennial favorite—one that’s getting more interesting all the time with additions such as L.A. favorite The Pie Hole. These three recently opened businesses, along with one reimagined standby, are worth a visit.


MMD Antiques8847
Antiques with an edge dominate this new shop—think refurbished industrial work benches, metal desks, and filing cabinets; upcycled artwork made from license plates and road signs; and vintage denim jackets and graphic Ts. 131 W. Chapman Ave., 714-602-6174

 

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This sweet shop offers liquid-nitrogen ice cream in unique flavors such as orange honey and chocolate lavender ($4 to $7). Try the house specialty: beet and goat cheese with tempranillo wine reduction. 117 N. Glassell St., 714-363-3470, alaminuteicecream.com

 

 

 

 

Watson Drugs and Soda Fountain9667
The 117-year-old institution has reopened under new ownership with a refreshed retro vibe, complete with vinyl booths. New touches: craft beer on tap and goodies from Rockwell’s Bakery. 116 E. Chapman Ave., 714-633-1050, watsonsdrugs.com

 

 

 

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The red booths have a steakhouse feel, but the menu goes global, with everything from lamb tagine ($20) to Monkey Bites: banana slices wrapped in bacon and topped with spiced rum glaze ($7.50). 513 E. Chapman Ave., 714-347-1130, jasonsbythecircle.com

 

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