Neighborhoods – Santa Ana

Vibrant Village


1. Little Sparrow
Visit this charming bistro at lunchtime for a pork belly bahn mi or grilled chicken on baby romaine. More sophisticated fare, such as pan-seared barramundi, tempts in the evening. $9 to $16 for lunch; $20 to $28 for dinner. 300 N. Main St., 714-265-7640,

2. Tootsie
Look for the hot-pink door and awning to find this tiny shop serving saffron-pistachio ice cream ($2.50 a scoop) and faloodeh, a Persian dessert of cold noodles, frozen rosewater syrup, and lime or sour cherry juice ($3). 307 W. Third St., 714-480-0320,

3. C4 Deli
Pick out some charcuterie and cheese from the deli case at this new cafe from the owners of Chapter One, or settle into a table on the patio to enjoy wine or craft beer ($6 to $10), top, with a sandwich on house-baked bread ($6.50 to $12). 200 N. Broadway, 714-263-1555,

Art for All Check out this month’s “Compass: Navigating the Journey to Self-Identity,” a juried show featuring artists from across the country. Or stop by Nov. 2 for a free, family-friendly art lesson. 117 N. Sycamore St., 714-667-1517,


Photographs by Priscilla Iezzi

This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue.

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