Along Superior Avenue in Costa Mesa, a charming cluster of stores called Midway Market brightens up the stretch of body shops and warehouses between 16th and 17th streets. A nearby foodie haven and unpretentious furniture store share the same funky, friendly spirit.
Communal tables as well as walls made from old shipping containers set the mood at this new restaurant and music venue. The menu includes grilled cheese at lunch ($9), and scallops at dinner ($18). 1640 Pomona Ave., 949-646-3176, boathousecollective.com
The Quonset hut that houses this boutique proves a perfect setting for the eclectic collection. Expect vintage brooches, Bauer pottery, and art that ranges from classic landscape to modern abstract. 1663 Superior Ave., 949-336-0381, viridianfinds.com
Even diners weary of the waffle trend will find something to try here—maybe the New Orleans, a chipotle waffle with a crab cake and Cajun sauce ($11), or the Snicklefritz, topped with peanut butter, bananas, and fudge sauce ($10). 1661 Superior Ave., 949-439-5377, waffleholiccafe.com
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Filled with stylish sofas, tables, and lamps ($399 to $4,500), this home decor warehouse caters to interior decorators, but it’s open to anyone who wants to browse its three cavernous rooms. 1644 Superior Ave., 949-515-9484, htgtfurniture.com