Orange County’s Indie City

Neighborhoods: Costa Mesa


1. Blackmarket Bakery
Come in for a sweet treat—maybe a black widow tart ($5) at this bakery, a local favorite that relocated from  an Irvine business park late last year and expanded its menu to include sandwiches ($4 to $7) and ice cream floats ($4). 2937 Bristol St., 714-662-3095,

2. Vitaly
Fill up on piadina (flat bread) stuffed with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers, or prosciutto, tomato, and mozzarella ($9 to $10.50) at this Italian-style cafe. Save room for the flavorful gelato ($2 to $6)—if you’re lucky, they’ll have ricotta-pear-cinnamon. 2937 Bristol St., 714-662-5500,

3. Seabirds Kitchen
The vegan fare that made Seabirds’ food truck famous has landed at its first
brick-and-mortar. Enjoy the seasonal small plates, salads, bowls, and desserts with the addition of craft beer and wine. 2930 Bristol St., 714-549-2584,

4. Klein Epstein & Parker
Find the perfect fit at this men’s boutique. You choose the fabric, stitching, and buttons, and they make custom two-piece suits ($800 and up), jackets ($600 and up), pants ($280 and up), and shirts ($250 and up). 2930 Bristol St., 714-668-9008,


Photographs by Priscilla Iezzi

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue.

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