4 New O.C. Restaurants to Hit for Your Comfort Food Cravings

Newport Beach, CA: Tupelo Junction Cafe on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Tupelo Junction Cafe
A Santa Barbara favorite migrates to Newport Beach.
Tupelo Junction was a State Street staple for years, known for its all-day menu of Southern favorites. Late last year it closed and resurfaced in Newport Beach, and we’re luckier for it: cinnamon‑apple beignets, fried green tomato BLT, pecan‑crusted trout. 508 29th St., Newport Beach, 949-877-0280, tupelojunction.com

Arc Pizza House
A new, pizza-centric offshoot of the popular restaurant
Team Noah and Marin von Blom shuttered beloved brunch staple Restaurant Marin (a retooled version is expected in Newport Beach), and in its place is Arc Pizza House. Wood-fired pizzas are the draw—think toppings such as roasted duck and romesco—but Arc’s full lunch and dinner menu are available, too. 3321 Hyland Ave., 949-500-5561, arcrestaurant.com

Tortas & Bionicos “Nice”
Snacky Santa Ana spot takes hefty tortas to Placentia.
Expect a little bit of everything at Tortas & Bionicos “nice”—toasty, sizable tortas, a roster of mariscos, even breakfast. But the snack-focused restaurant, expanded from its Santa Ana original, is best known for its fruit salads and overloaded desserts. Cool off with a mango raspados. 616 W. Chapman Ave., Placentia, 657‑444‑9100

Ma’s House
Sibling of beloved Ma’s Chinese Islamic comes to Laguna Hills.
Anaheim legend Ma’s Chinese Islamic has spawned offshoots and imitators, and now there’s Ma’s House in Laguna Hills. It’s a sleeker space, but all the favorites remain, such as spice‑kissed cumin lamb, sesame bread shot through with green onion, and thick, knife-cut noodles. 24291 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949‑951‑1577, mashouserestaurant.com


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