5 O.C. Restaurants We’ll Miss Most

Too many restaurants we adore fell victim to the pandemic. Here are five of our favorites.
Pueblo; Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Instantly popular for business lunching and date nights, this Bristol Avenue bistro with stylish fare also brought social hours of ace cocktails and wine tastings at its boutique.

Chef-owner Cathy Pavlos’ dream kitchen and flourishing cook’s garden leaves us wistful for ingredients so local we watched our salad greens being snipped before our very eyes. Gone too soon.

Part of the first wave of culinary trailblazers to settle at SOCO, this tiny joint served bold interpretations of modern Spanish tapas and rustic wines—ultimately getting our nod for Best New Restaurant in 2015.

Royal Thai
For nearly four decades, Newport Beach’s pioneering Thai restaurant by the storied Tilakamonkul family taught us how to crave forbidden rice and lemongrass. We’ll miss petting that 1-ton teak elephant.

The Cat & Custard Cup
La Habra’s landmark yellow tavern, “The Cat” is remembered for 39 years of special occasions lifted by enchanting service, intimate digs, and sterling Continental fare by chef-owner Creed Salisbury and later, son Caleb.

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