Dining Spotlight on Laguna Hills

Dining Spotlight on Laguna Hills
Photo by Priscilla Iezzi

Ironwood

The savvy team behind Vine in San Clemente notches another hit with this welcoming dinner house in a zone with scant options. Executive chef Jared Cook’s modern, seasonal menu roams from delicate to hearty, but all dishes showcase his knack for upping the crave factor. Examples: chicken schnitzel with mushrooms, Zinfandel-braised lamb shank with mint yogurt. Terrific craft cocktails shift with the seasons. On-point service from a gracious crew. Dinner only. 25250 La Paz Road, 949-446-8772, ironwoodlagunahills.com

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A Photo Tour of Ironwood

pita pita

Enjoy Mediterranean favorites including shish kebob plates and build-your-own bowls with your choice of protein ($1 to $15). Don’t miss the house-made lemonades ($3). 23052 Lake Forest Drive, 949-716-4444, pitapitacafe.com

solo thai ice cream

Get freshly rolled ice cream creations in flavors such as horchata, oreo, and banana-nutella ($6.50). Unlimited toppings are a definite plus. 25292 McIntyre St., 949-273-3588, instagram.com/solo_ice_cream_roll

mint

This eatery offers Indian classics such as chicken tikka masala ($13), as well as house special karahi dishes cooked with mint and spices in a traditional black pot ($16 to $21).  25381 Alicia Parkway, 949-305-1556, mintindianfood.com

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