Basilur Tea & Coffee
Library-chic cafe offers an expansive selection of teas and fluffy, soufflé-style pancakes.
Basilur is a handsome place, with fine teas imported from Sri Lanka and beyond. But its soufflé-style pancakes, popular in Asia, are the sleeper hit—cloudlike discs as thick as bagels and impossibly airy. 6920 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714-722-0288, basilurusa.com
The Coconut Truck chefs bring decadent burgers to Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market.
Graze’s signature patty is a juicy blend of short rib, brisket, and chuck. The Standard, with crisp pickles and caramelized onion, is the ultimate California cheeseburger. Or go for the Umami Jam, topped with bacon jam and garlic-lashed mushrooms. 201 E. Fourth St., 949-735-2389, Santa Ana, grazehandcraftedburgers.com
Pan y Vino
Balboa’s new tapas bar brings casual Spanish snacks to oceanfront Orange County.
True tapas are simple pleasures: cured ham, lengths of marinated anchovies, bread smeared with tomato, garlic, and olive oil. Pan Y Vino embraces this simplicity with a menu of classics, perfect to savor before a stroll on the peninsula. 704 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949‑873-5870, pan-y-vino.com
In Anaheim, a new Indian buffet also offers Tibetan and Nepalese specialties.
Good Indian lunch buffets can be hard to find. India Table succeeds handily. But what makes the restaurant special is its selection of Tibetan and Nepalese dishes: tender momos (dumplings loaded with chicken or vegetables) and thukpa (a spicy noodle soup). 2955 W. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714-947-0256, indiatableoc.com