The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar
South County favorite brings worldly flavors to Yorba Linda.
Despite a retro speakeasy theme, The Blind Pig looks forward. The restaurant’s new outpost in Yorba Linda is no different. The menu roams the world: grilled octopus with paprika mole and pickled corn, roasted cauliflower with a soy brown butter, and bucatini with lamb ragu. And try the miso-infused whiskey highball or the “damn good” margarita. 4975 Lakeview Ave., Yorba Linda, 714-485-2593
Filipino barbecue specialist serves skewers and more at Garden Grove’s SteelCraft food court.
The evolution of Filipino cooking in O.C. continues with Barrio. Here, classic Filipino flavors are delivered via a health-conscious, fast-casual menu. Sweet-smoky chicken and pork skewers are served with pickled papaya relish, a fried egg, and quinoa-brown rice or mixed greens. Wash it down with a calamansi lemonade smoothie, its sweet-tart citrus kissed with mint and Aleppo pepper. 12900 Euclid St., Garden Grove, 657-204-5973
Handmade tortillas and tender shredded birria are turning this Santa Ana spot into a star.
Taqueria favorites are all here: loaded carnitas burritos, towering milanesa tortas, even classic rice-and-beans combo plates. But it’s Navarros’ birria de res tacos that truly delight, with tender shredded beef swaddled in stout handmade tortillas. The tacos are crisped on the griddle and served with a chile-spiked birria consomé that’s excellent sipped or as a dip. 1535 S. Standard Ave., Santa Ana, 714-486-1068
New Garden Grove shop serves all things soy, including savory snacks and fresh soy milk drinks.
Soy is the star at this diminutive dessert shop. There’s fresh soy milk but also a roster of signature drinks such as the Jade Bliss (mung bean soy milk, floral pandan syrup, coconut milk, and boba) or the Midnight Dream (sesame soy milk, soy pudding, grass jelly, and coconut milk). There are savory fried tofu snacks, too, tossed with lemongrass and chile or onion and mushroom. 12192 Brookhurst St., Garden Grove, 714-591-5653