Friday Food News: Upscale Dining in Rancho Mission Viejo, Asian Street Eats, and Vegan Sushi

Photograph courtesy of Asian Street Eats

Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

This restaurant by “Top Chef” winner Hung Huynh is your new go-to spot for filling and flavorful fare to get you energized for a visit to the parks. From health-conscious, vegetarian options and shareable pot stickers to crispy scallion pancake wraps, the tight menu has much to offer. Get the braised beef short rib mixed bowl with your choice of purple rice or mixed greens topped with fire-roasted corn, cabbage, cucumbers, pickled carrots, and caramelized onions. Add some extra oomph and spice with house-made sauces, including sriracha aioli and spicy avocado. In front of the former Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney District, 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim


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Naughty Panda at 4th Street Market in Santa Ana

Get to 4th Street Market now for the soft opening phase of chef Skyler Tanksley’s latest, a plant-based concept centered on Asian-inspired dishes. Think fried cauliflower orange chicken served atop a bed of fries and fried sushi rolls with creamy sauces. Naughty Panda builds on the notion of vegan food without compromising tasty indulgence. 201 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana


Beet tartare; photograph courtesy of Outshine PR

Scarlet Kitchen and Lounge in Rancho Mission Viejo

Old Hollywood glam meets sophisticated cuisine at this family-owned, South County gem, which opened early January. Executive chef Paige Riordan leans into her expertise in plant-based fare with vegan dishes such as a beet tartare and “pulled” carrot tacos. For something heartier, go for the crowd favorite Scarlet burger with maple bacon onion jam and Irish aged white cheddar or the Liquid Gold, a pappardelle ragout family recipe. End your meal on a sweet note by breaking into the dirty chai tea crème brûlée. 30865 Gateway Place, Rancho Mission Viejo, 949-503-3086

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