This Week’s O.C. Food News

Photograph by John Bare

From Oktoberfest specials to the grand opening of Rodeo 39 Public Market in Stanton, here is our weekly guide to the latest in O.C.’s dining scene.


Rodeo 39 Public Market
The oft-overlooked O.C. city steps into the limelight with Rodeo 39, a lively and diverse collection of eateries, boutiques, and everything in-between. The 41,000-square-foot market is vibrant, spacious, and inviting, with neon signs, colorful murals, and patios. There’s also plenty of seating to enjoy offerings such as Kra Z Kai’s Laotian barbecue or Oi Asian Fusion’s Filipino rice bowls and desserts. You can also grab a brew from Bearded Tang, Stanton’s first brewery, take a bouquet home from My First Kiss, or even get a tattoo from Skin Design Tattoos. Stop by this weekend for the official grand opening, and stay tuned to read more about Rodeo 39.


Corona del Mar
Through October 31, indulge in German-inspired sips and bites on the Oktoberfest menu. Seasonal items include the beer-braised pork shank with spaetzle, caraway pickled onions, and apples, Bavarian sausage, and pretzel with Welsh rarebit cheese sauce. Pair it with one of the craft brews on tap.

Patty’s Cakes & Desserts
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the award-winning bakery is offering guests a free cupcake with every purchase on October 14. Expect a wide array of iced-to-order cupcakes with vegan and gluten-free options.

A&O Kitchen + Bar
Newport Beach
The waterfront restaurant at Balboa Bay Resort has prepared a menu of Oktoberfest-themed dishes and brews, from housemade pretzels and bratwurst to Spaten Oktoberfest beer. The specials are available through Oct. 18.

Newport Beach
Enjoy dishes such as Käsekrainer Bratwurst paired with Oktoberfest brews while overlooking Newport Harbor. The restaurant also has live music on the outdoor patio as well as the newly reopened Bayside Lounge.

Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs
Get your corn dog fix at the reopened Downtown Disney cart. Try the coconut crusted corn dog served with orange marmalade jam, a tangerine, and an orchid garnish. Every corn dog is hand-dipped to order.

Hula Girls Shave Ice
Huntington Beach
Specializing in flavored Dole Whip, the shop unveiled new Halloween-themed frozen desserts this week. Try the Boo-Berry Witch, a raspberry Dole Whip with blueberry puree or the Sally’s Stew, Hawaiian-style shave ice with sour raspberry syrup.

Dana Point
On October 18, the seafood restaurant is hosting a brunch featuring bottles of Notorious Pink, a rosé from the south of France. Pair your glass with brunch favorites such as eggs Benedict or smoked salmon avocado toast. Reservations are recommended.

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge
Rancho Mission Viejo
Get into the spirit of fall with chef Paige Riordan’s East Coast-inspired fall menu. Maine lobster stars in many of the dishes including the lobster avocado toast. For dessert, try the butter Bundt cake with spiced apples and caramel or the cheesecake with lemon curd, strawberries, and figs.

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