When good news can be hard to come by, it’s exciting to learn about options for a delicious meal out, in a safe environment, with entertainment included—though perhaps in a different format than we expect. Several restaurants in Orange County have gotten creative with special prix-fixe meals and offerings to take your mind off reality, for just a few hours. Here are a few examples of our local creatives doing what they do best.
Fable & Spirit
The folks at our pick for Restaurant of the Year keep innovating and collaborating in fresh ways. Case in point: teaming with the Lido Theater to host prix-fixe dinners under the historic marquee on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the next few months. This week’s theme is Southern Fried, featuring a green zebra tomato salad, fried chicken, bacon collard greens, and peach crisp ($40). You’ll sit outside, gaze at the mosaic tiles, neon lights, and historic ticket booth, while taking in themed music and delighting in an atmosphere that feels quaint and safe. Keep an eye on social media for each week’s theme and menu to match.
The final two weeks of the Summer Jazz Lunch at Bayside series, in collaboration with The Barclay Theatre, take place this month. Be treated to phenomenal jazz musicians—Anthony Wilson this Saturday and the Jeff Hamilton Trio on Sept. 26—while dining on a three-course lunch ($90 and up). The restaurant makes sure the tables are socially distanced and outdoors, so you can relax and lose yourself in the music and the savory food from Bayside.
What better spot to relax than a patio at Sherman Gardens? Taking full advantage of the beautiful space and our temperate weather, Chef Pascal Olhats and his team host Dinner for Two Under the Stars on Thursday nights ($130 per person). Dive into a four-course French extravaganza while watching the sun go down and the lights come up in a location made for romance.