From the grand opening of Chato’s Bar and Grill in Santa Ana to Halloween treats, here is our weekly guide to the latest in O.C.’s dining scene.
Chato’s Bar and Grill
Chef Sergio Ortega taps both his Michoacán and Southern California roots to bring elevated Mexican comfort food with a focus on fresh ingredients, small batch cooking, and traditional flavors. The new eatery, which is co-founded by Santa Ana locals, opens Friday in Irenia’s former space. You’ll find inventive and craveworthy tacos, familiar appetizers with added flair, and entrees inspired by Ortega’s childhood favorites like corundas (Michoacán-style tamales). Don’t miss the cream cheese flan with graham cracker crumbs or the Saigon Lychee cocktail. The revamped interiors feature bold red murals and a casual, nightlife vibe. Reservations required. Outdoor seating and takeout available. chatosbarandgrill.com
Specializing in indulgent breakfast sandwiches, the longtime pop-up at SoCo opens its first location at Grange Hall 39, a food hall honoring Buena Park’s agricultural history. instagram.com/eggslice/
Founder Amber Hsu brings her handcrafted kombucha to 4th Street Market with flavors such as mango pineapple, passion fruit, and pomegranate. dailykombucha.com/
The Golden Hot Fried Chicken
Chef-founder Oscar Gonzales showcases a menu of Nashville-inspired fare including sliders, sandwiches, and loaded potato wedges. instagram.com/the_golden_hot_fried_chicken/
Dough & Arrow
Get a box of Halloween-themed cookies in classic flavors (a dozen for $40). https://www.instagram.com/p/CG5I2HCDjh5/
Santa Ana and Costa Mesa
Put your DIY hat on with the bakery’s Halloween cookie decorating kits. Each kit comes with six cookies and three icing bags. https://www.instagram.com/p/CG5I2HCDjh5/
Patty’s Cakes & Desserts
On Friday, the bakery will give a free mini cupcake to kids in costumes from 6 to 8 p.m. Advanced registration required. pattys-cakes.com/halloween
Parkestry at JW Marriott
The city’s highest rooftop bar has a new game day menu with specials on drinks as a well as new brunch items. Think red velvet French toast with maple syrup, fresh berries, and whipped cream and grilled avocado toast with lemon cream cheese, radish, pickled onions, and arugula.
Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge
Rancho Mission Viejo
The restaurant crafted a themed menu for Halloween night. On top of thrilling, new dishes and cocktails, you can also enjoy live music and $15 tarot readings. scarletkl.com/
Oct. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Taste of Japan at Trade Food Hall
The Japanese street food pop-up will include food from eateries including Shin-Sen-Gumi and Lagu Cafe. Food must be pre-ordered at tasteofjpn.com/