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The Ultimate Shopping Experience

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­DAZZLING ORANGE COUNTY Forever summer. That is the O.C. no matter the season— whether there’s snow on the nearby mountains, the bougainvillea and jacaranda are in bloom or a fall breeze is gently sweeping the landscape, which in Orange County might pass for weather. Whether you live here or are visiting, it’s a vacation year-round, with all the freedom and sunshine, play and relaxation, unwinding and recharging that implies. Consider one of the world’s most renowned luxe lifestyles, both sophisticated and laid-back, the most successful and most pleasurable shopping destinations in America, a thriving arts scene, and some of the finest dining in Southern California, and you get some idea of why I love Orange County. Welcome to paradise and everything it has to offer. Your hotel is the perfect place to start. Some things I love about Orange County are timeless: more than 40 miles of photogenic and fantastically varied beaches and coves, for instance. And some things only get better. The Disneyland Resort—Disneyland, Disney California


Adventure and Downtown Disney—recently celebrated Disney’s diamond 60th anniversary;


a Star Wars-themed land is coming soon, but Space Mountain is already making the leap to


hyperspace. The Richard Nixon Library & Museum just completed a $15 million renovation.


Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is the go-to venue for Broadway and dance; its Cesar Pelli-designed concert hall hosts the world’s finest orchestras; the Orange County Museum of Art moves there by decade’s end. Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, offers tours that can be downloaded to your smartphone. The Discovery Cube, whose iconic tilting cube looms over Interstate 5, stimulates minds young and old. World-renowned South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island offer unparalleled shopping experiences and are always opening exclusive new boutiques. Elegant Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast and alternative boutiques at the Lab, the Camp and O.C. Mix in


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Costa Mesa make for a retail landscape like no


other. Stunning new stops include Lido Marina

Dramatic Heisler Park,

Village in Newport Beach, Pacific City in Huntington Beach and the Outlets at San Clemente. I love following the Los Angeles Angels of Ana-

overlooking Main Beach in Laguna Beach, is known for

heim and the Anaheim Ducks, two of the nation’s

both its spectacular coastal

most successful sports franchises. I love watching the

vistas and colorful flora.

U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. coast, the perfect counterpart to family-friendly North County, and how, like a string of emeralds,

DO Balboa Beach on Balboa

one of the world’s great collections of golf courses

Peninsula: Orange County

stretches from one end of the county to the other.

offers more than 40 miles

I love the galleries of Laguna Beach, the antique shops in Old Towne Orange and the antiquities at

of photogenic and varied beaches and coves.

the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. I love the Disney parks’ “World of Color” water-and-light show—and FastPass. I love the Xcelerator ride, and all the other coasters, at

Ricotta gnocchi with

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park.

shallots, sweet basil,

The summer nights are forever, too. I love the sunset view from Skyloft in Laguna Beach, the cocktails at roof-optional Mesa in Costa Mesa and the hip bowling and cool clubbing at the Triangle in Costa Mesa and Anaheim GardenWalk. I love that our rock history includes Dick Dale, Social Distortion and No Doubt—and that we can hear Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas at the Honda Center. I love that so many of the county’s finest restaurants are in shopping destinations and hotels, making life for visitors that much easier. There are reasons sports legends such as Kobe Bryant and Teemu Selänne and celebs such as Justin Bieber have homes here; you’ll likely discover many of those reasons during your visit. In fact, you might consider extending your stay. Enjoy your summer here in the O.C., whatever season the rest of the world thinks it is. I hope that this time and next, you’ll find it all as amazing as I do. — Jeff Levy, Publisher



fontina cheese and San Marzano tomatoes at Antonello Ristorante.

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I love how luxury resorts line the South County

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O.C­. essence 16 BIG COUNTY,   SMALL SCALE A new perspective Edwin Santiago’s tilt-shift photography shows a different side of Orange County.

24 SURF CITY SHOPPING PACIFIC CITY A new center in Huntington Beach combines retail and ocean views. By ROGER GRODY 


SOARING ON SEACLIFF At the very end of a rocky peninsula lies one of Laguna Beach’s most spectacular homes. By ROGER GRODY


22 LEAVE IT TO BIEBER JUSTIN BIEBER MOVES IN The Grammy-winning pop star purchases Twin Points, shattering county home-price records.


milestone at KNOTT’S Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix on Knott’s Berry Farm.  


32 fringe benefits monica wise of l*space Swimwear designer’s Irvine-based company now seems poised to become a lifestyle brand.

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42 TOP CHEFS O.C.’S CONTENDERS A trio of chefs reflect on their experiences on Bravo TV’s reality cooking competition. By JOSEPH ELLIOTT

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O.C­. essentials must-see DESTINATIONS County-defining attractions include beaches, museums and theme parks.

50 NEIGHBORHOODS CITY GUIDE A dozen of the county’s most noteworthy communities, from Anaheim to San Juan Capistrano.

55 SPENDING TIME SHOPPING Profiles of the county’s major shopping destinations and select boutiques and galleries.

67 CHOW TIME DINING A guide to the county’s recommended restaurants, from landmarks to the latest.

91 PLAY TIME aTTRACTIONS Get out! Performing arts, theme parks, golf courses, museums, nightlife and tours.

100 Parting shot First light, Huntington Beach.

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ORANGE COUNTY On the Web: publisher  Jeff Levy EDITOR  Benjamin Epstein ART DIRECTOR  Carol Wakano production artist 

Diana Gonzalez


Heidi Schwindt

contributing WRITERS 

Joseph Elliot, Roger Grody, Zoe Lorenzo Kat Nguyen-De Angelis, Libby Slate contributing photographers 

Dale Berman, Idris Erba, Ryan Furuya, Benjamin Ginsberg, Edwin Santiago, Anne Watson ACCOUNT MANAGERS 

Heather Heintz, Heather Price, Kerry Brewer Julie Hoffman, Jessica Levin Poff, Crystal Sierra BUSINESS MANAGER  Leanne Killian Riggar CIRCULATION MANAGER  Laura Okey PRoduction manager  Dawn Kiko Cheng WEB MANAGER  Christina Xenos MARKETING manager  Anna Ciric Administration 

Amina Karwa, Danielle Riffenburgh, Lisa Kelley vice president of national sales 

Rick Mollineaux 202.463.4550

MVP CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER  honorary president 

Haines Wilkerson Ted Levy

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Orange County’s coast is among the world’s most beautiful. Half a dozen cities—from Dana Point and San Clemente at the south end to Seal Beach in the north—offer an array of beach experiences, from intimate coves to sandy expanses, many visible from Coast Highway. Laguna Beach boasts distinctive beaches such as Victoria Beach, which has a tower fit for Rapunzel; Thousand Steps Beach actually has 200-plus steps, and they offer plenty of exercise. Huntington Beach boasts two of California’s cleanest beaches; Huntington State Beach hosts the U.S. Open of Surfing. Newport Beach, seen here, has a vibrant boardwalk, and the Wedge is a world-renowned bodysurfing mecca; explore tide pools at picturesque Little Corona Beach in Corona del Mar.

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exhibitions with renowned venues around the world, among them the Shanghai and British museums. This year, it presents shows including Virgin of Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico and Frida Kahlo—Her Photos. The county’s largest museum is also its most diverse. More than 130,000 artifacts and works of art make up collections of Native American art, pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history. Ongoing displays include Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands and Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000-Year Legacy. The world’s indigenous peoples, and cultural art, remain the focus, yet many consider the Californiathemed exhibitions to be the highlight. Bowers Kidseum is nearby. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600,

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts The center offers the very best in the performing arts. This season, Segerstrom Hall, its largest venue, offers the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s Red Giselle and Teatro alla Scalla Ballet’s Cinderella on its international dance series as well as Broadway shows including Finding Neverland and The Bodyguard. The Cesar Pelli-designed Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is home to the Pacific Symphony and its music director, Carl St.Clair; touring orchestras, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County; and the Pacific Chorale, in its final season with venerated John Alexander as its


music director. There’s jazz in both halls. More intimate presentations—cabaret and chamber music—take place in Founders Hall and Samueli Theater. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,

South Coast Plaza

A state-designated tourist attraction, the center has been dubbed the ultimate shopping resort. The nation’s highest-grossing planned retail venue also boasts its highest concentration of shopping’s most iconic names—you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a list of elite retailers that aren’t here. At 3 million square feet, it includes high-end anchors such as Bloomingdale’s, and several hundred boutiques such as Charlotte Olympia and Kate Spade New York. More than 30 restaurants include some of the county’s best, notably Marché Moderne and Din Tai Fung. It’s within walking distance of the county’s major performing-arts venues. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888,


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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Listen to the mission bells. View museum exhibits. Take any of a number of tours, including audio tours downloadable to your smartphone. The jewel of the California missions, the birthplace of Orange County, was founded by Spanish padres in 1776, the seventh of the state’s 21 missions. The Great Stone Church was begun in 1796, completed in 1806 and destroyed by an earthquake in 1812. The Serra Chapel is the oldest church in California. You can visit all of those sites, as well as the padres’ quarters, soldiers’ barracks and cemetery, and wander about 10 acres of lush gardens and fountains. A few descendants of the indigenous Juaneño tribe still work at the mission. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

Fashion Island The outdoor coastal center offers the most relaxed and sophisticated shopping experience as can be imagined. Boutiques such as the Celect for women and New Zealand-based Rodd & Gunn for men, both new, not a home store, complement anchors Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Swimwear options are impressive, among them Seafolly, Letarte and SwimSpot, the nation’s largest dedicated swim retailer. Scores of tenants are county exclusives. Best of all? Complimentary personal shoppers, no obligation and no tips. Sushi Roku, Fig & Olive and Red O make it a fine-dining destination as well. Trolleys circle the parkling lots; there’s wine service at Island Cinema. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000,

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Disneyland Resort

Disneyland, the original Disney theme park, recently celebrated its milestone 60th anniversary and now looks to the future: Construction has begun on a Star Warsthemed land that enhances the existing eight. “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world,” Walt Disney said when he opened the park, and the resort has stayed true to his word. At sister park Disney California Adventure, “World of Color” offers a spectacular light-and-water show, Frozen—Live plays at the Hyperion, and the thrills never end at Soarin’ Around the World, California Screamin’ and Radiator Springs Racers. Between the two parks is Downtown Disney, a lively, admission-free promenade with shops, cafés and entertainment venues. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565,

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When Edwin Santiago proposed a photo essay based on tilt-shift photography, we went online to find out what he was talking about. From Wikipedia: “Tilt-shift encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift.” Aha! The site adds that our understanding of the technique “is shaped by the formal mathematics developed by Theodor Scheimpflug, initially for correcting perspective distortions in aerial photographs.” Feeling no

further enlightened, we simply opened our eyes and discovered that the process, no matter how it works, makes scenes appear miniature—photographers actually use the term “miniature-faking”—and all the world takes on a toy-like aspect. Houses would suit a Monopoly board; cars look like 1:64 collectibles, and people like plastic figurines. Tilt-shift imparts a sense of childlike wonder to otherwise familiar scenes. Orange County seems a particularly appropriate subject, and Disney lyrics put it into perspective: “It’s a small world after all.” —Benjamin Epstein


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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD! Justin Bieber has purchased Twin Points,


a bluff-top Laguna Beach estate between Crescent Bay and Shaw’s Cove, so-named for a pair of headlands extending into the Pacific Ocean. The sale price, a reported $45 million, though substantially lower than the original asking price of $75 million, nevertheless shattered previous Orange County home-price records. Bieber has since been spotted jamming at nearby Mozambique restaurant and holding hands with Sofia Richie—that would be Lionel Richie’s daughter and Nicole Richie’s sister—on the beach below. It’s been quiet on the home front— home being on Marine Drive—at least by Biebster standards. For starters, he hasn’t thrown eggs at any of his neighbors’ homes, as he did in Calabasas in 2014. That incident resulted in a misdemeanor vandalism charge and a settlement in which Bieber was ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution and attend a series of anger-management classes. Jay Bee was ordered to do additional anger management as a result of an earlier charge. Under the circumstances, that ruling was the Bieb’s Knees—otherwise we might be calling him Jail Bee! What Bieber has to be angry about is anybody’s guess. That said, time has passed, he has completed and presumably benefited from those courses, and we’re guessing he can’t even see his neighbors. Perhaps Laguna Beach, what with its soothing coastal views and sympathy for the artistic temperament, is also having a calming effect. Already, instead of altercations and run-ins with the law, we see headlines such as “Justin Bieber Unfollows Selena Gomez on Instagram.” Gripping as that one was, it proved merely a fore-shock to this magnitude 8.0 banner

from CNN: “Justin Bieber Quits Instagram.” Most major news sources carried a similar headline, and the cataclysmic shock was felt ’round the world by hordes of adolescent and nearly adolescent, mostly female Beliebers. The move, which shut out upward of 80 million followers, was the result of a social-media spat in which the pop star, Rolling Stone explained, traded barbs and cheating accusations with ex Selena. Way better than egg-throwing but no less messy! Gomez, by the way, kept her account, whose 99 million followers are second only to Instagram’s own Instagram account. Why the spat years after their breakup? She still feels he’s her soul mate. In case you’re considering a walk on a certain beach, Bieber also stopped taking photos with fans. In other news of late: In 2016, Bieber won a Grammy for best dance recording, and Forbes magazine named him, for the fourth time, among the world’s top 10 most powerful celebrities. Beliebe it or not, he became the first recording artist to pass 10 billion views on the music video site Vevo; some of his songs, including the recent “Sorry,” have been individually streamed

more than a billion times. YouTube views? More than 12 trillion. One hundred million records sold since puberty is but one reason the Biebernator can afford Twin Points. There are those concerts, of course, notably the recent 60-plus-city Purpose world tour. Bieber is also the face and body for Calvin Klein jeans and, more famously, underwear. And he’s into his fourthgeneration perfume with Justin Bieber’s Collector’s Edition. (Tagline: “The fragrance for her.”) Interestingly, aside from the spectacular 2-plus-acre grounds, which feature great expanses of green lawn and palm trees framing every night’s ocean sunset, the Twin Points residence is somewhat modest: a three-bedroom 1,800-square-foot bungalow dating back to 1928—in the hands of a single family for most of those years—and a guesthouse less than a third that size. Stairs from the estate lead to the cove below; you can watch Bieber and Richie descending them on YouTube. Earlier posted footage, from before escrow closed, showed a surprise performance of “Sorry” and other songs at the Marine Room Tavern—he’s been old enough to go into a bar for more than a year—and Bieber cavorting

with models aboard a docked yacht. Two-thirds of the county’s 20 home sales north of $20 million have taken place in Laguna Beach, the rest in Newport Beach. And the coast is no stranger to celebrity home transcations. In 2008, Jerry Herbst, owner of Las Vegas gas station/convenience store chain Terrible Herbst, paid $35 million for actor Nicolas Cage’s home on Newport Bay. That and the Bieber sale eclipse the 2015 sale of Kobe Bryant’s Newport Coast home, though its $6 million tag was a record-breaker for Pelican Ridge. In addition to the celebrities who hail from Orange County— Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Gwen Stefani—the county has a long and colorful history as a celebrity magnet. The home and yacht of John Wayne, for whom the county’s airport is named, is next door to Cage’s former digs. Other residents have included Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, who purportedly courted a teenage Lauren Bacall on his yacht in Newport Harbor. Bieber’s Instagram may be back up by the time you read this—and back down. He and Richie may have moved on. But we’re guessing he won’t be moving on from Laguna any time soon.


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PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS BETTER with an ocean view, which explains why Orange County’s most luxurious hotels and priciest homes are perched on the coast and why some of its most memorable meals include side orders of sunsets. Shopping is also elevated by the presence of the sea. Reinforcing the coastal experience pioneered by Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast is Huntington Beach’s new Pacific City. Before it was called Huntington Beach or Surf City USA, the community was known as Pacific City. To DJM Capital Partners, a 31-acre ocean-view property just south of the Huntington Beach Pier inspired the reinstatement of the nostalgic name. The ambitious mixed-used project includes nearly 200,000 square feet of shopping and dining, luxury ocean-view Paséa Hotel and Spa and 516 apartment homes that also bring elegance to the beach. “We were ultimately inspired by our surroundings for this project,” explains Linda Berman of DJM Capital Partners, citing the Pacific Ocean and the legendary culture of Huntington Beach. The plan was large communal spaces with dramatic ocean views and ocean breezes and energized with live musical entertainment, film screenings, culinary demonstrations and art exhibits. “Huntington Beach is a growing and eclectic market with an increasing appetite for what’s new and what’s next,” Berman says, noting that the worldwide draw of the coastal community justified her company’s substantial investment of both capital and creative resources. The more than 11 million people who annually visit Huntington Beach come primarily for its famous oceanfront, and now they don’t have to leave the beach for a shopping excursion. L.A.-based Jerde Partnership, which has conceived lifestyle centers all over the world, was

brought in to create a whimsical shopping destination that is equal parts Hollywood and Surf City USA. “We wanted to bring the connectivity of indoor and outdoor living—which we typically provide in smaller residential projects—into a commercial setting,” explains Tammy McKerrow, a senior design principal at Jerde. The architects created plazas, decks and patios that highlight the extraordinary natural environment, accommodating outdoor dining, lounging or simply lingering by a fire pit. Inviting patio furniture and generous native landscaping keep people oriented outdoors; pop-up events, music and movies projected onto an outdoor screen enhance that natural orientation. Pacific City is cool enough for hipsters yet exudes the family-friendliness that city leaders have long been eager to promote. The center also contributes to a more positive image of the community, which, despite a comfortable median household income, has struggled to shake perceptions of bohemian taco shacks and surf shops. Nonetheless, Jerde’s design retains some of the beachy essence, incorporating bungalow traditions and even the agricultural sheds that are part of the local history, and generously using reclaimed wood, notably salvaged Douglas fir. “We wanted to be sure to honor the DNA of Surf City USA,” says DJM president Lindsay Parton. Beyond the location and design, the diversity of tenants makes a visit to Pacific City particularly enjoyable. “The DJM leasing team has intentionally and carefully curated the tenant mix at Pacific City to ensure that it offers guests an appealing alchemy and assortment of tenants,” Berman explains. The mix includes Swedish retailer H&M, the first location of Chico’s Hats and the first O.C. branch of Barnabas Clothing Co. DJM senior property marketing director Sarah Corrigan offers insight into how the center is able to perform so well in an era when brick-and-mortar retail stores are suffering at the hands of the Internet. “Everybody is strapped for time these days, so shoppers want to feel appreciated, relaxed and able to enjoy an experience that feels like a mini-vacation,” says Corrigan. Social engagement—which can mean anything from on-site entertainment to social-media marketing— with customers is therefore a high priority at Pacific City. “Pacific City is the quintessential Southern California coastal experience, with its ocean views and laid-back beach vibe,” Corrigan says, noting that one can shop and gaze out at the ocean at few places in the county. Pacific City store employees reflect that same beachy vibe, she adds. “People tend to have a different attitude toward


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their work when they’ve got a view of the Pacific Ocean.” Corrigan believes the design of the center itself draws shoppers. “If you’re walking down PCH, the architecture gently and organically leads you inside, practically saying to you, ‘Hey, let’s explore!’ ” And the tenant mix, with its large selection of independent craft merchants, also brings a cool SoCal vibe to the shopping experience. Among the most ideally suited tenants is swimwear purveyor Molly Brown’s, a multi-location boutique with a celebrity following. Men’s swimwear is also offered, and customers can test out their purchases just steps away on one of California’s most famous beaches. Other beachy shops include Australian swimwear leader Seafolly, Sunglass Resort and island lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama. Kin, a chic L.A.-based boutique, carries apparel, shoes and accessories from trendsetting labels such as Sonia Rykiel, Phillip Lim and Opening Ceremony. Well known for attentive service at its successful boutiques on the Sunset Strip and in Bel-Air, the company has made this its first foray into Orange County. With a focus on emerging, independent luxury brands, Kin offers a blend of edginess and elegance hard to find in a department store. The husband-and-wife team of Adrien and Lindsey Lamoureux opened a second location of Corona del Mar boutique West of Camden. The store showcases cuttingedge men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, along with distinctive stationery, candles and beauty products. Browsing through the vintage merchandise at London’s famed Camden Markets inspired the concept. “We were attracted to this center because of how ‘us’ it seemed, even during the first visit when it was nothing more than steel and concrete,” says Lindsey Lamoureux. Another store that offers the joy of browsing through

a flea market—albeit a rustic-luxe flea market—is Cherry Hills Market. Its farmhouse-style collection of shabbychic treasures includes furniture, tableware and artsy accessories and always reflects the season. Pacific City offers a strong culinary lineup as well. Saint Marc is four establishments in one: a pub, bakery/ café, cheese purveyor and bacon bar. (Shh! There’s a hidden speakeasy, too.) Choices are multiplied at Saint Marc, which offers 32 draft wines, 100-plus cheeses and 11 kinds of bacon by the slice. Other eateries include Ola Mexican Kitchen and Old Crow Smokehouse. Like O.C. venues the OC Mix and Anaheim Packing House, Lot 579 capitalizes on the popularity of the food hall, satisfying appetites for an eclectic collection of casual dining options. Named for lifeguard stations 5, 7 and 9, which anchor the beach just across PCH, its tenants include Burnt Crumbs for slow-roasted-meat sandwiches, a combination florist/Champagne bar called Petals & Pop, Aussie-style bakery Pie-Not for artisanal meat pies and PopBar for gelato on a stick. Pacific City rocks long after the stores close, thanks in part to nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who has created a second edition of the Bungalow, his legendary Santa Monica nightspot. The Pacific City version is an inviting indoor-outdoor lounge where a beautiful crowd enjoys music by the county’s hottest DJs and food from culinary partner and Lot 579 neighbor Bear Flag Fish Co. Sipping signature cocktails while noshing on fish tacos on a patio overlooking the Pacific? Pure California cool.


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Charles Phoenix stands before an expectant audience at Knott’s Berry Farm, about to begin one of his trademark retro slideshows, this one on the 75th anniversary of the theme park’s Ghost Town. “You look like you’re all full of fried chicken,” he says. “Are you? Are you all excited to celebrate Knott’s unbelievable anniversary and accomplishment? I thought so!” It’s an accomplishment certainly worth celebrating, this evolution of a roadside stand established in 1920 by Buena Park farmers Walter and Cordelia Knott to sell their berries, first into a tearoom, then a fried chicken dinner restaurant and, eventually, into a world-class theme park. Ghost Town, a replica of a Western town that Walter built in 1941 to honor the pioneers he so admired, remains the heart of Knott’s Berry Farm today. And still at its culinary heart are the chicken dinners and the berry that helped put Knott’s on the map: the boysenberry, a cross between a raspberry, blackberry, dewberry and loganberry. Walter bought the last remaining vines from the berry’s developer, horticulturist Rudolph Boysen, and named the fruit after its creator; the resulting boysenberry pies, jams and preserves became an unqualified hit with customers. Phoenix, too, is “soooooo excited,” as he informs his listeners. “I love Knott’s Berry Farm!” The self-proclaimed “ambassador of Americana” is part historian, part humorist and part cheerleader, his slideshows and books capturing scenes of the pop culture of years gone by. Today he’s clad in a white linen suit custom-airbrushed with images of—what else?—giant boysenberries. Like the fruit, Phoenix’s shows are an amalgam, culled from his “slibrary” of thousands of slides found in thrift stores or obtained from private parties, plus postcards, posters, programs and other archival materials. Nowadays, the images are digitized for presentation, each one punctuated by Phoenix’s high-energy narration. Take the slide of the original dining room of Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, for instance, followed by one of Walter weighing a chicken to purchase. “[The Knotts] didn’t intend to be in the fried chicken business,” Phoenix relates. “The only reason they started serving chicken was to try to make ends meet—this was during the Depression, 1934. One Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Knott [decided to] fry up some chicken.


Apparently, Mrs. Knott really knew how to fry up some chicken. The first chicken was served on their wedding china that day. Before you know it, they’re buying more chicken in Orange County than every other chicken customer combined.” A Southern California native, Phoenix has been visiting since he was a child. He remembers the joys of the still-existing attractions: panning for gold, with everyone guaranteed to bring home at least a modicum of the precious metal; the Calico Mine Ride, its train chugging past a cavern of stalagmites and stalactites; the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which tells the history of logging before ending in a rapid, water-splashed flume descent; and the Calico Railroad, whose passengers experience a “holdup” by bandanna-masked outlaws. Technically, Phoenix later points out, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant isn’t part of Ghost Town; it’s outside the theme park gates and doesn’t require park admission. But its history and that of Ghost Town are inextricable. The restaurant had become a destination, worthy of what could be a two-hour drive through Southern California’s farmlands. In order to entertain visitors waiting in line for dinner, the Knotts began

displaying what Phoenix calls “collectibles and curiosities and oddities.” Among them were the Knotts’ music box collection, a fake miniature volcano and a pile of rocks blacklit in the dark. Ghost Town was the ultimate entertainment, able to expand after the Knotts added 100 more acres to their land in 1941. Over the years, stillthere additions included the Calico Saloon, the Bird Cage Theatre and stagecoaches. The Calico Railroad was shipped from Denver in 1952. “It was totally immersive,” Phoenix says. “You could mine for gold, shop in the General Store, pose in costumes at the photo gallery, listen to music at the Wagon Camp, visit the Haunted Shack.... There was a lot to engage in.” The Calico Mine Ride, the Knotts’ first themed “dark ride,” opened in 1960, the Timber Mountain Log Ride in 1969. Both were designed by Wendell “Bud” Hurlbut, who had operated the carousel at Knott’s. It wasn’t until 1968 that the Knotts began charging admission. Walking through Ghost Town remains a trip back to another era, even with 21st-century roller coasters as backdrops. The buildings and details evoke the Old West: the swinging doors of the Calico Saloon; the Bottle House, which used nearly 3,100 bottles in its construction; and the General Merchandise store, whose Miners’ Outfitting Dept. offers “Dry Goods, Lace & Embroideries, Carbonated Syrups and Western Hats” and accepts “nuggets, gold dust or cash.” The “whoosh” down the Calico Railroad’s log flume is always a thrill. There are funnel cakes and old-fashioned saltwater taffy, including boysenberry. Simple pleasures from simpler times. The fried chicken dinners are as delicious as ever. In the adjacent arcade of shops, visitors can see the original mill wheel that Walter Knott installed as one diner distraction; in Virginia’s Gift Shop, photos tell the story of the park. Walter and Cordelia Knott are gone now, and the park is owned by Cedar Fair. Still, says Charles Phoenix, “the experience you could have at Ghost Town over the past 75 years hasn’t changed that much. At its core, it’s the same ... a timeless, classic Southern California experience.”


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benefits Imitation PROVED TO BE FAR MORE THAN the sincerest form of flattery for swim designer Monica Wise. ❉ In 2008, her company, L*Space Swimwear, had already enjoyed many years of wild success with a line of bathing suits and cover-ups in ultra-sexy silhouettes and luxe fabrics. ❉ Celebrity starlets donning L*Space bikinis were regularly splashed across the pages of Us Weekly. SIMA— the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association—deemed Wise’s line Women’s Swimwear Brand of the Year multiple consecutive years; its Image Awards are the swimwear industry’s Oscars. And oh, yes, a full-page feature ran in Sports Illustrated’s famed swimwear issue. ❉ Then L*Space introduced its 1970s-inspired Audrey fringe bikini, a swishy boho fringe draped across a halter top. Sales skyrocketed. And out came the copycats. ❉ “We knew we were on to something when all the other big brands began knocking off our fringe bikini top— Forever 21, H&M, you name it,” Wise says. “At first it was really flattering, but then it also wasn’t.” It was L*Space’s all-time bestselling bikini. ❉ The hallmark moment for Wise: a personal note from a revered industry expert. “I’ll never forget it. The card read: ‘You are now officially an iconic brand,’ ” Wise recalls. “It brought me to tears.”


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THESE DAYS, IT’S ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT’S HIGH ON THE THIGH—a not-sosubtle nod to the ’80s. At the height of L*Space’s red-hot streak with the fringe bikini, Wise did the unthinkable. “We hit the reset button” and abandoned that suit, she recounts. “Our retailers were nervous and called us to ask what happened. We did 91,000 units of the fringe top, and I decided we were done. I did it first, and we had to move on—you can’t hold on to just one thing. That can’t be everything your brand is about.” The next collection introduced all new styles, no fringe in sight. And sales continued to soar. “The risky move paid off for us ultimately,” says Wise. “It proved we’re not a one-trick pony. Now we have multiple best-sellers, not just one.” The Irvine-based company had $1.5 million in sales in its first year some 15 years ago; about a dozen clients included local surf shops and swimwear retailers such as Molly Brown’s and Diane’s Beachwear. Today, L*Space is available at more than 700 locations and shopping websites and has $20 million in annual sales. And while the fringe may have been L*Space’s first signature piece, Wise reveals there’s one that she loves more. “The ‘Chloe’ wrap with the skimpy bottom is my personal favorite,” she says. “I am all about the skimpy bottom!” In fact, her love for a barely there bottom meant it was only in recent years that L*Space offered a fuller bottom. “I was really reluctant to do it,” Wise recalls, laughing. “But the team pushed hard for it.” These days, instead of the low hipster bottoms that were the rage a decade ago, Wise says, it’s all about everything that’s high on the thigh—a not-so-subtle nod to the ’80s. And L*Space has now expanded beyond year-round swimwear and cover-ups. There’s a fashion-forward line of swim-active pieces, perfect for stand-up paddleboarding and other water sports, as well as a luxe sandal collaboration with Cocobelle, a jewelry line with Gorjana, and hats and bags from Nena & Co. And it won’t stop there. Says Wise: “We don’t want to just be an iconic swimwear brand. We want to be an iconic lifestyle brand.”


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ROAD Daringly extending into the Pacific Ocean is Seacliff Drive, and at the very end of a rocky peninsula lies one of Laguna Beach’s most spectacular homes. BY ROGER GRODY

TABLE ROCK BEACH IN LAGUNA BEACH IS ON ONE OF the most stunning stretches of the Golden State’s 840-mile-long coast. Above it—extending westbound from Coast Highway and jutting into the sea on a soaring, rocky peninsula—is Seacliff Drive, which dead-ends at a residence that appears to float on the horizon. At time of publication, that Seacliff Drive house was listed for $35 million by Surterre Properties agent Chris Valli. Built in 1982, the home does not reflect the ultramodern design that has become prevalent on the Laguna Beach coast, where architects such as Mark Singer and Christian Light compete for the longest spans of seamless glass walls. This house is instead a striking modern interpretation of Mediterranean design that capitalizes on a very rare, nearly 300-degree panoramic view.

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Laguna Beach, once a sleepy seaside village dominated by modest beach houses, is now among the most expensive real estate markets in California. Known for its arts scene, the community is favored by the kinds of people whose faces appear on the covers of Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated. Along the coast, Laguna Beach’s oceanfront bungalows have been replaced by lavish Mediterranean-inspired villas and flashy concrete-andglass expressions of modernism. At time of publication, there were more than 30 homes in Laguna Beach—a community of less than 10 square miles and fewer than 25,000 residents—listed at more than $10 million, with the priciest topping out just short of $60 million. “Laguna Beach offers a very laidback, relaxed lifestyle,” agent Chris Valli explains, one that is sometimes contrasted to more button-down com-

munities such as Corona del Mar or Newport Coast. According to the respected agent, the Laguna Beach luxury real estate market was, at time of publication, continuing a winning streak that began in late 2012. Most ultra-luxury properties in Laguna Beach are purchased by high-net-worth individuals—primarily entrepreneurs with a smattering of professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities—seeking second, third or fourth homes. Prospective buyers come from throughout the U.S.; a significant number of international investors hail primarily from China, Russia and Canada. Although open to the public, Table Rock Beach is a relatively well-kept secret; those descending a long wooden stairway discover a gorgeous but rugged seascape and small sandy beach. With its steep cliffs and protruding rocks, it has a Big Sur-like quality, and there




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are less treacherous beaches elsewhere in Laguna Beach. When the tide goes out, kids can enjoy some incredible tide pools, but Table Rock is really best for a romantic picnic. The very peninsula that this home is situated on features an arched rock passage near the shore, so one can actually walk or swim under Seacliff Drive. The home features approximately 4,800 square feet of space on three levels, and its location on a one-thirdacre lot at the end of a private peninsula affords nearly absolute privacy on a coast that has, over the years, become much more congested than the old-timers would have ever imagined. The only neighbor the owners need to contend with is the spirited sea itself. The home’s listing price of more than $7,000 per square foot may initially appear steep, but Valli insists its uniquely situated site justifies it. The property’s greatest strengths are the two things that ultra-luxury buyers covet the most: views and privacy, and not necessarily in that order. A perusal of $20 million-plus residential real estate offerings reveals that both of those qualities command serious premiums, whether the location is Laguna Beach, Palm Beach or the Côte d’Azure. The roofline of this Seacliff Drive residence rises about 70 feet above the whitewater, making the orientation of this house truly unique. “I’ve only seen a handful of homes that even compare to this property,” says Valli, who has spent nearly four decades in the rarefied market of coastal Orange County. “After walking in, you just take a deep breath and say, ‘Oh, my goodness.’” The number of single-family homes in Orange County offering comparable visual impact can probably be counted on one hand, and it could be decades before any of them hits the market. Laguna Beach’s coastal architecture is now trending contemporary, driven by a handful of Orange County architects inspired by the likes of John Lautner, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra. Those midcentury masters, all Frank Lloyd Wright protégés captivated by Southern California’s dramatic coastline (not to mention its rugged canyons and deserts), continue to influence the aesthetic of Orange County communities as the previous bias toward Tuscan villas fades. This house, however, demonstrates that strong Mediterranean features and modern elements can be brought together to enhance the coastal O.C. lifestyle. Given its rocky pedestal, with sheer cliffs on three sides and churning whitewater below, it is doubtful whether in today’s environment—with heightened sensitivities of

Laguna Beach residents and stricter California Coastal Commission regulations—any house on this rock would be greenlighted today. In 1998, prominent Laguna Beach architect Morris Skenderian authored a comprehensive redesign of the home on behalf of a new owner who found it in complete disrepair. Boarded up and abandoned for years, it was the target of vandalism and of constant assault from the sea. “Most people said it was a teardown,” recalls Skenderian, but his client was willing to spend whatever was necessary to completely rebuild it. He incorporated steel frames and 1-inch-thick laminated, tempered glass to withstand the force of winds and waves that catapult over a reef that sits about 100 yards offshore. The previous owner either abandoned the home or could not obtain the required capital to transform it into the kind of luxury residence the site demands. “It takes a special person to live out on those rocks,” says Skenderian, who has been working in Laguna Beach for almost half a century. But he concedes the home provides an extraordinary experience: “When inside, the house feels like it’s floating on water, as you can’t see the ground adjacent to it,” he notes. For his massive redesign, Skenderian did not just replace the windows but dramatically expanded them to fully showcase the site’s natural amenities. If this were a piece of raw land on a peninsula beyond the view of adjoining neighbors, it would be any architect’s fantasy, offering both promises and challenges. Skenderian reminds us that the home was built when this peninsula was outside the Laguna Beach municipal limits and prior to implementation of the Coastal



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Commission’s more restrictive policies. Today, if you could even get approval, it would likely be for a much more modest structure. “It’s a legal lot, so you’d be allowed to build a house there, whatever you could get the city and the Coastal Commission to agree had the least amount of environmental and aesthetic impact on the site,” says Skenderian. If he had the opportunity to start afresh on that rocky pedestal, the designer would suggest one of two relatively low-impact options, evoking references to Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, two of the architects who have most inspired him. “I could try to blend it with the site through a Wrightian house that erupts out of the stone, or else do a very contemporary Mies-influenced all-glass cube to minimize the mass and impact on the rock,” he explains. “Both would be very controversial,” insists Skenderian, who suggests that in this hypothetical scenario many residents would prefer the Coastal Commission simply acquire the site for preservation. Once through the home’s ornate double doors, one arrives in an entryway with wood planks underfoot and a cluster of handblown turquoise and glass pendants overhead. Natural light floods the space through skylights, and in the adjoining great room panoramic windows celebrate ocean views. 
The focal point in that room—secondary to the ocean, of course—is a large fireplace that is traditional in terms of its grand proportions and travertine craftsmanship but presenting clean contemporary lines. The large windows are framed by

polished wood, a richness absent in more cutting-edge homes with sleek frameless glass. Soaring mirrors only amplify the images of the sea in the inviting all-purpose space. This great room, which fully opens up to the dining area, is Skenderian’s favorite space in the house, especially after he expanded the windows to more fully capture the constantly changing colors and textures of the Pacific Ocean. “It’s spacious and has views north and south as well as straight out to Catalina,” says the architect. “It feels like you’re sitting in the lounge of an ocean liner.” There are a number of rooms in the house for which Skenderian’s cruising metaphor is applicable. One of the exceptions is a coffered-ceilinged game room; it’s clad in polished wood built-ins and punctuated by a modern stone fireplace and a generous window that introduces a shock of brilliant blue into what would otherwise feel like a staid, formal space in an old Tudor mansion. Enhancing every meal in the dining room is a wall of windows framing the Pacific; generous use of stone adds warmth while complementing the home’s more traditional vibe. The dining room is the favorite space of real estate agent Valli, who cites the spectacular sunsets offered by the western view. The adjoining kitchen— loaded with professional-grade appliances, it would be the envy of any celebrity chef—features an expansive prep area with ocean views, as well as a long mahogany and granite island. The current five-bedroom, 5½-bath design provides multiple suites; terraces found on every level showcase some of the most stunning coastal vistas in all of Orange County. Occupying the entire third floor, the master suite includes a fireplace-warmed bedroom, generous sitting area, an entire wall of glass and access to an expansive terrace. The updated master bath provides the experience of a pricey resort spa, and a window wraps around an exterior corner of the white marble-clad shower to transform a routine morning ritual into an inspirational experience. Further reflecting the indoor-outdoor lifestyle celebrated here is a serene, breezy loggia bordered in stone, the perfect spot for a couple of chaise longues from which to witness—cocktails in hand—the sun sinking below the horizon of the Pacific. The glass railing on this and the other terraces ensures unobstructed views. From this perch at the end of the road, one must conclude there is no place in the world quite like coastal Orange County.

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ORANGE COUNTY NOW BOASTS THREE CHEFS WHO HAVE competed on Bravo TV’s prestigious Emmy- and James Beard Awardwinning reality cooking competition Top Chef. In season 11, Shirley Chung, who has since opened Twenty Eight restaurant in Irvine, was ousted just short of the finale, and Brian Huskey, now making a go of it with Tackle Box at Corona del Mar State Beach, wasn’t far behind. Last season, the 13th, Amar Santana of Vaca in Costa Mesa and Broadway in Laguna Beach reached the finale but in a nail-biter of a finish—in which, to the chagrin of many, technique seemed to have been favored over flavor—ultimately was chosen runner-up. The impact of the show on each was immeasurable. SHIRLEY CHUNG PLATES A SEASONAL SALAD AT TWENTY EIGHT IN IRVINE.


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Amar Santana’s family migrated from the Dominican Republic to New York when he was a teenager. Living in poverty, he unwittingly enrolled in a culinary course—he had no idea what “culinary” meant. Initially discouraged, he returned when he noticed that students often left class with something to eat. The instructor recognized his potential and secured him an internship at New York’s Chanterelle. A competition won him two weeks at London’s Le Cordon Bleu. A scholarship took him to Hyde Park’s Culinary Institute of America. Professionally, he rose from sous chef at acclaimed Aureole to executive chef at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza. In 2012, at 30, he opened his own Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach and, three years later, Spanish-inspired Vaca in Costa Mesa. And then ... Top Chef. “Little did I know I would be getting recognition worldwide,” Santana says. “My business doubled. People recognize me. I go to Las Vegas, the dealers are ‘Oh my gosh—Amar!” At the airport, they want to take pictures. At the restaurants, ‘You’re my favorite. Can I get a hug?’ At first, that was weird—I am a cook. But when you take 100 pictures every day, it sinks in. I think I need to embrace the celebrity!” Santana recently bought a Rolls-Royce yet posted on Instagram that the 99 Cents Only store is his favorite place to shop. “I am going to be like that the rest of my life,” he says. “I never forget where I come from. I grew up poor. Why would I want to buy three cans when I can buy five at the 99 Cents store?” His kitchen attitude doesn’t change, either, no matter the outcome of a cooking competition, even Top Chef. “I still don’t think I’m good enough,” Santana reflects. “I’m always going to say that to myself so I push myself to do better. In this industry, you can always improve. When people say ‘this is the best I ever had,’ I say to myself, ‘I know I could make this dish better.’ ” 

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Though Beijing-born and -raised, Shirley Chung is trained in classical French and Italian cooking. She has a degree in business administration and worked in Silicon Valley prior to working for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali. After she opened China Poblano by José Andrés as executive chef, the James Beard Foundation nominated it for best new restaurant. Before Top Chef, Chung recalls, “my dishes never told my story, but my bosses’—it wasn’t my vision. Being on Top Chef made me very passionate about what I wanted to cook.” Following Top Chef, she met her business partner and opened Twenty Eight in Irvine. There, her own vision includes modern Chinese dishes such as uni and bone-marrow toast and char siu Duroc pork shoulder with lotus crepes. She found the Top Chef experience extraordinary. “The travel, the events, meeting so many amazing people…. Emeril Legasse cooked for us. John Bash cooked for us in his home. These are things you would never experience.” The show’s format, she notes, fosters a great deal of self-growth in a short amount of time. “You hang out with amazing chefs, and you learn from each other,” Chung says. “There are superstressful moments but also inspiring ones. You use brainpower you didn’t even know exists.” The camaraderie was unforgettable, she says. “We’re in lockdown. There’s no TV, no internet, no books, no entertainment. You talk to each other 24/7.... My competitors and I are now lifelong friends.” And there was plenty of off-camera fun. “I am a first-generation immigrant.... We were literally [staying] on Bourbon Street in New Orleans,” Chung recounts. “We’re not allowed to talk to other people, but you can throw beads at people from the balcony. One glass of sauvignon blanc can make me crazy happy. I pretend I am an international exchange student screaming ‘Take off your shirt’ in Chinese. Nobody knows what I am screaming, of course.... “We all run multimillion-dollar kitchens,” she adds, “but put us all together and we are a giant group of kids on spring break with no parental supervision.”

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BRIAN HUSKEY // TACKLE BOX Brian Huskey got his first job—as a short-order cook at Du-Par’s at L.A.’s Farmers Market— while studying economics at UCLA. His heart, it turned out, was more in the job than in his degree and, after graduation, he headed for culinary school in San Francisco. Chef stints since included a five-star Caribbean resort and Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge in Costa Mesa; he had opened four restaurants in L.A. with famed Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate when he was tapped for Top Chef. Huskey thinks back on the show as “summer camp with knives.” He was defeated very respectably, in Last Chance Kitchen, by a dish that judge Tom Colicchio deemed the best he’d had all season. With his career energized following Top Chef, Huskey opened ... a concession stand. “Every beach community I traveled to growing up—Korea, Spain, Costa Rica— there was always some kind of beach shack, always fresh food, always affordable,” Huskey explains. “It’s a shame to think if you go to beach, you can only eat hot dogs; in any other country, you can get great food. “In my first meeting with my financial partner, he asked, ‘If you had a beach shack, what would you do it with it?’ This is what I did with it.” Think avocado tartine with smoked salmon, Niman Ranch pork-belly bánh mì and Maine lobster on squid-ink roll. No matter how delicious the food, that economics degree might come in handy sustaining a stand on Corona del Mar State Beach in winter. It’s a calculated risk, Huskey says. “So many very talented chefs have their investors and a million-dollar restaurant,” he says, “but a lot of these restaurants don’t survive after a few years. What survives are restaurants with value. When I cooked at top-tier restaurants, many people could only come in for a special occasion. At a $100 price point, you might get a great experience, but value means you’ll come back often. “I want to connect with more people and more often. I want to redefine what $20 will get you. And people are catching on.”

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ANAHEIM Disneyland, which recently marked its 60th anniversary, put Anaheim, and Orange County, on the global map. Disney California Adventure shares the spotlight, thanks to Cars Land and the water, light and sound attraction “World of Color.” Between the parks is the pedestrian shopping, dining and entertainment zone Downtown Disney. Nearby are Anaheim GardenWalk, a dining, retail and entertainment center, and the Anaheim Convention Center. The hip and historic Anaheim Packing District includes Center Street shops and now iconic Anaheim Packing House food hall. Angel Stadium is home of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball; the Honda Center hosts Anaheim Ducks ice hockey, Disney on Ice and pop acts such as Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas.

BUENA PARK Roller-coaster, fried-chicken and boysenberry-jam enthusiasts flock to Knott’s Berry Farm, which predates Disneyland as the nation’s first theme park. Its Ghost Town just turned 75. What started as a berry stand along Highway 39 today now centers on attractions for thrill-seekers—the Xcelerator coaster rockets to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds—as well as Camp Snoopy for youngsters. Enjoy chicken dinners just outside the park. There’s Knott’s Scary Farm in the fall, water park Soak City in the summer and seasonally changing ice shows. Also on Beach Boulevard is a family entertainment row that includes Medieval Times and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Nearby Stanton boasts Googie-style eatery ParkAve and adjacent Il Garage.

COSTA MESA The county’s premier performingarts venues, some of the region’s finest dining destinations and one of the nation’s most successful retail centers arguably make Costa Mesa the county’s heart and cultural soul. South Coast Plaza’s several hundred stores and boutiques represent the highest concentration of elite retailers anywhere. The center’s owners donated the land and most of the millions to build nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts—home of Segerstrom Hall and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and future home of the Orange County Museum of Art—and South Coast Repertory theater. The city’s other huge draws include the South Coast Collection and its OC Mix, and a hip shopping and dining stretch featuring the Lab and the Camp.

DANA POINT Among the most picturesque cities in California, Dana Point combines Cape Cod style with a surf and yacht lifestyle. It’s best known for its harbor—there are 2,500 yachts in its two marinas— and as a departure point for whale- and dolphin-watching excursions, sport-fishing expeditions and trips to Catalina Island. Doheny State Beach is popular, too. The town, and spots such as the Killer Dana surf break, are named for 19th century seafaring writer Richard Henry Dana, who described the headlands in his book Two Years Before the Mast. Classes at the Ocean Institute take place aboard a replica of the tall ship Pilgrim, on which Dana sailed.



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FULLERTON Fullerton used to be the city visitors passed through on their way to Disneyland; these days, they might pass through Disneyland on their way to Fullerton! Music spills out from the bars; dining options are many and varied; the shopping is distinctive and vintage. The city blends historic architectural styles and a savvy vibe thanks to its university and city college. Plummer Auditorium presents concerts and shows. Fullerton Museum Center offers intriguing exhibits, including one devoted to native son and electric-guitar pioneer Leo Fender. Fullerton Arboretum is the county’s largest botanical garden. To the north is the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, newly reopened after a $15 million renovation.

HUNTINGTON BEACH Surf City USA has a surfer statue, a quirky surfer museum and a surfer walk of fame, and hosts the U.S. Open of Surfing every summer. Getting more attention of late is the city’s transformation along Pacific Coast Highway— the luxury hotels and the new ocean-view Pacific City—but the beachy vibe remains. With good reason. Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach are two of the cleanest beaches in California, drawing the fun- and sun-loving throngs each summer. The pier is one of the longest on the West Coast; also along Pacific Coast Highway are restored wetlands that attract bird-watchers. Main Street intersperses dining options with its surfwear shops. There are more attractions inland: Its Central Park and library are among the county’s finest; Bella Terra is an outdoor Tuscan-themed entertainment and shopping destination; 5 Points Plaza is a winning neighborhood center.

IRVINE The Irvine Spectrum Center, where the 405 and 5 freeways meet, is a shopping, dining and entertainment magnet with Moorish architecture that claims more visitors per year than Disneyland; you can’t miss its giant Ferris wheel from the freeways. You’ll find more dining options at the new Los Olivos Marketplace and new Trade food hall. Irvine has been the nation’s safest city for a decade; it is also its largest planned urban community, all of it impeccably manicured. Look for the tethered orange balloon to find the Orange County Great Park, a mammoth work-in-progress whose attractions include rides in the balloon and a farmers market. The University of California’s Irvine campus is also huge.

LAGUNA BEACH The beaches and coves along this stretch of the coast are stunning, chief among the lures that first drew artists to the now sophisticated village. Today the city boasts the county’s most expensive real estate but art remains its soul. Galleries are everywhere. Laguna Art Museum offers fun and provocative exhibitions. Crowds jam the town each summer as they head to the art festivals along Laguna Canyon Road. At the Pageant of the Masters, volunteers remain motionless to re-create artistic masterpieces of the past. The Laguna Playhouse presents theater fare from comedic to profound. Fine restaurants and oneof-a-kind boutiques abound.

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ORANGE Plaza Square, the picturesque traffic circle—actually an oval— is at the center of Old Towne Orange, bustling with antique shops and fine restaurants. Older buildings are steadfastly preserved, so the historic district appears often in movies and commercials. Homes date from the late 1800s to the 1940s. Chapman University, founded in 1861, recently unveiled the Musco Center for the Arts, above, and the off-campus Hilbert Museum of California Art. To the west is the Outlets at Orange, where the likes of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue have upscale discount venues. Farther west, in Garden Grove, is spectacular Christ Cathedral. To the east is the equestrian neighborhood Orange Park Acres.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Orange County’s birthplace reveals a vast panorama of history: the Shoshone tribe of Indians; the founding in 1776 of the jewel of California missions by a Spanish expedition; the Mexican rancho era in the 19th century; the area’s development in the 20th century into an agricultural center that preserved its heritage; and the charming, sophisticated but still laid-back burg of the 21st century. Los Rios Street is much as it was two centuries ago, and the original families still own many of the homes. Downtown retains the distinctive flavor of the rancheros. Homes in the $10-million-plus range and lavish horse stables dot the hills above downtown. FOR WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY, SEE WHERE ORANGE COUNTY MAGAZINE, SOCALPULSE.COM OR THE WHERE TRAVELER APP

SANTA ANA Long known primarily as the county seat, the city now has a hip factor and a vibrant night scene. It’s dedicated to the arts: Bowers Museum hosts blockbuster exhibitions mounted with celebrated museums around the world, and downtown Santa Ana hosts a thriving contemporary art scene amid its restaurants, bars and coffeehouses. The colorful East End Promenade along Fourth Street includes the restored Yost Theater, now a livemusic venue. The civic center’s Old County Courthouse has been used for dozens of movies and has its own museum. MainPlace is a million-square-foot shopping center. Santa Ana is Orange County’s only city with its own zoo.


NEWPORT BEACH A harbor lined with gorgeous homes with docks for yachts; wide, sandy beaches; huge homes on the bluffs and hills behind with endless ocean views.... Newport Beach is an oceanfront paradise. Balboa Peninsula and seven man-made islands house the rich and often famous. Summer beach visitors along the Newport peninsula number more than a million. There’s distinctive shopping on charming Balboa Island and in lovely Corona del Mar. Up the hill in Newport Center is relaxed and sophisticated Fashion Island, one of the county’s premier retail destinations—with 200 stores, boutiques and an impressive array of fine restaurants—and Corona del Mar Plaza. To the south, in affluent Newport Coast, is Crystal Cove Shopping Center.

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SHOPPING H ANAHEIM GARDENWALK Outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment center near the Disney Resort includes Skechers, HarleyDavidson and Geeky Mamas; restaurants such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Roy’s; Bowlmor bowling lounge; and, opening presently, House of Blues. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7410,

DEVELOPING GENRE Galleries devoted exclusively to photography aficionados are becoming a strong suit on the local arts scene. The Nat Geo Fine Art Gallery, new in Laguna Beach, offers limited-edition, provenance-verified prints by the photographers who document the world for the National Geographic Society and its National Geographic Magazine (949.627.8232). Nearby Ning Zhou Gallery, another recent addition with a focus on nature, features works by its namesake artist, a leader among Chinese photographers since the 1980s (above, 714.726.1763). The owner of the Susan Spiritus Gallery, which overlooks the Back Bay in Newport Beach, has shared her passion for fine-art photography for four decades; her catalogue presents works by luminaries such as Ansel Adams as well as today’s finest contemporary artists, with strong representation from overseas (714.754.1286).

BELLA TERRA Open-air Tuscan-themed center with cobblestone walkways boasts an attractive roster including outdoorsports and activewear specialists REI, Huntington Surf & Sport and Diane’s Beachwear, plus Whole Foods Market, a 20-screen cinema and Solita for tacos and margaritas. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2533,

CENTER STREET PROMENADE Innovative owners of the Lab and the Camp work their hip retail magic with J. Mac Jewelers; Heart & Sole for footwear; BarBeer Shop, a barbershop serving beer; and casual dining favorites Pour Vida Latin Flavor for tacos and vegan Healthy Junk. Center Street and Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, 714.966.6661, CORONA DEL MAR PLAZACL0000022719 Boutiques reflecting the area’s casual yet sophisticated coastal lifestyle include Gail Jewelers, Jack’s Surfboards, Diane’s Beachwear, Marmi for footwear and Tommy Bahama. Other draws: Tommy Bahama’s Island Grill and Sprinkles Ice Cream.  800-984 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar, 866.491.7864,

BREA MALL The county’s second-largest mall is home to Nordstrom, Macy’s and Macy Men Children & Home; more than 175 other retailers including Guess, Everything but Water, Kiehl’s Since 1851 and new Pink; plus the Spa at the Glen, Kayla’s Cake and a children’s play area. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.990.2733,

CRYSTAL COVE   SHOPPING CENTER Exclusive boutiques and restaurants reflect the gorgeous coastal community. Find boutiques including At-Ease for Men, Coastal Cool, Millie and Novecento and fine-dining options Bluefin Japanese Cuisine, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana and Mastro’s Ocean Club. 7845-8085 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.494.1239,

THE CAMPCL0000022718 The outdoorsy center is geared to action-sports and dining enthusiasts. Hip spots set amid woods, Airstream trailers and pleasant nooks include eco department store SEED People’s Market and Active Ride Shop and dining venues Old Vine Café, Taco Asylum, Ecco Pizzeria and Vitaly. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661,

H THE DISTRICT AT   TUSTIN LEGACYCL900687 Center offers 1 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment including Denim Lab, Ulta Cosmetics, Pinot’s Palette—color me wine!— and new Union Market dining and shopping vendors anchored by an impressive Whole Foods. Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, Tustin, 714.259.9090,

DOWNTOWN DISNEYCL0000022721 Outdoor 20-acre esplanade at Disney Resort features family favorites such as Build-A-Bear, Studio Disney 365 and Ridemakerz. Stores include Disney Vault 28, Fossil and Sanuk; among dining options are Catal and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. 1565 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800, H FASHION ISLANDCL0027 The sophisticated outdoor center, Southern California’s premier coastal shopping experience, features the county’s only Neiman Marcus as well as Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. Boutiques include the Celect, Traditional Jewelers, new Rodd & Gunn for men, and swimwear retailers such as Letarte and Seafolly. Fine-dining options include Sushi Roku, Red O and Fig & Olive. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000, H 5 POINTS PLAZACL000022724 Surf City’s de facto town center boasts apparel from the likes of Loft, Tilly’s and Vans, accessories from Charming Charlie, and the all-important Trader Joe’s. Take a break at Cloudmover Day Spa or Hashigo Sushi; canine friends can do the same at the Barking Lot. 18593 Main St., Huntington Beach, IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTERCL0000022724 Outdoor center has ornate walkways, courtyards, campaniles and fountains inspired by Moorish architecture. Nordstrom and Macy’s anchor some 120 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues including the nation’s most popular cinemas and Imax theater. Giant Wheel visible from freeways. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180,




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H THE OUTLETS AT   SAN CLEMENTE New. Browsing meets ocean breezes along Interstate 5 at this sibling of the landmark Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles. Suggesting a Spanish village, the beautiful center offers scores of retailers including Calvin Klein, Guess, H&M, Levi’s, Nike, Papaya, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Vans and White House Black Market. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, H PACIFIC CITY New. Beautiful center on 30 acres with beach views from every plaza, deck and patio. Tenants include the Kin and West of Camden boutiques, the Wearhouse, Cherry Hills Market and Heirlooms & Hardware as well as Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Old Crow Smokehouse, Lot 579 food hall and the Bungalow lounge. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345,


THE LABCL0000022725 Alternative retail center offers the kinds of youth-skewed boutiques and hip environment you might find on L.A.’s trendy Melrose Avenue: Creme Tangerine for vinyl records, Eye Society for eyewear and Crew Salon as well as Urban Outfitters. Dining options include Habana, Gypsy Den, vegan Seabirds Kitchen and new Calipoke. Sibling destination the Camp is opposite. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6660, LIDO MARINA VILLAGE New. The roster of tenants at the revitalized harborside pedestrian-friendly shopping village offers a fascinating mix: boutiques Jenni Kayne for wardrobe classics, Elyse Walker for couture to contemporary, Clare V. for classic French accessories, Eberjey for lingerie and swimwear and Warby Parker for vintage-inspired eyewear; plus Alchemy Works gallery and renowned Nobu restaurant. 400 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, 949.675.8662,

H MAINPLACECL0022726 The million-square-foot center offers nearly 200 retailers, with department stores Macy’s and Nordstrom and apparel retailers such as Forever 21 and H&M. Dozens of restaurants include Cinnabon, Boudin SF and California Pizza Kitchen, ideal before taking in a movie at Picture Show theaters or after a session at 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport, which offers rooftop basketball. 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.547.7000, THE OUTLETS AT ORANGE Huge shopping, dining and entertainment center at the confluence of the 5, 57 and 22 freeways. More than 120 discount and value draws include upscale Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Also there: Lucky Strike Lanes for bowling, Vans Skatepark for indoor boarding, more than a dozen dining options— and a very popular Krispy Kreme. 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.4000,

H SOUTH COAST COLLECTION00276 Called SoCo for short, the center offers 20 interior-design-skewed showrooms, such as Pirch, Room & Board and Lightopia, and creative studios. The centerpiece is the OC Mix, featuring vendors as diverse as Miel, Cloth & Metal, Eva’s Trunk and Denim Bar and the Mixing Glass for cocktail ware as well as top eatery Taco María. 3303-3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, H SOUTH COAST PLAZACL0000022726 The highest-grossing planned retail venue in the U.S. has been dubbed the ultimate shopping resort. It includes high-end department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, hundreds of boutiques— among them Charlotte Olympia and Chanel and new Rimowa for luggage and Massimo Dutti—and more than 30 restaurants. The center is within walking distance of major performing-arts venues. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888,

SHOPS & BOUTIQUES H ADAM NEELEY   FINE ART JEWELRYCL9000006886 Modern lines and sensuous forms showcase rare gemstones and precious metals in creations fusing fine jewelry and fine art. Specialties include custom design, appraisal and advanced goldsmithing; Adam Neeley developed Iris gold, a color gradient of gold. 352 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.0953, A’MAREE’SCL9000006934 A standout since the 1970s, A’maree’s raised its own lofty bar when it moved into its expansive standalone quarters overlooking Newport Harbor. Look for fashionforward couture from Paris and Milan. 2241 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.642.4423, ANASTASIA Chic boutique reflects Laguna’s creative spirit with fashion-forward clothing (Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang), jewelry and accessories plus objets d’art. Breakfast in the café. 460 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.497.1212, ANTHROPOLOGIE Spectacularly redone store, a favorite for boho-chic womenswear, shoes and accessories, is the chain’s first store in California to have a home department—adding a dozen decor-inspired rooms that are shoppable from floor to ceiling. Footwear and beauty have dramatically expanded, too. 823 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9946, AREO06876 Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary gift? Areo offers a beguiling mix of jewelry, books and housewares, all appealing to the artistic eye. Giftwrapping is free, and beautiful: corrugated boxes wrapped in blue ribbon and sealed with French gold wax. 207 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.0535,

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ASSOULINE Branch of the legendary bookstore in Paris specializes in sumptuous volumes on travel, fashion and art. Whether it’s stationery or a $20,000 Goyard trunk, virtually everything makes an ideal gift. Browsing becomes a lofty experience. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.1882, ATELIER 7918 Boutique offers a highly edited collection of ready-to-wear and conceptual apparel and accessories—most from independent designers—and beauty products. On the roster: Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Thierry Mugler, Cushnie et Ochs, Olympia Le-Tan and Kelly Wearstler. Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7918 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.715.0899, BEACH BUNNY SWIMWEARCL9000006888 All sexy, all the time! Each lingerieinspired swimsuit at Angela Chittenden’s provocative boutique on Mariner’s Mile is displayed on its own mannequin. New collections include Welcome to the Jungle. 950 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.548.0348, BERLUTI One of the world’s most exclusive destinations for men’s footwear, founded in Paris in 1895. Bespoke customfitted shoes, handcrafted boots, briefcases, wallets and belts are finished with exquisite patinas. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.641.3582,




H BLUE-EYED GIRL Bohemian-chic boutiques feature 100 designer lines including Free People, Lucca Couture and True Religion. 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.4646; 21159 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 949.640.2206; 8603 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.748.7551; Village at La Floresta, 3381 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, 714.983.7782.

BRIONICL9000006888 Known for the made-in-Italy craftsmanship and sartorial excellence of its men’s suits, Brioni has dressed countless Hollywood personalities, business leaders and heads of state—even James Bond in some of those films. Entry-level suits run about $5,000; custom suits can run up to $48,000. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.427.0945, C. DOBBS Owner Carol Dobbs presents handpicked, handmade, high-end cuttingedge fashions for women and men from labels such as Sergio Hudson, James Carletons and Hotel Particulier. The sunny boutique also offers artworks for sale and accessories, notably jewelry, for rent. 2823 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.427.2321,   CHANEL The boutique features abstract gold wall panels, silk curtains, rock-crystal chandliers and the latest from designer Karl Lagerfeld, of course: fashions, accessories, shoes, jewelry, watches, cosmetics and fragrances. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.7455, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA The British designer’s retro-chic boutique has leopard-print midcentury-style seating and a room dedicated to her handbags. Handcrafted in Italy, her fascinating shoes combine classic Hollywood glamour with an intelligent sense of humor. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 657.232.4622, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINCL9000006890 A glimpse of the red-lacquer soles of Parisian designer Christian Louboutin’s sexy pumps, sandals and boots, or of his innovative handbags, can set a fashionista’s heart aflutter. The boutique is among Orange County’s most stylish. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.9200,

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DAINESE The go-to place for motorcycle enthusiasts with a sense of style. The Italian line offers fine and fitted leather garments such as pants, gloves and racing and touring jackets for men and women. Other premium gear includes sleek AGV helmets. 1645 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.650.2300, ELYSE WALKER The new second location of a Pacific Palisades celeb destination presents 12,000 gorgeous square feet of boutique. The venue showcases designer and on-trend contemporary apparel as well as jewelry, footwear and handbags—and there’s still room for a hair salon. 3444 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949.612.2646, EVERYTHING BUT WATER Swimwear, cover-ups, sundresses, hats, jewelry, sandals and travel accessories. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.8523; 2058 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.529.2485; the Shops at Mission Viejo, 555 the Shops Blvd., Mission Viejo, 949.364.1832. FETNEH BLAKECL9000006891 The namesake owner, known for seemingly effortless chic, showcases forward-thinking designers at her portal to runway and ready-to-wear. 427 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3787,

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HARLEY-DAVIDSONCL9000006896 The boutique exhibits vintage bikes, and the interior suggests a motorcycle engine. Virtually everything bears the bar-and-shield logo: hats, jeans, T-shirts, poker chips, belt buckles— even teddy bears. Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.399.0080, HARRY WINSTONCL9000006895 The name historically associated with red carpets and king of showstopping diamonds. Salon has a private viewing room where serious shoppers dis-

creetly ogle rings, timepieces and other baubles including necklaces, bracelets and brooches plus men’s cuff links, money clips and tie bars. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.371.1910, H THE HEARTHSTONECL0000022734 The venerated fireplace specialist offers the finest French, English and American antique, reconditioned, contemporary and original components. The huge showroom displays custom fixtures in brass, bronze, steel, chrome, aged silver plate and wrought iron. 2711 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.7065, H HERON HABERDASHERYCL0000022734 Boutique features fine resort menswear in silhouettes combining traditional East Coast and casual West Coast sensibilities and crafted in Italy. Scottishcashmere sweaters come in an array of styles; the shop also carries accessories, jeans, footwear, loungewear and swimwear. 2700 E. Coast Hwy., Suite 103, Corona del Mar, 949.791.8623, JACK’S SURFBOARDS Boarders—surfers, skateboarders or snowboarders—come for the extensive inventory of surfboards, wetsuits, clothing, sunglasses, footwear, swimwear, skateboards and surfing accessories for men, women and kids. Five county locations include 101 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.536.4516; Corona del Mar Plaza, 900 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949.718.0001; 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.276.8080. JAEGER-LECOULTRE Since 1833, this Swiss watchmaker has been known for its elegance and technological innovation. Iconic watches include the Grande Reverso, the technologically advanced Duomètre and a line using dazzling jewelry. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.955.4048,

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JAMES PERSE James Perse, whose father operated influential L.A. boutique Maxfield, offers his own collections for women, men and children, inspired by a minimalist aesthetic. The women’s line features well-tailored jackets, skirts and dresses with a chic simplicity; menswear is similarly approachable. 1803 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.722.1601, JOLIE Chérie D’Sa offers clothing as well as jewelry, shoes, handbags, eyewear, accessories and homewares at her new boutique, an instant neighborhood favorite, at Lido Marina Village. Top lines such as A.L.C., Helmut Lang and RtA appeal to stylish women of any age. 3400 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949.723.0091 KATE SPADE NEW YORK New. An exuberant approach to the everyday—crisp colors, graphic prints and playful sophistication—is its hallmark. Love the polka dots! The boutique offers a range of merchandise including handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, babywear, fragrance, tabletop, bridal and gifts. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.662.3956, KIN Hoping to make a head-turning style statement? Los Angeles trendsetter offers fashion-forward handbags, shoes, accessories and apparel for men and women from brands including Tibi, Phillip Lim, T by Alexander Wang and Opening Ceremony. Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.536.4544, LAGUNA SUPPLY Boutiques embrace effortless fashion with styles both “classic but beachy, sophisticated but natural, proper but fun ... simple but genius.” Clothes, accessories and footwear from more than 80 designers. 210 Beach St.,

Laguna Beach, 949.497.8850; 3250 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.644.6026. LETARTE Maui-based swimwear label, created 16 years ago by sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross, blends bohemian spirit with chic, globally inspired aesthetics. A celebrity following includes Kate Hudson, Megan Fox and Pink. The Fashion Island boutique has an inviting, beachy look and attitude. 133 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.9182, LUGANO DIAMONDS Exquisitely cut and presented diamonds and other precious gems are given classic or custom-designed contemporary settings in gold, titanium or platinum. 620 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.1258; the Montage, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6233. H MOLLY BROWN’S SWIMWEAR The high-end swim suits, as well as the dresses and cover-ups, may seem familiar from magazines and celebrity photo shoots. Find lines such as L*Space, CA by Vitamin A, Luli Fama, Acacia, Lolli, PilyQ, Caffe and Vix. Pacific City, 210 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0052; 490 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.5737; 2116 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.673.9004. H OC MIX Centerpiece of the South Coast Collection, the hip venue features more than 30 shops and vendors under one roof: Miel, Eva’s Trunk and Denim Bar, Cloth & Metal and Van Brunt Optical Haus as well as the Cheese Shop, the Mixing Glass for cocktail enthusiasts and We Olive & Wine Bar. Dining options include Shuck for oysters and acclaimed Taco María. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,


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OMEGACL9000006927 It took 162 years for the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, now part of the Swatch Group, to open its first boutique in Orange County. The brand is known for its world-record accuracy, the Moon Watch—the only watch worn on the moon—since 1969, and the first diver’s watch. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.850.0558, H ON QUE STYLE Stylist Kirsten Prosser’s “walk-in closet” boutique studio, a luxury consignment and resale store, is the place to find distinctive couture pieces as well as remarketed luxury designer and vintage clothing and accessories. 2900 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.717.7795,

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RIMOWA 006891 Based in Cologne, “the luggage with the grooves” has a 118-year history and is manufactured in Germany and other countries throughout Europe and the Americas. Offered in aluminum or light, strong polycarbonate, it’s the choice of celebrity travelers such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian as well as savvy civilians. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.662.6990, ROLEX Business is brisk at Rolex—which opened its first boutique in the United States at South Coast Plaza—never mind price tags venturing well into six figures. The boutique showcases

one of the world’s largest selections of Rolex, more than 1,000 of the timepieces. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.241.8088, SEAFOLLY Australian swimwear line offers flirty dresses, playsuits, sarongs, tops, beach hats and shoes. Supermodels Miranda Kerr and Behati Prinsloo have served as brand ambassadors. Fashion Island, 1135 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.7690; 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.960.0780, TRADITIONAL JEWELERS Luxurious store, prominent for more than 30 years, is in a stunning contemporary space offering exquisite jewelry from Stephen Webster, Marco Bicego and Mikimoto and timepieces from Patek Philippe, Cartier and Rolex. Fashion Island, 817 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.9010, VALENTINO The venerable Italian brand’s boutique is among O.C.’s most glamorous, decked out in Carrara marble and Venetian terrazzo. Separate rooms, each with its own distinctive look, house the women’s ready-to-wear, handbags and shoes. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.751.3300,


DAWSON COLE FINE ARTCL0000022745 Gorgeous venue features sculptor Richard MacDonald, whose pieces include The Flair, honoring the 1996 Olympics, and Momentum, marking the 100th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The gallery and sculpture garden also show works of Robert Heindel and Henry Moore. 326 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.497.4988, DAX GALLERY0000022751 Hip and edgy gallery, Orange County’s first devoted to “fine urban street art,” specializes in graffiti, oil paintings, fashion photography and mixed-

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media creations. Artists include Risk, Richard Oliver, Shark Toof and Chad Muska. 2951 Randolph St., Costa Mesa, 714.957.1706, FOREST & OCEAN GALLERY Fine-art gallery representing some 30 artists is dedicated to photography and other media and serves as the resident gallery for the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Featured artists include Robert Hanson, Andrew C. Ko and Tom Lamb. 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, 949.371.3313, GRAY MATTER MUSEUM OF ART0000022751 Nonprofit “nouvelle boutique museum” functions as a gallery for local artists as well as an event space. Changing exhibits focus on sculpture, pottery, glassblowing, performance art, music, virtual arts, photography, drawings, painting, graphic design and fashion. 485 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.870.5910,

the National Geographic Society and National Geographic magazine. Print provenance verified by 218 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.627.8232, NING ZHOU GALLERYCL0000022751 Photography with a focus on outdoor images by the venue’s namesake artist, a leader among Chinese photographers and photography educators since the 1980s. 357 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 714.726.1763, PETER BLAKECL0000022751 The prestigious fine-art gallery has been a definitive resource for modern and contemporary art for two decades, mostly abstract. Edgier than most Laguna galleries, it displays paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography; artists include Lita Albuquerque, Tony Delap and Ed Moses. 435 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.9994,

JOANNE ARTMAN GALLERY0000022751 Aptly named owner JoAnne Artman offers an eclectic mix of photographs, pastels, watercolors, oils, acrylics and sculpture by award-winning artists shown and collected by museums here and abroad. 326 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.510.5481,

SUSAN SPIRITUS GALLERY00022751 Owner Spiritus has shared her passion for fine-art photography for four decades; her catalog presents works by luminaries such as Ansel Adams as well as today’s finest contemporary artists, with strong representation from overseas. 20351 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, 714. 754.1286,

LEN WOOD’S INDIAN TERRITORY Gallery specializes in Hopi kachinas, Zuni fetishes, Navajo textiles and Mission Indian baskets and artifacts. Also for sale: Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry as well as books and weaponry. Its Museum of the First People displays weavings dating to 1870 and baskets from from 1850 to 1929. 305 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.5747,

WYLAND GALLERIES Preeminent showcase for marine-life art offers works in a variety of media—originals and reproductions including oil and watercolor, abstracts, Sumi-E, Chinese brush paintings, photography and sculptures—but the subject is always the sea and its creatures. Wyland is well-known for his Whaling Wall murals; one is outside the gallery. 509 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.8000,

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TRANSPORTING TACOS The county is bursting with taquerias; the following venues take a more creative approach. Newcomer Puesto, at Los Olivos Marketplace in Irvine, is renowned in San Diego; go straight to the list of chef’s especialidads (, above). Pour Vida Latin Flavor, on Center Street Promenade in Anaheim, offers intriguing tacos and changes up tortillas, too (657.208.3889). Urbana, at Anaheim Packing House, mesmerizes with its murals as well as its tacos and cocktails (714.502.0255). Tacos and mar-

A RESTAURANTCL9000006302 American. Stylish spot—“classically hip since 1926”—with red-leather booths. Chef Jon Blackford’s menu includes watermelon and burrata; Kentucky-fried quail; and an Imperial wagyu culotte steak. Café/market is adjacent. Director McG is the founding partner. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505,

ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS American. Chef Yves Fournier offers sophisticated fare and cocktails amid contemporary decor at the Nature Conservancy’s “favorite green restaurant” and outside on a citrusand-herb garden terrace featuring fire “tornadoes.” L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887,

H ANTONELLO RISTORANTECL0000022659 Italian. Top-notch northern Italian restaurant for more than 35 years gets a tasteful update. Don’t miss the cochefs’ lobster ravioli, osso buco with risotto milanese or the ricotta gnocchi. Separate Enoteca Lounge and bar have their own menu and live music. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 S. Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153,

H AGORA CHURRASCARIACL900623 Brazilian. Choice cuts cooked over a fire pit with rock salt. Waiters dressed as gauchos offer 16 sumptuous cuts, from picanha (a sirloin specialty) to coração (delicate chicken hearts); it’s carnivore heaven. An elaborate hot and cold bar features vegetable and seafood specialities. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1830 Main St., Irvine, 949.222.9910,

ANEPALCO’S Mexican-French. Chef Daniel Godinez brings French technique and artistic presentations to traditional Mexican ingredients, with sophisticated results. Tilapia with serrano chili-infused beurre blanc; cuitlacoche-topped burger. The innovative cocktails are superb. L, D (daily). 3737 Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.456.9642,

H ANAHEIM WHITE HOUSECL0000022658 Italian. Italian steakhouse in 1909 manor offers a romantic setting and refined cuisine amid fresco recreations. The hanger steak and game dishes are huge draws; the white chocolate salmon is not to be missed. Presentations give it the wow factor. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.1381,

ANGELINA'S06928 Italian. Well-regarded Dana Point pizzeria napoletana opens a stylish new upscale location in Irvine, where its menu expands well beyond excellent pizza. L, D (daily). Los Olivos Marketplace, 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200; Monarch Bay Plaza, 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.429.1102,

ARCCL0000022660 American. Chef Noah Blum and partner Marin Howarth presents “flame, flavor, finesse” cuisine (e.g., duck leg with lentils, egg and parsley, and tomahawk steak for two or three) amid rustic-comfort-apothecary decor. Cocktails, among the county’s very best, use house-made bitters, infusions, syrups and sodas. L, D (daily). South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.500.5561,

ANDREACL9000006861 Italian. Elegant but unstuffy setting offers one of the county’s most spectacular views, of elysian vistas and the Pacific Ocean beyond, and northern Italian cuisine such as barrel-agedAcquerello risotto with forest mushrooms for two. Pasta and gelato are handmade in dedicated rooms. L (WSu), D (daily). Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 800.820.6800,

ANQICL9000006860 Vietnamese fusion. Innovative small plates in sexy setting with backlit bar and glass catwalk over running stream. Mango-chili shrimp; galbi hanger steak with crispy kimchee polenta; amazing garlic noodles at adjacent noodle bar. Garlic crab on Tuesdays. Lovely cocktails. L, D (daily). Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679,

garitas are the focus at Solita, at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach (714.894.2792). Eclecticism rules at Taco Asylum—e.g., bacon PB&J and bánh mì tacos—at the Camp in Costa Mesa (714.922.6010). Taco María, inside South Coast Collection’s OC Mix, offers tacos primarily at lunch, but they’re a reason the spot earns national recognition (714.538.8444).

H AVEO TABLE + BARCL00260 Mediterranean. New. Coastal bounty amid cool chandeliers and art and expansive ocean views. Eggs al forno breakfast; porchetta sandwich; Spanish paella for two. “Farm-to-Bar” cocktails, enjoyed beneath a vaulted ceiling, showcase local ingredients and resort-grown herbs and honey. B, L, D (daily). 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3915, H BACK BAY BISTROCL0000022658 American. Snazzy spot at the Dunes with panoramic Back Bay view and retractable roof. Seafood, Prime steaks, excellent brunches plus dog-friendly waterfront patio. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144,


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BREAK OF DAWNL0000022665 Breakfast. Iconic spot known for generous portions of Dee Nguyen’s superb Vietnamese-inflected American breakfast fare. Some skew to the unusual—the Foodie is a stew of beef tongue, tripe, gizzard and turnips— but everything skews delicious. B, L (W-Su).  24351 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949.587.9418, BROADWAY BY AMAR SANTANA American. Top Chef runner-up offers progressive cuisine such as herbroasted branzino with cauliflower puree, pickled clamshell mushrooms, celery and truffle jus. Handcrafted cocktails are among the county’s best. D (M-Sa). 328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.8234, CLAM CHOWDER AT WATER GRILL

H THE BEACHCOMBER American. Spot in a historic cottage right on the sand at Crystal Cove State Park beach. Short rib spring rolls; baked French feta; wild-mushroomand-truffle mac; blue crab-stuffed salmon; and Gimme S’mores dessert. Outdoor Bootlegger Bar. Shuttle from Los Trancos. B, L, D (daily). 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, 949.376.6900, THE BLIND PIG022665 American. Young talent turns out creative fare (sisig; gnocchi and mussels; bison burger, culotte steak) plus top-notch cocktails at highdecibel spot overlooking scenic lake. L, D (Tu-Su).  31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.888.0072, BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS022665 American. Wagyu steaks and seafood in stylish, whimsical industrialchic digs with an ocean-view patio. Japanese Kobe steak, Akaushi Kobestyle steaks and burgers, fresh crab

legs, ice-cream Cronut. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 3300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.960.0996, BLUEFIN CL0000022661 Japanese. Master sushi chef Takashi Abe offers exquisite sushi and hot entrées. Toro tartare with osetra caviar; seafood tempura with truffle butter ponzu sauce; prime filet mignon with mixed mushrooms. Opt for omakase tasting. L, D (daily). 7952 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.715.7373, H BLUEWATER GRILLCL9000006300 Seafood. Seafood so fresh—grilled Australian barramundi, Costa Rican mahimahi, farm-raised Mississippi catfish—that the menu changes daily. There’s a waterfront patio at the Newport location, a fireplace patio in Tustin. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675.3474; the District at Tustin Legacy, 2409 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.3474.

1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.774.4442, H CHART HOUSECL0000022665 Seafood. Creative seafood, choice beef, salads, desserts such as the molten chocolate-liqueur Lava Cake and seaside vistas—on a clear day you can see La Jolla! D (nightly). 34442 Street of the Green Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.1183, CRAB COOKERCL0000022665 Seafood. Motto: “Eat lots a fish.” Highlights: “Clam Chowder World’s Best,” Alaskan King crab, “Hot Plump Mussels on the Half Shell.” Casual (but not inexpensive) family dining and fish market for 65 years. L, D (daily). 2200 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.673.0100; 17260 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.573.1077.

H BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.CL0000054534 Seafood. Casual, kid-friendly spot near Disney Resort and convention center offers shrimp every way imaginable: coconut, drunken, fried, in pasta or po’boy sandwich. Other specialties: ribs, burgers, fried chicken, crab legs. L, D (daily). Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.635.4867,

CUCINA ENOTECAL0000054534 Italian. Cal-Italian fare and wine shop amid whimsical decor. Vasi (filled mini-mason jars), stuffed squash blossoms, short-rib pappardelle, foraged-mushroom and truffle-oil pizza. Wine: retail plus $10. L, D (daily). 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416; Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222.

CAPITAL GRILLECL9000006868 Steak. In the elegant dining room amid portraits of county historical figures, dine on lobster-crab cakes or bone-in, Kona-crusted sirloin with caramelized shallot butter. Five thousand wines complement the cuisine; classic cocktails precede it. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.432.1140,

DIN TAI FUNG Chinese. Taiwanese restaurant renowned for Shanghai-style soup dumplings. New York Times tapped the original for its world’s Top 10; L.A. Times’ Jonathan Gold had Glendale’s in his L.A. top 101. Truffle-oil xiao long bao; pot stickers. L, D (daily). 3333 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, 714.549.3388,

H CATAL00265 Mediterranean. Elegant dining room and sprawling balcony with panoramic Downtown Disney views. Specialties include suckling pig with smoked cider jus, tapas, Catalan seafood stew, lobster paella and grilled steaks as well as creative cocktails. B, L, D (daily).

DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN + BAR0000022665 American. Overlooks the sand. Octopus “a la plancha” taco, shareable whole fried Texas redfish; whiskeys in the Stateroom Bar. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  Pacific Edge Hotel, 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.715.7700,

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The sumptuous transformation of Monarch Beach Resort presents all-new restaurants and dining experiences for you to savor. From Mediterranean-inspired specialties and contemporary American cuisine to oceanview cafĂŠs and comfortably inviting lounge and bar settings, a world of delicious discoveries awaits you.

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FIG & OLIVECL002670 Mediterranean. Sophisticated bicoastal spot presents Pascal Lorange’s acclaimed cuisine. Snacks include crudos, Spanish cheeses and jamón ibérico. Truffle-mushroom croquettes precede pastas, steaks or paella. Sangría, cocktails, Mediterranean wines. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005, FIVE CROWNSCL0000022671 Continental. Venerated, newly renovated Lawry’s-owned spot in replica of England’s oldest inn has an ever evolving and ever more creative menu—but the prime rib and other favorites aren’t going anywhere. Superb SideDoor gastropub is adjacent. D (nightly). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331, FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BARCL0000022672 Steak. Sleek spot serves prime everything. The bar offers more than 100 wines by the glass and in flights as well as inviting happy-hour options. Prime rib on Sundays. D (nightly), Br (Su). Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633, FRANCOLI GOURMETCL0000022672 Italian. Handsome spot—with ornate orange-glass chandelier, intriguing art on the walls and Italian ceramics everywhere—looks out onto the Orange Circle. Regional specialty pastas; specialty Italian products available for purchase. L, D (daily). 100 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.288.1077,










GABBI’S MEXICAN KITCHENCL0000022673 Mexican. Chef-owner Gabbi Patrick draws on Mexico’s rich culinary heritage to offer dishes that rarely fail to fascinate, e.g., panuchos de Yucatán (achiote pork on puffed tortillas), and pozole verde with sea bream and littleneck clams. L, D (daily). 141 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.3038,

GRATITUDE0006928 Vegan. New. Chic flagship location from the Café Gratitude chain features elaborate organic, plant-based dishes with affirming names such as “Welcoming” and “Authentic.” Don’t-miss items include the tostada and an unforgettable smoking gin and tonic. B, L, D (daily).  Westcliff Plaza, 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.386.8103, GRITS FULLERTON000022665 Southern. “Classic Southern comfort food done with California creativity.” Chef Cody Storts’ pancake balls with hazelnut ganache; biscuits and bone marrow; pork-cheek “Benny” with jalapeño grits. B, L (daily); D (W-Su). 133 W. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, 714.449.0939, H HARBOR GRILLCL0000022673 Seafood. Restaurant in Dana Point marina has been serving mesquitegrilled seafood, pastas and steaks for three decades. Oysters, mahimahi in mango-chutney barbecue sauce, grilled sea scallops in Thai red curry sauce. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 34499 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1416, HARVESTCL0000022673 California. New. Menu at the historic and newly reopened Ranch at Laguna Beach is inspired by the state’s organic farming, ranching, brewing, distilling and oenology and served up amid golf and canyon views. House-smoked hams, house-made bitters and as much as possible grown in the property’s garden and orchard. B, L, D (daily). 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.499.2271, HAVEN GASTROPUBCL9000006859 Brewpub. Chef Greg Daniels, a culinary force to be reckoned with, offers adventurous fare—e.g., Jidori chickenliver toast and whole roasted suckling pig as well as superlative burgers—and palate-provoking beers. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680,

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THE HOBBITCL0000022675 Continental. Transporting experience at homey hacienda revered for special occasions. The seven-course prix-fixe affair includes aperitifs upstairs, hors d’oeuvres in the wine cellar and new Continental classics in elegant dining rooms. Menu changes weekly. Reservations essential. D (W-Su). 2932 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.997.1972,

LAS BRISAS0000022678 Mexican. Window-lined, elegant clifftop spot with superb coastal views. Chili garlic mussels; two-mole Mary’s Chicken; snapper Veracruzana. The new menu offered on the packed patio goes well beyond the acclaimed guacamole and has its own cocktail list. B, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su).  361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.497.5434,

HOLSTEIN'S000006301 American. High-end burgers—the Korean-inspired Rising Sun, El Caliente with chicharrones and tequila-cilantro mayo—and Bamboozled shakes such as A-Chocolypse Now, with alcohol and without. Don’t miss the nitro meringues. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.352.2525,

LEATHERBY’S CAFÉ ROUGE268 Californian. Chic and sleek affair at the glittering Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Acres of curvilinear windows set the scene for sophisticated and cutting-edge cuisine. Ideal for pre- or post-performance. Chef Ross Pangalinan often offers menus themed to the center’s musicals. D (Tu-Su). 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.429.7640,

IL BARONEL0000022665 Italian. Chef Franco Barone and his wife, Donatella, offer an array of sophisticated fare—Florentine-style tripe, Sorrentine gnocchetti, ravioli filled with pear and Gorgonzola—at their stylish spot tucked away near the John Wayne Airport. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 4251 Martingale Way, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755, IRENIAL0000022704 American. New. Former Taco María sous chef Ryan Garlito offers classic Filipino dishes such as adobo pork belly elevated with unexpected ingredients. Dessert and cocktails excel as well. L (W-Sa), D (Tu-Sa). 400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 657.245.3466, 8 H JT SCHMID’SCL0000022679 Brewpub. Popular spots known for beers brewed on-site and extensive menu: wood-fired pizzas, Prime aged steaks, pastas, burgers, sashimi, blackened-fish tacos and jambalaya. L, D (daily). 2610 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.634.9200; the District at Tustin Legacy, 2415 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.0333.

H LIGHTHOUSE BAYVIEW CAFE0000022678 American. Burgers, bánh-mì buns and bouillabaisse in a lighthouse-shaped harbor- and mountain-view restaurant. Start or end any meal with the beignets. Walk-up window for boaters; dogfriendly patio. B, L, D (daily). 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.933.1001, lighthousenb.com8 LILLIE'S QL0000022665 American. Outpost of chef Charlie McKenna’s renowned Chicago eatery brings his ribs—consistent winners at national barbecue competitions— and tri-tip plus other Southern fare and excellent moonshine cocktails. L, D (daily).  240 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.482.2001, MARCHÉ MODERNECL9000006303 French. Chef Florent Marneau and pastry-chef wife Amelia present one of Southern California’s finest bistro experiences. Artisan cheese and charcuterie, moules frites, cold foiegras torchon, steak frites l’échalote and transcendent desserts. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.7900,

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H MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUBCL0000022681 Seafood. Seafood flown in daily, served in majestic proportions at bluff-top, ocean-view spot. Start with the Seafood Tower; end with the warm butter cake. The O Bar has a glass-topped grand piano. D (nightly). Crystal Cove Promenade, 8112 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.376.6990, H MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSECL0000022682 Steak. Portions at swanky spot are larger than life: wet-aged handcut bone-in filet; excessively good sides such as the off-the-menu crab gnocchi; and the warm butter cake. White-jacket service. Fine live music in the bar. D (nightly). 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.546.7405, H MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S82 Seafood. Daily-changing regionally inspired menu of fresh seafood—Maine lobster bisque, crabstuffed Atlantic salmon, fish and chips—plus steaks. Upscale, casual bars are known for happy hours. Irvine L (M-F), D (nightly). Anaheim L, D (daily). 2000 Main St., Irvine, 949.756.0505; 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.535.9000. H MIXCL0 Californian. Hilton Anaheim executive chef Frederic Castan oversees the globally influenced menu at the strikingly redone atrium lobby restaurant and lounge and the impressive chef’s table in the kitchen. B, L, D (daily). Hilton Anaheim, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, 714.740.4412, H MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSECL85 Steak. Classy bastion of beef offers service-plus, colossal portions, cozy lighting and mahogany booths. Double filet; Cajun rib-eye; filet Oscar. Show-and-tell tableside menu recitation. Bar 1221. Santa Ana: L (M-F), D (nightly).

Anaheim: D (nightly). South Coast Plaza Village, 1641 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.444.4834; 1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.621.0101. MOZAMBIQUE African. Flavors of sub-Saharan Africa on three dining levels, romantic patio and Veranda rooftop deck. Periperi prawns, samosas with Mozambique chutney, Moroccan-style Chilean sea bass and wood-fired steaks. Live music on weekends, complimentary shuttle. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777, MRK PUBLIC0000022665 Gastropub. Three chefs—two of them from the late, great Tabu Grill in Laguna Beach—offer elevated pub favorites, notably Tuscan Toast, Vietnamese Sticky Wings and Fried Chicken Sandwich, and craft beers (all beers $5). It’s a winner! L, D (Tu-Su).  1402 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.441.7621, NAPA ROSECL0000022687 Californian. The Disney Resort’s ode to the wine country is a celebration of beauty in the bottle and the bounty of nature wherein ace chef Andrew Sutton conjures up sophisticated seasonal dishes. Dozens of sommeliers on staff draw on one of the region’s finest wine cellars. D (nightly). Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.3463 H NAPLES RISTORANTE0000022665 Italian. Family-friendly restaurant features regional dishes with an emphasis on Southern Italian fare. The speciality is branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) on a bed of roasted peppers. Observe the lively Downtown Disney scene on the patio. L, D (daily). 1550 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.6200, OAK GRILL1 Californian. Very fine contemporary fare with classical influences—e.g.,

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tandoori-spice ahi tartare; seared Maine diver scallops with heirloom beans, capers and stewed baby tomatoes, Rocky Road Bar—in an oakladen dining room and on a striking patio shared with Aqua Lounge. Fifty wines by the glass and superb cocktails. B, L, D (daily). Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920, OLD VINE CAFECL0000022665 American. Regional, seasonal and a pleasure any time of day, be it for chef Mark McDonald’s caramel apple French toast, his beef-tongue panini or any of several ever impressive four-course tasting menus with wine pairings. B, L (daily); D (Tu-Sa).  The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411,


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PARK AVE RESTAURANTCL9000006304 Steak. Owner-chef David Slay’s acclaimed spot serves creative renditions of classic American cuisine featuring house-made and homegrown specialties. Most produce is meticulously grown on-site. Googie architecture, midcentury retro decor. Slay’s Il Garage for Italian is adjacent. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400, PIZZERIA MOZZA CL0000022693 Italian. Spot from Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich replicates their acclaimed L.A. collaboration, serving transcendent pizzas. Start with fried squash blossoms with ricotta or bone-marrow al forno; end with caramel coppetta with marshmallow sauce and Spanish peanuts. L, D (daily). 800 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.945.1126, PIZZERIA ORTICA Italian. Spot owned by Los Angelesbased chef David Myers (Comme Ça) presents refined Neapolitan fare using intriguing ingredients beneath soaring arched ceilings and frescoes. Ideal for pre- or post-performance repasts. L (M-F), D (nightly).

650 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.445.4900, PLAYGROUND American. Jason Quinn offers small plates, such as Brussels sprouts Caesar salad, Kurobuta pork-belly steamed buns, Uncle Lou’s fried chicken, and Imperial Wagyu Top Sirloin. Playground 2.0 is a “culinary theater” for tasting dinners. D (daily). 220 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, 714.560.4444, PROVENANCE Californian. Cathy Pavlos’ winecountry-farmhouse-themed spot has raised-bed patio garden; produce is the star. Pan-roasted cauliflower kung pao; Snake River Farms heritage pork; S’mores in a Jar. Fantastic brunch. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0477, PUEBLOCL0000022704 Spanish.   Cozy, upbeat spot offers tapas—grilled Spanish octopus, pimentón potato and mojo verde; roasted bone marrow, brioche and onion chutney—and cheese and charcuterie boards indoors and on a winning patio. L, D (daily).  South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.340.5775, H PUESTO Mexican. New. Acclaimed spots in San Diego open in Irvine, offering artisanal tacos such as zucchini-andcactus and chef especialidads such as the shrimp tamarindo taco on blue corn tortillas. L, D (daily).  Los Olivos Marketplace, 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, H QUATTRO CAFFÉ Italian. Antonio Cagnolo of nearby, much-lauded Antonello Ristorante here rejuvenates shoppers with his stylish northern Italian dishes, delivering them with an uncomplicated elegance. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.0300,


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H RAINFOREST CAFECL0000022694 Themed. Animatronics, aquariums and special effects bring rain forest adventure indoors. Enjoy seafood, beef, chicken, pastas, salads, sandwiches, pizza and Volcano dessert amid lush vegetation, lightning and wild animals. L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1515 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.772.0413,


Contemporary California Cuisine Handcrafted Brews Wide Screen TVs Outdoor Patio

HAPPY HOUR* Mon - Fri 3-6:30pm

ANAHEIM 2610 E Katella Ave. I 714.634.9200 TUSTIN 2415 Park Ave. I 714.258.0333

*Mon - Fri, 3pm-5pm when there is an event at the Honda Center or Anaheim Stadium

Legendary Food since 1987 TUSTIN 17440 E. 17th Street 714.838.8855

IRVINE 3915 Portola Parkway 714.734.9687

NEWPORT COAST 21123 Newport Coast Dr. 949.760.9687

ANAHEIM 1801 E. Katella Avenue 714.280.9687

H RALPH BRENNAN’S JAZZ KITCHENCL0000022695 American. New Orleans jazz and Creole fare at festive spot. Gumbo ya-ya, Creole calamari and bananas Foster. Beignets at Jazz Kitchen Express (opens at 8 am daily), romantic dining upstairs, casual lunch and dinner downstairs. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su). Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200, RAMOS HOUSE CAFÉCL0000022696 American. Captivating ramshackle abode in historic district offers delectable daytime fare: superlative contemporary breakfasts and lunches with a Southern accent befitting the alfresco setting and rumble of passing trains. B, L (Tu-F); Br (Sa-Su). 31752 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1342, THE RANCHCL0000054534 American. Sophisticated restaurant and glittering saloon. Signature popovers; Kobe beef carpaccio with pecorino Romano, wild arugula and truffle; Skuna Bay salmon with black quinoa, California almonds, vine-dried grapes and tangerine nage; massive and massively flavorful bonein cowboy rib-eye may be O.C.’s best. D (nightly). 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200, H RED O Mexican. The dishes are by consultant Rick Bayless, America’s preeminent authority on Mexican cuisine, but we go for the sexy contemporary Moroccan-inflected design and Topolo margarita. Also: taquitos stuffed

with crispy Sonoma duck in tomatochile de árbol salsa; pork-belly sopes; and that peach-colored habanero salsa! D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300, H ROYAL THAICL0000022697 Thai. Casually elegant, family-owned eateries, local favorites for 30 years. Specialties include deep-fried honey duck, enormous Lady Thai prawns with tamarind-curry sauce, and Royal Thai fish, fried pompano with spicy chili or sweet-and-sour sauce. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 4001 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.645.8424; 1750 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.8424. H RUSTY PELICAN3 Seafood. Contemporary American menu includes crab cakes, pan-roasted ono, and swordfish with Cajun spices and Kentucky bourbon sauce, as well as pastas, prime rib and steaks. Waterfront location has a romantic patio. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2735 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.642.3431, SAPPHIRE LAGUNACL9000006917 Eclectic. Chef Azmin Ghahreman offers sophisticated, globally inspired dishes at stylish restaurant with popular patio overlooking Coast Highway. Burmese fermented tea salad; Russian zharkoe with braised beef cheek; fantastic burger. Gourmet pantry for takeout. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888, SELANNE STEAK TAVERN Steak. Ice hockey legend Teemu Selänne also proves an all-star restaurateur, offering several distinct settings within a historic cottage and a distinctive menu: Consider Pacific diver scallops, scarlet beet ravioli, Lord Stanley cut wagyu steak for two, and the monkey bread dessert. D (Tu-Su). 1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881,

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SHADESCL0000022701 Californian. Casual elegance, ocean views and a winning Cal-Continental steak-and-seafood menu make this venue popular. Deft cooking; boutique ranch meats. The poolside patio is favored for the lavish Sunday brunch. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000, H SILVER TRUMPET9000006916 American. Creative fare, stylish design near performing arts. Crispy cheese-filled squash blossoms; achiote skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. Seductively illuminated lounge; lakeside-view patio. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593, SOCIALCL0000022704 American. Hipster spot offers knockout cuisine and cocktails near the Triangle. Thai-inflected mussels; grilled bread with bone-marrow butter; akaushi skirt steak with chimichurri; and excellent cocktails, notably the signature Gunslinger. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2425, SOL COCINACL9000006916 Mexican. Stylish spot overlooking the harbor canals features the fare of Deborah Schneider, author of cookbooks Amor y Tacos and The Mexican Slow Cooker. Vibrant Baja-inspired dishes and cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.675.9800, SPLASHESCL0000022700 Californian. Indoors by the fireplace or on the patio steps from the sand, crashing waves and stunning sunsets at this posh spot provide the backdrop for an alluring menu and gorgeous memories. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.2779,

H STONEHILL TAVERNCL0000022703 American. Michael Mina spot in shimmering room at Monarch Beach Resort. Maine lobster pot pie; misoglazed black cod; chocolate toffee bar. Elaborate tasting menus change weekly. D (W-Su). 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3900, STUDIOCL0000022704 Cal-French. Bluff-top bungalow with endless Pacific view oozes offhand luxury. Chef Craig Strong offers top-tier cuisine, gilded by genteel service, ingredients from on-site garden, impressive wines and superior cocktails, too. D (Tu-Su). The Montage, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6420, SUSHI ROKUCL0000022704 Japanese. Gorgeous spot from CalJapanese sushi pioneer known in L.A. for its hip vibe. Fluke kumquat sashimi; blue-crab tartare; Prime rib-eye steak Japonais; spectacular s’mores dessert; sake tasting flights. L, D (daily).  327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622, TACKLE BOX American. Bravo TV Top Chef alumnus Brian Huskey’s unlikely seafoodcentric “local grub shack” on the sand. Chilaquiles; chowder chicharrón; Maine lobster on squid-ink roll. L (TuSu);  B, D (W-Su 9 am-sunset). Corona del Mar State Beach, 3029 E. Shore Ave., Newport Beach, 949.723.0502, TACO MARÍA Mexican. Passionate chef Carlos Salgado serves up his fascinating Chicano cuisine at a deceivingly casual spot inside the OC Mix—it’s one of SoCal’s best restaurants. Distinctive tacos at lunch; meticulously prepared and presented four-course prix-fixe dinner. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Sa-Su). South Coast Collection, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.538.8444,

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Welcome to Anaheim White House Restaurant

A privately 0wned Italian steak and seafood restaurant located in the heart of Orange County, just minutes from the Disneyland Resort, Honda Center, Angel Stadium, and The Anaheim Convention Center. With twelve private dining and meeting rooms, the Anaheim White House has become a premier dining establishment, ideal for large parties, business functions or romantic dinners. The Anaheim White House is proud to be the founder of Caterina’s Club and to support their efforts in feeding more than 1800 children daily.

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TANNER'SCL0000022660 American. New. Beachy vibe and view, fare cooked on open fire, stunning rooftop Treehouse Bar with its own cocktail menu at Paséa Hotel & Spa. Poke omelet; Grape & Burrata; roast salmon with coconut forbidden rice pudding. B, L, D (daily).  21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.6130, THREE SEVENTY COMMONCL0000022704 American. Chef Ryan Adams offers winning fare such as the short-rib grilled cheese, nightly foie gras, allnatural chicken, 10-napkin burger and the Presley dessert for two. Family-style Sunday dinners. D (nightly).  370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.494.8686, H TORTILLA JO’S0000022665 Mexican. Music and festive southof-the-border spirit fill this Downtown Disney favorite. Barbacoa nachos, chile relleno de lentejas, and seafood del mar enchiladas; 100 tequilas. Terraces and balconies with views. L, D (daily). 1510 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.535.5000,

Contemporary American seasonal fare inspired by the local farms of Southern California Join us on the patio with ocean views or in the bar for artisinal cocktails, craft beer and world-class wines and signature appetizer bar jars

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Available for private parties. • (714) 845 4776

TWENTY EIGHT Chinese. Top Chef alumnus Shirley Chung—who served as executive chef at Las Vegas’ China Poblano by José Andrés and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali—offers modern Chinese fare in cosmopolitan dining room. Singapore-style chili lobster; slow-braised oxtail. L, D (daily).  19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine, H UVA BAR & CAFE0 000022665 Cal-Med. Alfresco eatery offers express breakfasts, creative salads and burgers seared la plancha at lunch, and exceptional snacks all day long. Adults enjoy cocktails and craft beers; kids tuck into house-made icecream sandwiches, floats and shakes. B, L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.774.4442,

VACACL002708 Spanish. Tapas, paellas, house-made charcuterie, 50-day aged steaks and superb cocktails in striking Town Center space from Amar Santana— Bravo TV Top Chef finalist/runner-up last season and owner/chef at Broadway in Laguna Beach—and partner Ahmed Labbate L, D (daily). 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.463.6060, WATER GRILL Seafood. New. Grande dame of L.A. fine-dining seafood destinations opens in a dramatic redo of the former Scott’s space opposite South Coast Plaza. Wild Tahitian bigeye tuna, wild Barents Sea red king crab, 1-pound Prime rib-eye and indulgent desserts. L, D (daily).  3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, WATERLINECL0000022670 Seafood. Water-to-table experience overlooking Newport Harbor showcases fresh local seafood three meals per day. Consider crab eggs Benedict in the am, halibut BLT at lunch, crabcrusted salmon with truffle caviar and seafood foam at dinner. B, L, D (daily). Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4145, H WATERTABLE American. Restaurant and “gastrobar” offer “West Coast comfort food with attitude” in “living rooms” and on ocean-view patio. Shareable Bar Jars; wagyu burger with lamb-belly confit; lemonfennel-thyme-stuffed branzino. B, L, D (daily). Hyatt Regency Resort, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4776, THE WINERYCL900691 Californian. Chef Yvon Goetz offers contemporary seafood, game, USDA Prime steaks plus cigar patios and extensive wine cellars—at two striking spots, one overlooking Newport Harbor. Tustin: L (M-F), D (nightly).


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Newport: D (nightly), Br (Su). The District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.7600; 3131 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622, H ZOV’S Cal-Med. Zov Karamardian’s culinary passion propels her acclaimed spots. Her bakery-café in Tustin offers jewel-like desserts, premium breads and gourmet products. Meals Enderle served vary by location.  Center, 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855; 1801 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.280.9687; 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 949.760.9687; 3915 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 714.734.9687.


Mexican Inspired Prime Steak & Seafood

ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE Various. Historic citrus hub— the Sunkist building—hosts two dozen foodie vendors including Urbana for Mexican; Adya for Cal-Indian; Georgia’s for Southern; Hammer Bar & Tool Shed for cocktails; Black Sheep for grilled cheese sandwiches; Ecco for pizza; the Iron Press for savory waffles; and Mini Monster for cotton-candy/ boba. L, D (daily). 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.635.1350, 4TH STREET MARKETCL0000022671 Various. Fifteen foodie tenants in the East End include Mar, Stockyard Sandwich, Dos Chinos, KTCHN DTSA, Portola Coffee Lab and Recess Libations for cocktails on tap. Jinny’s Pizzeria, Pig Pen Delicacy, Sit Low Pho and Terra are new. L, D (daily).  201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, 714.486.0700,

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H LOT 579CL002671 Various. New. Tenant list at new dining marketplace includes American Dream for burgers and beers, Burnt Crumbs for artisanal sandwiches, Bear Flag Fish Co. for poke, Il Barone Italian Street Food, Pie-Not for savory Aussie pies and PopBar for gelato on a stick. L, D (daily). Pacific City,

21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, H OC MIXL002671 Various. Centerpiece of the South Coast Collection intersperses quirky retail and dining experiences including Taco María for Chicano cuisine, Shuck for oysters, Bistro Papilotte, the Cheese Shop, Temakira hand rolls, We Olive & Wine Bar and Theorem creative coffee bar. L, D (daily).  3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.375.0749, TRADE MARKETPLACE000022671 Various. New. Nine leading foodie entrepreneurs—whose portfolios include, for example, Slapfish, GD Bro Burgers, Dos Chinos and Afters ice cream—open entirely new concepts a block from John Wayne Airport anchored by Ootoro Sushi. L, D (daily).  2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine, UNION MARKET MISSION VIEJO Various. New. Collection on upper level of entertainment center includes Anchor Hitch Seafood & Raw Bar (the city’s finest dining?), Oyu Shabu for shabu-shabu, Hummus Bowl, Dry Society for craft cocktails and Milk Box for craft boba tea. L, D (daily).  Kaleidoscope, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, H UNION MARKET TUSTIN0T02671 Various. Diverse dining experiences include Hatch for creative sliders and Tiki drinks, Cubed for poke, Kettlebar Steam Cooking for pan roasts and other seafood stews, the Kroft for marketinspired sandwiches and poutine, and the Dirty Cookie. L, D (daily). The District, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin, FOR HUNDREDS MORE DINING LISTINGS, SEE WHERE ORANGE COUNTY   MAGAZINE, SOCALPULSE.COM OR THE WHERE TRAVELER APP

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On the beach in the Historic District of Crystal Cove State Park, the Beachcomber offers spectacular views of the coast and Catalina Island from either the cozy, nautical-style dining room or scenic patio. The ambience of the celebrated retreat rekindles the nostalgia of a 1930s beach resort, when the county’s Gold Coast was virtually undiscovered. In the morning, locals and visitors enjoy dishes such as a farmers market frittata, coconut-macadamia pancakes, brioche French toast, and steak chilaquiles. The lunch menu features Maine lobster rolls and ahi or Kobe beef burgers. At dinner, while watching the sunset over the Pacific, diners begin with calamari or mini ahi tuna tacos before moving on to filet mignon, crab-stuffed Scottish salmon or braised short ribs. The Beachcomber’s Bootlegger Bar turns out legendary cocktails including the Pimm’s Cup and Paradise Punch, perfectly suited to the laid-back beach scene. B, L, D (daily).

Most lighthouses serve boaters; however the architecturally stunning glass- and-steel structure on Newport Harbor is a beacon for diners as well. Executive chef Ryan Sumner, offers fare as diverse as croissant French toast and blue crab benedict at breakfast, burgers and pulled pork panini at lunch, and ahi wonton tostadas and bouillabaisse at dinner; cinnamon beignets are a specialty any time of day. The two-story restaurant’s upper-floor patio boasts spectacular harbor and mountain views and the lower outdoor patio is dog-friendly. Before or after a meal, families might enjoy a walk along the adjacent beach or visit the smaller red-andwhite-striped lighthouse at the park, which houses a slide for the playground. Arriving by boat; take advantage of dock space or call ahead and have your appetizers or meal brought to you on your vessel as you enjoy the harbor views. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).

15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast

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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Table-Served Side Dishes Fried Bananas Brazilian Cheese Bread Tomato Vinaigrette Salad Bar Selections Caesar Salad Baby Greens Eggplant Salad Hearts of Palm Sliced Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella Marinated Artichokes Pickled Shiitake Roasted Beets Selection of Cold Cuts and Cheeses Salmon Gravlax Shrimp Cocktail Hot Dishes Chicken Stroganoff Baked Salmon Feijoada (Black Bean Stew) Mussels Sauteed Collard Greens

“Agora Churrascaria, a meat lover’s paradise, is the next best thing to dining in Brazil.” —The Orange County Register Agora Churrascaria, located in the heart of Irvine, is a traditional Brazilian steakhouse where restaurant patrons are offered a fixed-price menu. It includes a selection of the finest beef, lamb, pork and chicken cuts, which gaucho-dressed waiters carve tableside. All of the meats are prepared and cooked as they have been for centuries: seasoned with rock salt to accent the individual tastes of each cut and slow-roasted over an open-flame mesquite charcoal pit. Also included in the fixed-price menu are the tableserved side dishes, the sumptuous salad bar and a selection of hot dishes. A salad bar-only option is also available. Agora’s full bar features classic and specialty cocktails along with an extensive wine list. Valet and public parking available in the adjoining lot. Reservations are recommended. L (M-F), D (nightly).

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Meats Beef Tenderloin Brazilian Pork Sausage Coração (Chicken Heart) Tri-tip Lamb Chops Pork Tenderloin Picanha (Top Sirloin Cap) Skirt Steak Beef Ribs Leg of Lamb Beef Wrapped in Bacon Chicken Drumstick Desserts Chocolate Mousse Cake Brazilian Flan Tiramisu Acaí Cheesecake Passion Fruit Mousse Gelatos and Sorbets

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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Appetizers Coconut Crusted Shrimp Louisiana Crab Cake Gumbo Ya-Ya French Quarter Salad Corn Chowder

For more than 60 years, Ralph Brennan and his family have proudly served the finest ingredients in New Orleans, and the Ralph Brennan name has become nearly synonymous with superb Louisiana cooking. The two-story restaurant in the heart of Downtown Disney® reflects traditional French Quarter architecture. The ground floor features an open-air courtyard flanked by Jazz Kitchen Express, a quick-service dining facility for folks on the run, and a New Orleans-style jazz club called Flambeaux's. Upstairs, you'll find traditional New Orleans dining rooms and the outdoor Jazz Balcony, which overlooks Downtown Disney®. A dozen artisans contributed original artwork, including a hand-beaded piano, wrought-iron fountain and giant neon saxophone on the façade. Diners enjoy traditional New Orleans starters such as crab cakes with Creole mustard aioli and gumbo ya-ya; main courses include pasta jambalaya, filet mignon with crawfish mashed potatoes, and blackened fish. Po’boys and chicken & waffles satisfy lunch guests. For dessert, there are beignets and Creole double chocolate bread pudding. Jazz Kitchen boasts festive Big Easy-themed private event facilities and a staff with expertise in planning them. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su).

Entrees Pasta Jambalaya BBQ Shrimp and Grits Grilled Medallions of Beef Southern Fried Chicken Grilled Chicken & Gnocchi Pesto Black and Blue Filet Mignon Catfish and Shrimp Etouffee Blackened Swordfish Desserts Beignets Double Chocolate Bread Pudding Bananas Foster Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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MIX Savor globally inspired flavors and the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Mix Restaurant and Lounge supports local farms and in-season items through its thoughtful approach and menu treatment. Award-winning Master Chef Frederic Castan applies his knowledge of the world’s flavors and varied techniques to create a seasonal menu that satisfies the most discriminating palate. Complimentary valet parking. Mention WHERE GuestBook to your server and receive 20% off your meal. (Offer excludes alcoholic beverages.) B, L, D (daily).


Since 1984, proprietors John, Wanda and Keegan Hicks have taken pride in the sincere friendly attitude of the staff and the quality of food. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast, the Harbor Grill offers a delicious array of fresh seafood cooked in a variety of styles including Southwestern, Pacific Rim, Caribbean, Cajun and Mediterranean. With its reasonably priced menu, premium cocktails and extensive wine list, the Harbor Grill has become a favorite with locals and a popular destination for visitors who are made to feel like “regulars.” Whether they’re enjoying the cozy dining room or the colorful terrace, the view of the harbor sails encourages a leisurely meal while a pianist adds the perfect background music each evening. L, D (daily), Br (Su).

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34499 Golden Lantern, Dana Point

777 Convention Way, Anaheim




BLUEWATER GRILL Bluewater Grill is the place for fresh and sustainable seafood! The popular restaurant serves up to 40 varieties of sustainably caught or Seafood Watchapproved seafood and shellfish daily, such as locally harpooned swordfish or snapper, Alaskan halibut and wild king salmon in season. It also features delicious salads, burgers, pasta and steak, and has a fresh oyster bar and lively bar scene. Sit on Tustin’s fireplace patio, on Newport’s waterfront terrace, or visit the location in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach

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Exquisite Thai dining in casually elegant surroundings is offered at this familyowned establishment, which has presented the tranquility of Thai cuisine and culture for more than 40 years. Dishes such as honey duck and enormous Lady Thai prawns from the Chao Praya River reflect the beguiling flavors of Thailand. The proprietors have served Thailand’s Royal Family and they roll out the red carpet for yours. The Sunset Dinner— four courses for $15.95—is offered from 5 to 7 pm; full-service bar. L, D (daily); Br (Su).

Just steps away from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza, Silver Trumpet gets a standing ovation for its symphony of seasonal, sustainable flavors. This restaurant features modern American cuisine sourced from the local market using fresh and freerange ingredients and housemade pastries, pastas and desserts. A local favorite and popular pre-show stop for theatergoers, the elegant dining room hits a high note with its warm modern décor and seamless glass windows providing fabulous lake or city views. It’s complimented by the contemporary bar and unmatched outdoor dining experience on the patio. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

4001 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach

949.645.8424 1750 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach


3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa

VIE DE FRANCE This bakery-café offers the best of casual French cooking, reminiscent of a familyrun bistro. Authentic specialties such as French onion soup, niçoise salad, beef bourguignon and steak frites are prepared by experienced chefs and enjoyed in a cozy, casual environment. Breads and pastries are baked fresh daily, and sweet finishes include chocolate mousse, fruit-filled crêpes and pain perdu. A wide variety of sandwiches, salads and lighter, vegetarian dishes provide additional versatility. Vie de France is an ideal way to enjoy the cuisine of France closer to home. B, L, D (daily).

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COOLEST HIKES Some of the county’s finest trails come with ocean breezes. For those with limited time, the Valido Trail, above, is ideal—  easily accessed and a mile round trip. Find incredible coastal vistas and a bench at the summit. Park on Valido Drive in Laguna Beach near West Street; the trail head is between two homes. Nearby Car Wreck Trail is more challenging. Park at Alta Laguna Park amid architecturally stunning homes. This hike, 3 miles round trip, starts at the top and it’s steep. Near the bottom are the ruins of a 1940s car. Continuing to the Dripping

CHRIST CATHEDRALCL0000022600 The stunning glass edifice formerly known as Crystal Cathedral and its campus are now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Adjacent architectural treasures include Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope and Richard Meier’s International Center for Positive Thinking. 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, 714.971.4000 DISCOVERY CUBECL0 More than 100 hands-on displays: Kids create a tidal wave, make music with lasers and lie on a bed of nails. The iconic huge tilting cube looming next to Interstate 5 houses the Boeing Rocket Lab. ExplorOcean in Newport Beach has joined the Discovery Cube family. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,

Cave adds 2 miles round trip. Both trails are in Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. All trails at Crystal Cove State Park, north of Laguna Beach, offer spectacular ocean views; easiest is the 3-mile Moro Canyon outand-back. Take El Moro Canyon Road from Coast Highway to the ranger station; on the other side of the highway is the beach.

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURECL0000022603 Disneyland’s state-themed counterpart recently marked the resort’s 60th anniversary. Highlights include the “World of Color” water-andlaser spectacular and Frozen—Live at the Hyperion. More thrills: Soarin’ Around the World, Radiator Springs Racers and California Screamin’. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565,

DISNEYLANDCL0000022602 Mickey Mouse’s theme park recently marked its diamond 60th anniversary. Fifty-five attractions in eight lands, Main Street looks back with Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln; Tomorrowland looks to the future with Star Wars—construction has begun on a Star Wars-themed land. A mountain range of thrill rides includes Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.7290, H FLIGHTDECK FLIGHT   SIMULATION CENTER Flightdeck’s F-16 flight simulators offer the ultimate “Top Gun” adventure. Takeoffs, aerial maneuvers and landing on an aircraft carrier provide exhilarating experiences in the “cockpit” that few civilians can imagine. Minimum age 11. 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim, 714.937.1511, FULLERTON ARBORETUMCL9000006937 The county’s largest botanical garden features 26 lush acres boasting more than 4,000 unusual plant species set amid ponds and streams. The tranquil retreat recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407, HONDA CENTERCL0000022604 The entertainment and sports venue hosts blockbuster concerts by acts such as Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, the latest Disney on Ice show, Anaheim Ducks home hockey games, L.A. Lakers basketball exhibition games and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400,

KNOTT’S BERRY FARMCL0000022605 More than 165 attractions at the world’s first theme park include topnotch roller coasters such as Xcelerator and Coast Rider; GhostRider reopened in time for the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town. Camp Snoopy skews young. In fall, the park becomes Knott’s Scary Farm. Dining options include Spurs steakhouse in Ghost Town and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner. Soak City Water Park is open in the summer. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200, MEDIEVAL TIMES CL0000022607 Dinner theater show features jousting knights, Pure Spanish stallions, swordsmanship and falconry as well as a four-course feast; the engaging pageantry unfolds in an 11thcentury castle setting and arena. The gift shop offers elaborate swords and knives. 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.523.1100, MISSION SAN JUAN   CAPISTRANO The jewel of the California missions, founded in 1776 and the birthplace of Orange County, offers architecture, gardens, history and exhibitions. Priests celebrate Mass in the Serra Chapel, the oldest church in California, where father Junípero Serra once presided. Free audio tours can be downloaded to your smartphone. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, ORANGE COUNTY   GREAT PARKCL900 The huge fledgling park includes the Palm Court Arts Complex, Farm + Food Lab and a tethered orange balloon ride that goes up 400 feet. Sand Canyon Avenue and Marine Way, Irvine, 866.829.3829,


ANGEL STADIUM CL0000022599 Home of Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2002 World Series and often American League Western Division winner. The halo atop the 23-story “Big A” in the parking lot lights up for wins. Saturday night fireworks. Tours Tu-W 9:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm when the team is away, off-season on Tuesdays. 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.634.2000. Tours: 714.940.2070,



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H PARAMOUNT PICTURESCL9000006922 An insider’s look at Hollywood’s iconic and longest-operating studio allows guests to explore more than a century of glamorous cinematic history. Options include two-hour tours, more in-depth VIP tours and Paramount After Dark. 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777, RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUMCL0000022611 A glimpse into events and people that shaped, and were shaped by, the 37th president. A $15 million renovation adds 70 exhibits including a replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office and another focusing on his China trip. You can arrange to listen to Nixon’s infamous White House tapes. Garden tours on Saturdays. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.933.5075, H SAN DIEGO ZOOCL9000006922 The venue features 4,000 creatures from around the world and recently marked its 100th year. It’s a longtime leader in care and conservation; habitats are modeled after the animals’ natural homes (e.g., Elephant Odyssey). 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515, H SAFARI PARK3 Southern California’s Serengeti! More than 3,500 animals—elephants, giraffes, gorillas, lions, antelopes, zebras and rhinos—roam the 1,800-acre grounds, designed to resemble natural habitats such as savannas, forests and lakes. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702, SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS2 Ten themed gardens on 2.2 acres tucked behind Coast Highway include patios and conservatories linked by brick walkways, flower beds and burbling tile fountains. The library is devoted to the Pacific Southwest. Café Jardin offers a Cal-French lunch.

2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261, H THE TRIANGLECL9000006922 Entertainment and dining destination on a triangular block features Time Nightclub—formerly Sutra, in an impressive new location—as well as Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl and Starlight Cinemas. Restaurants include La Vida Cantina, Saddle Ranch Chop House and Black Knight Gastro Lounge. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732, H UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOODCL0000022350 The world’s biggest motion picture/ TV studio features rides, shows and a behind-the-scenes studio tour. New: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Other rides include Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem; the tram tour takes in King Kong 360 3-D. The VIP Experience gives you a private guided tour and allows you to skip lines for attractions. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801,

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center EXHIBITIONS: Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017 Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times February 12 - May 11, 2017

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IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE CL0000022615 Eclectic offerings at this cultural gem range from an annual New World Flamenco Festival to string quartets to hip-hop. The intimate, 750-seat hall wins loyal audiences for its commitment to intriguing programming; it also hosts emerging local ensembles. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, LAGUNA PLAYHOUSECL0000022616 One of the West Coast’s oldest continuously operating professional theaters presents works from profound to hilarious. Season highlights: Hershey Felder’s Our Great Tchaikovsky, King of the Road and The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Moulton Theatre, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787,

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SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTSCL0000022614 The county’s premier performingarts venue offers Broadway musicals and dance in Segerstrom Hall, concerts by the Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale and touring orchestras in the Cesar Pelli-designed Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. More intimate events take place in Founders Hall and Samueli Theater. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, SOKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER4 Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed declared Soka’s “the best concert hall of its size in Southern California.... It seems an exception to the laws of physics.” The acoustically marvelous venue’s offerings include concerts by touring orchestras and the Pacific Symphony as well as a jazz series. 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4000, SOUTH COAST REPERTORYCL0000022617 One of America’s foremost producers of new plays, the Tony Award-winning SCR now begins its second half-century. The venue has germinated such acclaimed productions as Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit and offers a wide range of classics as well. The more intimate Julianne Argyros Stage often presents world or West Coast premieres. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555,

MUSEUMS H BOWERS MUSEUM CL0000022619 Cultural-arts venue hosts blockbuster shows in partnership with venerated museums around the world and houses art and artifacts of indigenous peoples. Its permanent exhibits include Ancient Arts of China: A 5,000-Year Legacy and Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands and several that are Californiathemed, among them California: The Golden Years. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600,

FULLERTON MUSEUM CENTER History, science and art exhibits, often with a pop-culture bent. The Leo Fender Gallery celebrates the legendary electric-guitar maker. 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545, HUNTINGTON BEACH INTERNATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM Hear a Dick Dale guitar riff in your head and you’ve got this shrine’s good vibe. The small collection includes photos, ukuleles and surfboards, including a hardwood that belonged to Duke Kahanamoku, who popularized surfing in the 1920s. 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.960.3483, IRVINE MUSEUMCL0000022622 Modest venue in an office building focuses on California Impressionism. Artists include Paul De Longpré, Franz A. Bischoff, Anna Althea Hills and Granville Richard Seymour Redmond. Guided tours Thursdays. 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.476.2565, LAGUNA ART MUSEUMCL0000022623 With roots dating to 1918, this may be O.C.’s oldest cultural institution, but the eclectic museum attracts a younger and edgier set with exhibits that celebrate pop culture: video games, custom cars, comic books, surfing and tattoos. Plus California art of the late 19th century. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971, LYON AIR MUSEUM940 Some of the world’s rarest operational 20th century aircraft, e.g., the Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress,” and other historical vehicles such as Adolf Hitler’s 1939 Mercedes-Benz, displayed on the perimeter of John Wayne Airport. 19300 Ike Jones Drive, Santa Ana, 714.210.4585, H MUZEOCL9006940 Museum and cultural-arts center hosts three traveling exhibitions with

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children’s programs per year. Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times and Pacific Standard Time are season highlights. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936, ORANGE COUNTY   MUSEUM OF ARTCL0000022624 Premier visual-arts venue highlights 20th century and contemporary art and culture. The museum’s own exhibitions have traveled to some 20 museums in the last decade. Season highlight: California Pacific Triennial. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122,

GOLF ANAHEIM HILLS GOLF COURSE Course features hillside vistas, graceful valleys and a stream that meanders past stands of stately oaks and sycamores. Fees include a cart and a GPS system. The 30,000-squarefoot, Mediterranean-themed clubhouse adds to one of the county’s best golfing values. 6501 E. Nohl Ranch Road, Anaheim Hills, 714.998.3041, MONARCH BEACH   GOLF LINKSCL0000022629 The Robert Trent Jones-designed course next to the Monarch Beach Resort offers sweeping ocean views. The seventh hole traverses Salt Creek twice; the third and fourth holes play adjacent to the soft-sand beach. Fees include cart. The pro shop was named one of America’s best by Golf World Business. 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive N., Dana Point, 949.240.8247, OAK CREEK GOLF CLUB7 This graceful Tom Fazio design, with its rolling doglegs and fairways lined with California wildflowers and other native vegetation, features wide fairways and large, open-fronted greens. Fees include a cart. 1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine, 949.653.5300,

PELICAN HILL GOLF CLUBCL0000026134 Two gorgeous courses offer some of the best golf in the United States. The Tom Fazio-designed layouts, adjacent to the Resort at Pelican Hill, are on coastal bluffs. Fees include a cart. The clubhouse, which is situated on a terraced hillside, features sweeping ocean panoramas. 22800 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, 949.467.6800, H STRAWBERRY FARMS   GOLF CLUB Eighteen-hole course developed by former Angel third baseman Doug DeCinces features rolling greens, a picturesque canyon, wetland vistas, O.C.’s longest hole—and a barn and windmill. Fees include cart. 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, 949.551.1811,

NIGHTLIFE AQUA LOUNGE9000006943 Yearling spot at the Island Hotel has a waved ceiling, 360-degree bar, huge patio with pedestrian access, a street-food-inspired menu, superb cocktails ... and group cocktails! DJs Th-Su.  690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920, BOWLMOR LANESCL9000006943 Hip state-of-the-art, glow-in-the-dark bowling lounges feature sports bars and global cuisine. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2405 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.2695; Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.783.2810. THE BUNGALOW9000006943 Nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse creates a second edition of his legendary Santa Monica nightspot. The Pacific City version is an inviting indoor-outdoor lounge with superhip decor where a beautiful crowd enjoys music by the county’s hottest DJs and food from Lot 579 neighbor Bear Flag Fish Co. 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0399.

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H COLONY WINE MERCHANTCL9006943 Tasting lounge and wine retailer celebrates Anaheim’s wine history—appropriate, given its location in the historic Anaheim Packing District— and features small producers. Also: craft beers and artisan cheeses and, often, live entertainment by co-owner Mike Kelsen. Open Tu-Su. 280 S. Lemon St., Anaheim, 657.208.1860, COSTA MESA 55 TAVERN + BOWL  State-of-the-art bowling alley with 10 lanes, sports viewing and a menu that goes well beyond typical bowling-venue fare. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.438.2320, HEAT ULTRA LOUNGECL900690 Las Vegas-inspired nightclub near the Disney Resort features plush decor, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, VIP sections and a luxurious indoor patio. Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.776.4328, THE IMPROV Comedy showcase and dinner theater. Pros bring down the house, amateurs launch careers. Dining pre-show gets priority seating. 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.482.0700,; Irvine Spectrum Center, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455, MESA Trendy lounge at the Camp has retractable glass roof, offers menu of New American share plates and excellent cocktails. Kitchen open until 1 am, bar until 2 am. Tu-Sa. 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700, MULDOON’S DUBLIN PUBCL9000006945 Cozy, lively spot near Fashion Island offers Irish-themed events such as kilt and fiddle contests in the Celtic bar, plus really good food— Irish fare as well as American

dishes. 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4110, ROOFTOP LOUNGE Local favorite—and a must-hit spot for visitors—offers a front-row seat for spectacular sunsets and ocean views. Enjoy cocktails, lunch and appetizers atop La Casa del Camino hotel. Heat lamps and blankets are available. Call for hours. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446, SKYLOFT9000006942 Scenic rooftop dining atop the historic Heisler building, with Coast Highway and ocean views, hits its stride with dishes such as spicy chopped salad and California smoked spare ribs. Local brews, live music. 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550, TIME NIGHTCLUBCL9000006942 Vibrant dance club (formerly Sutra) moves to impressive new space, presents intriguing lineup of musical acts and big-name deejays that have included Ludacris, Nelly, Paul Oakenfold, Snoop Dogg. “Smart casual” attire. Th-Sa. The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103,


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ALISO AND WOOD CANYONS WILDERNESS PARK  3,350-acre park is home to superb mountain-biking terrain and hiking; its canyons have an idyllic feel unmatched in Orange County. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 949.923.2200, CORONA DEL MAR STATE BEACH  Large, sandy beach—with volleyball courts—below beautiful homes. Lifeguards, fire pits and all amenities. Waveless cove adjacent. Fee for parking.  At Ocean Boulevard and Marguerite Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151,

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CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK  Hiking and mountain biking trails, steep cliffs, and sandy coves and beaches. Historic district with beach cottages and, right on the sand, the Beachcomber café and outdoor Bootlegger Bar. Lifeguards, restrooms. Fee for parking. East Coast Highway between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, 949.494.3539, DOHENY STATE BEACH  Popular swimming beach, protected tide pools and interpretive center. All amenities including picnic area with barbecues and fire rings. Fee for parking.  Dana Point Harbor, along Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.496.6172, HUNTINGTON STATE BEACH  Expansive, sandy beach adjacent to Huntington Beach Pier is the site of the U.S. Open of Surfing. Amenities include fire pits. Bolsa Chica Wetlands are across the highway. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Ana River and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.1454,

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LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK Sycamore-shaded canyons and high ridges 7,000-acre natural habitat offers spectacular ocean views, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and a nature center. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.923.2235, LITTLE CORONA BEACH  A steep paved path leads to picturesque cove and, great for kids, tide pools filled with anemones and starfish.  Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151, MAIN BEACH  Large popular beach close to shops and restaurants offers great peoplewatching, basketball, volleyball and

chess. All amenities. Metered parking.  At Broadway and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400, NEWPORT BEACH MUNICIPAL BEACH  Popular golden strand with numerous fine surfing spots. All amenities, including fire pits. Metered parking.  Along Oceanfront at Newport Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371, NEWPORT DUNES RESORT  Beach at RV park on the Back Bay has full-time lifeguards, giant inflatable in-water novelties and various water vessels for rent. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.DUNE, THOUSAND STEPS BEACH  More than 200 concrete steps lead down to a small beach—and are a workout on the way back up. Free street parking. Ninth Avenue and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400, UPPER NEWPORT BAY NATURE PRESERVE  Coastal wetlands, one of the finest birding sites in North America. Interpretive center open Tu-Su, 10 am-4 pm.  2301 University Drive (University Drive and Irvine Avenue), Newport Beach, 949.923.2290, VICTORIA BEACH  Laguna’s prettiest beach has a tower fit for Rapunzel and a man-made, high-tide swimming pool circa 1926. Metered parking.  Victoria Street off Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400, THE WEDGE  World-renowned bodysurfing and bodyboarding spot. Dangerous break; just watch unless you’re an expert. Free parking lot.  West Jetty View Park, Balboa Peninsula, end of Channel Road, Newport Beach, 949.644.3309,



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TOURS & TRANSPORTATION H ANAHEIM RESORT TRANSPORTATION (ART) Don’t worry about traffic or directions: Routes serve the Disney Resort, hotels, shopping centers and Angel Stadium at very reasonable rates. Passes are available at hotels, kiosks and Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). 714.563.5287, ANAHEIM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION INTERMODAL CENTER (ARTIC) Architecturally spectacular hub for Metrolink and Amtrak trains, OCTA buses, Anaheim Resort Transportation, shuttles, taxis and charter buses. Upper levels house restaurants and shops. 1750 S. Douglass Road, Anaheim, 877.99.ARTIC, BALBOA BOAT RENTALS AND PARASAIL Boat, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard rentals. Parasailing, with choice of altitudes, offer panoramic views of Newport Beach and Newport Harbor while you’re aloft.  510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, 949.673.7200, CATALINA EXPRESS Round trip from Dana Point and Long Beach to Catalina Island. Captain’s Lounge offers plush seating, beverages, snacks and privacy with surcharge. Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 3475 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point; 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 800.481.3470. CATALINA FLYER The West Coast’s largest passenger catamaran is the fastest way to Catalina Island. The Flyer departs at 9 am daily at Balboa Pavilion from March through November and returns at 5:45 pm. (Winter months more sporadic.) 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 800.830.7744,

DANA WHARF WHALE WATCHING Dana Point Harbor’s location makes it ideal for accessing the spots where whales are seen most often yearround. Among a number of tour options are two-hour luxury catamaran cruises and sunset whale-watching cruises. 34675 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, DUFFY ELECTRIC BOAT CO. Renting a Duffy electric boat—the iconic canopied vessel of Newport Harbor—is the ideal way to enjoy an afternoon or evening, silently cruising Newport Bay. The boats accommodate up to 12. 2001 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.645.6812, H HORNBLOWER CRUISES Dine aboard a luxury yacht on a relaxing cruise. Take in the beautiful harbor views, feast, then dance under the stars on the deck. Choose from dinner or Champagne brunch options. 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Suite 101, Newport Beach, 949.631.2469,


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H JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT The pleasant ambiance and ease of departure and arrival at Orange County’s airport makes it vastly superior to LAX. The Thomas F. Riley Terminal features vaulted ceilings, skylights and Jura stone marble flooring with fossils. Local art is featured throughout the airport. 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949.252.5200, H PEDEGO ELECTRIC BICYCLES Electric bicycles for sale or rent. Builtin electric hub motors allow cyclists to cruise coastal bluffs and scenic bike trails with ease and style. 301 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.2782, FOR WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY, SEE WHERE ORANGE COUNTY MAGAZINE, SOCALPULSE.COM OR THE WHERE TRAVELER APP

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