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34 DINING Restaurants by cuisine and by city

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56 ENTERTAINMENT Special events, performing arts and sports

The Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach: The Art Detective

80 30 Things We Love

57 ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS Theme parks, exhibitions and outdoor activities

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63 SHOPPING The county’s major retail destinations

8 Dining New by the water: Watertable, Waterline, the Winery and Driftwood. Also new: Provenance in Newport Beach and Eureka! in Huntington Beach

65 GOLF The most beautiful and most interesting courses 67 BEACHES + PARKS Paradise found, on the trail and on the coast

10 Art Sarkisian & Sarkisian at Orange County Museum of Art, and photo portraits of festival artists

70 NIGHTLIFE Hottest clubs, lounges, bars and wine bars

11 Shopping The Mixing Glass at OC Mix and Scotch & Soda boutique at South Coast Plaza

12 My Orange County Drew Alcazar of Russo & Steele classic car auctions

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A jet-pack newbie hovering inches above the water. Pods of stand-up paddleboarders moving in duck formation. Solo kayaks whizzing by electric boats. Within moments of departing the dock between Bluewater Grill and the Cannery, we’d seen those recreational water-sport options and more. But arguably the best way to get a flavor of Newport Harbor—or Dana Point Harbor, for that matter—is the first way the harbors were enjoyed: on a sailboat. The early European settlers sailed to get here, though the later rancheros had no boats and rarely ventured near the water. (“It is difficult to fish from the back of a horse,” Richard Henry Dana noted in Two Years Before the Mast.) When real-estate promoter William Collins began dredging a channel in 1906—the removed sand and silt becoming Balboa Island, then called Balisle—sailboats were often the only way to get around. Newport Harbor was dedicated in

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with the Classic Yacht Excursions crew. We sailed past the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar’s spectacular new location (p. 8) en route to the open sea and our Water Issue. For water-sports outfitters, see our Active Outdoors listings (p. 66). For the best in bivalves and other


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JULY 25-27 POWER OF TWO Individually, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev are two of the most sought-after dancers performing today. Together—known as “Vasipova”—they are without rival. They perform Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and the Kingdom of the Shades scene from Petipa’s La Bayadère.

JULY 9–AUG. 30 Art Whodunits The Art Detective, this year's Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach—the Festival of Art's renowned presentation of tableaux vivants, or living pictures— reveals how lost treasures were found, creative riddles unraveled and crimes of passion uncovered—or covered up. Masterpieces such as Manet’s Olympia and John Singer Sargent’s El Jaleo, above, provide the clues. The show also revisits the world’s costliest art heist, unsolved but on the verge of a breakthrough: the 1990 theft of a Vermeer painting and other priceless works from a Boston museum. p. 56



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1 TARTUFFE > THROUGH JUNE 8 South Coast Repertory ends its 50th-anniversary season with Molière’s classic (1664) comedy. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555 2 L.A. KISS > JUNE 14 Pro football is back in Southern California, thanks to rock legends Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. L.A. Kiss and Portland Thunder square off.  Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500 3 ART FESTIVALS > JUNE 27-AUG. 31 Laguna's renowned summer art festivals— Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival—run roughly concurrently and take place along Laguna Canyon Road. Passport to the Arts provides unlimited admission to all three. p. 56

4 CHER > JULY 9 Time stands still on yet another of Cher’s farewell tours. Cyndi Lauper opens.  Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500 5 O.C. FAIR > JULY 11-AUG. 10 Carnival rides, concerts on several stages, BMX and pig racing, livestock and floral competitions, wine tasting and unusual fried foods.  O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa,

JULY 29-AUG. 10 TWO MINUS ONE Ghost The Musical, below, breathes new life into the Oscar-winning movie, a love story in which a couple's connection takes a shocking turn when one of them dies. The pop score is by Grammy Award winners Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. AUG. 19-31 ONE PLUS ONE Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including best musical, Once— about a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dreams when a young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs—features an impressive ensemble of actor-musicians who play their own instruments onstage. p. 56-57

6 U.S. OPEN OF SURFING > JULY 26-AUG. 3 Vans pro surfing competition, world's largest, includes skate and BMX events and a beachlifestyle festival.  Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 7 ANGELS VS. DODGERS > AUG. 6-7 The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take on their freeway rivals at Angel Stadium.  2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.940.2000


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There's more than a trickle of waterside openings. Watertable, the striking new restaurant and “gastro bar” at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, stays true to its name with spiced, spiked and infused waters. It offers shareable Bar Jars filled with housemade pâtés or pickled items at the bar (grab-and-go breakfast jars in the morning) and seriously satisfying fare,

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such as honey-lavender Berkshire pork in the dining room. Sundays bring family-style “Meat + Three” suppers. Enjoy beer cocktails and spirits on the ocean-view patio. p. 36 Winery to water! Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, a local and critical favorite in Tustin, opens a highly anticipated second location overlooking the marina in Newport Beach. Chef Yvon Goetz offers winning preparations of line-caught opah, ono and mong chong, flown in daily, as well as wild game and USDA Prime steaks. The gorgeous new spot has a geodeembedded bar, harbor-view dining on two floors, a cigar patio, and three docks for easy boat access. p. 40 The Beach House, a Laguna Beach fixture above the sand at Pacific Edge Hotel, goes out with the tide and gets radically revamped as Driftwood Kitchen and Bar. The new spot, which shares management with the Deck, adjacent, offers seafood and steaks and, in the ocean-view Stateroom Bar, bourbons and whiskeys; the bar occupies the former home library of old Hollywood character actor Slim Summerville. p. 34 And this just in: Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach unveils Waterline, offering an all-meal “water-to-table” fresh local seafood experience, from crab eggs benedict to a halibut BLT to scallops, peas and carrots. p. 46

FROND TO FORK Near the entry are the stove that chef-restaurateur Cathy Pavlos grew up with and a coat rack made of hammers. Several decor elements suggest a wine-country farmhouse, which makes sense, since the inspiration behind new Provenance in Newport Beach is the 1,300-square-foot organic raised-bed garden on the patio; there’s also a focus on in-house canning, preserving and smoking. Although all aspects of the food and beverages benefit from the garden's produce and herbs, the

starters and side dishes where those ingredients are front and center—such as the salt-roasted beets with local burrata and mandarin aigre-doux—were the stars of a first visit. Other highlights: pan-fried New Zealand sole on the plancha with crispy prosciutto; the S'more in a Jar dessert; and the Earl Grey cream soda with cinnamon bourbon, a cocktail that could be dessert. Pavlos, whose grandfather was a commercial farmer in Huntington Beach, also owns acclaimed Lucca in Irvine. p. 38

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Chocolate mousse at the Winery in Newport Beach. Opposite: Watertable in Huntington Beach

Fun American fare—osso-buco riblets in firecracker aioli, Fresno fig burger, Your Mama's '80s-Style Taco Salad, butterscotch rum pudding—is one draw, but it's the American libations at new Eureka! at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach that have our attention: 40 craft beers on tap, a pair of barrel-aged cocktails, 20 smallbatch whiskeys—available in flights—and coveted off-menu whiskeys such as Pappy Van Winkle. p. 34


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(Above) Peter Sarkisian, Registered Driver Full Scale #1, 2010 (Right) Paul Sarkisian, Untitled (blue/yellow 42), 2005


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Charley Akers photo portrait of glass artist Christopher Jeffries

LENS CRAFT Unmasking the Artist features portraits of Festival of Arts exhibitors by North Carolina-based photographer Charley Akers, each paired with an artwork by the subject. The technologically altered portraits, displayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, strive to capture the essence, style and passion of the artists; they include Ron Azevedo, Marlo Bartels, Paul Bond, Antje Campbell, Russell Jacques, Susan Jarecky, Christopher Jeffries, Murray Kruger, Tom Swimm, Hannah Harris and Rachel Young. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000


For Sarkisian & Sarkisian, through July 27 at Orange County Museum of Art, interim director and chief curator Dan Cameron selected 23 video sculptures by Peter Sarkisian and 22 paintings, many never before seen, by Paul Sarkisian, brilliant contemporary artists who happen to be father and son. Paul has been an accomplished painter for six decades; Peter has produced video installations since the 1990s. A connection between the two bodies of work emerges in trompe l’oeil, an artistic device that translates to “fool the eye” and sums up how both artists use pictorial illusion to very different ends. p. 63


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Bitters Sweet! Leading mixologist Gabrielle Dion brings curated cocktail ware, an amazing selection of ingredients—notably 80 bitters, available for tasting —and her know-how to The Mixing Glass in Costa Mesa (949.375.0749), inside the OC Mix at the South Coast Collection (p. 64). Dion, mastermind behind some of the county's best and most innovative cocktails (including those at Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach), here offers bar tools, vintage glassware, books, spirits, kits—the Moscow Mule Kit includes the copper mug and ginger beer—and classes taught by leaders in the craft cocktail movement.

CENTER OF ATTENTION All sorts of goings-on at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. New Scotch & Soda, known for its Amsterdam couture, offers its men's Scotch & Soda and women's Maison Scotch lines as well as accessories and leather goods in the Bloomingdale's wing (657.600.9980). Lovers of Italian style will have a field day. Bottega Veneta, celebrated for its leather goods as well as ready-towear and jewelry, relocated to larger Valentino handbag

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quarters (714.540.9760). MaxMara, known for its women's ready-towear and accessories, remodeled in Jewel Court (714.754.7900). Valentino relocated and remodeled; its rooms not only separate the women’s ready-to-wear, handbag and shoe collections but are also imbued with distinct atmospheres created by different palettes of colors, textures, surfaces and light (714.540.6000). p. 65 SUMMER 2014  WHERE ORANGE COUNTY  11

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county didn‘t need our name in lights— everybody knows it‘s ours. We wanted the name to represent sports cars as well as muscle cars and hot rods. We were at Pebble Beach looking at a vintage Ferrari and took the name of its red color, Russo Rubino. For muscle cars, we thought of Detroit iron—steel, and threw an E on for panache.


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This isn‘t just about the auction. We‘d be playing with the cars no matter what. We have a Shelby GT 350 B that we vintage race. We own maybe 30 cars. We displayed our Ferrari, a 1953 Tojeiro Barchetta, at Pebble Beach—a bucket-list experience. I‘ve played with old cars my whole life. I came from wrenches and dirt beneath the fingernails.

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MOTORING ON LAND AND WATER Drew Alcazar and his wife, Josephine, are the founder-owners of Russo & Steele, whose auto auction returns June 18-20 to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach; 400 European sports cars, American muscle cars and hot rods, and custom autos are up for bidding. Last year, a 2008 Bugati Veyron sold for $1,078,000 and a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 for $456,500. Alcazar was GM of the Barrett-Jackson auction from 1996 to 2000; he started out with an auto restoration shop in the 1980s. The Alcazars split their time between Scottsdale and Newport Beach, where they have a home on Lido Isle. How does Russo & Steele differ from the Barret-Jackson events? Our auction-in-the-round format makes the connection between enthusiast and car a visceral experience. Instead of a stage a block away, the cars are at ground level, and the seating around it is elevated. It creates a coliseum gladiator feeling, an immersive experience and an emotional response. Bidders come in thinking they‘re going to spend $150,000. But the

car looks spectacular, and the passion advances the bidding to $170,000. Most people are not aware of subtleties during that brief period, that magical time on the auction block with egos in full bloom. A few minutes per car—but those three minutes can be an eternity! Auction blocks are a time warp. If you‘re the founders, how did Russo & Steele get its name? It‘s a fun story. Josephine and I

Where do you like to shop? I‘m just a car guy; I‘m not a shopper. Josephine likes the little shops on Balboa Island. She loves A‘maree‘s boutique on Coast Highway and Charlie‘s Locker for my stuff. At Fashion Island, you‘ve got everything. When I‘m in Newport, I‘m in a Quiksilver shirt, my board shorts and my dune buggy. I love Vans and Surfside in Costa Mesa and Jack‘s on Newport peninsula. You surf? We take the grandkids surfing at Blackie‘s, off 32nd Street. The breaks are gentle. But now that I‘m a little older, I spend more time on my boat with a nice bottle of wine than my surfboard.

Where do you take the boat? We tootle around, go for a harbor cruise, “shop” for waterfront real estate, fantasize about buying $25-million pieces of grass on Harbor Island. Pick up friends on other boats, head to Billy‘s at the Beach for happy hour or to Sol Cocina—the taco bar is killer. Or swing over to Woody‘s Wharf—if that bar could tell you the stories it‘s seen, that book would never end. Our favorite is watching the sunset at 21 Oceanfront. But you can‘t go in board shorts; you actually have to put nice clothes on. Oceanfront with clothes, Billy‘s in board shorts. And for actual meals? I‘ll ride my beach cruiser to Alta for breakfast. There is nothing quite like Alta. They serve the coffee in whatever mug happens to be clean at the time. We eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at Bluewater Grill. Josephine has to get the Manhattan chowder; I‘m a New England chowder guy. The chowder is a must-do with that bread. I love summertime on the patio. Couple of glasses of zinfandel at lunch, also a must! Or we jump in the dune buggy and cross the highway to A Restaurant. The Cannery for swanky-swanky. Where do you take visitors to show them the real O.C.? Sunset at the 32nd Street beach. The silhouettes of the surfers when the sun goes down—that is the quintessential SoCal moment. Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach

DETAILS In Newport Beach A Restaurant p. 34 / Alta Coffee House 506 31st St., 949.675.0233 / A'maree's 2241 W. Coast Hwy., 949.642.4423 / Balboa Island p. 26 Billy's at the Beach 2751 W. Coast Hwy., 949.722.1100 / Blackie's Beach p. 26 Bluewater Grill p. 45 / The Cannery 3010 Lafayette Road, 949.566.0060 / Charlie's Locker 3410 Via Lido, 949.675.6230 / Fashion Island p. 64 / Jack's 2400 W. Coast Hwy., 949.650.5577 / Russo & Steele Newport Dunes Resort, 949.729.3863 Sol Cocina p. 45 / 21 Oceanfront p. 41 / Woody's Wharf p. 46. In Costa Mesa Surfside 233 E. 17 St., 914.645.4624 / Vans 1835 Newport Blvd., 949.642.5753


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The county’s biggest summer calling-cards are without question its beaches and the arts. Laguna Beach, most notably, offers three art festivals; the world-renowned Pageant of the Masters; and its galleries, of course, open year-round. This year, one of the hottest swimwear trends brings the beaches and arts into perfect sync: prints. Dazzling prints. Posh prints. Tribal prints, floral prints, geometric prints. Here are some that have caught our eye. — ZOE LORENZO

MARA HOFFMAN Strappy Bustier one-piece, Shakti pattern with side cutouts ($260). Neiman Marcus Fashion Island, 601 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1900


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LUCKY BRAND Batik Paradise bustier ($78) and Cali basic ($58). Based in L.A.

LETARTE Twist-front and adjustable Hot Pepper bikini top ($92), embroidered stretch-twill shorts ($340) by Maui-based Lisa Letarte Cabrinha. Letarte Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.9182

BECCA Blocked bandeau ($68) and hipster ($56) by Orange County’s Rebecca Virtue. Everything but Water South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.8523; Brea Mall, 2058 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.529.2485


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SEAFOLLY From Australia: Popping-orchid-print Kabuki Bloom slidetriangle bikini top ($65), Kabuki Bloom Sweetheart tie-side ($60) and Patsy kimono ($185). Andeol Circus drop choker ($125) completes the look. Seafolly Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.7690

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OME OF THE PLANET'S most remarkable creatures, biologically and culinarily,

dwell at the bottom of the sea. Harvesting shellfish—and finfish such as halibut that feed on bottom-crawling crustaceans—requires care and patience, but it's worth it: Those prized ingredients from the ocean depths can often inspire the dishes for which restaurants are known.

Lobster Pot Pie In many of the nearly 20 restaurants of chef/restaurateur Michael Mina, comfort foods are reimagined as luxury indulgences, including the lobster pot pie he began serving long before he attained celebrity chef status. At Stonehill Tavern, in the posh St. Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point, executive chef Raj Dixit stays true to Mina’s vision (p. 36). The pot pie—and the tuna tartare and whole fried Jidori chicken—never come off the menu. The pot-pie recipe calls for an entire 2-pound lobster. Seasonal ingredients incorporated into the dish might include fava beans, asparagus, morel mushrooms and even black truffles. As for its creamy essence, the chef says, “Cognac or brandy goes into a sauce that’s like a lobster bisque on steroids. It’s rich and intense but highly floral, with great minerality.” The pastry—presented on the bottom with the filling ladled over it—is a classic French pâte brisée that when executed properly puffs up like a balloon. No ordinary pot pie, it ranges in price from $75 to $82, based on the sourcing of the lobster, but it is easily shared. Dixit recommends a Gewürztraminer from Alsace or Germany as the perfect wine pairing.

Roasted Crab AnQi, part of a restaurant dynasty founded by Helene “Mama” An in San Francisco and now a major presence in Southern California, has several signature dishes, its roasted 2K-pound Dungeness crab—prepared in a “secret kitchen”—among them (p. 48). Daughter Elizabeth, who now runs the empire, says the dish was first served in 1971 at her family’s first restaurant, Thanh Long in San Francisco, inspired by her grandfather’s preference for spice-rubbed, roasted seafood. The crab is seasoned with garlic, pepper, salt and olive oil, but the rest of the recipe is a closely guarded secret. The secret kitchen is accessible only by the An family and chefs working for the family for more than 10 years. Because just two people at AnQi are permitted entry, the crab is served only on Tuesdays, when Mama comes down to prepare it. At Crustacean, the family’s celeb-favored restaurant in Beverly Hills, four people are eligible, so it's available nightly.

Warm octopus salad at Andrei's in Irvine

Although the crab is available de-shelled, Elizabeth An prefers it served with the shell intact: “That way, you eat it with your fingers,” she notes. She recommends a pairing of beer instead of wine, and that the An family’s garlic noodles, a similarly addictive signature dish, be served alongside. “People come in for their fix,” she says. “If the crab was ever taken off the menu, we’d hear many guests cry.”

Warm Octopus Salad One of the most fascinating creatures prowling the sea floor— and one of the tastiest in the hands of the right chef—is the octopus. At Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine (p. 34), executive chef Yves Fournier tosses it with fingerling potatoes, bell peppers and Spanish chorizo in a lively Meyer lemon vinaigrette for a memorable warm salad. Although Andrei’s usually showcases local products, Fournier seeks out large octopuses from the Mediterranean waters between Spain and Morocco, which he favors for their texture. Fournier braises the octopus in an assertively seasoned vegetable stock; he drops in wine bottle corks—a trick learned from Japanese chefs—to enhance its tenderness. Pieces of octopus, along with local potatoes and peppers, are marinated in olive oil and spices, then sautéed in the fat rendered by chorizo slices that are transformed into crispy chips. Unlike the burger, another Andrei's favorite, he doesn’t even think about tweaking the composition: “If I took it off the menu, people would go crazy!” Andrei’s is a handsome, architecturally

significant restaurant in the shadows of office towers and, as these seafood dishes suggest, well worth discovering. This summer, its new patio opens, and the restaurant celebrates its fifth anniversary in July with various complimentary surprises for diners.

Pan-Seared Halibut At The Winery in Tustin, executive chef/partner Yvon Goetz turns out a Cal-French menu in a contemporary yet clubby dining room with an exhibition kitchen and a wine cellar supporting an impressive global list (p. 40). His pan-seared filet of halibut with fingerling potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, shrimp and Manila clams has been on the menu since the day the Winery opened in 2007. It's plated with a compelling nage created from clam juice and fish stock enhanced with butter and Mediterranean seasonings. “It’s not overly rich, but bright and flavorful … almost like a mini-bouillabaisse,” says Goetz, noting that saffron is essential to the dish. One of the county’s most honored chefs, Goetz left his native Alsace to cook at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in 1991. Like a true Frenchman, he says that mopping up the sauce with crusty bread is half the fun. “If customers don’t do it, I’ll show them how…. It’s like sucking the bone on a bone-in filet.” He once took the dish off the menu, but regular customers pressured him to put it back on. It works best, he says, during the Alaskan halibut season, April through September. Though not on the regular menu at the new, second location of the Winery in Newport Beach, it will be offered as a special. Oysters Oysters were not always a luxury food—in the 1800s, they were more common street fare in New York than pizza is today—but overfishing increased their mystique. The less you do to oysters the better, and they excel in their raw, unadulterated form but for a splash of mignonette. Shuck, inside the hip OC Mix at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection, offers as many as 18 varieties each day and has to date showcased some 200 small farmers (p. 46). “After growing up in San Francisco, I missed those little marble oyster bars where you ate things that were living just seconds before,” SUMMER 2014  WHERE ORANGE COUNTY  19

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says chef/co-owner Noah Blom. Blom is now an admirer of East Coast oysters, particularly those from Cape Cod, but insists artisanal farming is the key to any good product, noting that conscientious oyster harvesting is analogous to the process employed by a hands-on winemaker. At Shuck, purists gravitate to a 17-stool bar to enjoy what was in the sea, even the Atlantic Ocean, no more than 24 hours earlier. When they're available, Blom offers Belon oysters from France’s Brittany coast, topped with crème fraîche and osetra caviar (priced at $20 each instead of the usual $3). Though the menu also offers lobster rolls, “clam chowda,” a killer grilled cheese and even wood-grilled fish, he serves as many as 15,000 oysters per week. New Ways & Means oyster house in Orange (p. 46) also celebrates the scraggly bivalve.

Filipino heritage, he also plates up new takes on dishes he grew up on. A variation on a French bistro dish that he put on the menu when he took over the kitchen a year ago has already become a signature dish: an appetizer-portioned lentil cassoulet, studded with bacon, topped with a giant pan-seared scallop and finished with a splash of chive vinaigrette. The cassoulet, a country dish, here offers a rare occasion that finds the elegant scallop in a rustic context. The classically trained chef tweaks the traditional cassoulet, using lentils instead of white beans, and applewood-smoked bacon instead of pork sausage or duck. The dish has been such a hit—notably at happy hour, when it’s priced at an incredible $4.50—that he doesn’t dare change it.

Crab-Truffle Gnocchi Alaskan king

Teemu Selänne, who recently concluded his ice-hockey career, has put his name on the door at Selanne Steak Tavern, in the historic Laguna Beach cottage that long housed popular French 75 (p. 47). Downstairs is the more casual tavern; outside is an alluring covered deck illuminated by a galaxy of Moroccan lanterns; upstairs is an upscale steakhouse with a chic Scandinavian-esque decor. A signature starter at the steakhouse is a pair of perfectly caramelized Pacific diver scallops plated with organic cauliflower purée and chanterelle mushrooms quickly pan-pickled with Champagne vinegar. “I grew up on scallops in the Seattle area, and I like to put things on the menu I can relate to,” says executive chef Joshua Severson. Clearly, customers share his passion for scallops: Nearly every other table orders the dish. Says Severson, “I usually like to change my scallop dish seasonally, but this one has stuck.” He also features monkfish, a monster of the deep whose hideous appearance is compensated by an appealing flavor influenced by a diet that includes shellfish.

crab-black truffle gnocchi is a specialty at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Newport Coast (p. 46) and Mastro’s Steakhouse in Costa Mesa (p. 47), part of a chain where both prices and pampering are elevated. “The gnocchi dish is one of our most popular items. If we ever took it off the menu, we’d have a lot of explaining to do,” says corporate training chef Brian Kohl. It's been a signature dish for at least a decade. The potato dumplings are tossed in a sauce of Asiago, Grana Padano and pecorino cheeses; slices of fresh black truffle heighten the luxe level. The made-to-order side dish, which serves four, is sprinkled with seasoned breadcrumbs and more cheese before going into the salamander for a healthy golden color. “Finally, we drizzle a little truffle oil over it, which really brings out the flavor,” Kohl says. For anybody who thinks these gnocchi, bathed in a silky sauce perfumed with truffles, aren’t the most decadent way to consume potatoes, Mastro’s has another sexy option: Competing in popularity with the king crab gnocchi, according to Kohl, is an extravagant dish of lobster mashed potatoes.

Scallops and Lentil Stew Along with Little Sparrow and Playground, Chapter One: The Modern Local contributes to a stunning dining renaissance in downtown Santa Ana (p. 34). Executive chef Jason Montelibano turns out contemporary takes on comfort foods such as truffle-scented mac-and-cheese and a killer duroc pork chop with cherry demi-glace. Passionate about his

Scallops with Black Garlic, Pickled Chanterelles and Cauliflower Puree NHL superstar

Abalone Other delicacies from the deep have become specialties at Orange County restaurants, among them the much-prized abalone. For 30 years, the precious shellfish, now a red California variety, has been a signature at 21 Oceanfront (p. 41). There, you can enjoy the dish—be forewarned, it’s priced like a good Bordeaux—while listening to live jazz and watching the sun set over its Pacific source.

SURFACE DELIGHTS Chefs also covet creatures with a less immersive relationship with water, be they waterfowl, reptiles or bonafide amphibians, and these, too, can become menu mainstays. Decades ago, frog legs were standard fare at French restaurants, but then the old-school specialty began to disappear from menus, even in Paris. Now they're making a comeback. At Costa Mesa’s Pinot Provence, executive chef Alfonso Ramirez showcases them on Frog Leg Fridays, a bar-menu promotion featuring a variety of preparations (p. 41). One (above) combines classic French and casual American traditions: Buffalo-style legs tossed in a Sriracha-spiked beurreblanc, served with Roquefort dressing, celery and radishes. The response has been very enthusiastic. Ducks also move seamlessly from water to land, not to mention sky. South Coast Plaza’s Marché Moderne, likely the best restaurant at a shopping destination in America, is prime hunting ground for duck lovers (p. 41). “We always have some sort of duck on the menu—it’s part of French culture,” says chef/co-owner Florent Marneau, citing duck terrine, duck prosciutto and duck leg confit. He offers a roasted Sonoma duck breast with peaches from California’s Regier Family Farms and a peachliqueur gastrique, and reinterprets the dish with the seasons. Some ominous reptiles are feared both in the water and on land. But nobody runs from the alligator dog at Berkeley Dog in Brea and Irvine (p. 48), one of the county’s top spots for sausages of all kinds, from bratwurst and Louisiana hot links to other exotic proteins such as rattlesnake. Thanks to Berkeley Dog, the gator has a cult following far from its natural habitat.


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The hardest hole on Pelican Hill’s Ocean South Course: No. 18

Worth A Shot

General managers and PGA pros talk about the holes they love and the holes they love to hate. by JOHN WEYLER

Golf is so difficult, so frustrating, yet we manage to focus on a few positives—that one birdie, or the memory of cool sea air against your cheek. There are few places that a golfer would rather be than looking down the fairway, considering risks and rewards, ready to take another swing. We asked insiders about their favorite and most challenging holes. ANAHEIM HILLS GOLF COURSE Anaheim / 6,266 yards / Par 71 Cameron M. Carr, PGA, General Manager What makes the course unique “Anaheim Hills is a relatively short par 71, but it has some teeth and plays pretty tough for most golfers. The change in elevation is what we’re known for, as well as multiple blind tee shots that give the course its distinctive character." Favorite hole “No. 15. It’s a short par 4, only 366 yards, with an elevated tee box and some spectacular views. It’s a great hole because of the dramatic downhill tee shot to a narrow fairway. It’s always fun to see your ball stay in the air for a couple extra seconds.” Hardest hole “Although it isn’t rated the course's hardest, in my book No. 5 plays the toughest. It’s a daunting, 254-yard downhill par 3 that typically plays into the wind. For the average golfer, it’s a driver or at least a 3-wood. The best [plan] is to hit your 225yard club, favoring the right side. If you hit it well, it will kick up onto the green for a birdie chance. If you don’t hit the shot perfect, you’ll be short and right of the green, which leaves you with the easiest chip or pitch to try to get a par. A par is golden on this tough hole!”

PELICAN HILL GOLF CLUB Newport Coast / Ocean North Course / 6,481 yards / Par 71 Ocean South Course / 6,200 yards / Par 70 Steve Friedlander, General Manager What makes the courses unique “Tom Fazio designed both courses to fit into the environment like they've been here for hundreds of years, using the natural elevation changes and natural coastal sage scrub environment to perfection. There are ocean views

from all 36 holes. Three Ocean South holes are on bluffs right on the ocean. We have a professional forecaddie program and the bestconditioned greens in SoCal. Did I mention the Tom Fazio design and the Pacific Ocean?” Favorite hole (North) “No. 12, because I made a hole in one on it…. Actually, No. 17 is a favorite of mine and of many guests, a terrific three-shot par 5 with great risk/reward challenges starting with the tee shot. How close to the bunker on the right do you want to risk to be rewarded with a shorter second shot? Each of the three shots necessary to set up a birdie has risk/reward opportunities. The green complex looks like it’s on the edge of the world with the ocean in the background.” Favorite hole (South) “No. 13, one of Tom Fazio’s best designs of a short par 3. Mostly because there are two greens surrounded by sand to make them look like islands. They are on the bluff right on the ocean; the views forever in every direction are spectacular.” Hardest hole (North) “No. 9 demands an excellent tee shot to a narrowing fairway protected by a bunker at the end of the fairway, then an approach with a mid- to long iron or hybrid into an elevated green complex with a false front, protected by a deep bunker right and tight collars left. A par on No. 9 is a great score. It takes two great shots and two great putts; Fazio created terrific illusions on the green, and it is always faster than it looks.” Hardest hole (South) “No. 18, an incredible finishing hole demanding a perfect and long tee shot and then a mid- to long iron or hybrid of all carry distance into an elevated green, one of the larger and more undulated greens at Pelican Hill. The green is protected by several bunkers front right and left, and it’s

very challenging to read the many breaks. The view from the tee box is spectacular, as is the view from the green looking back to the ocean. All of the senses are engaged, and many a bet has been won or lost on No. 18 South.”

STRAWBERRY FARMS GOLF CLUB Irvine / 6,276 yards / Par 71 Tom McCray, Head Professional What makes the course unique “The conditions of Strawberry Farms are among the county's best, and the beauty of the landscape is always part of a golf shop conversation with new customers. These aesthetics, accompanied with the challenge of the Jim Lipe design, make it something you do not want to miss. Keep your eyes open, because many major-league ballplayers and NFL stars come to visit our course developer, former Angel third baseman Doug DeCinces.” Favorite hole “My favorite hole, No. 10, is a short par 4 on top of the banks of the reservoir, looking down at what seems a very narrow fairway. You can take a driver over the bunkers, leaving yourself a short wedge approach, or play safe with a layup. Any pull or push on a driver shot will lead to a hazardy grave and a drop area third swing. Views in every direction are the best on the course.” Hardest hole “Hole No. 12 is the county's longest hole. It’s a dogleg left, uphill, 630-yard par 5 with a hazard playing the entire length of the right side. You need to play three long shots to reach in regulation. Make sure your fairway woods are tuned up at the range before teeing off. The yardage off the course GPS system is accurate, but you’ll need to add at least one club on your approach due to the elevation of the putting surface.”


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Metro Cities


➺Where is the heart of Orange County? Irvine, home of the historic Irvine Ranch, is O.C.’s financial Costa Mesa

On one side of Bristol Street is South Coast Plaza, whose annual sales of $1.5 billion is highest among the nation’s shopping destinations. On the other is the county’s center of culture—two concert halls and its largest repertory theater—and business high-rises. Henry Segerstrom and his family founded South Coast Plaza in 1967 on a lima bean field where as a youth he’d driven a tractor. Today, South Coast Plaza and its Bear Street wing, connected by the Bridge of Gardens, offer hundreds of stores, boutiques and restaurants. The state-designated tourist attraction boasts the nation’s highest concentration of elite retailers; Berluti luxury shoes for men and Diptyque fragrances, both from Paris, are new; superb dining options include Marché Moderne and The Capital Grille. It’s an easy walk to the “arts campus,” the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and, in the not-too-distant future, Orange County Museum of Art. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, built in 1986 mainly with Segerstrom money on Segerstrom land, includes 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall, presenting a range of genres including dance and Broadway musicals, and the newer Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall, a 2,000seat facility designed by Cesar Pelli that hosts events as diverse as tributes to Mahler and Paul McCartney. There are two intimate

venues within the venues, Founders Hall and Samueli Theater, respectively. Renowned South Coast Repertory, with three stages inside its David Emmes and Martin Benson Theatre Center, opened at its present location in 1978, also with Segerstrom family donations. Among Town Center’s professional buildings is one of the nation’s premier collections of outdoor art. Start, or end, at the 1.6-acre California Scenario (near Anton Boulevard) by sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Metro Pointe and South Coast Plaza Village—whose movie theater offers top foreign films—are a crosswalk away. All three centers are accessible from North or South County hotels by dedicated taxi and motor coach service, and Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner delivers visitors to the Santa Ana train station. To the west is the South Coast Collection of design showrooms such as Design Within Reach and Pirch. Of note to foodies is Surfas Culinary District, Arc restaurant and the farmers market on Saturdays. The hip OC Mix features 30 vendors including Heirlooms and Hardware and the Stoned Jewelry boutique as well as Taco Maria and Shuck oyster bar. Dyln Inspired and the Mixing Glass are new. South on Bristol are The Lab and The Camp. The Lab has the kinds of shops you’d likely find on L.A.’s hip Melrose Avenue; Klein Epstein & Parker for men and vegetarian Seabirds Kitchen are new. Opposite is the

Camp, set amid woods, aluminum and pipedin sounds of crickets. Dining options include Ecco for fabulous pizzas, Taco Asylum for unusual tacos, Umami Burger and Wine Lab. Dine-and-play center The Triangle unveils Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl bowling alley; restaurants include Black Knight Gastro Lounge and Saddle Ranch Chop House. The Orange County Fair & Event Center hosts events year-round, the county fair in July and concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre.

Santa Ana

Hip, arts-minded downtown Santa Ana offers the Artists Village, Santora Arts Complex and Grand Central Art Center. A centerpiece of the East End along historic Fourth Street is the Yost Theater, now a concert venue. The dining scene may be the county’s most exciting, thanks to Little Sparrow, Chapter One: The Modern Local and Playground. The bar scene is burgeoning, too. Historical highlights include the Queen Anne-style home of Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle, and the Old County Courthouse, a setting for numerous movies. Bowers Museum, founded in 1936, offers blockbuster exhibitions mounted with the world’s major museums. Visitors can also view pre-Columbian artifacts, Pacific Island art or artifacts from American whalers two centuries back; a real gem is its permanent exhibit of local history.


hub. Santa Ana is the county seat. Tustin’s massive twin hangars are near the county’s geographic center. But Costa Mesa residents would say their city is hands-down the county’s heart and its cultural soul.


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The Discovery Science Center’s mammoth tilting cube is perched seemingly inches off Interstate 5; a $62 million expansion and renovation now underway will nearly double the center’s size. Westfield MainPlace houses Macy’s, Nordstrom and 200 shops. Intimate Santa Ana Zoo, in Prentice Park, is home to 250 species and features a primate exhibit, African aviary and children’s zoo.


Its Giant Wheel can be seen for miles along the 5, 405 and 133 freeways. But it’s the Irvine Spectrum Center’s 150 shops, many of them entertainment-related, top-notch restaurants including Cucina Enoteca and Paul Martin’s American Grill, and the nation’s most visited movie complex, that together draw more visitors annually than Disneyland. Irvine Barclay Theatre, at UC Irvine, presents an impressive roster of music, dance and dramatic events; there’s not a bad seat in the house. Nearby is the UCI Arboretum (Jamboree Road and Campus Drive, 949.824.5833). San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (Michelson Drive between Jamboree Road and Culver Drive, 949.261.7963) offers 10 miles of trails through coastal fresh-water marshlands. The Irvine Museum houses Joan Irvine Smith’s collection of California Impressionist art on the ground floor of an office building. The one developed corner of the Orange County Great Park offers a farmers market and other outdoor events, an arts complex and a carousel; you can ride 400 feet up in the iconic tethered orange balloon. The restored blacksmith shop and general store of Old Town Irvine (Sand Canyon Avenue and Burt Road, 949.660.9112), near Interstate 5, now house a hotel and restaurants.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. (Opposite, left to right) Carousel at Irvine Spectrum Center; Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

Irvine offers a relatively problem-free world carved from the Irvine Co.’s land holdings. The vibe extends to John Wayne Airport, whose pleasant ambience and ease of departure and arrival make it vastly superior to LAX.


Forbes magazine recently listed Tustin in its Top 25 places “to live well.” The city, known for its fine parks and its century-old trees, has preserved many of its 1870s buildings along Main Street and El Camino Real. The District at Tustin Legacy, at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, is a sprawling shopping center with scores of shops. Draws


include restaurants such as The Winery and Bluewater Grill, a cineplex, bowling at Bowlmor, outdoor fireplaces, a stage for bands and giant video walls. The nearby twin hangars are 1,000 feet long, 17 stories tall and have five acres of open space within each. The Market Place (714.730.4124), on Jamboree Road off Interstate 5, is older and even more sprawling. Though often called Tustin Market Place, part of it is actually in Irvine. The Marconi Automotive Museum (714.258.3001) displays 80 vehicles, notably Ferraris and historic open-wheel race cars. For bold items, see the where guide listings. For neighborhood maps, see page 79.

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Tradition meets technology at OC Indoor Golf, where simulation software allows aficionados to play virtual rounds at 40 of the world’s top courses, including Pebble Beach, Pelican Hill and Scotland’s St. Andrews. Owner-pro George Henry also offers golf-club fittings, technologically enhanced lessons and special-event rentals. “Playing the course on the computer is so real-life, it really is like playing the course,” Henry says. “A group about to go to St. Andrews recently played a practice round on the computer—and took notes! On rainy days, the phone rings off the hook.” 17145 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.354.4653,


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The Coast


➺Newport Beach offers the county’s most pleasant shopping destination, countless fine restaurants and Newport Beach

Newport Beach and its environs have been called California’s Riviera. Sandy beaches and bougainvillea are a backdrop to yachts and dream homes, from cottages to some of the nation’s most expensive real estate. Its retail center is Newport Center, near Jamboree Road, Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard. Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s are anchors at elegant and relaxed shopping destination Fashion Island. Maui-based Letarte and Australia’s Seafolly swimwear boutiques, and Red O and Fig & Olive restaurants, are new. Island Cinema offers leather seats and wine service. The Orange County Museum of Art, also in Newport Center, focuses on 20th century California artists and throws hip fetes. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, aka the Back Bay, boasts some 160 species of birds. Hike, bike or jog along 10 miles of trails. Rowing and kayaking are popular; rent equipment from Newport Aquatic Center (949.646.7725). At Newport Dunes, Moe B’s Watersports (949.729.1150) rents kayaks, pedal boats and electric boats; a guided kayak tour of the marshlands departs Sundays at 10 am ($15 includes kayak rental). Newport Beach boasts the world’s largest small-boat harbor. Mariner’s Mile, along Coast Highway, is lined with restaurants—The Winery restaurant and wine bar

just opened—as well as luxury-car showrooms and yacht clubs. Private charters and narrated harbor cruises, aboard vessels including luxury dining cruisers and ro­mantic gondolas, depart from Mariner’s Mile as well as from Balboa Pavilion (see Balboa, below), and pass huge luxury abodes. All manner of boat rentals are possible, from canoes and kayaks to sailboats, motorboats and surrey-fringed electric boats. The “beach” in Newport Beach includes two piers, Balboa and Newport, great sandy expanses and one of the cleanest and most colorful bike paths and boardwalks anywhere. The action never stops around Newport Pier, off Newport Boulevard on McFadden Square. The Dory Fishing Fleet leaves soon after the bars close in the wee hours of the morn; you can visit the open-air fish market after the sun comes up. The fleet, begun in 1889, is the last beach-side fishing cooperative of its kind in the United States.


To reach the Balboa Pier, continue southeast on Newport Boulevard (its name changes to Balboa Boulevard at 22nd Street), turn right on Palm Street and park in the metered lot. The Wedge, where the peninsula meets the harbor jetty, is one of the world’s most famous bodysurfing and bodyboarding spots. Currents and riptides can be dangerous, so

don’t go in the water unless you really know what you’re doing. Watching is fun enough. On the harbor side of Balboa Peninsula are the Balboa Pavilion and a Fun Zone, marking 75 years, whose few remaining rides include a Ferris wheel. Try a custom-dipped Balboa Bar or frozen banana. Take advantage of the Balboa Bay Front Webcam at Harbour House coffee shop; find a sunny seat outside, call friends in snowbound or humid states, have them log on to and gloat! The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is transforming itself into ExplorOcean. Balboa Pavilion, a 1905 gabled, cupolatopped structure, is the de­pot for boat excursions: harbor tours, whale-watching trips and Santa Catalina cruises. As classic pop-song lyrics attest, Catalina, known for its beaches, buffalo and glass-bottom boats, is “26 miles across the sea.” The city of Avalon is 75 minutes away via the catamaran Catalina Flyer. The Balboa Island Ferry is a three-car shuttle between docks on the Balboa Peninsula and Balboa Island, a tightknit community featuring charming cottages, shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Marine Avenue is the island’s only nonresidential street.

Corona del Mar

Heading south along Coast Highway takes you past Corona del Mar Plaza, where upscale destinations include Sienna Brown


gorgeous golf, not to mention its most coveted real estate. Along the coast, you’ll find wide sandy beaches, the world’s largest pleasure-boat harbor, renowned piers and Surf City USA.


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and Savory Spice Shop as well as Sprinkles Ice Cream and new Beauty Collection. Corona del Mar, whose streets are named for flowers, has expansive beaches and some of the country’s most expensive real estate. On East Coast Highway, just south of MacArthur Boulevard, is Sherman Library & Gardens, offering 2,000 plant species on two landscaped acres. Consider a repast at Café Jardin or the Tea Garden Crêperie. Coast Highway is lined with elegant design showrooms, rug dealers and boutiques. To find Corona del Mar State Beach, head south on Marguerite from Coast Highway, turn right on Ocean Boulevard, then follow signs to the parking lot below. You’ll find bodysurfing, volleyball, fire pits and facilities. Picturesque Little Corona Beach is just south. South of Corona del Mar is Newport Coast. Crystal Cove Shopping Center offers boutiques such as At Ease for Men and new Z Collection and Mastro’s Ocean Club, Bluefin, Javier’s and Tamarind restaurants. Nearby are Crystal Cove State Park, with miles of sandy coves and miles of trails, and gorgeous Pelican Hill Golf Club.

Huntington Beach

Surf City USA has gotten more sophisticated since 1963, when the Jan and Dean hit Surf City topped charts. Though Huntington Beach retains some of its sand-in-the-cracks, beachtown personality, shops along Main Street, fine-dining options and luxury hotels have resulted in a dramatic transformation. The action is near the water. Main Street is a promenade with lots of surf-wear and beachwear shops, a Surfing Walk of Fame and the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Tenants at The Strand, at Pacific

Balboa Island. (Opposite, left to right) Huntington Beach surf shop; Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

Coast Highway and Fifth Street, include Forever 21, Rip Curl, RA Sushi and Bruxie. Adjacent to Huntington Beach Pier Plaza are restaurants including Duke’s and Sandy’s HB; the plaza often hosts street performers, art shows and live bands. A statue of a surfer at Coast Highway and Huntington Street captures the town’s spirit. The area offers three beaches: Huntington City Beach, Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach are popular for surfing and volleyball as well as for fire rings and nighttime weenie roasts. Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve (714.840.1575), near Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway,


offers 200 species of migratory birds in a saltmarsh setting with a 1.5-mile loop trail. Inland, at Talbert Avenue and Goldenwest Street, is 350-acre Huntington Central Park; the park encompasses Shipley Nature Center (714.842.4772), an equestrian center, a Frisbee golf course, two “lakes” and the city’s Central Library (714.842.4481)—which has the largest children’s library in the state. Bella Terra is a Tuscan-themed shopping destination. Draws include outdoor sports specialist REI, a 20-screen cineplex, and new Solita and Eureka! restaurants. For bold items, see the where guide listings. For neighborhood maps, see pages 78-79.

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Yearling Social B Boutique offers contemporary and boho-chic women’s apparel, jewelry using semiprecious stones and other merchandise, much of it locally made, such as Aromaez soy candles, Halsea luggage and Kate Houlian’s coffee-table book, Finding Newport Beach. Local designers include G2G. Owner Christy Salem is at the store most of the time, ”working with my great clients, building lasting relationships that keep my customers coming back.” Call with a price range and she’ll send photos of possible gifts and will wrap and ship the one you choose. 359 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.533.3525,


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South Coast


➺Four of the county’s most historic cities are nestled into its southern corner: Laguna Beach, Dana Laguna Beach

It’s fitting that you pass Laguna College of Art + Design as you enter the county’s original art colony along Laguna Canyon Road. Admire the sculptures! In fact, it is easy to spend a day along the thoroughfare before ever entering the city proper, especially during the summer, when it hosts three art festivals— Festival of Arts, Art-A-Fair and the Sawdust Art Festival—and the renowned “living tableaux” presentation, Pageant of the Masters. Acclaimed Laguna Playhouse offers both comedic and profound fare year-round. Laguna Canyon Road becomes Broadway, then comes to a T at Main Beach and Coast Highway. Turn left toward downtown or right toward Laguna Art Museum and you’ll find galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Laguna Art Museum presents modern and contemporary art, mostly by California painters; often explores pop culture; and displays art from Laguna’s past, including lots of seascapes. Steps away are coastal vistas at Heisler Park and a stretch of Coast Highway called North Gallery Row, where you’ll find Hobrecht Sports Gallery (350 N. Coast Hwy., 949.945.3283) and Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry (352 N. Coast Hwy., 949.715.0953). Historical cottages dot the neighborhoods above. On a steep hillside is the Hortense Miller Garden (open by appointment, 22511 Allview Terrace, 949.497.3311, Ext. 426).

Main Beach gets action year-round. There are volleyball and basketball courts, a playground and a boardwalk popular with walkers and joggers, and one more major attraction: The beach is just across the street from scores of the shops and galleries that give the city its distinctive aura. Get deeper into the action in the downtown heart of Laguna, also known to locals as the Village. Must-sees include the sculpture garden at Dawson Cole Fine Art Gallery (326 Glenneyre St., 888.972.5543). South along Coast Highway are dining options including hockey great Teemu Selänne’s new Selanne Steak Tavern, K’ya Bistro Bar at La Casa del Camino and posh Studio at the Montage.

Dana Point

Richard Henry Dana, the seaman who wrote 1840’s Two Years Before the Mast, described the area now named for him as “the only romantic spot” on the California coast, noting its “grandeur” and “solemnity.” The grandeur is still there, but you won’t find much solemnity along Harbor Drive, now bustling with boaters, diners, shoppers and those headed to see the tall clipper ships in port. In addition to its sand and shore, Doheny State Beach offers five acres of lawn. Families picnic, couples rent bicycles. An interpretive center focuses on the underwater Doheny State Marine Life Refuge. The beach hosts a

blues festival in May and in summer, Lobsterfest, a surf competition and outrigger racing. Busiest day of the year? Fourth of July, with fireworks launched from a barge. Make your way along Harbor Drive to the tide pools at the end of the harbor’s rocky ledge. Public benches are a stone’s throw from seals basking on sea-logged boulders; take in both the quiet beauty of the harbor and the roar of the surf against the rocks. Dana Point Harbor offers 2,500 slips for vessels of all sizes, three yacht clubs, a fishing pier and Dana Wharf Sportfishing, which also offers whale-watching trips. The Ocean Institute displays the Pilgrim, a full-sized replica of the square-rigged brig on which Dana sailed, docked adjacent to the fishing pier. Wharf highlights include the White Pelican for Native American jewelry (34475 Golden Lantern St., 949.240.1991) and the Harbor Grill seafooder, known for its oysters. North of town are luxury hotels featuring superior dining—Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis, and Raya at the Ritz-Carlton—and pristine Salt Creek Beach Park.

San Juan Capistrano

There’s no beach in this burg, but there’s plenty of history, style and charm. And there is no passing up a visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano, often credited with being the birthplace of Orange County. It was founded


Point and San Clemente along Coast Highway, and nearby San Juan Capistrano. Whether for shopping, dining, history or just tantalizing poetic beauty, these small burgs have spectacular offerings.


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by Father Junipero Serra in 1776, the same year America was born. It took nine years to build its Great Stone Church, completed in 1806; it took just a minute for an earthquake to destroy it six years later, killing 40 people. The priests left the ruins, a dramatic benchmark of the struggle to build California. The dome atop the nearby rail station was made with stones from the ruins. Priests still celebrate Mass in the Serra Chapel; the original adobe walls shelter a magnificent Baroque altarpiece decorated with 52 carved gold-leaf angels. The 10-acre site is filled with walkways, gardens, fountains and exhibits. Mission events include the renowned Swallows’ Day Parade in March. Just across the train tracks is the Los Rios Historic District. A stroll along Los Rios Street is a most pleasant experience; 31 homes, the earliest dating to 1794, look as they did in centuries past. Near the train station is the O’Neill Museum (31831 Los Rios St., 949.493.8444), home to the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society. The Ramos House Café, in an 1881 board-and-batten house, offers an unforgettable breakfast. Camino Capistrano is lined with shops and restaurants. One of South County’s most popular taverns is the colorful Swallow’s Inn (31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188). For a different kind of nightlife, consider the nearby Camino Real Playhouse (31776 El Camino Real, 949.489.8082). San Juan Capistrano Regional Library (31495 El Camino Real, 949.493.1752) is a postmodern masterpiece by architect Michael Graves. San Juan Capistrano is the county’s equestrian center; luxurious residences, many with their own stables, surround the city. Eight miles east is Ronald W. Caspers

Beach in Dana Point. (Opposite, left to right) Sign at Los Rios Historic District in San Juan Capistrano, Brown’s Park in Laguna Beach.

Wilderness Park (33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210).

San Clemente

La Casa Pacifica, President Richard Nixon’s “Western White House,” has long since been broken up into million-dollar homes by a private developer. But one grand, historic home you can see is Casa Romantica (415 Avenida Granada, 949.498.2139), once the residence of the city’s founder, oil entrepreneur Ole Hanson. It’s on a hillside overlooking San Clemente Pier and is now the Cultural Center and Gardens, with galleries and a popular veranda. From the pier, the sun sets across the blue


water between Catalina Island and the Dana Point bluffs—just look past the constant stream of surfers. Metrolink and Amtrak trains run alongside the beach and stop right at the pier. The best shopping and dining is on Avenida del Mar, lined with antique stores and galleries, and El Camino Real, where you’ll find the wine-country cuisine of Vine. Talega Golf Club (949.369.6226), in the hills above the city, has a championship layout designed with input from Masters champion Fred Couples. Sundried Tomato is among the draws at Talega Village Center. For bold items, see listing in the where guide. For a map of these neighborhoods, see page 79.

/ about taim

Named after the Irish word for “I am,” Taim Boutique carries “coveted brands, amazing accessories”—notably handbags, shoes and jewelry—“and figure-flattering jeans.” The team, which specializes in in-store personal-styling appointments, is remarkably qualified: Owner Kendra Pearce has a business-administration degree from Chapman University and was a runway model; Katie Stuart and Justine Jones study fashion merchandising; and Elise Grice is a marketing and branding specialist. 1259 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.4200,


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North County


(Left to right) Angel Stadium and Anaheim Packing House

➺Long before orange groves and Walt Disney shaped the landscape of Anaheim, and before Napa Valley Anaheim

Making millions of dreams come true every year, Disneyland is beloved by children of every age. Since Walt Disney opened the main gate in 1955, families have made the pilgrimage, starting on Main Street, U.S.A.; today they explore eight lands, from Frontierland to Toontown. Captured in countless vacation photographs, iconic landmarks such as the snowcapped Matterhorn, Sleeping Beauty’s castle and the Haunted Mansion beckon even as new attractions debut. Enjoy Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and, in the Fantasyland Theatre, the live show Mickey and the Magical Map. Travel to corners of the universe in 3-D on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in Tomorrowland. Sister park Disney California Adventure launched Cars Land, adding 12 acres and three attractions—notably Radiator Springs Racers—inspired by the Disney-Pixar film Cars. Guests enter along Buena Vista Street, evoking the era when Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles; Carthay Circle Theatre houses an elegant restaurant. World of Color wows nightly with choreographed fountains, lights, lasers, music, animation and Disney storytelling. The thrills never end at California Screamin’, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and, for the less daring, Soarin’ Over California, an amazing simulation of gliding above the gorgeous Golden State.

There’s no admission at adjacent Downtown Disney, but it takes restraint to avoid splurging in the lively promenade’s shops, cafés and entertainment venues such as House of Blues, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and ESPN Zone. Eateries range from fast to fancy, but none outclasses Napa Rose in the dazzling Grand Californian Hotel. Shop, eat and play some more at Anaheim GardenWalk, a still-growing collection of shopping and dining options in an outdoor setting. For indoor entertainment, consider bowling at Bowlmor, viewing a first-run movie at UltraStar Cinemas—some with motion seats—or shaking your tail feathers at sultry Heat Ultra Lounge. Nearby, The Ranch, a sophisticated restaurant and super-fun saloon modeled on the late Crazy Horse, made the North County’s most smashing dining debut since Napa Rose. Boldface names and sports action are the lure at Honda Center, home for the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team and new L.A. KISS football team, host to touring acts such as Rihanna; Wolfgang Puck’s Puck Tavern is new. At Angel Stadium, “the Big A,” major-league baseball rules when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play; arena rock acts such as U2 invade when the team’s on tour; the Oakley store is new. Anaheim Convention Center unveiled a grand Grand Plaza; the Anaheim Bolts soccer team plays in the center’s arena.

The Anaheim Packing District downtown includes the hip shops and restaurants on Center Street Promenade and Umami Burger in a former Packard showroom; the foodieinspired Anaheim Packing House opens presently. Muzeo is a small museum in the Carnegie Library building (1908). Anaheim Ice, training facility for the Anaheim Ducks, is open for public skating daily.

Buena Park

Roller coaster, Old West and boysenberry jam enthusiasts flock to Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park with roots back to 1934, when farmers Walter and Cordelia Knott opened a roadside stand selling berries and a diner dishing fried chicken. Diners still feast on drumsticks and berry pie at Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant, and shoppers wander through the California Marketplace; both enjoy the Independence Hall replica (1966). Inside the park, a daunting collection of roller coasters separates the bold from the bashful. Xcelerator rockets to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds. Silver Bullet turns riders upside down six times. GhostRider is one of the world’s longest and tallest wooden coasters. Less hair-raising are the High Sierra Ferris Wheel and kiddie rides at Camp Snoopy. Explore bygone eras without leaving Beach Boulevard. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament revisits an 11th century castle.


became a household name, German immigrants made the area California’s first wine country. It still fuels high times and joyful memories with world-class attractions that make it the gateway to endless fun.


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Audiences cheer jousting knights and pageantry starring Lipizzaner stallions while serfs and wenches serve a four-course feast. A banquet at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure fortifies guests for skirmishes aboard a replicated 18th century Spanish galleon in an indoor lagoon.


Old Towne Orange is often used for movies and commercials, thanks to its diligently preserved pre-1940 homes and buildings. Anchored by a picturesque traffic circle—oval, actually—at Chapman Avenue and Glassell Street, the district is on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes antique shops and restaurants such as Haven Gastropub and Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen. The Orange Chamber of Commerce (439 E. Chapman Ave.) offers a map of historic sights. Chapman University, one of the state’s oldest private universities, marks its 150th year. To the east are the bucolic hills of Irvine Park; its petite Orange County Zoo is ideal for wee ones, who also enjoy the narrow-gauge train. Big kids go for The Outlets at Orange, where draws include high-end discount retailers Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Families fall like pins for hip bowling alley Lucky Strike Lanes and flock to Thrill It Fun Center and Vans Skatepark. Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove— formerly known as Crystal Cathedral—is a must-tour for architecture buffs. Philip Johnson’s striking structure has 10,000 silver-tinted windows. Also there are Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope and Richard Meier’s International Center for Positive Thinking.


Most visitors to Fullerton, home of sprawling

Fullerton Arboretum

Cal State Fullerton, gravitate to the historic core along Harbor Boulevard, with its endless supply of boutiques and watering holes. South of Commonwealth Avenue, a short stroll from the historic train station, are night spots and restaurants such as Hopscotch. Significant sights nearby include Fullerton Museum Center, offering dynamic exhibits including a gallery devoted to Leo Fender, native son and pioneer of the electric guitar. The museum offers maps pinpointing fine examples of architecture styles within walking distance. A short drive away, the stately Muckenthaler Cultural Center hosts varied design and art events and exhibits.


The Fullerton Arboretum at CSUF is a garden of delights, with streams, trails and a restored Victorian cottage. East in Yorba Linda is the birthplace of Richard Nixon. The tiny home and impressive rose garden are on the handsome grounds of the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, a rich repository chronicling the president’s public and private life. Neighboring Brea, once an oil town, takes pride in its Birch Street Promenade, which offers retailers, restaurants such as Brunos Trattoria, cinema and stand-up comedy. New at huge Brea Mall is Kiehl’s Since 1851. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a map of these neighborhoods, see page 77.

/ sweet style

New Nectar boutique in Old Towne Orange displays its women’s fashions—brands such as Flying Tomato, Lush and Toms—among tire swings, yellowing books and rickety wooden cartons, a quirky blend of old and new. “It’s a girly, California style,” says store manager Tiffany Klein, “but we’re also in an antique area, so we wanted to go with that feel.” The concept is based on affordable designer fashions. Nectar’s third location is within walking distance of Chapman University; all three boutiques are in Southern California college towns known for their historic charm. 115 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.639.4900,


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Offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Las Brisas is proud to serve the freshest seafood, exclusive offerings of wine & margaritas, and authentic cuisine of the Mexican Riviera.

361 Cliff Drive • Laguna Beach • 949.497.5434 •

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Haloed Ground Locking in 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star Mike Trout for six more years (to the tune of $144.5 million) and the early-season success of starting pitcher Garrett Richards augur well for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We’re looking forward to games at Angel Stadium against their Northern California rivals, the Oakland Athletics, June 9-11 and Aug. 28-31, and their freeway rivals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Aug. 6-7. Saturday nights are best of all, when fireworks follow. Above: On April 29, Albert Pujols became the 26th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 career home runs. p. 57

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Dining American

Guidelines Restaurants are listed by city on page 55. Map locators

A RESTAURANT  Stylish, nostalgic spot with red-leather booths gives dishes such as beef Stroganoff, pot roast and scallops an of-the-moment treatment. Café/market adjacent. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505 $$$  Map N13

at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 76-79. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS  Conscientiously created dishes (warm octopus salad, hanger steak with zinfandel-and-beef-marrow sauce, goat-cheese cheesecake), excellent cocktails and striking decor with water wall. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887 $$  Map D4 ARC  “Flame, flavor, finesse” cuisine (e.g., savory meatballs with garlic and whiskey) amid rustic-apothecary decor; superb cocktails use housemade bitters, infusions, syrups, sodas. L, D (daily).  South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.500.5561 $$  Map J12 BACK BAY BISTRO  Snazzy spot overlooking the Back Bay at the Dunes; retractable roof. Cancun-style shrimp cocktail, New York steak au poivre. B (Sa-Su), L (daily), D (Th-Su), Br (Sa).  Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144 $$  Map M14

Next Chapter Since taking over the kitchen last fall, Jason Montelibano has put his distinctive stamp on the menu at Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana. The chef taps into his Filipino heritage for creative takes on dishes such as lumpia or his sisig fries, with all kinds of pig parts, salsa criolla and fried egg; on Sunday evenings, he and sous chef Rizi Manzon offer classic Filipino dishes inspired by their grandmothers’ recipes. Pork is a specialty: Consider Sticky Icky Pork Belly Buns (above) or the Compart Duroc pork chop. Other highlights: grilled hamachi collar, and Rizi’s banana-bacon-chocolate dessert. In the bar, consider the Parrots & Death Metal, with vodka, Aperol, grapes, mint and beer, or one of a pair of barrel-aged cocktails. p. 34

BANDERA  Perennially popular spot known for woodfired rotisserie chicken and wood-grilled prime tri-tip; start with iron-skillet corn bread, finish with banana cream pie. D (nightly).  3201 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.3524 $$  Map M16 BAYSIDE  First-rate New American fare at stylish spot with limited view of harbor canals. A smashing new interior update and sprawling bar and patio draw exec lunches, romantic dinners and lazy brunches. Live jazz; art displays. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222 $$$  Map M14 THE BEACHCOMBER  On Crystal Cove State Park beach; it’s like a weatherworn yacht. Roasted French feta; Prime flatiron steak with wild-mushroom-and-truffle mac; and Gimme S’mores! dessert. Outdoor Bootlegger Bar. Shuttle from Los Trancos lot. B, L, D (daily).  15 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, 949.376.6900 $$  Map E4 BISTANGO  Beautifully presented contemporary cuisine, extensive wine list, changing contemporary art exhibits and jazz nightly. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222 $$$  Map K14 THE BLIND PIG  New. Creative fare (such as King Trumpet Royal with coconut curry, fried plantain, pickled daikon, mushroom “soil,” purple mint and cilantro) and superlative cocktails (50 Shades of Orange) at high-decibel lakeside spot. L, D (Tu-Su).  31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.888.0072 $$  Map east of D6


American.................................... 34 Belgian......................................... 36 Brewpubs/Gastropubs......... 36 California..................................... 36 Chinese........................................40 Continental................................40 Eclectic.......................................... 41 French............................................ 41 Indian............................................. 41 International..............................42 Italian............................................42

Japanese..................................... 43 Mediterranean..........................44 Mexican/Latin..........................44 Quick Bites.................................48 Seafood........................................45 Steak............................................. 47 Thai................................................ 47 Themed.......................................48 Vegetarian..................................48 Vietnamese................................48

CLAIM JUMPER  Craftsman-style spots offer rotisserie chicken, fresh fish, baby-back ribs, pot pie, salads, Six-Layer Chocolate Motherlode Cake and craft beers. L, D (daily).  Seven locations include South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.8479; 7971 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.523.3227; 2250 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, 714.836.6658 $$  Maps J13, H8, G13 CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES  Southern hospitality and rafter-raising music. Faves: Aarón’s Citrus Chicken; shrimp and grits; jambalaya, lobster mac and cheese; St. Louis ribs. Sunday gospel brunch. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  Downtown Disney, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.BLUE $$  Map I10 THE DECK  Open-air spot serves beach fare and breezy cocktails steps from the sand. Tuscan kale caesar; burger with aged Vermont cheddar, nueske bacon, arugula and chipotle on brioche bun; Vancouver Island King salmon. B, L, D (daily).  Pacific Edge Hotel, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6700 $$  Map I15 DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN & BAR  New. Spot overlooking the sand offers seafood and steaks and, in the ocean-view Stateroom Bar, bourbons and whiskeys. Shares management with the Deck (listing above), adjacent. B, L, D (daily).  Pacific Edge Hotel, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6700 $$  Map I15 EUREKA!  New. Fun fare—osso-buco riblets, Fresno fig burger, Your Mama’s ’80s-Style Taco Salad—plus 40 craft beers on tap and some 20 small-batch and off-menu whiskeys. L, D (daily).  Bella Terra, 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.230.3955 $$  Map C2 THE IRON PRESS  Waffle sandwiches—e.g., pankocrusted tilapia with habanero-mango salsa—and California beers. L (daily), D (Tu-Sa).  South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.426.8088 $  Map J12

BROADWAY BY AMAR SANTANA  Popular spot offers creative “cuisine of the Americas,” e.g., seaweedbutter-basted Maine sea scallops with calamari risotto and piquillo peppers. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.8234 $$$  Map H15

IVA LEE’S  Restaurant and lounge offers savory interpretations of Southern and Creole cuisine. Music W-Sa. D (nightly).  555 N. El Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente, 949.361.2855 $$  Map south of F6

CHAPTER ONE: THE MODERN LOCAL  Hip librarythemed spot’s new chef Jason Montelibano ushers in its second chapter with Tuna 2-Step (ahi fillet/tuna tartare) and Little Fried Hen (actually braised) with ginger risotto. “Culinary cocktails.” Open until 2 am. L, D (daily).  227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.352.2225 $$  Map H13

JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN  New. David Wilhelm’s creative regional comfort faves: French Quarter boil with shellfish and andouille in spicy beer-and-garlic broth; steak frites, grilled rib-eye with béarnaise; Bananageddon for two. L, D (daily).  24901 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.388.8900 $$  Map K17

CHARLIE PALMER  Awash in sunshine by day, smartly lit by night, star chef Charlie Palmer’s space is superstylish and relaxed. Exceptional modern American dishes. Palmer’s wine shop Next Vintage and DG Burger are adjacent. L, D (daily), Br (Su).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.352.2525 $$$  Map D3

JULIETTE KITCHEN + BAR  Superior New American fare and cocktails and adjacent wine merchant. Juliette Chung oversees the restaurant, husband Jon Hughes the wine, and daughter Erica Choir the pastries. The gifted chef is Daniel Hyatt. L (M-Sa), D (Tu-Sa).  1000 Bristol St., Newport Beach, 949.752.5854 $$$  Map J13

Restaurants with boat access in Newport Harbor include lively Bluewater Grill (p. 45), new restaurant and wine bar The Winery (p. 40) and local fixture Woody’s Wharf (p. 46).




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Dining RALPH BRENNAN’S JAZZ KITCHEN  Creole cuisine and New Orleans jazz (beaded piano!) at spot inspired by New Orleans’ French Quarter. Pasta jambalaya, Gumbo Ya-Ya, Creole calamari, bananas Foster. Beignets at Jazz Kitchen Express; romantic dining upstairs; casual meals downstairs. B, L, D (daily).  Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200 $$  Map I10 THE RANCH  Sophisticated restaurant and separate super-fun, glittering saloon. Chef Michael Rossi offers Kobe beef carpaccio; silver barramundi with white shrimp and artichokes; bone-in cowboy rib-eye. D (nightly).  1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200 $$$  Map I11

George’s Bank scallops in verde sauce at Red O in Newport Beach

LEATHERBY’S CAFÉ ROUGE  Chic and sleek affair within Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Cutting-edge cuisine and special menus themed to Broadway shows. Ideal for pre- or post-performance. D (Tu-Su).  615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.429.7640 $$$  Map J13 LITTLE SPARROW  New. Eric Samaniego offers improvisational and approachable bistro fare (e.g., pan-roasted sweetbread cobb salad; grilled opah with beluga lentils and fennel pollen), a truly significant addition to the O.C. dining scene. Look for the CAFE sign on the corner. B (SaSu), L (Tu-Su), D (Tu-Sa).  300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.265.7640 $$  Map G13

RAMOS HOUSE CAFÉ  One of the county’s best restaurants serves O.C.’s best breakfast in an 1881 house next to the train tracks in the historic Los Rios district. Soju bloody mary; pain perdu. B, L (Tu-Su).  31752 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1342 $$  Map I17 SADDLE RANCH CHOP HOUSE  Rock-western experience with huge rustic bar and mechanical bull—look for the stagecoach on the roof! Extensive menu, some southof-the-border accents. B, L, D (daily).  The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.287.4652 $$  Map K12 SANDY’S HB  Steps from the sand at Huntington Beach Pier. Gilroy-garlic-fried green beans; pecan-crusted sea bass; Prime flatiron steak with chimichurri and marrow butter. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).  315 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.7273 $$  Map N9 SEASONS 52  No deep-frying. No dish more than 475 calories. Lots of flavor. Fab piano bar, stylish decor, eclectic seasonal menu, Mini Indulgences desserts, superior wine list. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5252 $$  Map J13

MEMPHIS  Southern, Cajun-Creole and Southwest dishes in a hip retro setting. Start with gumbo or the pulled-pork sliders. L (M-F), D (W-Sa), Br (Su).  2920 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.432.7685 $$  Map J13

SMOQUED  California barbecue in Old Towne Orange. Meats smoked in-house. Avocado fries; St. Louis ribs; creative sauces; pecan pie. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  128 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.7427 $$  Map C4

OAK ROOM & AQUA LOUNGE  Opens presently. The new spot replaces Palm Terrace following other improvements at the posh Island Hotel. B, L, D (daily).  690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920 $$$$  Map L15

STONEHILL TAVERN  Michael Mina’s urbane ode to New American dining, in shimmering room at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, turns the cozy tavern concept on its ear, bringing the ocean indoors via windows, mirrors and veranda seating. Stunning tasting menus by executive chef Raj Dixit. D (Tu-Su).  1 Monarch Beach Resort Drive, Dana Point, 949.234.3318 $$$  Map J17

OLD VINE CAFE  Regional, seasonal and a pleasure any time of day, be it for its caramel apple french toast, beef-tongue panini or four-course tasting menus with wine pairings. B, L (daily), D (Tu-Sa).  The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411 $$  Map J13 PARK AVE  Owner-chef David Slay’s creative renditions of classic American fare feature housemade and homegrown specialties. Most produce meticulously grown on premises; visit the garden! Architecture is Googie, decor midcentury retro. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400 $$  Map I8 PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL  Restaurateur Paul Fleming (P.F. Chang’s, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse) opens spot done in dark woods, brick and balsa-wood chandeliers, presents menu featuring mesquite-grilled items. L, D (daily).  Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.453.1144 $$  Map D5 THE PINT HOUSE  Comfy bistro-pubs. Blackberrybourbon pork chop; housemade cheesecake with Fireball cinnamon whiskey caramel sauce. Craft beers, beer-infused cocktails. D (daily); Orange L, D (daily).  1547 W. Katella Ave., Orange, 714.633.7468; 136 W. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, 714.525.7468 $$  Map I11, A3 PLAYGROUND  Chef Jason Quinn, whose Lime Truck won Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, offers New American small plates: cauliflower nachos; coconut curry noodle soup; Uncle Lou’s fried chicken; wagyu trip-tip; and tip-top-tier off-the-menu burger. Adjacent Playground 2.0 is a “culinary theater” for tasting dinners. D (daily).  220 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, 714.560.4444 $$  Map H13

THREE SEVENTY COMMON  Chef Ryan Adams offers winning fare such as kale salad with stone fruit and pecorino; halibut with peas, mint, onion and preserved lemon; and apple fried pies. Family-style Sunday Night Social dinners. D (nightly).  370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.494.8686 $$  Map H15 TULSA RIB CO.  Local mainstay in new digs. Tempura artichoke hearts, Cajun or Caribbean baby-back ribs, Tulsa potatoes, profiteroles. L (M-F); dinner (nightly).  220 E. Katella Ave., Orange, 714.633.3760 $$  Map B4 WATERTABLE  New. Restaurant and “gastro bar” offers spiced, spiked and infused waters; shareable Bar Jars filled with pâtés or pickled items; seriously satisfying fare in the dining room; and ocean-view patio. B, L, D (daily).  Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.1234 $$  Map N9 ZIMZALA  Surfer-chic restaurant-and-bar at hip Shorebreak Hotel offers “American/beach comfort” cuisine— and excellent Cal-Med. Br, D (daily).  500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.960.5050 $$  Map N9

Belgian BRUSSELS BISTRO  Belgian menu, drinks, decor. Chicon gratin (endives, white sauce, cheeses), Belgian stoemp, crepes flambés. All-you-can-eat moules frites M-W. DJs/ dancing F-Sa after 10:30 pm. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  222 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.7955 $$  Map H15

BRUXIE  O.C.’s original waffle sandwiches. Hot tickets: Pastrami Bruxie, Creamsicle float. B, L, D (daily).  The Strand, 180 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 657.215.3559; 292 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.3900; 215 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.1188; 279 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 657.888.9892 $  Map N8, C4, A3

Brewpubs and Gastropubs AMERICAN TAVERN EATERY & DRINK  Familyfriendly spot at Hotel Ménage. Chili-seared edamame; flash-grilled Caesar salad; chimichurri flatiron steak. Plus tropical drinks—and view of Disneyland fireworks!—at outdoor Palapa Bar. B, L, D (daily).  1221 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.758.0900 $$  Map I10 BLACK KNIGHT GASTRO LOUNGE  Convivial indoor-outdoor spot with a dozen sports screens. Eggplant poke, wood-fired pizza and excellent flatbreads; generous cocktails. L, D (daily).  The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.646.2401 $$  Map K12 THE CROW BAR AND KITCHEN  Cut-above creative fare, and outstanding selection of burgers, from James Beard Award-nominated chef John Cuevas. Superb brew selection. D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  2325 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.675.0070 $$  Map M16 FIRESIDE  New. Chef Scott Brandon (ex-LinX) oversees tavern at renovated Crowne Plaza Hotel. First-visit highlights: Berkshire pork-belly sliders; pickled wild Gulf shrimp; pan-roasted Mary’s Chicken. L, D (daily).  3131 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.913.9061 $$  Map J13 HAVEN GASTROPUB  Adventurous fare and palateprovoking handcrafted beers on tap. Vadouvan-crusted lamb belly with spiced rutabaga and house harissa; sticky toffee pudding with brown-butter-bourbon ice cream; superlative burgers. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).  190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680 $$  Map C4 JT SCHMID’S RESTAURANT AND BREWERY  Beers brewed on-site and brewpub cuisine. Wood-fired pizzas, Prime steaks, seafood, pastas and burgers share menu with jambalaya, fish tacos and sashimi. L, D (daily).  2610 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.634.9200; 2415 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.0333 $$  Map I11, C4 MULDOON’S  Dublin pub and Celtic bar; gastropub food years before the word was coined. Off-the-menu Black Bush Stew with shot of Irish whiskey and baby lamb chop. L, D (Tu-Su); Br (Su).  202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4110 $$  Map L15 SIDE DOOR  Superb spot shares historic building (replica of England’s oldest inn) with dining landmark Five Crowns; regional accolades in 2011 include Restaurant of the Year. D (nightly), Br (Su).  3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.717.4322 $$  Map M16 SLATER’S 50/50  Burgers! Design your own or try Peanut Butter & Jellousy, Fritos Crunch or half beef, half bacon patty. Superior brew list. L, D (daily).  8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.594.5730; 24356 Swartz Drive, Lake Forest, 949.460.9314; 6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills, 714.685.1103 $$  Maps L9, E6, B5 TILTED KILT PUB & EATERY  Celtic-themed pub near Honda Center and Angel Stadium. Drunken clams, Scottish cheesesteak, Olde Dublin stew. Sports on 48 screens; servers in plaid mini-kilts. L, D (daily).  1625 W. Katella Ave., Orange 714.633.5458 $$  Map I11

California Cuisine BAMBÚ  Classic and creative dishes with bold flavors celebrating seasonal and local foods presented in a four-story atrium amid lush palms, orchids and bamboo trees. B (daily), L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa).  Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.476.2001 $$$  Map K14


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Dining GREENLEAF GOURMET CHOPSHOP Healthful, flavorful menu includes lemongrass chicken salad; turkey melt on pretzel bread. Wine bar; soju-based cocktails. Adjoining market. B, L, D (daily). 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.200.3950; South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.862.2480 $ Map L12, J12 K’YA BISTRO BAR Handsome bistro at La Casa del Camino hotel offers expansive selection of small plates and wines by the glass. Wild Hawaiian poke, goat cheesefennel-orange salad, grilled filet mignon, lobster macaroni ’n’ cheese. B, L, D (daily). La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.9718 $$ Map I15 LARK CREEK New. Flavorful, nutritional and very prettily presented coastal cuisine. Steaks and fish grilled over wood fire; salads, sandwiches and pastas use local ingredients. L, D (daily). Fashion Island, 967 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.6700 $$ Map L15 NAPA ROSE Wine country at Disney Resort is a celebration of beauty in the bottle and the bounty of nature; chef Andrew Sutton offers sophisticated seasonal fare in stylish setting; polished staff includes dozens of sommeliers. D (nightly). Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.635.2300 $$$ Map I10 ONOTRIA WINE COUNTRY CUISINE Ristorante honors wine with Italian dishes concocted especially to flatter fine varietals. Dishes are seasonal and game is a specialty. The wine list runs 40 pages. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 2831 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.641.5952 $$ Map J1 PROVENANCE New. Cathy Pavlos (acclaimed Lucca in Irvine) unveils wine-country-farmhouse-themed spot with organic raised-bed patio garden—whose produce is the star. Finish with S’more in a Jar dessert, or the Earl Grey cream soda with cinnamon bourbon, a cocktail that could be dessert. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (S). 531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0477 $$ Map L14 SEALEGS WINE BAR Seasonal California share plates—e.g., Pig and Fig Flatbread, Stinky Fries, Banana Foster French Toast—plus limited-production wines and craft beers amid Hamptons-style nautical decor. D (nightly), Br (Su). 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700 $$ Map M9 SHADES Casual elegance, deft Cal-Continental menu and ocean views make this a popular steak (boutique ranch meats) and seafood destination. Lavish brunch (unlimited crab legs!) on poolside patio. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Waterfront Hilton, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.8444 $$ Map N9 SILVER TRUMPET Musically themed restaurant and striking bar opposite Segerstrom Center for the Arts, ideal for pre- or post-theater repasts. Seasonally driven fare, housemade pastries and desserts. B, L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593 $$ Map J13 6IX PARK GRILL Applewood-fired grill fare in airy space with floor-to-ceiling windows and garden terrace. Roasted-chicken tortilla soup; grilled diver scallops with coconut bacon rice, broccoli rabe and butternut squash beurre blanc. B, L, D (daily). Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6666 $$ Map J14 SPLASHES RESTAURANT AND BAR Indoors by the fireplace or on the patio steps from the sand, the water’s-edge Pacific view provides a dramatic backdrop for meals meant to be gorgeous memories. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Surf & Sand Hotel, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.4477, Ext. 550 $$$ Map H15 STUDIO Airy bluff-top Arts and Crafts-style bungalow with stunning azure and endless Pacific view oozes an offhand luxury befitting its premium resort setting. Chef Craig Strong reaches far beyond the predictably posh with an ambitious menu of creative Cal-French cuisine. D (Tu-Su). Montage Resort & Spa, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 866.271.6953 $$$$ Map I16


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“From the moment you walk in, you’ll feel welcome to grab a seat and order from a specialty cocktail menu that would fit in equally well in LA, D.C. or Paris.”

“It didn’t take long for Little Sparrow to become the best restaurant in a neighborhood already known for great dining and drinking. Rising star chef Eric Samaniego cooks with sophistication and finesse”

“This Santa Ana newbie developed a loyal following the month it took wing by charming worldly diners with its cozy vintage venue and a crew brimming with talent.”

300 N. Main, Santa Ana, CA | 714-265-7640 | Dinner, Cocktails, Brunch. Reservations recommended, walk-ins always welcome.

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SUNDRIED TOMATO CAFE Eclectic, bold Cal-Med. Creamy sun-dried-tomato soup with Gorgonzola; crispy blackened-chicken spring rolls; chopped salad. 361 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3312 (L, D daily); 31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.1167 (L, D daily; Br Sa-Su); 821 Via Suerte, San Clemente, 949.388.5757 (L, D daily; Br Su). $$ Map H15, I17, K17 TABU GRILL Local in-spot/Zagat high scorer brings on new chef Rayne Frey, who continues its winning ways. D (nightly). 2892 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.7743 $$$ Map I16 TANGERINE GRILL Find culinary California adventure opposite Disney’s California Adventure. Consider tangerine chicken, tangerine scallops or Malibu culotte steak. B, L, D (daily). Anabella Hotel, 1030 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.772.1186 $$ Map I10 THE TWISTED VINE Cozy neighborhood wine bar offers winning savory and sweet small plates. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly). 127 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.871.1200 $ Map B3 VINE Laid-back beach burg takes wine-country detour with poised California cuisine and enlightened wine selections. Jared Cook is the new executive chef and partner. Chef’s Pub is adjacent. D (Tu-Sa). 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2079 $$$ Map south of F6 VUE “Forward-thinking California coastal cuisine” on a bluff overlooking Dana Point Harbor. Outside, the ocean breeze and fire pit add to the romantic ambience. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000 $$$ Map J16 THE WINERY New in Newport Beach. Chef-partner Yvon Goetz offers superior contemporary California regional cuisine—the freshest seafood, wild game, USDA Prime steaks plus cigar patios and extensive wine cellars —at two striking locations, the newest overlooking the harbor. L (M-F), D (nightly). District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.7600; 3131 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622 $$$ Map J14, N13

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Anabella Hotel, located next to the Anaheim Convention Center and opposite The Disneyland® Resort, offers casual ambience and elegant cuisine amid Spanish mission-style decor. The imaginative menu uses free-range ingredients and locally grown produce.Dine on the lovely patio or inside in the beautifully appointed dining room. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Mention this ad for 10% off your bill. (some exclusions apply)

Chinese CAPITAL SEAFOOD More than 100 kinds of dim sum, offered from pushed steam carts at lunch, plus Asian tapas, clay-pot items, tofu, noodles and congees at Irvine Spectrum Center. L, D (daily). 85 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.788.9218; 2700 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949.252.8188 $$ Map D5, J14 P.F. CHANG’S Chinese-fusion dishes—Shanghai Waldorf salad was a recent seasonal special—served in an upscale, casual setting; the Irvine location got a striking remodel. L, D (daily). 1145 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.9007; 61 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.453.1211 $$ Map L15, D5

Continental FIVE CROWNS Venerated Lawry’s spot in English inn replica gets new decor, new chef, new dishes. Prime rib and other favorites stay. Superb SideDoor Gastropub is adjacent. D (nightly), Br (Su). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331 $$$ Map M16 THE HOBBIT Transporting dinners at homey hacienda revered for special occasions. Multicourse prix-fixe affair: cocktails upstairs, elaborate appetizers in the wine cellar, new Continental classics in elegant dining rooms. Menu changes weekly. Reservations essential. D (W-Su). 2932 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.997.1972 $$$$ Map J11 ORANGE HILL Hilltop hideaway with endless city-light views; traditional and updated fare includes seafood, prime rib, lobster. Orange Bar has retro orange theme and orange piano. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 6410 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.997.2910 $$ Map C5

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Dining 21 OCEANFRONT  Romantic restaurant offers sunset views, cozy bars, classic decor, award-winning wine list, servers in black tie and menu featuring abalone, oysters Rockefeller, jumbo prawns and superb crab legs. Topnotch steaks and osso buco, too. Live entertainment in the lounge. D (nightly).  2100 W. Oceanfront (Newport Pier), Newport Beach, 949.673.2100 $$$  Map N13

Eclectic CAFE TU TU TANGO  Quasi-fusion tapas-style appetizers. Watch art be created, listen to spontaneous performances; patio bar. L, D (daily).  The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.2222 $$  Map J11 MIX  Executive chef Kyung Soo Carroll offers imaginative, often organic “classical French and nuevo American fusion” cuisine in the atrium lobby of the Hilton Anaheim. B, L, D (daily).  777 Convention Way, Anaheim, 714.740.4412 $$  Map I10 SAPPHIRE LAGUNA  Chef Azmin Ghahreman offers globally inspired dishes at his stylish restaurant and lounge. Gourmet pantry for picnic and takeout. The popular patio has a partial ocean view. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888 $$$  Map I15 TRUE FOOD KITCHEN  Healthful-living author Andrew Weil presents globally inspired, locally sourced dishes in cheery room and on inviting patio with linear fire pit. More healthful cocktails; biodynamic wines. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.2400 $$$  Map L15

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THE CELLAR  Subterranean setting at 1920s-era California hotel oozes character, straddles categories with its modern European fare. Three B Hash; chateaubriand; chocolate soufflé. Late-night lounge Tu-Su until 2 am. D (Tu-Su)  305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714.525.5682 $$$  Map A3 GEMMELL’S  Fine chef Byron Gemmell serves up fairly traditional French fare and adds California touches. Casserole of escargots; hearts of palm and crab; roasted duck. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.234.0063 $$$  Map K16 MARCHÉ MODERNE  Chef Florent Marneau and pastry chef wife Amelia raise the bistro to delicious heights with their unstuffy but oh-so-French effort. He revels in what’s seasonal. Dessert? Exquisite cheeses or Amelia’s transcendent desserts. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.7900 $$$  Map D3 PINOT PROVENCE  Sophisticated French-Med dishes and decor from Patina Group favored for executive lunches, pre-theater dinners, brunch and special occasions. Charming walled patio. B, L, D (daily); Br (SaSu).  Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.444.5900 $$$  Map J13 VIE DE FRANCE  Classic onion soup, breads and pastries baked fresh daily, sandwiches made to order, desserts homemade at charming bistro and bakery. B, L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.1734 $  Map J13

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CLAY OVEN  Globe-trotting owner offers regional and creative Indian cuisine. Samosa triplets; habanero shrimp vindaloo; goat curry; tandoori venison. L, D (daily).  15435 Jeffrey Road, Irvine, 949.552.2851 $$  Map D5 ROYAL KHYBER  Acclaimed spot, often cited as the county’s best Indian, marks 30 years. Warm eggplant salad; lobster masala; signature Khyber’s Nectar, lamb


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Dining shanks simmered 14 hours with aromatic spices. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza Village, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679 $$$  Map J13 TAMARIND  Sibling to London’s Michelin-starred spot; Moghul-derived tandoor-oven favorites and seasonal fare. L, D (daily).  Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.715.8338 $$$  Map J13

International MARRAKESH  Moroccan multicourse prix-fixe feasts including b’stilla (phyllo-chicken pie), sans silverware. Great value. Belly dancing (W-Su). D (nightly).  1976 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.645.8384 $$  Map L13 MOZAMBIQUE  African fortress gone hip and stylish. Cal-Portuguese-South African cuisine. Piri piri chicken livers or prawns, chop house sirloin steak. Veranda rooftop dining. Casual spinoff in Newport Beach. 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777; the Bluffs, 1332 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.718.0956 $$  Map I15, E4

Italian ANAHEIM WHITE HOUSE  Italian steakhouse in restored 1909 manor; romantic setting, refined cuisine elaborately presented and impeccably served amid fresco recreations. White chocolate salmon; peppered hanger steak; game dishes. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.1381 $$$  Map I10 ANDREA  Elegant but unstuffy. Spectacular views of elysian vistas and the ocean. Superb northern Italy cuisine. Pasta and gelato made in dedicated rooms. L, D (daily).  Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 949.467.6800 $$$$  Map L17 ANTONELLO RISTORANTE  Top-notch, romantic northern Italian restaurant in faux villa; don’t miss the osso buco with risotto milanese. Enoteca Lounge and bar menu. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153 $$$  Map J13 CANALETTO  Venetian-style restaurant offers superb salumeria, antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, specialty meat and seafood dishes (e.g., vermicelli Cassopipa with seafood ragu). L, D (daily).  Fashion Island, 545 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900 $$$  Map M16 CUCINA ENOTECA  California-inspired Italian classics and wine shop amid fun decor. Vasi (filled mini-mason jars), stuffed squash blossoms, short-rib pappardelle, foraged-mushroom and truffle-oil pizza. Wines are retail plus $10. L, D (daily), Br (Su).  Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222 $$  Map D5 ECCO  Cozy, hip spot serves up goat-cheese-stuffed squash blossoms; sophisticated wood-fired pizzas, among O.C.’s best; ricotta gnocchi with grilled prawns; pork porterhouse saltimbocca; sautéed broccoli rabe with garlic and chilies. L, D (daily).  The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.444.ECCO $$  Maps J13 FRANCOLI GOURMET  Convivial, handsome northern Italian destination takes a quantum leap in quality, both in style (e.g., ornate orange-glass chandelier) and cuisine since its move to Old Towne Orange. B, L, D (daily).  100 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.288.1077 $$  Map C4 IL BARONE RISTORANTE  Chef Franco Barone and wife Donatella offer distinctive fare at stylish spot hidden near John Wayne Airport. Modern-art-filled room reflects his sophisticated side, tripe his rustic Sicilian roots. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  4251 Martingale Way, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755 $$  Map K14 IL DOLCE PIZZERIA  Artisanal Naples-style pizzas and pastas in modest spot at busy intersection. The simple pepperoni pizza may be the county’s best; the pistachio pizza, with Parmesan, red onions, rosemary and Gruyère,

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MAMA D’S Neighborhood spot on the peninsula has a loyal following thanks to large portions and very personable wait staff. Extensive menu; pasta, chicken and hero sandwiches at lunch. L (M-F), D (nightly). 3012 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.675.6262 $$ Map N13 MARE CULINARY LOUNGE Chef-owner Allessandro Pirozzi tops his fine Cucina Alessa locations at glittery new spot. Infused pastas include limoncello-infused mafaldine pasta with lobster tail, shallots and pinot-grigio local-lemon sauce. B, L, D (daily). 696 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9581 $$$ Map H15 NELLO CUCINA Italian steakhouse plus thin-crust pizzas, innovative pastas in South Coast Plaza’s Bear Street wing; sibling to Antonello Ristorante. L, D (daily). 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.3365 $$ Map J13 PIZZERIA MOZZA Culinary stars Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich replicate their L.A. and Singapore spots. Pizzas use beguiling ingredients, distinctive dough. Start with bone marrow al forno; end with caramel copetta with marshmallow sauce. L, D (daily). 800 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. $$ Map M13 PIZZERIA ORTICA Spot owned by L.A. chef David Myers (Comme Ça) offers refined authentic Neapolitan fare using intriguing ingredients beneath soaring arched ceilings and frescoes. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 650 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.445.4900 $$ Map J13 QUATTRO CAFFÉ Antonio Cagnolo of nearby, muchlauded Antonello Ristorante rejuvenates shoppers with stylish fare. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.0300 $$ Map J13 VITALY New. Maurizio and Barbara Cocchi of Bologna offer croissants, piadine and tigelle sandwiches, espresso, beer, wine, gelato and gelato flights in tiny cones. B, L, D (daily). The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.662.5500 $$ Map J13

Japanese BLUEFIN Master sushi chef Takashi Abe offers exquisite sushi and hot entrées. Toro tartare with osetra caviar; seafood tempura with truffle sauce, matcha salt; prime filet mignon with mixed mushrooms. L, D (daily). Crystal Cove Promenade, 7952 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.715.7373 $$$ Map M17 HAMAMORI Sparkling environment with undulating curves overlooks Bear Street. Rice-cracker-coated jumbo asparagus with yuzu sea salt; tamari-marinated black cod. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.850.0880 $$$ Map J14

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RA SUSHI Red-globe-light-bedecked ceiling, oversized aquarium and hip soundtrack give the Huntington Beach location a club-like feel. Try the crispy Asian tacos! D (daily). The Strand, 155 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.536.6390; District at Tustin Legacy, 2401 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.566.1700 $$ Map N9 242 CAFE Fusion sushi, nontraditional presentations. D (nightly). 242 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.2444 $$ Map H1


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Dining Mediterranean FIG & OLIVE New. Pascal Lorange’s cuisine is an ode to olive oil and what’s on the plate—from crostini and crudo starters to crème-brûlée cheesecake—is sophisticated. The olive tree-studded setting is stunning. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005 $$$ Map L15 LUCCA CAFE & MARKET Euro-chic bistro, deli and wine bar is a destination for foodies seeking unusual items and dishes using artisanal and organic local ingredients. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 6507 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine, 949.725.1773 $$ Map D5 MESA Stylish spot at the Camp, on the Bristol Street stretch known as SoBeCa, offers a hip scene, retractable glass roof, intriguing decor, inventive appetizers, superb cocktails and unisex restrooms. D (Tu-Sa). 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700 $$ Map J13 MOTIF Euro-eclectic dishes—grilled quail with Thai spices; cocoa-pistachio baked rack of lamb—amid ocean views. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa, 1 Monarch Beach, Dana Point, 949.234.3320 $$$ Map J16 ZOV’S BISTRO Zov Karamardian’s culinary passion propels her spots. Acclaimed Med cuisine at all locations; bakery-café in Tustin also offers jewel-like desserts and premium breads. L, D (M-Sa). 3915 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 714.734.9687; Enderle Center, 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855; 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 949.760.9687 $$$ Map C5, C4, L17

Mexican/Latin ANEPALCO’S Chef Daniel Godinez applies French technique to traditional Mexican ingredients, with sophisticated, artfully presented results. Tilapia with serrano chili-infused beurre blanc; huitlacoche-topped burger. Plus innovative cocktails. L, D (daily). 3737 Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.456.9642 $$ Map B4 EL ADOBE California historical landmark serving traditional Mexican fare is housed in a 1797 adobe and 1812 jail. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1163 $$ Map I17 GABBI’S MEXICAN KITCHEN Old Towne day-trippers and tequila connoisseurs duck into this rustically stylish haven for spirited takes on regional Mexican fare far beyond tacos and burritos. L, D (daily). 141 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.3038 $$ Map C4

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JAVIER’S CANTINA Both lively locations are known for spectacular decor and mucho-gusto ways with south-ofthe-border classics. La Tablita, prepare-your-own tacos for two; chili colorado of Kurobuta pork chops in guajillo chili sauce with nopalitos. L, D (daily). 7832 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.494.1239; Irvine Spectrum Center, 45 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.872.2101 $$ Map H15, D5 LAS BRISAS Window-lined, elegant cliff-top spot with renowned guacamole and superb coastal views. Snapper Veracruzana; Yucatan chicken. The patio is packed. B, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su). 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.497.5434 $$$ Map H15 MATADOR CANTINA Upscale spot with red-brick walls in 1899 building serves traditional dishes but also “Mexican-inspired,” such as chorizo ravioli. Also consider queso fundido and chocolate enchiladas. L, D (daily). 111 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714.871.8226 $$$ Map A3 RAYA Sophisticated global cuisine from chef Richard Sandoval, spectacular ocean views. Ceviches, sweet-corn soup with huitlacoche puree, roasted halibut with truffled boniato and crispy jalapeños; the churros are a must! B, L, D (daily). Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000 $$$ Map J16

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Dining RED O  New. Sexy design (with lots of Moroccan accents), menu by Mexican cuisine guru Rick Bayless. Ceviches, guacamole tasting, lamb chops mole negro. Extensive tequila list; the Topolo house margarita is outstanding. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300 $$$  Map L15 SOL COCINA  Stylish spot overlooking harbor canals features vibrant Baja-inspired dishes by Deborah Schneider, author of the cookbook Amor y Tacos. Pibil-roasted fish on a banana leaf; Kurobuta carnitas; cocktails, side dishes and flan are sensational. L, D (daily).  251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.675.9800 $$  Map O15

Spectacular Waterfront Dining Fresh Fish • Prime Rib • Steaks Relax in an atmosphere of comfortable elegance while you savor the culinary delights that make Chart House legendary. Fantastic Happy Hour A S K Y O U R H OT E L A B O U T Y O U R F R E E A P PE T I Z E R O R D E S S E RT

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SOLITA  New. Sol Cocina spinoff offers tacos (e.g., chorizo, bacon and sweet potatoes, chili tofu and woodgrilled carne asada) and margaritas. Start with queso al forno, bubbling, spicy Mexican cheeses. L, D (daily).  Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.894.2792 $  Map C2
 TACO ASYLUM  Unusual tacos, excellent brews and small-batch sodas. New on the menu: lobster-pancetta taco, rabbit taco, beef-tongue taco. L, D (daily).  The Camp, 2937 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.922.6010 $  Map J13
 TACO MARIA  New. Food truck goes brick and mortar at OC Mix. Superb “Chicano cuisine,” e.g., quinoa fritters with goosefoot herb; hanger steak with onion, quelites and bone marrow. Memorable, truly distinctive tacos at lunch; dinner is four-course prix-fixe. L (Tu-Sa), D (W-Sa).  South Coast Collection, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.538.8444, $$$  Map J13

Seafood AMELIA’S SEAFOOD & ITALIAN RESTAURANT  Charming local favorite for almost half a century offers scampi Caesar salad, linguine with fresh bay scallops and baby calamari in marinara sauce, and cioppino. The intimate patio table is coveted. D (nightly), Br (F-Su).  311 Marine Ave., Balboa Island, 949.673.6580 $$  Map M15

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BLUEWATER GRILL  Fresh seafood selection at handsome spots changes daily. Grilled Australian barramundi, Costa Rican mahimahi, farm-raised Mississippi catfish. Outdoor waterfront dining in Newport; new on Catalina Island. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  The District at Tustin Legacy, 2409 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.FISH; 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675.FISH $$  Map J14, N13 BONEFISH GRILL  New. Market-fresh seafood, from steelhead trout to cold-water-lobster tails, with sauces. Bang Bang shrimp; tilapia and Kobe-beef burgers; Lily’s Chicken with goat cheese, sautéed spinach, artichoke hearts and lemon basil sauce, and USDA Choice Angler’s Steak. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  The Market Place, 2915 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.368.7613 $$  Map C5 THE CATCH  Sleek spot popular with baseball and hockey fans as well as concertgoers. Crispy-skinned Tasmanian trout; 5-pound OMG burger feeds 10; hot chocolate sundae flamed tableside. L, D (Tu-Su).  2100 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.935.0101 $$  Map I11 CHART HOUSE  Distinctive architecture, seaside vista. Seafood dishes, many with Asian touches, plus aged beef and signature salad bar. Chimichurri grilled shrimp; grilled watermelon and feta salad; crab imperial sea bass; prime rib. D (nightly).  34442 Green Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.493.1183 $$  Map J16

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DUKE’S  Hawaiian-inspired seafood, Prime steaks and beach-house ambience. Next to the pier; endless ocean views. L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly).  317 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.6446 $$  Map N9 GULFSTREAM  Fine seafood; huge glasses of wine; popular patio dining scene. L, D (daily).  Corona del Mar Plaza, 850 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949.718.0187 $$$  Map L15


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Dining HARBOR GRILL Excellent mesquite-grilled seafood, pastas, gumbos, bouillabaisse at Dana Point Harbor; consider the rosebud martini and the sustainably farmed oysters. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 34499 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.240.1416 $$$ Map K16 HOUSE OF BIG FISH & ICE COLD BEER As the name suggests, it’s fresh fish paired with one of the best beer selections in town. Hawaiian ahi poke; Thai-glazed calamari; macadamia-nut-crusted tilapia. Wraparound windows offer ocean views. L, D (daily). 540 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.4500 $$ Map H15 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB FISH HOUSE Bluff-top, ocean-view spot. Dry-ice enshrouded Seafood Tower; freshest seafood in majestic proportions; signature warm butter cake. Glass-topped grand piano in the O Bar. D (nightly). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 8112 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.376.6990 $$$$ Map N14 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S Citified fish house offers simply prepared fresh seafood. Old-school cocktails, legendary happy hour; microbrews on tap at Irvine’s Pilsner Room. L (M-F), D (nightly). 2000 S. Main St., Irvine, 949.756.0505; Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.535.9000 $$$ Map L14, I10 ROY’S RESTAURANT Roy Yamaguchi‘s Hawaiian fusion fare amid stylish tropical decor. D (nightly). Fashion Island, 453 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.7697; Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.776.7697 $$$ Map L15, I10 SHUCK Oyster bar offers meticulously shucked selections. Superb grilled cheese sandwich, seafood stew. Bubblies and brews. L, D (daily). OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.420.0478 $$ Map J12 SCOTT’S Fine dining close to shopping and ideal for pre-theater—there’s a bell 15 minutes before showtime. Lures include superb seafood, USDA Prime steaks and fun desserts, and there’s a superlative new cocktail list in the lounge. Live music (W-Sa). L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.979.2400 $$$ Map J13 SHOR New. Choose your fish or meat, choose your rub, choose your sauce at American seafood grill, part of huge renovation at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Freshfrom-the-docks specials daily. B, L, D (daily). 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 949.644.1552 $$ Map M14

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SLAPFISH New in Laguna. Boat-to-table cuisine includes banh mi burrito and lobster items such as lobster grilled cheese, lobster sandwich, lobster dog and “clobster cake” (half crab, half lobster). L, D (daily). 19696 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.963.3900; 211 Broadway St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.0464 $$ Map D2, H15

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TAPS FISH HOUSE AND BREWERY Gold medalwinning brewmeister (Brewer of the Year at world’s largest beer competition—twice!) plus oyster bar and fine steaks. L, D (daily); Br (Su). Birch Street Promenade, 101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, 714.257.0101 $ Map A3 WATERLINE New. All-meal “water-to-table” fresh local seafood experience overlooking harbor, from crab eggs benedict to a halibut BLT to scallops “Peas & Carrots.” B, L, D (daily). Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 888.894.2788 $$$ Map D5 WAYS & MEANS OYSTER HOUSE New. Globally inspired seafooder and oyster bar. Hot Naked Oysters; duck breast with butternut puree and sunny-side-up quail’s egg; chocolate chip and cinnamon ice cream cookie; rum flight Sail the Wild. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Su). 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.516.1800 $$ Map C4 WOODY’S WHARF Waterfront spot with colorful history serving seafood and steaks since 1965. Cary Grant and Mickey Mantle were guests. Chuck Norris once owned it; doormen included Jean-Claude Van Damme! L (M-Sa), D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2318 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.675.0474 $$ Map N8

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Steak AGORA CHURRASCARIA Choice cuts at Brazilian steakhouse are cooked over fire pit, seasoned with rock salt. Gaucho-garbed waiters offer succession of 16 sumptuous cuts, from picanha (a sirloin specialty) to coração (delicate chicken hearts). Elaborate hot and cold bar with vegetable and seafood specialites. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1830 Main St., Irvine, 949.222.9910 $$$ Map J13 THE CAPITAL GRILLE Elegant steakhouse offers dryaged beef amid portraits of local historic figures. Pan-fried calamari with cherry peppers; bone-in kona-crusted dryaged sirloin; ethereal cheesecake. 5,000 wines; classic cocktails. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.432.1140 $$$$ Map J17 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Sleek venue serves prime everything. Classy feel extends to bustling bar with 100 wines by the glass and in flights. Superior small plates; sizzling steaks; Wine Country Brunch, prime rib on Sundays; “retro chic” and “couture” cocktails. Br (Su), D (nightly). 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633 $$$ Map L15 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Swanky spot offers largerthan-life portions and white-jacket service. Wet-aged hand-cut bone-in filet; off-the-menu crab gnocchi; and— oooh—warm butter cake. Bar offers generous cocktails, fine live music. D (nightly). 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.546.7405 $$$$ Map J17


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MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE Classy bastions of beef get slick new redesign. Service-plus, colossal portions. Double filet, Cajun rib-eye, retro filets Oscar and Diane. Show-and-tell menu recitation. Bar 1221. Anaheim, D (nightly); Santa Ana, L (M-F), D (nightly). 1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.621.0101; South Coast Plaza Village, 1641 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.444.4834 $$$$ Map I10, J13 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Bone-in “cowboy” rib-eye; caramelized banana cream pie. Soaring ceilings, modern sculpture, ironwork, colorful glass at Anaheim location. Anaheim, D (nightly); Irvine L (F), D (daily). 2041 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.750.5466; 2961 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.252.8848 $$$$ Map I10, K14 SAM & HARRY’S Swank repasts feature hand-cut Midwest corn-fed steaks aged 28 days, seafood flown in daily, potent cocktails.. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Newport Beach Marriott, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.6900 $$$ Map M15


SAVANNAH CHOP HOUSE American regional cooking—steaks, chops, seafood and Southern specialties— amid clubhouse decor. Tamarind-glazed duck breast; filet mignon Stroganoff. D (nightly). 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.493.7107 $$ Map I17


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ROYAL THAI CUISINE Casually elegant family-owned spots on the coast for more than 30 years. Honey duck; Lady Thai prawns. L, D (daily). 4001 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.645.8424; 1750 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.8424 $$ Maps N13 and I16

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THAI THIS “Cuisine to Thai for.” Fun names of dishes: Handrool Salad, Porkupie and Holly Cow. I See Dead People cocktail. L, D (daily). 24501 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.240.7944 $ Map J17


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Dining THAI WAVE Traditional noodle, curry and seafood dishes in pleasant surroundings. L, D (daily). 522 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.960.0219 $ Map N9

Themed PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE Swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy, romance aboard galleon replica in indoor lagoon. Call for weekend schedule; D (nightly). 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497 $$$ Map G8 RAINFOREST CAFE Creative decor, animatronics, special effects bring the rain forest indoors; dine among lush vegetation, lightning storms and wild animals. Extensive menu. Don’t forget the Volcano at the end of your meal. B, L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1515 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.772.0413 $$ Map I10

Vegetarian NATIVE FOODS Casual Cal-vegetarian fare. L, D (daily). The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.751.2151; The District, 2453 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.0400 $ Map J13, L15, C4 118 DEGREES Creative raw plant-based cuisine, organic wines and beer, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). The Camp, 2981 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.0718 $ Map J13 VEGGIE GRILL Yummy plant-based “chickin’ “ and “steak” sandwiches; fast-casual. L, D (daily). 81 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.727.9900; University Center, 4213 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.509.0003 $ Map D5, K14

Vietnamese ANQI Innovative cuisine dominated by small plates; sexy setting includes backlit bar and glass catwalk over running stream. Filet mignon pot stickers, secret-recipe garlic noodles, and molecular gastronomy with advance notice. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679 $$$ Map J13 EAST BOROUGH Casual fare on a patio at the Camp. Banh mi, lemongrass tofu. L (daily), D (Tu-Sa). 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.641.5010 $ Map J13 PHANS 55 Creative Vietnamese. Turmeric pangar white fish; Shaken Beef Filet; chocolate pyramid dessert. Fullerton: L, D (daily). Irvine: L (M-Sa), D (M-Su). 1981 Sunny Crest Drive, Fullerton, 714.441.0714; 6000 Scholarship Drive, Irvine, 949.724.1236 $$ Map A3, K14 VIETNAM PEARL Storefront location with newly hip decor, younger vibe. Excellent vermicelli, pho and a host of spicy specials. L, D (M–Sa). 1215 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.2212 $ Map J12

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Quick Bites BERKELEY DOG New. One of the county’s top spots for sausages of all kinds, from bratwurst and Louisiana hot links to other exotic proteins such as rattlesnake. L, D (daily). 215 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.257.0988; 4249 Campus Drive, Irvine., 949.387.2111 $ Maps A3 and K14 C4 DELI: THE CURE FOR THE COMMON Localcentric kitchen with wine-and-craft-beer bar and even more distinctive craft sodas; ciabatta-roll sandwiches include the standout porchetta, B, L, D (daily). 200 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.263.1555 $$ Map H13 CROW BURGER KITCHEN Casual sibling to the Crow Bar + Kitchen in Corona del Mar offers Angus and Prime beef burgers in intriguing configurations. Try Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!. L, D (daily). 3107 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.673.2747 $ Map N12


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Dining EARL OF SANDWICH Extensive menu at popular spot at Downtown Disney includes hot sandwiches (Hawaiian BBQ, caprese, Caribbean jerk chicken), wraps (Thai, spicy tuna), salads and artisan soups. B, L, D (daily). 1565 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim., 714.817.7476 $$ Map I10 GAUFREE New. Waffle sandwiches, notably one with Louisiana tasso ham, Emmental cheese and garlic aioli, and another with kale, scallions, bell peppers, eggplant and port-wine-glazed tofu. L, D (daily). Westpark Plaza, 3851 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949.222.5622 $ Map D5 THE GRILLED CHEESE SPOT New. Tiny, table-less, cash-only. Choose among 15 cheeses, seven breads, meat or vegetable add-ons; or order house creations such as the Starving Artist. L, D (daily). 318 W. Fifth St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2235 $ Map H13 LEMONADE New. Seasonal Southern California comfort food in a fast-casual cafeteria setting. An array of distinctive salads, sandwiches, slow-simmered stews— and several lemonades, of course! L, D (daily). 987 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.717.7525 $ Map L15 LINX Artisanal sausages: 10 “Haute LinX,” 15 condiments, 15 sauces. Finish with apple strudel ice cream sandwich with salted caramel sauce. L, D (daily). 238 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.744.3647 $ Map B4 MCDONALD’S Burgers, California history mural beneath golden arches near theme parks. B, L, D (daily). 1500 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.491.0563, plus 70 other county locations. $ Map I10 PIZZA PRESS Roaring ’20s newspaper theme decor and pizzas such as the Times and the Chronicle. Patio dining, wine and beer, plus grab-and-go. B, L, D (daily). 1534 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.323.7134 $ Map I10 PORTILLO’S Chicago hot-dog mecca offers amazing value near Knott’s Berry Farm. The dogs are just one reason it’s got so many fans. L, D (daily). 8390 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, 714.220.6400 $ Map G8 PROVISIONS MARKET Specialty market and bottle shop serves up new take on classic deli foods. Smoked-marlin starter; sandwiches including the Pig Face porchetta di testa and a CB&J—roasted cashew butter, stout-apricot-bacon jam and banana chips. L, D (daily). 143 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.997.2337 $$ Map C4 PIE-NOT Aussie-style bakery offers meat, veggie, gluten-free pies. Mary’s pie with rosemary, garlic and lamb; Slice of Heaven dessert (shortbread crust with housemade caramel, milk chocolate and sea salt). B, L, D (daily). 270 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.650.7437 $ Map H13 UMAMI BURGER Deservedly lauded burgers in 10 styles (e.g., Truffle, Tandoori, Port and Stilton) in hip venues; off-the-menu “tater tots.” L, D (daily). 601 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.342.1210; 338 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.991.8626; The Camp, 2981 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.957.8626. $ Maps G15, I10, J13


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WAHOO’S FISH TACO Iconic Baja (“eclectic Mexican/ Brazilian/Asian”) fare amid surf-sticker decor. L, D (daily). 16 locations include 3000 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.435.0130; Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.0290; 234 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.289.1579 $ Map J12, L15, C4


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OC DINING ANEPALCOS RESTAURANT Chef Daniel Godinez applies classic French technique to traditional Mexican ingredients resulting in sophisticated, artfully presented dishes that stimulate the senses. At lunch, savory crêpes and quesadilla with achiote-marinated pork are offered, and at dinner tuna tartare is laced with chilies and avocado, tilapia is plated with a serrano chile-infused beurre blanc, a gourmet burger is topped with huitlachohe (“the Mexican truffle”), and steak is drizzled with chimichurri sauce. The wine list features bottles from France and Mexico, and the restaurant’s A Bar features cocktails fusing classic American and Mexican traditions, such as the Dona Maggo, a twist on the margarita using illegal mezcal and handmade chile salt or the Viejo Anepalco, a unique take on an Old Fashioned. L, D (daily). 3737 W. Chapman Ave., Orange 714.456.9642

WAYS & MEANS OYSTER HOUSE Inspired by great seafood houses around the globe, Ways & Means brings fine cuisine to a casually elegant setting, adjacent to Old Towne Orange. In addition to fresh oysters, guests enjoy elaborate towers from the raw bar and starters such as lobster bisque, tuna tartare and salmon rillettes before moving on to Szechuan pepper-crusted tuna with lobsterbasil cream and peppercorn-rum sauce, seared Scottish salmon with red pepper quinoa and new-style ratatouille, or a 40-day dry-aged Prime Angus filet; they finish with bananas foster or Valhrona chocolate cake. The bar turns out classic cocktails and several intriguing rum flights; the global wine list provides exceptional value. L (M-F), dinner (nightly), Br (Su). 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange 714.516.1800


Amelia’s is celebrating more than 50 years of delighting visitors and locals alike. Located among the boutiques on Balboa Island, this quaint European-style restaurant specializes in exquisite pasta and delectable seafood. Try the linguine with baby calamari and fresh bay scallops with marinara sauce. Amelia’s features at least 5 very fresh fish daily and mouthwatering combination dinners such as the filet mignon and scampi. Fine wines available. Private parties from eight to 48. Sunset dinner $12.50, SundayFriday 5-6 pm. D (nightly), Br (F-Su).

311 Marine Ave., Balboa Island 949.673.6580 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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Il Fornaio’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine is a favorite in Irvine. Specialties include housemade pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto and rotisserie meats. Artisan breads and pasta are made fresh daily. Each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured. With an event coordinator on-site to handle all of your needs, Il Fornaio is the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, weddings and business functions. The Il Fornaio Bakery Café next door offers an array of tossed-to-order salads, soups and Italian panini.

18051 Von Karman Ave., Irvine 949.261.1444

THE HARBOR GRILL 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.

34499 Golden Lantern, Dana Point 949.240.1416


JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery, Orange County’s preferred brewhouse, steakhouse and clubhouse, has two locations, in Anaheim opposite the Honda Center and in Tustin at The District. Enjoy handcrafted microbrews and contemporary California cuisine including Angus steaks, burgers, salads, sandwiches, wood-fired pizza, pastas and seafood. numerous wide-screen televisions mean you’ll never miss the big game. Banquet and meeting facilities for 20 to 250 people. Enjoy the new outdoor patio in Anaheim or the full bar and premium cigars at both locations. Happy hour Monday-Friday. L, D (daily).

2610 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.634.9200 2415 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.0333 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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Andrei’s thinks responsibly, from the sourcing of its food to its commitment to sustainability; the Nature Conservancy recently named it its “favorite green restaurant”. Signature dishes include panko-crusted portobello mushroom fries, grass-fed buffalo sliders and their famous warm octopus salad. Andrei’s is also known for unique cocktails like the basil-cucumber gimlet, made with Nolet’s gin, and housemade basil-lime simple syrup. Try the Silver Oak Saturday promotion: a bottle of Alexander Valley Cabernet for $49 (regularly $125) or Napa Valley Cabernet only $85 (regularly $180). Happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 3-7 pm, Sat., 5-7 pm). Event, patio and private dining options available. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 2607 Main St., Irvine 949.387.8887

SLATER’S 50/50 Design your own gourmet burger at Slaters 50/50. Of the menu’s nine patties, the star is the signature 50/50 made with 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef. If you’d rather someone else do the work for you, choose from ten “designed” burgers such as the award-winning Peanut Butter and Jellousy burger smothered with creamy peanut butter and strawberry jelly and topped with thick cut bacon. Sip a craft beer from the tap while watching your favorite team on one of Slater’s many big screen TVs. For dessert, try the famous bacon brownie with warm chocolate sauce and candied bacon, served à la mode. Award-winning happy hour. Check the website for more details. L, D (daily). 6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim Hills, 714.685.1103 8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.594.5730 24356 Swartz Dr., Lake Forest, 949.460.9314


Critically acclaimed chef Takashi Abe serves classic and cutting-edge Japanese cuisine in an intimate setting with a dramatically illuminated sushi bar, rich furnishings and spectacular ocean views. Named one of the top rated restaurants in the US by Zagat, Bluefin’s menu offers traditional sushi from the world’s most pristine waters combined with European-inspired fusion cooking. Signature specialties include Kobe beef with sautéed mushrooms specially prepared and served on a Japanese hot plate, and halibut carpaccio dusted with pink peppercorns and chives in a truffle-perfumed ponzu sauce. For a truly memorable experience, just ask for the omakase, putting yourself in the hands of Chef Abe. L, D (daily).

7952 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast 949.715.7373 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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Located in Hotel La Casa del Camino in the heart of Laguna Beach, locals love this bustling eatery with its San Francisco-style atmosphere. All small plates menu with over 60 mouthwatering small plates meant for sharing. Nosh on lobster mac-n-cheese, grilled filet mignon, Hawaiian ahi poke, kale salad with avocado and pepitas, flash fried calamari and truffle risotto, all at affordable prices. Gluten-free and heart healthy dishes too. Cozy up to the fireplace for seasonal craft cocktails and live music or head upstairs to the Rooftop Lounge for signature fresh fruit hand muddled mojitos and a fiery sunset over the crashing Pacific. The coastal views are epic. $5 happy hour daily 4:305:30 pm. B (Sa-Su), L, D (daily).

1287 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach 949.376.9718

AMERICAN TAVERN EATERY & DRINK Located at the Hotel Ménage, American Tavern Eatery and Drink offers comfort food at affordable prices as well as a large selection of craft beers, boutique wines and creative cocktails. Chef Craig Connole’s menu includes bacon wrapped dates, a “messy” smoked bacon and cheddar ale burger, lobster mac ’n’ cheese, chicken and waffles, fish tacos, fresh baked pretzel bread and four cheese and funghi flat bread. Rich woods, chalkboard walls and a lively bar make for an inviting atmosphere. The Palapa Bar and Lounge, just outside, offers Hawaiian-style cuisine and tropical cocktails and affords some of the best views of Disneyland Park fireworks—poolside, no less! B, L, D (daily). 1221 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 714.400.9104,


At fish-house-meets-gastropub contemporary eatery, diners enjoy fresh sustainable fish, farm fresh produce, creative small plates, along with handcrafted cocktails, boutique wines and over 50 global and local craft beers. The seafood-centric menu features Peruvian-style crab and shrimp ceviche, oysters, blackened salmon, lobster mac and cheese, chowders, ahi poke, fish tacos and line-caught daily catch. Great raw bar and seafood specialty happy hour Mon.-Fri 4:30-5:30 pm. During happy hour receive half off any item from the dinner menu when you buy any cocktail, beer or wine. Weekly specials include; Monday 25% off food, Taco Tuesdays feature a special taco menu all night long, Wednesday half-off any bottle of wine and Thursday $2 tapas and wine menu. Beach casual vibe with ocean sunset views. L, D (daily). 540 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach 949.715.4500 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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Located in the heart of historic downtown Fullerton, Matador Cantina offers a distinctive dining and social experience. Featuring modern Mexican cuisine by executive chef David Dennis, familiar Mexican dishes such as chile rellenos, enchiladas and fajitas are given refreshingly original interpretations with items such as Steak a la Plancha (pictured) and Chorizo Ravioli the house favorites. Chefdriven seasonal handcrafted cocktails use fresh-squeezed juices; specialties include award-winning margaritas, Jalapeño Martini and Mango Dulce. Matador features more than 50 premium tequilas, including artisanal small-batch mescals, California and Spanish wines, and the largest selection of Mexican beer on tap in Orange County. Enjoy Taco Tuesdays 2 pm to close. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 111 N. Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton 714.871.8226

THE PIZZA PRESS This intimate pizza parlor features a fun Roaring Twenties décor with quirky newspapers from the era lining the walls. The Pizza Press is just steps from Disneyland, and its patio offers views of the bustling Harbor Boulevard scene. Customers can create their own pizzas, made right in front of them from an array of fresh ingredients and then enjoyed with a seasonal craft beer from tap or with a premium glass of wine. The combinations available to creative customers seem infinite, but guests can also select pre-designed pizzas with classic newspaper names: the Tribune, the Times, the Chronicle. Service is quick for those on the run, but never hurried. Satisfied visitors can finish with tiramisu, freshly baked cookies or a root-beer float. Open until 1 am. New locations coming soon. B, L, D (daily). 1534 S Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 714.323.7134


Looking out onto the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, 21 Oceanfront offers breathtaking sunset views from three beautifully appointed dining rooms. 21 Oceanfront is known for its baseball-cut swordfish, tender California red abalone, Alaskan king crab legs, fresh cuts of beef and its extensive wine list. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two as well as for corporate gatherings, the local favorite has been consistently recognized as one of O.C.’s best and most romantic restaurants. Complimentary transportation for groups of eight or more. Live entertainment and happy hour in the Oceanfront Bar and Lounge. D (nightly).

2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach 949.673.2100 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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RESTAURANTS City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine.


NATIVE FOODS  (Vegetarian)..................................48

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)...................................................43

AMERICAN TAVERN  (Brew Pub) ........................ 36

NELLO CUCINA  (Italian)..........................................43

JAVIER’S CANTINA  (Mexican)........................... 44

SOL COCINA  (Mexican).............................................45

ANAHEIM WHITE HOUSE  (Italian)................. 42

OLD VINE CAFE.  (American)................................. 36

LUCCA CAFE  (Mediterranean)................................ 44

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN  (Eclectic)........................ 41 21 OCEANFRONT  (Continental)............................. 41

SHOR  (Seafood)................................................................46

THE CATCH  (Seafood).................................................45

118 DEGREES  (Vegetarian)........................................48

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  (Seafood)..........46

CROSSROADS AT H.O.B.  (American).............34

ONOTRIA  (California)................................................... 38

PAUL MARTIN’S  (American)................................... 36

WATERLINE  (Seafood)................................................46

EARL OF SANDWICH  (American).....................49

PIE-NOT  (Quick Bites)....................................................49

P.F. CHANG’S  (Chinese)............................................ 40

WAHOO’S FISH TACO  (Mexican)......................49

J.T. SCHMID’S  (Brew Pub) . ......................................... 36

PINOT PROVENCE  (French)................................... 41

PHAN’S 55  (Vietnamese)............................................48

THE WINERY  (California)......................................... 40

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  (Seafood)..........46

PIZZERIA ORTICA  (Italian)...................................43

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE  (Steak)....... 47

WOODY’S WHARF  (Seafood).................................46

MCDONALD’S  (Quick Bites).....................................49

QUATTRO CAFFE  (Italian).....................................43

6IX PARK GRILL  (California).................................. 38


MIX  (Eclectic)....................................................................... 41

ROYAL KHYBER  (Indian).......................................... 41

VEGGIE GRILL  (Vegetarian).....................................48

MORTON’S  (Steak)....................................................... 47

SADDLE RANCH  (American).................................. 36

ZOV’S BISTRO  (Mediterranean)............................. 44

NAPA ROSE  (California)............................................. 38

SCOTT’S  (Seafood).........................................................46


PIZZA PRESS  (Quick Bites).......................................49

SEASONS 52  (American)........................................... 36

BROADWAY  (American).............................................34

RAINFOREST CAFE  (Themed)............................48

SHUCK OYSTER BAR  (Seafood).........................46

BRUSSELS BISTRO  (Belgian)................................ 36

RALPH BRENNAN’S  (American)......................... 36

SILVER TRUMPET  (California)............................... 38

THE DECK  (American).................................................34

THE RANCH  (American)............................................. 36

TACO ASYLUM  (Mexican)........................................45

DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN  (American).................34

ANDREA  (Italian)........................................................... 42 THE BEACHCOMBER  (American).......................34 BLUEFIN  (Japanese)......................................................43 JAVIER’S CANTINA  (Mexican)........................... 44 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  (Seafood)...............46 TAMARIND  (Indian)...................................................... 42 ZOV’S BISTRO  (Mediterranean)............................. 44

ROY’S RESTAURANT  (Seafood)..........................46

TACO MARIA  (Mexican)............................................45

HOUSE OF BIG FISH  (Seafood)..........................46

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE  (Steak)....... 47

UMAMI BURGER  (American)..................................49

K’YA BISTRO BAR  (California) . ........................... 38

SLATER’S 50/50  (Brew Pub) ................................. 36

VIE DE FRANCE  (French)......................................... 41

LAS BRISAS  (Mexican).............................................. 44

TANGERINE GRILL  (California)........................... 40

VIETNAM PEARL  (Vietnamese)............................48

MARE CULINARY LOUNGE  (Italian).............43

UMAMI BURGER  (American)..................................49

VITALY  (Italian)................................................................43

MOZAMBIQUE  (International)................................. 42


WAHOO’S FISH TACO  (Quick Bites).................49

ROYAL THAI  (Thai)..................................................... 47

BERKELEY DOG  (American)..................................48


SAPPHIRE  (Eclectic)...................................................... 41


BRUXIE  (Belgian)............................................................. 36

CHART HOUSE  (Seafood)........................................45

SAVANNAH CHOP HOUSE  (Steak)................ 47

HAVEN GASTROPUB  (Brew Pub)....................... 36

TAPS FISH HOUSE  (Brew Pub/Seafood).............46

GEMMELL’S  (French).................................................... 41

SELANNE STEAK TAVERN  (Steak)................ 47

THE HOBBIT  (Continental)....................................... 40


HARBOR GRILL  (Seafood).......................................46

SLAPFISH  (Seafood).....................................................46

LINX  (American)................................................................49

CLAIM JUMPER  (American)....................................34

JIMMY’S  (American).......................................................34

SPLASHES  (California)................................................. 38

ORANGE HILL  (Continental)................................... 40

IL GARAGE  (Italian).....................................................43

MOTIF  (Mediterranean)................................................. 44

STUDIO  (California)........................................................ 38

THE PINT HOUSE  (American).................................. 36 PROVISIONS MARKET  (American)......................49

ORANGE ANEPALCO’S  (Mexican/French)............................. 44 BRUXIE  (Belgian)............................................................. 36 CAFE TU TU TANGO  (Eclectic)............................ 41 FRANCOLI GOURMET  (Italian).......................... 42

PARK AVE  (American).................................................. 36

RAYA  (Latin fusion).......................................................... 44

SUNDRIED TOMATO  (California)....................... 40


STONEHILL TAVERN  (American)........................ 36

TABU GRILL  (California)............................................ 40

SMOQUED  (American)................................................. 36

PORTILLO’S  (American).................................................49

THAI THIS  (Thai)........................................................... 47

THREE SEVENTY COMMON  (American)......... 36

TILTED KILT  (Brew Pub) . ........................................... 36


VUE  (California)................................................................ 40

242 CAFE  (Japanese)...................................................43

TULSA RIB CO  (American)....................................... 36

BANDERA  (American)..................................................34


UMAMI BURGER  (American)..................................49

WAHOO’S FISH TACO  (Mexican)......................49

CROW BAR AND KITCHEN  (Gastropub)...... 36

THE CELLAR  (Modern European)............................. 41


WAYS & MEANS  (Seafood)......................................46

FIVE CROWNS  (Continental).................................. 40

MATADOR CANTINA  (Mexican)........................ 44

AMELIA’S  (Seafood)......................................................45


SIDE DOOR  (Gastropub)............................................. 36

PHAN’S 55  (Vietnamese)............................................48

A RESTAURANT  (American)...................................34

THE BLIND PIG  (American).....................................34


THE PINT HOUSE  (American)............................... 36

BACK BAY BISTRO  (American)............................34


TWISTED VINE  (California).................................... 40

BAMBÚ  (California/French)........................................... 36


IVA LEE’S  (American)...................................................34

ANQI  (Vietnamese fusion)..............................................48

BAYSIDE  (American).....................................................34

ANTONELLO RISTORANTE  (Italian)............. 42

BRUXIE  (Belgian)............................................................. 36

BLUEWATER GRILL  (Seafood).............................45

ARC  (American).................................................................34

DUKE’S  (Seafood)............................................................45

CANALETTO RISTORANTE  (Italian)............. 42

BLACK KNIGHT  (Gastropub)................................... 36

EUREKA  (American)......................................................34

CROW BURGER KITCHEN  (Gastropub).........48

BRUXIE  (Belgian)............................................................. 36

RA SUSHI  (Japanese)....................................................43

FIG & OLIVE  (Mediterranean).................................. 44

THE CAPITAL GRILLE  (Steak)............................ 47

SANDY’S HB  (American)............................................ 36

FLEMING’S  (Steak)....................................................... 47

CHARLIE PALMER  (American).............................34

SEALEGS WINE BAR  (California)....................... 38

GULFSTREAM  (Seafood)...........................................45

CLAIM JUMPER  (American)....................................34

SHADES  (California)....................................................... 38

IL BARONE RISTORANTE  (Italian)................. 42

EAST BOROUGH  (Vietnamese).............................48

SLAPFISH  (Seafood).....................................................46

JULIETTE KITCHEN + BAR  (American)........34

ECCO RISTORANTE  (Italian)............................... 42

SLATER’S 50/50  (Brew Pub) ................................. 36

LARK CREEK  (California).......................................... 38

FIRESIDE  (Brew Pub)..................................................... 36

SOLITA  (Mexican) ..........................................................45

LEMONADE  (California)..............................................49

GREENLEAF  (California)............................................ 38

THAI WAVE  (Thai).......................................................48

MAMA D’S  (Italian).......................................................43

HAMAMORI  (Japanese)...............................................43

WATERTABLE  (American)........................................ 36

MOZAMBIQUE  (International)................................. 42

SUNDRIED TOMATO  (California)....................... 40 VINE  (California)............................................................... 40

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO EL ADOBE  (Mexican).................................................. 44 RAMOS HOUSE CAFE  (American).................... 36 SUNDRIED TOMATO  (California)....................... 40

SANTA ANA C4 DELI  (American).......................................................48 CHAPTER ONE  (American)......................................34 CLAIM JUMPER  (American)....................................34 GRILLED CHEESE SPOT  (Quick Bites)............49 LITTLE SPARROW  (American)............................. 36 PLAYGROUND  (American)....................................... 36

IL DOLCE PIZZERIA  (Italian)............................... 42

ZIMZALA  (American).................................................... 36

MULDOON’S  (Irish Pub)............................................. 36

THE IRON PRESS  (American)................................34


OAK ROOM & AQUA LOUNGE  (American).36


LEATHERBY’S CAFE ROUGE  (American)....... 36

AGORA CHURRASCARIA  (Brazilian).............. 47

P.F. CHANG’S  (Chinese)............................................ 40

BLUEWATER GRILL  (Seafood).............................45

MARCHÉ MODERNE  (French)............................... 41

ANDREI’S  (American)...................................................34

PIZZERIA MOZZA  (Italian)....................................43

BONEFISH GRILL  (Seafood)..................................45

MARRAKESH  (Moroccan).......................................... 42

BISTANGO  (American).................................................34

PROVENANCE  (California)....................................... 38

J.T. SCHMID’S  (Brew Pub) . ....................................... 36

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak).................. 47

CAPITAL SEAFOOD  (Chinese)........................... 40

RED O  (Mexican).............................................................45

NATIVE FOODS  (Vegetarian)..................................48

MEMPHIS  (American).................................................... 36

CLAY OVEN  (Indian)..................................................... 41

ROYAL THAI  (Thai)..................................................... 47

RA SUSHI  (Japanese)....................................................43

MESA  (Med.-American).................................................. 44

CUCINA ENOTECA  (Italian).................................. 42

ROY’S RESTAURANT  (Seafood)..........................46

THE WINERY  (California)......................................... 40

MORTON’S  (Steak)....................................................... 47

GAUFREE  (Belgian).......................................................49

SAM & HARRY’S  (Steak).......................................... 47

ZOV’S BISTRO  (Mediterranean)............................. 44

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Entertainment Special Events

Guidelines Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map

ART-A-FAIR  June 27-Aug. 31. Juried art festival displays works by 125 artists in all mediums, including painting, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Live entertainment on weekends. Su-Th 10 am-9 pm, F-Sa 10 am-10 pm (closes 6 pm on July 4 and Aug. 31). $4.50-$7.50.  777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514  Map G15

H10, etc.) refer to maps on pp. 76-79. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL  June 27-Aug. 31. Works by 200 Laguna Beach artists—glass, painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography—plus demos, kids’ activities, outdoor cafés and live music in eucalyptus grove. Daily 10 am10 pm (closes 6 pm on July 4). $7-$8.  Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030  Map G15 FESTIVAL OF ARTS  July 6-Aug. 30. California’s longest-running outdoor fine-art exhibition features works by more than 145 juried artists. Also, wine-and-chocolate and cooking events, Jazz on the Green, Sunday in the Park music series. Daily 10 am-11:30 pm. $7-$10.  650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145  Map G15

Fares Well!

Not many 67-year-olds can pull off wearing a black seethrough bodysuit, which she dons for “If I Could Turn Back Time,” or twirl from a chandelier, as she does during “Dressed to Kill.” But Cher does all that and much more on her current tour, which stops at Honda Center in Anaheim on July 9, and she does it as she’s always done it: in grand style. Known for “farewell” tours, she “wowed the audience with exact vocal execution” and “looked fabulous doing it,” the Dallas Morning News recently wrote. Cher sings other hits, including “I Got You Babe”— paying poignant tribute to late ex-husband Sonny Bono—as well as “Believe,” “Welcome to Burlesque” and—you can bank on this—“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.” p. 56

INDEPENDENCE DAY  July 4. Fireworks and more! Dana Point Fireworks over Doheny State Beach, 949.923.2255. Huntington Beach Kiwanis breakfast, parade, 5K run, fireworks over the pier, 714.536.5486. Fullerton Live entertainment, food, fireworks, 714.738.3167. San Clemente Fireworks over the pier, 949.361.6100  Map K17, N9, A3, southeast of F6. PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS  July 9-Aug. 30. Works of art in living tableaux with actors, narration and orchestra. This year’s event, The Art Detective, reveals how lost treasures were found and crimes of passion uncovered— or covered up. Nightly 8:30 pm. $15-$220.  650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6582  Map G15 ORANGE COUNTY FAIR  July 11-Aug. 10 (W-Su). Action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), concerts, carnival with rides, Giant Wheel, livestock competitions, petting zoo, wine tasting and fried food galore. $7-$12, under 6 free; $10 (cash only) for parking.  O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa,  Map K12 VANS U.S. OPEN OF SURFING  July 26-Aug 3. World’s largest pro surfing competition also includes beach-lifestyle festival, skate and BMX events, community movie nights.  Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach,  Map N9 LOBSTERFEST  Aug. 9. Maine lobster, kids’ activities, live entertainment. 3-8 pm. $25-$75; VIP $150.  Newport Dunes Resort, 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach,  Map M14

Theater RITA RUDNER AND HER NEW DRESS  June 1. Acclaimed comedian offers observations on everyday life.  Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15 JACK LEMMON RETURNS  June 11-22. New play with music about famous Hollywood actor and his son. Actorpianist Chris Lemmon plays his father. Written, directed by Hershey Felder.  Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15 THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE  June 24-29. Pianist Mona Golabek stars and performs live in her true family story—set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the blitzkrieg—of a young Jewish pianist dreaming about her concert debut.  Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15

Index Special Events...................56 Theater................................56 Music + Dance..................56 Sports...................................57 Attractions.........................57 Museums.......................... 60 Shopping Destinations...63

Golf Courses......................65 Active Outdoors..............66 Beaches + Parks................67 Nightlife.............................. 70 Tours + Transport.............74 Tickets.................................75

JERSEY BOYS  June 24-July 13. Four blue-collar kids write their own songs, invent their own sound and make pop-music history while selling 175 million records.  Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR  July 20. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical stars Incubus lead vocalist Brandon Boyd as Judas Iscariot, ’n Sync vocalist JC Chasez is Pontius Pilate, Grammy Award winner Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene.  Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave, Anaheim, 714.704.2500  Map I11 GHOST THE MUSICAL  July 29-Aug. 10. Broadway adventure in the afterlife inspired by the Oscar-winning movie in which a young couple is trapped between two worlds when one dies unexpectedly. Features original pop score.  Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13 TARTUFFE  Through June 8. South Coast Repertory’s 50th-anniversary concludes with an impassioned revival of Molière’s classic (1664) comedy about the man who gave the word “hypocrite” a bad reputation.  655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555  Map J13 ONCE  Aug. 19-31. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards. Musical about Dublin street musician about to give up his passion when a woman takes an interest in his love songs. Actor-musicians play their own instruments onstage.  Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13

Music + Dance THE COACH HOUSE  June 1 Rickie Lee Jones. June 3 Justin Hayward. June 7 Lynyrd Skynyrd. June 14 Wild Child. June 15 Rod Piazza. June 22 Spencer Day. June 24 Cultura Profetica. June 26 The Winery Dogs. June 29 Strunz and Farah. July 5 The Petty Breakers. July 12 ABBA Fab. July 18 Benise. July 20 The Wailers. July 26 Beatles vs. Stones—A Musical Shootout. Aug. 9 Third World. Aug. 20 Patrizio Buanne. Aug. 29 Steve Tyrell. Aug. 30 Dick Dale.  33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930  Map I1 GROVE OF ANAHEIM  June 13-14 Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend. June 27 Miranda Sings. June 28 Ethan Bortnick. Aug. 16 Yes.  2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700  Map I11 HONDA CENTER  June 3 Lionel Richie with Ceelo Green. June 21 Comedian George Lopez. July 9 Cher and Cyndi Lauper.  The Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave, Anaheim, 714.704.2500  Map I11 HOUSE OF BLUES  June 12 Jana Kramer. June 20-21 Intocable. July 12 Quiet Riot with BulletBoys and Gilby Clark. July 17 Marisela. Aug. 28 B.B. King.  Downtown Disney, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583  Map I10

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IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE June 6 UCI Symphony. June 12-15 Pacific Dance. June 27-28 Top of the Charts. July 6 NTLive, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime. July 17-20 C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce. July 26 NCI Discovery 2014. Aug. 3 NTLive, A Small Family Business. Aug. 15 Festival Ballet Theatre gala. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646 Map K14

This exhibition includes some forty works by twenty-three artists, who depicted the rich aesthetic of the Chinese communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE July 11 The Offspring, Adolescents. July 12 Which One’s Pink? July 16 Jeff Dunham. July 17 Bad Religion, X. July 18 Zendaya, Fifth Harmony. July 19 Ziggy Marley, the Expanders. July 20 Happy Together Tour, Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone. July 23 Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Berlin, Madasen McGrath. July 31 Little Big Town, Sara Haze. Aug. 1 Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band. Aug. 2 The Fab Four. Aug. 3 311, Wheeland Brothers. Aug. 6 Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult. Aug. 7 Billy Currington, Lucy Hale. Aug. 8 Lynyrd Skynyrd. Aug. 9-10 Rebelution, Iration and the Green. O.C. Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500 Map I1 SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS Segerstrom Hall June 7 Orange County School of the Arts, Season Finale June 24-July 13 Jersey Boys. July 25-27 Dancers Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev. July 29-Aug. 10 Ghost The Musical. Aug. 16 Frankie Valli. Aug. 19-31 Once. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall June 5-8 Pacific Symphony. June 12-14 Pacific Symphony. June 21 South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787 Map J13

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ANGEL STADIUM June 6-8 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Chicago White Sox. June 9-11 Angels vs. Oakland Athletics. June 20-22 Angels vs. Texas Rangers. June 24-26 Angels vs. Minnesota Twins. July 3-6 Angels vs. Houston Astros. July 7-9 Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays. July 18-20 Angels vs. Seattle Mariners. July 21-23 Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles. July 24-27 Angels vs. Detroit Tigers. Aug. 6-7 Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Aug. 8-10 vs. Boston Red Sox. Aug. 12-13 Angels vs. Philadel100 AquArium WAy, Long BeAch, cA 90802 4/18/14 10:11Angels AM pha Phillies. Aug. 25-27 Angels vs. Miami Marlins. Aug. 28-31 Angels vs. Athletics. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.940.2000 Map I9 HONDA CENTER June 14 Los Angeles Kiss vs. Portland Thunder. June 28 Kiss vs. Spokane Shock. July 6 Kiss vs. San Jose Sabercats. July 19 Kiss vs. San Antonio Talons. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500 Map I11

Attractions AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC One of the largest aquariums in the U.S.; highlights include Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest and ethereal sea jellies. Daily 9 am6 pm. $14.95-$28.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map west of C1 BALBOA FUN ZONE The zone is shrinking. Remaining rides include the Ferris wheel. Su-Th 11 am-6 pm; F until 9 pm, Sa until 10 pm. Pay per ride. 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach Map N15 BODIES THE EXHIBITION Actual full-body specimens and organs offer detailed views of the human form rarely seen outside an anatomy lab. $15.75-$21.95, under 5 free. Adjacent Titanic show, separate admission. 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 657.529.7224 Map G8


et closer to our animals than ever before and enjoy special interactive experiences, including new opportunities to touch bonnethead sharks, cownose rays, and horseshoe crabs and special behind-the-scenes looks at animal feedings. Come discover the wonder, and see all that is new this summer at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

CAPTAIN DAVE’S DOLPHIN & WHALE SAFARI Dolphin and whale-watching excursions. Departures daily. $35-$59, under 1 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828 Map J16 CHRIST CATHEDRAL Formerly Crystal Cathedral. Architect Philip Johnson’s glass cathedral, Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope, Richard Meier’s International Center for Positive Thinking. Tours M-Sa 10 am and 1 pm. Free. 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, 949.375.5763 Map J10


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Attractions + Museums DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING  Year-round fishing and whale-watching trips.  Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794  Map K16 DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER  Hands-on exhibits and live shows; Boeing Rocket Lab has fuel and launch stations and blast-off zone. Opens June 14 MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Continuing Weebles Coast to Coast. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $12.95-$15.95, under 3 free.  2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823  Map G13 DISNEYLAND  Mickey Mouse’s first theme park includes 55 attractions in eight lands, from Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln on Main Street, U.S.A., to Star Tours—the Adventures Continue in Tomorrowland. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $86-$92, under 3 free.  1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map I10 DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE  Spectacular Pixar-inspired Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are the most recent additions. Soarin’ Over California; California Screamin’; Twilight Zone Tower of Terror; water-and-light show World of Color. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $86-$92.  1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map I10 DOWNTOWN DISNEY  Twenty-acre pedestrian promenade adjacent to Disney parks offers dining, shopping, cinema and nightlife, including House of Blues and ESPN Zone. More than 1,000 plants at the new Starbucks shape a giant coffee cup. Non-gated, free admission.  1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800  Map I10



ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER  Intimate center offers 15 California native plant habitats. M-F 8 am-5 pm, Sa until 4 pm. Free.  1601 16th St., Newport Beach, 949.645.8489  Map M13 FLIGHTDECK AIR COMBAT CENTER  Aerial dogfights using very realistic F-16 fighter jet cockpit simulators. No experience necessary. Minimum age 11, height WhereSDMag_SDZoo_Sum2014.indd 4 1 feet 11. Starts at $59. Tu-Su 11:30 am-8:30 pm.  1650 S. Sinclair, Anaheim, 714.937.1511  Map I11

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FULLERTON ARBORETUM  County’s largest botanical garden, with 26 lush acres and more than 4,000 unusual plant species set amid ponds and streams. 8 am-4:30 pm. Free; $5 suggested donation.  1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407  Map A3 GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY  Iconic attraction overlooking Hollywood. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu–F noon–10 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–10 pm. Free; donations accepted. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles, 213.473.0800  Map northwest of A1 K1 SPEED  Indoor kart racing offers challenging track for speed enthusiasts. Call for hours. $20.  17221 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.250.0242; 1000 N. Edward Court, Anaheim, 714.632.6999  Map I14 and A3 KNOTT’S BERRY FARM  More than 165 rides and attractions. Premier collection of coasters includes GhostRider and Xcelerator; Call for hours and prices; under 3 free.  8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200  Map G8 LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA  Theme park features some 60 rides, shows and attractions. Call for hours. $73-$83, under 3 free. Sea Life Aquarium, add $18.  1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.LEGO  Map south of F6 LEGOLAND WATER PARK  More than 20 Lego models, two sandy beach wading areas encircling a Lego tower. Call for hours. Only accessible through Legoland with park-hopper pass. $71–$81, under 3 free. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.LEGO  Map south of F6 MEDIEVAL TIMES  Dinner theater show with knights, Lipizzaner stallions, falconry, four-course feast. Plus Medieval Torture Museum. $36.95-$59.95.  7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 866.543.9637  Map G8

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Attractions + Museums OCEAN INSTITUTE Presentations aboard tall ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor; blue-whale safaris. Sa-Su 10 am-3 pm; behind-the-scenes tour Th-F 3:30 pm. $4.50$6.50, under 3 free. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274 Map J16 ORANGE COUNTY GREAT PARK Huge in-progress park. Tethered-balloon ride, $5-$10, children under 18 free with accompanying adult. Carousel, $2. Farmers market, Su 10 am-2 pm. Near Interstate 5, Sand Canyon Avenue and Irvine Boulevard. Perimeter Road, Irvine, 866.829.3829 Map D5 ORANGE COUNTY ZOO Rustic zoo; animals of the Southwestern United States. M-F 10 am-3:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-4:30 pm. $2, under 3 free. Parking $3-$5. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6847 Map C5 PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE Swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy, romance aboard Spanish galleon replica. Call for hours. $36.95-$59.95, under 3 free. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497 Map G8 QUEEN MARY SHIP AND SEAPORT Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Ongoing Diana: Legacy of a Princess. Shops, dining, art deco lounge; Russian Foxtrot Submarine adjacent. Self-guided/guided tours, Daily 10 am-6 pm. $14.95$30.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511 Map northwest of C1

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RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM Provocative exhibits at Nixon birthplace; presidential helicopter, presidential tapes and a Watergate gallery. Continuing Play Ball! Presidents and Baseball. Weekend garden tours. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $4.75-$11.95, 6 and under free. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.983.9120 Map A4 ROCKREATION Indoor climbing facility with instruction at all levels. M-Th noon-10 pm; F noon-9 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. $11-$16. 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625 Map J12

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SAFARI PARK (Formerly Wild Animal Park) 1,800-acre wildlife preserve with vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. $46; children 3-11 $36; kids 2 and under free. Cars $10-15. Open daily, 9 am-5 pm through June 20, 9 am-7 pm through Aug. 17, 9 am-6 pm through Sept. 1; extended hours on holidays. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702 Map southeast of F6 SAN DIEGO ZOO Renowned zoo has 4,000 rare and endangered animals in state-of-the-art environments. $46; 3-11 $36; 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily, call for hours. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515 Map southeast of F6 SANTA ANA ZOO Modest, idyllic zoo. Tierra de las Pampas exhibit features greater rheas and giant anteaters. The anteaters, and tamarin monkeys, recently had babies. Attractions include the Crean Family Farm and Zoofari Express Train Ride. Daily, 10 am-4 pm. $7-$10, under 3 free. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, 714.836.4000 Map H14

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SEAWORLD Home of Shamu. Marine-themed attractions include Turtle Reef, thrill ride Journey to Atlantis and Blue Horizons show. Open daily. Call for hours, combo rates. $78-$84, under 3 free. 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU Map southeast of F6 SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS Intimate botanical collection features 10 gardens. Library research center. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. Library open M-F 10:30 am-4 pm. $1-$3, under 12 free. Free on Mondays. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261 Map M16 SOAK CITY WATERPARK Adjacent to Knott’s Berry Farm. Rides include vertical drop-off slide Malibu Run and Tidal Wave Bay. Call for hours. $21.99–$31.99. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200 Map H8


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Attractions + Museums THRILL IT FUN CENTER  Indoor family-fun center features laser tag, rock climbing walls, ropes course and mechanical bull. Open M-Th 10 am-9 pm; F-Sa 10 am11 pm; Su 10 am-8 pm.  The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, 714.937.1600  Map J11 TITANIC—THE EXPERIENCE  View artifacts from the wreck of the “ship of dreams,” experience sights and sounds of its voyage 101 years ago. $15.75-$21.95, under 3 free. Adjacent Bodies show, separate admission. Open M-Th 10 am-7 pm; F-Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-7 pm., last tickets sold an hour before closing.  7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 888.647.2789  Map G8 THE TRIANGLE  Dining and entertainment destination. New Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl bowling alley joins recently opened Saddle Ranch Chop House and Black Knight Gastro Lounge and mainstays Starlight Triangle Cinemas and nightclub Sutra.  1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732  Map L12 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK  Eye-popping dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil and Guess, novelty stores and Imax theater. iFLY Hollywood is a simulated sky-diving wind tunnel. Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs opened recently.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455  Map northwest of A1 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  World’s biggest motion picture/TV studio. Rides include new Despicable Me, Transformers: The Ride 3D, Jurassic Park, Simpsons Ride, Special Effects Stage, King Kong 360 3-D. Tram studio tour includes War of the Worlds and Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane. VIP Experience is private guided tour though prop warehouse, working movie sets, soundstages. Call for hours. $80, under 3 free. VIP Experience $299.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.UNIVERSAL  Map northwest of A1 VANS SKATEPARK  Skateboard mecca has combi pool and open street course; Vans store is adjacent. Daily 10 am-10 pm. $12 weekdays; $15 weekends.  20 City Blvd. West No. 2, Orange, 714.769.3800  Map J11

Museums AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER OF THE AMERICAN WEST  Ongoing Western Frontiers; Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery; Art of the West; Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction. Tu-Sa 10 am-4 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $4-$10, under 3 free.  4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, 323.667.2000  Map northwest of A1 BOWERS KIDSEUM  Children’s museum near Bowers Museum; focus on ethnic arts and culture. Continuing Framed: Step Into Art. F-Su 10 am-4 pm. $6, under 2 free.  1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.480.1520  Map G13 BOWERS MUSEUM  Dedicated to preservation and exhibition of world cultural arts plus displays with a California focus. Through June 15 Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. Through Aug. 3 Chuck Jones: Doodles of a Genius. Through Aug. 31 The Lure of Chinatown: Painting California’s Chinese Communities. Tu-Su 10 am-4 pm. $10-$15, under 12 free. Separate admission for some exhibits.  2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600  Map G13 FULLERTON MUSEUM CENTER  Housed in the historic 1907 Carnegie Library building, next to the Downtown Plaza. Through July 27 Melancholy Menagerie: A Gaze Into the World of Big Eyes. Tu-Su noon-4 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $1-$4, under 6 free.  301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545  Map A3 GETTY CENTER  Museum in stunning structure on a hilltop features breathtaking contemporary gardens, unparalleled collection of European masterpieces, provocative photography. Tu-Su 10 am-5:30 pm, Sa until 9 pm; Call for exhibition schedule and hours. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 5 pm.  1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 310.330.7300  Map northwest of A1


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Attractions + Museums GETTY VILLA The Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart is a replica of an ancient Roman seaside villa, an ode to splendor showcasing Roman and Greek antiquities. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free, parking $15. Advance timed tickets required. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300 Map northwest of A1 GRAMMY MUSEUM Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music across genres, the creative and recording processes, and Grammy Award history. M-F 11:30 am-7:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown Los Angeles, 213.765.6800 Map northwest of A1 HERITAGE MUSEUM OF ORANGE COUNTY Cultural and natural-history center dedicated to preserving and restoring the county’s heritage. F 1-5 pm, Sat 9 am-1:30 pm, Su 11 am-3 pm. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, 714.540.0404 Map C3 HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM Ten thousand artifacts on four floors: costumes such as Robert Pattinson’s and Taylor Lautner’s in Twilight, sets including Hannibal Lecter’s cell, props, photos, movie posters, scripts and Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead. In restored Max Factor Building. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $12-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776 Map northwest of A1 HUNTINGTON BEACH INTERNATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM Board culture spotlights legend Duke Kahanamoku, classic surfboards and original Endless Summer film. Su-M noon-5 pm; Tu until 9 pm; W-F until 7 pm; Sa 11 am-7 pm. Free. 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.960.3483 Map N8 HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Stellar art, buildings and grounds, fabulous children’s garden. Gallery includes Pinkie and The Blue Boy. Expanded Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. M, W-F noon-4:30 pm; Sa-Su 10:30 am-4:30 pm. $8-$23, under 5 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100 Map northwest of A1 IRVINE MUSEUM California Impressionism within an office building. Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free. 18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.476.0294 Map J14 LAGUNA ART MUSEUM California Impressionism and contemporary cultural art. Opening June 8 Laguna College of Art + Design Graduate MFA Exhibition. Opening June 29 Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine. F-Tu 11 am-5 pm; Th 11 until 9 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971 Map H15 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Diverse premier collections and Broad Contemporary Art Museum. LACMA West nearby. Call for schedule. M-Tu, Th noon-8 pm, F until 9 pm; Sa-Su 11 am–8 pm. Closed W $10-$15, under 18 free. LACMA West free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; LACMA West, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 323.857.6000 Map northwest of A1 LYON AIR MUSEUM Some of the world’s rarest operational 20th-century aircraft and other historical vehicles; on the perimeter of John Wayne Airport. Daily 10 am-4 pm. $6-$12, under 5 free. 19300 Ike Jones Drive, Santa Ana, 714.210.4585 Map J13 MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Exhibits at the jewel of the California missions, the county’s birthplace, founded in 1776. Swallows Walk and Talk Tour, daily 1 pm. Continuing Camposanto: A Historical Tribute to the Mission Cemetery; Mission Treasures; Native American Museum. Digital audio tour free with admission. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $6-$9, under 3 free. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300 Map I17 MUCKENTHALER CULTURAL CENTER Displays, often design-oriented, in historic North County mansion. Through June 29 Turistas en Mexico: Mexican Postcards From the Early 20th Century. Opening July 10 Washi:


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Printmaking With Paper of Fukui. W-Su noon-4 pm; Th noon-9 pm. Free.  1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595  Map A3 MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE  Exhibits examine prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust and human-rights issues. M-F 10 am-5 pm, Su 11 am5 pm. $11-$15.  9786 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles, 310.553.8403  Map northwest of A1 MUZEO  In historic Carnegie Library building. Through June 28 Anaheim Art Association’s Juried Fine Art Exhibit. Through Aug. 31 Transcending Trash: The Art of Upcycling. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$10. Admission fees, hours subject to change by exhibition.  241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936  Map H10 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY  Thirty-three million objects from dino fossils to fish. 9:30 am-5 pm daily. $5-$12, under 5 free.  900 Exposition Blvd., downtown Los Angeles, 213.763.3466  Map northwest of A1 NEWPORT HARBOR NAUTICAL MUSEUM  Ongoing Sea of Adventure, Extraordinary People. M-Th 11 am-4:30 pm, F-Sa until 6 pm, Su until 5 pm. $3-$5, under 4 free.  600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915  Map N14 NORTON SIMON MUSEUM  Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks, stunning sculpture garden. W–M noon–6 pm. $5–$10, under 18 free.  411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840  Map north of A3 PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS  Ice Age L.A. Daily 9:30 am–5 pm. $5–$11, under 5 free.  5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.PAGE  Map north of A1 PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA  Formerly Museum of Television & Radio. Exhibits, screenings and radiolistening series; tens of thousands of programs on view. W–Su noon–5 p.m. Free, suggested donation $10 for adults and $5 for children under 14.  465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.786.1091  Map north of A1 ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART  Focus on California modern and contemporary art. Through July 27 Sarkisian & Sarkisian and Time Capsule: Recently Acquired Works From the 1970s and 1980s. W-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th until 8 pm. $10-$12, under 12 free.  850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122  Map L15

Shopping Destinations ANAHEIM GARDENWALK  Retail, entertainment and dining destination near Disneyland. Stores include Lush Cosmetics, Skechers, O’Neill, Harley-Davidson of Anaheim; some seats at 14-plex UltraLuxe cinema feature film-synced motion technology.  321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.635.7410  Map I10 ANAHEIM PACKING DISTRICT  Hip shopping at Center Street Promenade. Nearby 1920s Packard showroom features Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery. Historic citrus packing building housing 20 foodie vendors opens presently.  440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim  Map H10 BELLA TERRA  Striking Italian-themed open-air center; Whole Foods Market, REI outdoor-sports specialist and 20-screen cinema. Eureka! restaurant, Casey’s Cupcakes and Paradis for ice cream are new.  7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2534  Map C2 BREA MALL  County’s second-largest mall is home to department stores Nordstrom and Macy’s and 174 other retailers including a Tesla store and a new Kiehl’s Since 1851.  1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.990.2733  Map A3 BUENA PARK DOWNTOWN  More than 1 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment near Knott’s Berry Farm.  8308 On the Mall, Buena Park, 714.828.7722  Map G8


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CORONA DEL MAR PLAZA Boutiques include Gail Jewelers, Jack’s Surfboards and Sienna Brown. Other draws: Bristol Farms, Savory Spice Shop and Sprinkles Ice Cream. 800-984 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach Map M15 CRYSTAL COVE SHOPPING CENTER Ocean views amid Tuscan setting. Upscale boutiques, fine dining and home stores; restaurants Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana and Babette’s open presently. 7845-8085 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.720.2689 Map M17 THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY One-millionsquare-foot retail, entertainment and dining destination. Boutiques include Denim Lab and Ulta Cosmetics; Whole Foods Market; Bowlmor bowling lounge. Union Market opens presently. Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, Tustin, 714.259.9090 Map J14 DOWNTOWN DISNEY Twenty-acre complex includes House of Blues, Build-A-Bear, Studio Disney 365 and Ridemakerz. 1510-1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800 (See Attractions.) Map I10 FASHION ISLAND Elegant open-air center with anchors Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom; Burns 1876, Fig & Olive, Baking Betty’s, Letarte for swimwear and Skin Laundry for quickie facials are new. Blue C. Sushi opens presently. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000 Map L15 5 POINTS PLAZA Neighborhood center offers Wet Seal, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Charming Charlie jewelry, Cloudmover Day Spa and Hashigo Sushi. The dog-friendly local favorite has a barking lot! 18593 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.841.0036 Map D2 THE GROVE Popular outdoor center has more than 50 shops, a Barneys Co-Op, Nordstrom and nine restaurants in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Farmers Market. Third Street and Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 323.900.8080 Map northwest of A1 HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND CENTER Home of the Academy Awards’ Dolby Theatre. Tinseltown-themed center features dining, cinema, high-tech bowling lanes and stores such as Louis Vuitton and Lucky Brand Jeans. Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Hollywood, 323.467.6412 Map northwest of A1 IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER Moorish-themed entertainment-retail center includes nation’s most visited movie complex, anchors Nordstrom and Macy’s and lots of restaurants. Lily Chai Tea and the Melt are new. Giant Ferris wheel visible from freeways. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180 Map D5 THE LAB Indoor-outdoor venue with youth-skewed boutiques, gallery and salon. Shops include Urban Outfitters and Eye Society. Dining includes Zipangu, Gypsy Den and Habana. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661 Map J13 THE OUTLETS AT ORANGE Includes Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis and Tommy Hilfiger outlets, Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Vans Skatepark for indoor boarding. 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.4001 Map J11 THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO From Aveda to Z Gallerie, plus Nordstrom and Macy’s; freeway adjacent. 555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1832 Map E6 SOUTH COAST COLLECTION Showrooms and creative studios include Design Within Reach for midcentury modern, Pirch for high-end kitchen and bath,


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Golf Surfas Culinary District and Arc restaurant. The OC Mix features 30-plus vendors including fun and quirky retail such as Heirlooms and Hardware and new Dyln Inspired as well as Portola Coffee Lab and Shuck oyster bar.  3303-3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa  Map J12 SOUTH COAST PLAZA  “The Ultimate Shopping Experience” is a state tourist destination. Marquee retailers include Christian Louboutin and, in striking new quarters, Valentino; Scotch & Soda and Berluti are new. Macy’s Home Store and Crate & Barrel in Bear Street wing.  3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888  Map J13 THE STRAND  Two blocks of coast-adjacent property offers retailers such as Active Ride Shop, Varga and Croc. Restaurants include RA Sushi and Bruxie.  155 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.4528  Map N9



TWO RODEO  Center with cobblestones in Beverly Hills features Versace, Gianfranco Ferré, James Elliot and other high-end boutiques, plus restaurants including 208 Rodeo and salon services.  At Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040  Map northwest of A1 GUSTAVO DUDAMEL

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Golf Courses ANAHEIM HILLS GOLF COURSE  “The Hills.” Fine golf value, with 18 holes set amid California terrain with vistas, valleys, streams, oaks, sycamores. M-Th $50, F $57, Sa-Su $68. Includes cart and GPS. Twilight rates available.  6501 E. Nohl Ranch Road, Anaheim, 714.998.3041  Map B5



ARROYO TRABUCO GOLF CLUB  Upscale course on Ladera Open Space Reserve. M-Th $72, F $87, Sa-Su $101.  26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.305.5100  Map E6 BLACK GOLD GOLF CLUB  Challenges at oil-themed canyon course include elevation changes, blind tee shots. M-Th $87, F $99, Sa-Su $115. Includes cart and GPS system.  1 Black Gold Drive, Yorba Linda, 714.961.0060  Map A4 COSTA MESA GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB  Mesa Linda course is shorter, more difficult than Los Lagos. Mesa Linda $26-$38; Los Lagos $33-$47.  1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.540.7500  Map D3


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DAD MILLER GOLF COURSE  Tiger Woods’ home course during high school; for beginning to intermediate golfers. M-Th $28, F $35, Sa-Su $40.  430 N. Gilbert St., Anaheim, 714.765.3481  Map G8 MILE SQUARE GOLF COURSE  Two challenging 18-hole courses. M-Th $34-$38, F $39-$45, Sa-Su $48.  10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, 714.962.5541  Map C2 MONARCH BEACH GOLF LINKS  Ocean views abound at 18-hole course at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. M-Th $185, F-Su $210. Includes cart with GPS system. Twilight rates available.  50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North, Dana Point, 949.240.8247  Map J16 NEWPORT BEACH GOLF COURSE  Contoured executive course offers night play. $13-$27.  3100 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, 949.852.8681  Map M15 OAK CREEK GOLF CLUB  Tapered fairways, bull-nose carved bunkers and picturesque greens on Tom Fazio course. M-Th $130, F-Su $175. Includes cart.  1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine, 949.653.5300  Map D5


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Golf PELICAN HILL GOLF CLUB Two gorgeous courses reopened after a two-year renovation as part of the sumptuous Resort at Pelican Hill; coastal views from virtually every hole. $290 daily. 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 877.735.4226 Map L17 RANCHO SAN JOAQUIN Course offers big hilly greens with water on seven holes. Call for rates. 1 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, 949.786.5522 Map D4 STRAWBERRY FARMS GOLF CLUB Eighteen-hole course; rolling greens, picturesque canyon, wetland vistas, county’s longest hole. M-Th $110, F-Su $160. 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, 949.551.1811 Map D4 TALEGA GOLF CLUB Scenic canyons, marshes, Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse, 18-hole championship course with Augusta white-sand bunkers designed in part by Masters champion Fred Couples. M-Th $80, F $90, Sa-Su $100. 990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.369.6226 Map south of F6 TIJERAS CREEK GOLF CLUB Play through front “lake” nine; old-growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral on back nine. Ted Robinson-designed. M-F $95, Sa-Su $120. 29082 Tijeras Creek Road, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.589.9793 Map east of E6 TUSTIN RANCH GOLF CLUB Resort-style course designed by Ted Robinson has challenging greens, palm trees and lakes and a remodeled clubhouse. O.C.’s only public course with private caddie service. M-Th $115, F $135, Sa-Su $165. Additional cart fee. 12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, 714.730.1611 Map C5

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AIR COMBAT USA Dogfight training in actual highperformance small planes. Instructors handle takeoff and landing, riders have control in the air. Fullerton Municipal Airport, 3815 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 800.522.7590 Map A2 BALBOA BOAT RENTALS AND PARASAIL Panoramic views of Newport Beach and harbor while you’re aloft; choice of altitudes. Boat, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, too. Parasailing $65-$75. 510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, 949.673.7200 Map N15 CLASSIC YACHT EXCURSIONS Coastal or bay cruise aboard Movin’ On; ocean sail aboard vintage sailboat Spartan; sunset wine tasting aboard either. Depart from dock between Bluewater Grill and the Cannery, Newport Beach. 949.612.8767; 949.689.3935. Map N13 CLINT CARROLL SURF SCHOOL Son of surf great Corky Carroll offers instruction at all levels. Transport and equipment provided. Newport Cruisers Bike Rental Shop, 111 23rd St., Newport Beach, 949.355.7285 Map N15 COUNTRY TRAILS AND RIDING SCHOOL Guided horseback rides among massive coast live oaks and California sycamores. Tu-Su. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.538.5860, Map C5 JETPACK AMERICA New water-propelled-jet-pack adventure in (and over, of course!) Newport Harbor. $159-$549. 2600 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 888.553.6471 Map N13 NEWPORT SAILBOAT RENTALS Cruise the harbor under sail or power aboard a 27-foot Catalina sailboat; up to six people. Yachts in several sizes (for up to six, 12 or 86, respectively) also available. 3101 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.299.4006. Map D3 PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES Electric bike rentals $14 per hour with two-hour minimum or $50 per day. Tour three piers and Newport Harbor for $69. 301 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.2782; 2515 E. Coast Hwy.,


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Beaches + Parks Corona del Mar, 949.612.7989; 34155 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.488.0696; 1065 Pacific Coast Hwy., Seal Beach, 562.296.5782 Map N9, M16, J16, C1 SKYTHRILLS Aerobatics in biplanes. Receive instruction, assume control of the aircraft, execute maneuvers such as a loop, roll, spin or inverted pass over the coast—no experience necessary! Gentler flights in open-cockpit 1930s biplane. Includes videotaped DVD. 230 Dale Place, Fullerton, 866.484.7455 Map A2 SUP CO Paddleboard on the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Lessons and rentals—and even paddleboard yoga classes—are available. Daily 9 am-8 pm. $30-$69. 1103 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9730 Map I16

Beaches + Parks ALISO CREEK COUNTY BEACH Steep shore creates powerful waves. All amenities and fire pits. Pay-and-display parking $1/hour. 31131 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.923.2280 Map I16 BALBOA BEACH Pristine sunning and swimming beach. All amenities. Metered parking. Along Balboa Boulevard at Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371 Map N14 BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH Good for grunion hunting! All amenities and fire pits. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Main Street and Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, 714.846.3460 Map N9 CAPISTRANO BEACH Wide, unblemished. All amenities. Pay-and-display parking $1/hour. 35005 Beach Road, Capo Beach, 949.923.2280 Map F6 CORONA DEL MAR STATE BEACH Large, sandy beach—with volleyball—below beautiful homes. Lifeguards, all amenities, fire pits. Waveless cove adjacent. Fee for parking. At Ocean Boulevard and Marguerite Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151 Map M16 CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK Hiking and mountain biking trails, sandy coves and steep cliffs. Historic district with beach cottages and Beachcomber café. Irvine Coast Marine Life Refuge offshore. Lifeguards, restrooms. Fee for parking. Along East Coast Highway between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, 949.494.3539 Map E4 DOHENY STATE BEACH Popular swimming beach, interpretive center. All amenities, fire pits. Fee for parking. Dana Point Harbor, along Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.496.6172 Map K17 HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH Wide, sandy beach; amenities include fire pits. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Beach Boulevard and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.5281 Map N9 HUNTINGTON STATE BEACH Expansive, sandy beach; 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 Map N10 LITTLE CORONA DEL MAR BEACH Steep paved path to picturesque cove; tide pools filled with anemones and starfish are great for kids. Good for snorkeling—and family photos. Free street parking. Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151 Map M16 MAIN BEACH Large beach close to shops and restaurants offers great people-watching, basketball, volleyball, chess. All amenities. Metered parking. At Broadway and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400 Map F5 NEWPORT BEACH MUNICIPAL BEACH Popular golden strand with many fine surfing spots. All amenities, including fire pits. Metered parking. Along Oceanfront at Newport Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371 Map N13


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Beaches + Parks NEWPORT DUNES RESORT  Beach at RV park on the Back Bay has full-time lifeguards, giant inflatable in-water novelties (e.g., teeter-totter, climbing apparatus) and various water vessels for rent. Segway tours.  1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.DUNE  Map M14 PICNIC BEACH  Known for picnics and panoramas. Lifeguard and, picnic tables. Metered parking.  Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6573  Map H15 PIRATES COVE  Secluded beach with harbor views; few to no waves make it perfect for little ones. Bouldering spot for local climbers. Paid parking at Corona del Mar State Beach; free street parking.  At Ocean Boulevard and Harbor Channel, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3309  Map F6 POCHE BEACH  Small, sandy surfing beach. Free street parking.  Camino Capistrano at Pacific Coast Highway, San Clemente, 949.361.8261  Map J17 ROCKPILE BEACH  Rocky surfing beach. Metered parking.  At Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6573  Map H15 SALT CREEK COUNTY BEACH  Long, pristine stretch below the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Beautiful, grassy Bluff Park with basketball court. All amenities. Pay-anddisplay parking $1/hour.  Off Ritz-Carlton Drive, 33333 S. Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.923.2280  Map J16 SAN CLEMENTE CITY BEACH  1,200-foot pier (1920s), wide beach, good surf. All amenities. Metered parking. The train goes right by the beach.  620 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, 949.361.8219  Map K17 SAN CLEMENTE STATE BEACH  Popular mile-long beach below sandstone bluffs offers all amenities, a nature trail and butterfly trail. Fee for parking.  225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, 949.492.3156  Map K17

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SEAL BEACH  Popular surfing beach has a lifeguard and showers. Metered parking.  Main Street and Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach, 562.430.2613  Map C1 SHAW’S COVE  Picturesque cove has tide pools; popular diving destination. Metered parking.  At Fairview Street and Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach  Map H15 THOUSAND STEPS BEACH  Two-hundred-something concrete steps lead to a small beach at the base of a cliff. Free street parking.  Ninth Avenue and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400  Map I16 VICTORIA BEACH  Laguna’s prettiest beach has tower fit for Rapunzel and man-made, high-tide swimming pool circa 1920. Metered parking.  Victoria Street off Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400  Map H15 THE WEDGE  World-renowned bodysurfing and bodyboarding spot. The break is dangerous; watch unless you’re an expert. Free parking lot.  West Jetty View Park, tip of Balboa Peninsula, end of Channel Road, Newport Beach, 949.644.3309  Map N16 WEST STREET BEACH  Small cove beach; volleyball courts, bodyboarding. Metered parking.  West Street and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400  Map I16

Regional Parks CARBON CANYON REGIONAL PARK  Wild and rugged canyon terrain good for hiking and horseback riding.  4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, 714.973.3160  Map A4 CLARK REGIONAL PARK  Ideal for picnicking, fishing and tennis. Interpretive center houses fossils of local prehistoric plants and animals.  8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, 714.973.3170  Map A3


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Beaches + Parks IRVINE REGIONAL PARK  On land donated by James Irvine in 1897, California’s oldest regional park houses the Orange County Zoo and Irvine Park Railroad. Setting features old-growth oak and sycamore trees. Families have picnicked at the park for more than 100 years.  1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6835  Map B5 LAGUNA NIGUEL REGIONAL PARK  Wide selection of outdoor activities, including tennis, volleyball, jogging and bicycling in well-landscaped setting. There’s fishing on a 44-acre lake.  28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.923.2240  Map F6 MASON REGIONAL PARK  Large grassy areas, picnic shelters, hundreds of acres of protected land with three miles of paved trails for hikers and bikers.Many native animal species; lake and lush shade trees.  18712 University Drive, Irvine, 949.923.2220  Map D4 MILE SQUARE REGIONAL PARK  Reservable sports fields, walking and biking paths and fishing on two ponds. Yes, it’s one mile square.  16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, 714.973.6600  Map B1 O’NEILL REGIONAL PARK  Expansive 3,300-acre park is a distinctive spot for both day use and camping. Includes the Arroyo Trabuco area, 935 acres of relatively pristine land maintained as a wilderness preserve.  30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, 949.923.2256 Map east of D6 PETERS CANYON REGIONAL PARK  Blend of native vegetation and scenic trails. Lush groves of willows and black cottonwoods intertwine with a rambling creek and encase a 50-acre lake. Variety of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.  8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, 714.973.6611  Map B5


SANTIAGO OAKS REGIONAL PARK  Secluded 1,750-acre refuge has trails, native oak trees and historic dam. Nature Center open on weekends. Garden area is popular for small weekend weddings.  2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, 714.973.6620 Map B4

Wilderness Parks ALISO AND WOOD CANYONS WILDERNESS PARK  3,350-acre park is home to world-class mountainbiking terrain, its canyons harbor an idyllic feel unmatched in Orange County. .  28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 949.923.2200 Map H16 CASPERS WILDERNESS PARK  8,000 acres for day use, hiking and camping. Nature center; interpretive programs.  33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210 Map east of F6 RICHARD AND DONNA O’NEILL LAND CONSERVANCY  1,200-acre reserve; public access during special events. Call for schedule.  Rancho Mission Viejo, 28672 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.9778  Map east of F6 LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK  Sycamoreshaded canyons and high ridges offering spectacular ocean views and hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Nature center serves as a gateway to 7,000-acre natural habitat.  18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.923.2235  Map G15 LIMESTONE CANYON AND WHITING RANCH WILDERNESS PARK  Docent-led hikes, bike rides and equestrian tours of 5,000 acres of forested canyons, rock formations, rolling hills, streams and trails. Natural history interpretive center.  Portola Parkway and Market Place, Foothill Ranch, 949.923.2245  Map east of D6

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MODJESKA CANYON NATURE PRESERVE  At base of Santa Ana Mountains and bordered by Cleveland National Forest on three sides. Protected natural area accessible only by ranger-led tours with advance reservations.  Modjeska Canyon, 949.923.2245  Map east of D6


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Nightlife RILEY WILDERNESS PARK Oak groves, grasslands and deer. Native plant garden attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto De Caza, 949.923.2265 Map east of E6 TALBERT NATURE PRESERVE A variety of hiking and interpretive trails situated within an “ecological staircase” of a salt marsh, freshwater wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. 1298 Victoria Ave. at Santa Ana River, Costa Mesa, 949.923.2290 Map M11 UPPER NEWPORT BAY NATURE PRESERVE At Newport Back Bay with vistas of the coastal wetlands. One of the finest birding sites in North America; several endangered species make this home. Interpretive center is open Tu-Su, 10 am-4 pm. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, 949.923.2290 Map K13

Historical Parks ARDEN: HELENA MODJESKA HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDENS Home of world-renowned 19thcentury actress Madame Helena Modjeska. National historic landmark named for its resemblance to the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Visits by appointment through Heritage Hill Historical Park. 29042 Modjeska Canyon Road, Modjeska Canyon, 949.923.2230 Map east of D6 GEORGE KEY RANCH HISTORIC PARK 1898 building, botanical garden and citrus grove present a view of life in the early days of the county’s citrus farming. National Register of Historic Places. 625 W. Bastanchury Road, Placentia, 714.973.3190 Map A4 HERITAGE HILL HISTORIC PARK Park preserves Orange County’s cultural heritage through four historic buildings representing distinct eras in the area’s development. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230 Map D6

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IRVINE RANCH HISTORIC PARK Once the heart of the Irvine agricultural empire, the park preserves the ranch operations headquarters, as well as the site of the original Irvine family home. O.C. Parks headquarters. 13042 Old Myford Road, Irvine, 714.973.6609 Map C5 OLD ORANGE COUNTY COURTHOUSE Site of the local governmental transactions and court proceedings that shaped the county’s early history. Restored in 1989; houses historical exhibits, archives, special events and a marriage license office. 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.973.6605 Map H13 PERALTA ADOBE HISTORIC SITE One of the last remaining structures of the Peralta settlement, home to pioneering families in the 1800s. Visits by reservation through George Key Ranch (listing above). 6398 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, 714.973.3190 Map A4 YORBA CEMETERY Dates to 1858. Final resting place for many O.C. pioneers. Visits by reservation through George Key Ranch historic Ranch, 714.973.3190. 6749 Parkwood Court, Yorba Linda Map A5

Nightlife AULD DUBLINER Irish pub and restaurant; live music Th-Sa. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2497 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.1562; 71 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.8300 Map J14, northwest of C1 BAMBÚ Lounge for light dining or nightcap; live entertainment. Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.476.2001 Map K14 BOWLMOR Hip, state-of-the-art, glow-in-the-dark bowling lounge with sports bar 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 Maps J14, I10


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Nightlife CONTINENTAL ROOM Downtown fixture offers strong drinks, spacious dance floor and live music nightly. 115 W. Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton, 714.469.1879 Map B3 THE DISTRICT LOUNGE Retro spot near Newport Pier has 100-foot mahogany and copper bar. Orange location is in original 1920s post office. 121 McFadden St., Newport Beach, 949.673.4470; 223 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.639.7777 Map N13, C4

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DUKE’S PLACE Live music and dancing at classy lounge with bay views. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 888.445.7153 Map N13 HEAT ULTRA LOUNGE Vegas-style club near Disneyland has a state-of-the-art sound system and an indoor smoking lounge. Th-Sa. Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.776.4328 Map I10 HOPSCOTCH The county’s best whiskey list, 75 craft beers, cocktails, creative and slow-cooked cuisine inside 1918 Pacific Railway Station. Two patios, one for cigars. Flat-screens air vintage westerns and sports. 136 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.871.2222 Map B3 HOUSE OF BLUES Touring bands, dancing and soul food. Filled with outsider art. Rafter-raising gospel brunch on Sundays. Call for schedule. Downtown Disney, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583 Map I10

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IRVINE IMPROV Top comedy. Two-item minimum (food or drink). Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455 Map D5 LOLA GASPAR Bar and kitchen in Santa Ana’s Artists Village. Open until 2 am M-Sa, Su until midnight. 211 W. Second St., Santa Ana, 714.972.1172 Map H13 LUCKY STRIKE LANES Retro-cool bowling lounge with DJ. The Block at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, 714.937.5263 Map J11

The Denim Lab Union Market Tustin Visit us online for a complete listing of the district’s restaurants and retail stores.

MARINE ROOM TAVERN Laid-back locals bar with pool table offers live blues and rock on weekends. Open until 1 am Su-Th, until 2 am F-Sa. 214 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3027 Map H15 MESA Small plates and cocktails at hip and stylish lounge with retractable glass roof. Open until 2 am Tu-Sa. The Camp, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700 Map J13 MULDOON’S DUBLIN PUB Cozy spot with courtyard offers fun Irish-themed events in the Celtic Bar. 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4110 Map L15 PIE SOCIETY Slick speakeasy hidden behind Pitfire Pizza offers innovative cocktails and superb snacks—the chef is from Venice Beach’s Superba Snack Bar. 353 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.313.6335 Map N12

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ROOFTOP LOUNGE Hot spot for sunset cocktails on wraparound patio with panoramic coastal views atop DIS_0709_FreshNewMix_OCWhere_Ad.indd 1 La Casa del Camino hotel. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446 Map I15

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STEAMERS CAFE Premier jazz spot, the county’s best. 138 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.871.8800 Map B3 STILL WATER SPIRITS & SOUNDS Nightly live entertainment. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003 Map J17 SUTRA LOUNGE Club with cool decor, musical acts and big-name deejays. Open Th-Sa. The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103 Map K12 TILTED KILT PUB & EATERY Celtic-themed pub with servers in plaid mini-kilts and sports on 48 screens. 1625 W. Katella Ave., Orange 714.633.5458 Maps I11

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Newport Yacht Rentals is your private yacht rental connection. For exclusive parties or experiencing an amazing Catalina weekend with 6 of your best friends, we will make it happen with style & class. Our elegant 41’ will carry up to 14 for harbor cruising parties and our 56’ will carry up to 80 guests. Give Richard a call for all the details!

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BARETI 490 South Coast Highway 949•715•3140

SPICE MERCHANTS 311 Ocean Avenue 949•715•9600

ADAM NEELEY FINE ART JEWELRY 352 North Coast Highway 949•715•0953

LAGUNA BEACH VISITORS CENTER 381 Forest Avenue 949•497•9229


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Tours +Transport WILD GOOSE New and popular. Cocktails (and barrelaged cocktails!), seasonal beers, creative sausages and burgers amid hunt-lodge-saloon decor. 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.722.9453 Map N12 WINE LAB Wine/cheese tasting room and store at hip outdoors-themed center. Open Tu-Su. The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.905.9521 Map J13 YOST THEATER Historical landmark now plays host to popular musical acts and deejays. Open daily. 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 888.862.9573 Map H13

Tours + Transport A LIMO ZONE Chrysler, Escalade and Hummer limos as well as party buses. Hollywood tours, wine tasting tours and Las Vegas trips. Available 24/7. 714.381.5452 A LIST LIMOUSINE Private tours and transportation. Complimentary sparkling wine, TV/DVD. 888.886.6644 ADVENTURES AT SEA Luxury yachts for groups and special occasions. 3101 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.2412 Map N13 AMTRAK Train service within the county and to destinations throughout California daily. There are stops in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana. 800.872.7245, ANAHEIM RESORT TRANSPORTATION (ART) Shuttles cover 19 routes with transfers to Disneyland, Anaheim GardenWalk and Anaheim Convention Center. Purchase passes online, at Amtrak station and select hotels. 888.364.2787, BEST CHAUFFEURED WORLDWIDE Chauffeured vehicles. 7472 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 866.323.2378; 714.375.9128 Map C2 BEVERLY HILLS RENT-A-CAR Luxury and exotic rentals; pickup service. 3939 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.250.4386; 800.258.5353 Map L13 CALIFORNIA YELLOW CAB Transportation in sedans, town cars, minivans to/from airports, attractions, restaurants, nightlife, shopping. 877.935.5692

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CATALINA EXPRESS Round trip from Dana Point Harbor and Long Beach to Catalina Island. Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Harbor; 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 800.481.3470 Map K16, northwest of C1 CATALINA FLYER Fastest boat from Orange County to Catalina Island: 75 minutes. 500-passenger, triple-decker catamaran departs from the historic Balboa Pavilion. Call for schedule. $51-$68, $4 children 2 and under. 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 800.830.7744 Map N15 CITY PASS Pass includes discounted admission to Disney theme parks and admission to other parks in L.A. and San Diego counties. Purchase online or at attractions. $269-$306, under 3 free. 888.330.5008, CLASSIC MUSTANG RENTALS Cruise the coast in a classic 1965 Mustang convertible! Hourly rentals; hotel delivery available. 1745 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.5202, Map D3

Open 24 Hrs! FREE Wi-Fi!

DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING Sportfishing, 82-foot schooner yacht for charter and whale-watching expeditions. Corporate parties, private fishing cruises. Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 800.979.3370, Map K16 DAVEY’S LOCKER Year-round whale-watching, (blue whales and finback whales in summer and fall), deep-sea sportfishing, fishing charters and boat rentals at Balboa Pavilion. 3400 Main St., Newport Beach, 949.673.1434, Map N15

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Tours +Transport ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR Daily car rentals with some 25 locations throughout Orange County. Pickup service available. 888.484.4683, EXECUCAR Luxury sedan service. Sedan and SUV, flat rates, special group services, frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.410.4444, GONDOLA ADVENTURES Romantic gondola cruises through Newport Harbor canals. 3101 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.2067; 888.446.6365 Map N13 HAVE FUN TOURS Sightseeing tours of Southern California highlights from San Diego to Los Angeles. $99, children 3-12 $50. 714.658.2291, HORNBLOWER CRUISES Luxury party yachts. F-Sa dinner-dance cruises, Sa-Su champagne brunch. Mariner’s Mile Marina, 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.0155 Map M13 JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT Gateway to O.C., vastly superior to LAX in ambience and ease of arrival and departure. Art exhibits, “Red coat” ambassadors, free Wi-Fi. Ticket counters open at 5 am. 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949.252.5200, METROLINK Train system connects to San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles; stops in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton and Buena Park. $10 Metrolink Weekend Pass on Metrolink rails and Southern California public transportation F 7 pm-Su 11:59 pm. 800.371.5465, OCTA Orange County Transportation Authority bus system. $2; day pass $5, 60 cents for 65 and older, under 5 free. Day pass for buses and Metrolink trains $7, $6 for seniors/disabled. Exact change. 714.560.6282, PRIME TIME SHUTTLE Service 24/7 to Southern California airports, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and Anaheim Convention Center. 800.733.8267, SUPERSHUTTLE Transportation to and from all Southern California airports around the clock. Groups and charters welcome. 310.222.5500; 800.258.3826, TMZ HOLLYWOOD TOUR Bus with state-of-the-art audio/video explores celebrity haunts and scandal sites. Guides have sent celeb footage to newsrooms. $53$63. Starline Tours, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 855.486.9868

Tickets 714 TICKETS Tickets to sporting events, theater shows and concerts, opposite the Honda Center. Local delivery available. 2620 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.842.5387, Map I11 TITANIUM TICKETS Specializes in tickets for seats in the first 10 rows. 18685 Main St., #108, Huntington Beach, 714.848.1632. Map D2 WEST COAST TICKET SERVICE Tickets to in-demand events throughout Southern California. 310.207.1226,


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Gifts and complimentary wrapping at Areo in Laguna Beach. 949.376.0535

Shoes at new Scotch & Soda Amsterdam couture at South Coast Plaza. 657.600.9980

The ropes course for kids at Thrill It Fun Center at the Outlets at Orange. p. 60

The new sushi bar at P.F. Chang’s at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. p. 40

Alta Laguna Park (aka Top of the World) in Laguna Beach. 949.497.3311

Cowboy wear—especially the boots!—at new Burns 1876 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. 800.453.1281

Sticky Icky Pork Belly Buns at Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana. p. 34

Lobster rolls at new Slapfish in Laguna Beach. p. 46

Bowling at new Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl at the Triangle in Costa Mesa. 949.438.2320 Jjim-jil bang—Korean-style heated rooms of various temperatures—at Irvine Spa, aka iSpa. 949.260.9988 Ice-skating at The Rinks Anaheim Ice. 7141.535.7465 Neiman Marcus Last Call at the Outlets at Orange. 714.939.6806

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Goldengate butterscoth rum pudding at new Eureka! at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach. p. 34 Interactive bath and kitchen fixtures at Pirch at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa. 949.429.0800 Oysters on the half shell at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar in Costa Mesa. p. 46

Shaved ice with ice cream at Tootsie Ice Cream in Santa Ana. 714.480.0320 Hole No. 12, the county’s longest, at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine. p. 56 New North Menswear in Laguna Beach. 949.715.9873 Baby golden-headed lion tamarins at the Santa Ana Zoo. p. 59

New Letarte swimwear boutique at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. 949.706.9182 The pristine park above Salt Creek County Beach in Dana Point. p. 68 Potato chip ice cream at B.Candy in Corona del Mar. 949.675.3910 B. Toffee at A Market in Newport Beach. 949.650.6515

Specialty loaves by Bread Artisan Bakery at Thursday’s Downtown Santa Ana Farmers Market. 714.317.3525

The kitschy Bamboo Lounge at Benji’s Deli in Santa Ana. 714.541.6263

Candy Bar Cupcake at Sweet and Saucy Shop at Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast. 949.715.0920

Beer-battered shrimp tacos at Sol Cocina in Newport Beach. p. 45

Urban street art at new Dax Gallery in Costa Mesa. 714.957.1706

American Vintage boutique in Huntington Beach. 714.969.9670

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