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4 Editor’s Note

32 Dining Restaurants categorized by cuisine

What’s hot? Chili peppers!

6 Hot Dates

48 Entertainment Special events, performing arts and sports

Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia in Costa Mesa.

64 30 Things We Love

50 Attractions + museums Theme parks, cultural venues and exhibitions

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52 Shopping The county’s major retail destinations

8 Dining Marché Moderne moves to Newport Coast. Irvine: new culinary capital of cool?

53 golf The most beautiful and most interesting courses

10 Attractions New Mission Escape Room at Anaheim GardenWalk; a whale of a whale-watching season.

Marché Moderne in Newport Coast

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57 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, and getting from here to there

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The answer: chili peppers. A survey by NPD Group, a global information company, has found that the number of peppers shipped to independent restaurants and food-service outlets has grown by double digits; that consumers want to see spicy foods on menus; and that habanero and ghost peppers are now considered mainstream. The survey also found, by the way, that 75% of U.S. adults, especially

young adults, are open to trying new foods; if you’re one of them, see our feature And Now, For Something Different! on page 12. The consumption of chili peppers in my house is up ... triple digits? The background: Two years ago, I signed up for three restaurant challenges involving dishes using the world’s hottest chilies; I figured failing would make fun fodder for an editor’s note! Short term: I earned three certificates. Long term: I became a chili head. Capsicum, the hyperactive ingredient in peppers, is apparently an addictive substance. I began to grow exotic peppers: purple jalapeños—I couldn’t make this up—fruited the day Prince died; Bolivian rainbows, which bear variously colored peppers simultaneously; Trinidad moruga scorpions, which have little stingers; and Brain Strains, which look like brains. I made hot sauces from fatalii peppers: Fatal Fatalii with pineapple and the Chili Oil of No Return. I picked peppers for pickling. When dining out, I ordered a little differently, too. At Meizhou Dongpo, new in Irvine, I very much enjoy the Royal Hot Pot, chock full of Sichuan peppers and mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. As for what else is hot—but not spicy —consider new Marché Moderne restaurant in Newport Coast and new Zadig & Voltaire boutique at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. And for something really cool, consider whale-watching—orcas were spotted this year! For the best of what’s new, hot and cool, see Where Now on page 8. —BENJAMIN EPSTEIN

The number of chili peppers shipped to restaurants and food-service outlets has grown by double digits; habanero and ghost peppers are now considered mainstream.

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7 things not to be missed 1 NEWPORT BEACH CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE > DEC. 13-17

More than 100 decorated vessels large and small cruise the harbor for the 109th edition of the renowned annual event, one of the largest in the country. Harborfront homes decorate, too. 949.729.4400, christmasparadeboats.com

Here for the weekend? Check out our Weekend Roundup at SoCalPulse.com for the up-tothe-minute lowdown on the coolest concerts, sporting events, festivals, art exhibits and restaurants.

2 WINTER FEST > DEC. 21-JAN. 7 More than 20 activities including outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, playing in real snow and a 2-million-light strollthrough display. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 657.333.2520, winterfestoc.com

3 PIanist igor levit > JAN. 6 Winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Recording of the Year Award plays works by Bach arranged by Brahms, Wagner arranged by Liszt and Liszt arranged by Busoni. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS, scfta.org 4 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE > JAN. 13-FEB. 10 Young William Shakespeare finds inspiration through Viola; based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s screenplay. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa,

714.708.5555, scr.org 5 DUCKS VS. KINGS > JAN. 19 Ice hockey’s Anaheim/Los Angeles

freeway rivalry continues. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com 6 SHAKIRA > FEB. 6 Multiple Grammy Award-winning Shakira and her El Dorado World Tour stop at the Honda Center. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com 7 the king and i > opening feb. 27 (Left) The King of Siam hires a British schoolteacher to teach his many wives and children. Beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes include “Getting To Know You” and “Shall We Dance.” 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS, scfta.org

LUZIA, Mat t Beard. THE KING AND I, MATTHEW MURPHY

Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico, at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the culture of a country “where light (luz) quenches the spirit and rain (illuvia) soothes the soul.” Through surrealistic visuals and breathtaking physical feats, the show transports audiences to a world between dreams and reality, from an old movie set to a smoky dance hall, from the ocean to an arid desert. Rain is incorporated, a first for one of the company’s touring productions. p. 48

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Au Marché Celebrated Marché Moderne reopens in stunning new quarters in Newport Coast. With its Provençalinspired stone walls and walnut wood beamed ceiling, the venue evokes a modern French bistro; the white-tile-and-marble exhibitionstyle kitchen serves as a pristine focal point. Owners Florent and Amelia Marneau, chef and pastry chef respectively, offer first-decade signatures and second-decade innovations. Yes, there are oysters du jour and several types of caviar, but the new tasting of five Bordier butters with “une bonne baguette” is not to be missed. The roasted wild Spanish octopus with chorizo emulsion and the lamb couscous royale have devoted followings; the “barely touched” hamachi with mango-yuzu-jalapeño sorbet ushers in a new era. Florent pays high tribute to the bistro with moules frite and hanger steak; Amelia’s macaron—rose-scented, with lychee and raspberry—is unforgettable. p. 36

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At the entry to new Oak Laguna Beach is a striking floor-to-ceiling illuminated photo of a cross-section of an oak tree. Beyond the entry and on each table are gorgeous floral arrangements. The stylish dining room, inviting bar and wrap-around outdoor balcony are nestled on a second story overlooking Coast Highway. Standouts on peripatetic chef Chris Tzorin’s menu include a meatball starter with marinara, mozzarella and brioche crostini; local albacore stack with spicy soy Sriracha marinade, mango, avocado and wonton chips; a frozen Nutella cappuccino dessert with crispy hazelnuts and dark chocolate shavings; and the boozy Oasis mai tai. There are tacos (octopus, short rib) and sandwiches (hot chicken, wagyu cheeseburger), too. Brunch? Huevos Rancher-Oaks! p. 34

New Capital of Culinary Cool? Suddenly we’re checking out more new restaurants in Irvine than in any other city in the county, and they often debut among the best of their genre. The Cut offers cut-above creative burgers, notably the Grand Cut, with braised pork, bacon jam, havarti and Comte fondue; don’t miss the prosciuttochorizo croquettes (p. 42). When Puesto opened at Los Olivos Marketplace, its artisanal tacos on blue-corn

tortillas were an instant hit; a scant year later, another opens at Park Place (p. 38). Mainstays Habana for Cuban in Costa Mesa (try ropa vieja) and Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea (flautas and flan) outdo themselves with beautiful new locations at Irvine Spectrum Center and Irvine Marketplace, respectively (p. 38). Showstoppers at Sichuan go-to Meizhou Dongpo, known for roasted

duck and dim sum, include squid-ink shumai (p. 35). Paper Lantern at Asianeats mecca Diamond Jamboree presents fastcasual xiao long bao dumplings—a concept whose time has come!—as well as spicy noodles and wontons (p. 43). HiroNori, adjacent to Trade Food Hall near John Wayne Airport, serves craft pork, chicken or vegetable ramen using fresh-cut noodles (p. 43).

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WHERE NOW / Winter

2018

WHALE TALES, FISH STORIES

Spotted by Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

It’s prime time for whalewatching ... and it’s already been a season like no other. Dozens of orcas, killer whales usually not seen in these parts, were spotted in a single day. There’s been a steady procession of humpback, blue, gray and minke whales and, on many days, dolphin pods as far as the eye can see. The number of great white shark sightings have skyrocketed. Three companies offer top-notch viewing excursions. In Dana Point, Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari goes out on a catamaran with an underwater viewing pod; Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching also offers twilight wine cruises and schooneryacht charters. Davey’s Locker whale-watching, deep-sea sportfishing and entertainment cruises depart from Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach. p. 57

ATTRACTIONS

Anaheim Escape (Room) Anaheim GardenWalk ups its attractions significantly. It doesn’t get any more interactive than Mission Escape Games. The mission: As many as 8 people work together to escape from a locked room in one hour or less. The experience involves finding subtle clues and solving challenging puzzles. On now: Escape the Hydeout, based on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the horror-inspired Escape the Darkest Hour: Torture Chamber— much of which takes place in the dark;

screaming is usual. GO VR Gaming, the county’s premier virtual-reality arcade, resembles a calm office setting with spacious cubicles—but ingenious technologically superior 3-D experiences take you worlds away. Experiences range from Relax Walk to VR Sports, Catlateral Damage and Drunkn Bar Fight; just watching players can be fun. There are multiplayer and driving programs, too. Little ones have their own destination: ultimate indoor play park Billy Beez. p. 50

Escape the Hydeout at Mission Escape Games

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Attention-getting easy-to-wear by Zadig & Voltaire

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Fashion Island in Newport Beach unveils several new boutiques. Parisian contemporary label Zadig & Voltaire, founded 20 years ago by Thierry Gillier, whose father was a founder of Lacoste, offers attention-getting easy-to-wear clothes; Vogue describes its latest collection as “a cheery, colorful take on the house’s signature punk-glam-military mishmash.” California luxury fashion house St. John, offering women’s knitwear in classic cuts since 1962, opens in February. Its new look: “effortlessly undone.” Amsterdambased Suitsupply is widely acclaimed for its top-quality affordable menswear. p. 52

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And now, for something

different! TRAVELING? EXPAND YOUR CULINARY HORIZONS.

What is food? Or to put it another way, what can be eaten? That depends, for starters, on one’s background—cultural, geographic and religious. A hamburger, for instance, is forbidden for Hindus, notes Irina Perianova in The Polyphony of Food; many Muslims can’t eat pork and shellfish is taboo for Orthodox Jews. Kellogg’s Corn Flakes may not be forbidden to Asians, but many can’t imagine eating a cold breakfast of any kind, much less cereal. It’s still a novelty in China. In today’s postmodern and,

ideally, inclusive world, it hardly seems politically correct to refer to a food as exotic unless you specify exotic to whom. The word unusual is quantitative, best used for a dish rarely seen no matter where you’re from. A dish combining peanut butter and jelly and foie gras is unusual. Chicken knees and crickets are only unusual if you’re not from China or Mexico, respectively. PB&J foie gras, chicken knees and crickets can all be enjoyed at restaurants in Orange County. Such items are on the menu

because people order them; restaurants don’t offer items that don’t sell. People who don’t order them just might be missing out. The good news: U.S. consumers continue to show affinity for ethnic flavors and dishes. About 75 percent of U.S. adults are open to trying new foods, reports the NPD Group, a global information company. Are you among that 75 percent? Are you an adventurous eater who treats a vacation as an opportunity to expand your culinary horizons? If so, read on.

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Porcini-dusted veal sweetbreads with yam purĂŠe, sautĂŠed shimeji mushrooms, cippolini onion, toasted hazelnut and Luxardo cherry at Recess Room. Opposite: Goat chili with morita chile, Mexican chocolate, chick peas and goat cheese at Break of Dawn.

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IN TRIGUING Stops Agora Churrascaria 1830 Main St., Irvine, 949.222.9910 agorachurrascaria.com Benjies Deli 1828 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, 714.541.6263, benjiesdeli.com Binh Dan 10040 W. McFadden Ave., Westminister, 714.839.7050 Birrieria Jalisco 404 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, 714.836.4409 Bluefin Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7952 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.715.7373, bluefinbyabe.com Break of Dawn 24291 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949.587.9418, breakofdawnrestaurant.com Brodard Chateau 9100 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, 714.899.8273, brodard.net/chateau

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El Fortin 700 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.773.4290, restaurantelfortin.com Hamamori South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.850.0880, hamamorisushibar.com Haven Gastropub 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680, havengastropub.com J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine The District, 2601 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.8833, jzhouorientalcuisine.net L'Hirondelle 31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.0425 lhirondellesjc.com Marché Moderne Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.434.7900, marchemoderne.net

Meizhou Dongpo Culver Plaza, 15363 Culver Drive, Irvine, 949.433.5686 Old Vine Cafe The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411, oldvinecafe.com Pho 79 9941 W. Hazard Ave., Garden Grove, 714.531.2490, pho79.com Pho Lantern Cafe 103 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.7900, pholanterncafe.net Pizzeria Mozza 800 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.945.1126, newportbeach.pizzeriamozza.com Puesto Los Olivos Marketplace, 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.608.9990, eatpuesto.com Recess Room 18380 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714.377.0398, therecessroom.com

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles 2110 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.823.4130, roscoeschickenandwaffles.com Super A’s 2949 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, 714.437-1824, superasmexicanfood.com Sushi Roku Fashion Island, 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622, innovativedining.com Taqueria El Zamorano 925 W. Warner Ave., Santa Ana, 714.884.4073 Twenty Eight 19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.852.2828, twentyeightoc.com Vaca 695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.463.6060, vacarestaurant.com The Wharf 12941 Main St, Garden Grove, 714.530.1388, thewharfoc.com

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Braised rabbit with pasilla-and-cashew mole for brunch at Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa. Opposite: PB&J foie gras at Recess Room in Fountain Valley.

Flamboyant Cantonese destination J.Zhou Oriental Cuisine in Tustin offers special-occasion fare including several species of abalone and 16 different preparations of whole lobster. But it also offers those chicken knees, finished with spicy salt and as addictive as popcorn; pork liver soup, runaway standout at an elaborate recent tasting; sea cucumber, served with goose web in abalone sauce, or braised in XO sauce with jelly fish, or in a casserole with garlic pork belly. Goose web and abalone sauce also come with fish maw—look it up! Finish with durian mochi. Elegant Sichuan eatery Meizhou Dongpo in Irvine, known for its roasted duck and dim sum, offers duck tongues marinated in Sichuan spices. Notes the menu, “Those who eat duck tongue know just what to say.” Beef tongue is a delicatessen mainstay. Try a hot sandwich piled high, or a triple-decker with corned beef, turkey and Russian dressing, at Benjies in Santa Ana. Its chopped-chickenliver sandwiches on rye are popular, too. Fried chicken livers and giblets are a staple in the American South; you can get a mountain of either as a “side” at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Anaheim. As for South America, Agora Churrascaria in Irvine offers endless rounds of prime cuts of meat ... and scrumptious chicken hearts. The duck or goose liver delicacy known as foie gras is one of the glories of French cuisine. Marché Moderne, now in Newport Coast and

one of the county’s finest restaurants, offers several versions. Find superior roasted bone marrow at Marché Moderne as well as Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach. Uni (sea urchin) is cherished in Japan and has legions of fans here, too. Try it at Bluefin in Newport Coast or Hamamori in Costa Mesa. Already love foie gras, bone marrow and uni? Consider the uni pasta at Sushi Roku in Newport Beach; sea urchin scrambled eggs in the shell at Vaca in Costa Mesa; and the aforementioned PB&J foie gras, with peanut butter and jelly, at Recess Room in Fountain Valley. Twenty Eight in Irvine offers uni-and-bone-marrow toast. The dish everybody loves to hate is escargot —snails. They’re easy to love at L’Hirondelle in San Juan Capistrano; find frog legs, too. Find sea snails at The Wharf in Garden Grove. Also at Recess Room: veal sweetbreads, porcini-dusted, and a whole Kurobuta pig head, prepared sous vide and roti and presented with garlic paste and “tiger” sauce. When Haven Gastropub in Orange offers a Whole Hog Dinner, it really goes whole hog: The roasted brains are often basted in olive oil and served on toast with garlic and herbs. Brunch at Old Vine, at the Camp in Costa Mesa, brings rabbit mole, tongue torta and goat-shoulder omelet. Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills offers brisket in a tongue ragu and a goat chili with morita chile, Mexican chocolate, chick peas and goat cheese. Birrieria Jalisco in Santa Ana specializes in spicy goat stew. Among Vietnamese destinations, elegant Brodard Chateau in Garden Grove serves spicy goat curry and bare-bones Binh Dan in Westminster de 7 mon, seven courses of goat. Beef tendons are popular in pho, and oxtails are prized; find both at Pho 79 in Garden Grove and Pho Lantern Cafe in Costa Mesa. Like many taco stands in Santa Ana, Taqueria El Zamorano serves cabeza (beef cheek) and tripas (intestine) tacos. Super A’s in Costa Mesa features menudo (tripe stew) on weekends and offers added hominy for a menudo-pozole combo. Vegetarians have intriguing options: The corn fungus huitlacoche is a seasonal special at Puesto in Irvine. Oh, and those crickets? Find them on quesadillas at El Fortin in Fullerton.

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#Instagreat Vittles gone viral: Some of the world’s most hyped food creations originated in Orange County. By K AT NGU Y EN DE A NGELIS Orange County has NUMEROUS claims to fame beyond reality television shows, Disneyland and outdoor malls. Add to the list some of the most hyped food creations in the world.

THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL You could say the milky bun from Afters Ice Cream launched a thousand foods gone viral—social media darlings of almost unimaginable popularity. When the unassuming Fountain Valley shop opened its doors in 2014, Afters’ ice-cream-stuffed doughnuts became an instant draw, garnering coverage from media juggernauts such as KIIS-FM’s Ryan Seacrest, Hypebeast and BuzzFeed. “We were filming with media outlets for months straight,” co-owner Andy Nguyen recalls. Today there are 15 Afters Ice Cream locations. The team from Afters went on to create even more viral culinary sensations with their multiple new restaurant concepts including Project Poke in Fountain Valley,

home of the wildly popular sushi doughnut. A BuzzFeed video of that item nabbed nearly 70 million views on Instagram. To date, Nguyen estimates that “millions” of milky buns have been sold. “The milky bun and sushi doughnut were some of the craziest viral items I’ve ever seen,” he says.

FROM NY TO OC When one of New York’s most famed street-food concepts finally made its West Coast debut, it wasn’t in Los Angeles or San Francisco, but in Orange County. The Halal Guys opened in 2016, in a predominately Asian food plaza in Costa Mesa, down the street from South Coast Plaza. More than 400 eager diners waited in line for up to four hours to try the eatery’s famous chicken and rice platters drizzled with its signature white sauce. Local TV news stations, along with obsessive food bloggers and sites such as FoodBeast, came to record the fervor, and the long lines continued daily for months.

The Halal Guys since have opened several more locations throughout California, including the District in Tustin—but the Costa Mesa location remains the most popular.

EDIBLE CHARACTERS When husband and wife duo Pawel and Leanne Pietrasinki decided to open up a macaron shop, they didn't want to just serve the classic delicate French pastry in its traditional form. Instead, the couple create oh-so-adorable—and oh-so-laborintensive—macarons in an ever-changing variety of themed or cartoon characters. Their Honey & Butter is at the Lab in Costa Mesa and at Irvine Spectrum Center. The Pietrasinkis get inspiration from Pokémon and Disney to the latest television shows such as Game of Thrones and blockbuster movie releases including Star Wars. Homages to Harry Potter recur. Recently, dainty macarons showing Pennywise the Clown, from the movie It, appeared.

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Sushi doughnuts at Project Poke in Fountain Valley Opposite: Cauldron Ice Cream in Santa Ana

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Platters at the Halal Guys in Costa Mesa and Tustin. Right, Hello Kitty Café Container at Irvine Spectrum Center. Below, churro at the Loop in Westminster.

the beauty of the spaghetti grilled cheese ... it came as a complete surprise to the entire team. In the end, we’re just glad people keep coming back for it because it tastes great, not necessarily because it’s Instagram-worthy.”

They have more than 150,000 followers on Instagram and typically receive 5,000 to 10,000 likes for their macaron posts. Honey & Butter sells out of its creature-inspired macarons daily.

GLOBAL ICON OF CUTENESS Never underestimate the power of nostalgia—and one of the world’s most beloved icons. When local entrepreneurs Allan Tea and Charlie Chien launched the Hello Kitty Café Food Truck last year to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary with Sanrio, they knew they were onto something: Hundreds of fans turned up every time they parked the truck at a new destination, whether it was Los Angeles or San Francisco. That led to the opening of Hello Kitty Café Container last summer at Irvine Spectrum Center. It was the first such concept in the U.S. and fans flocked: More than 600 waited six hours to sample the limited-edition Hello Kitty treats and pastries. Its opening weekend netted more than 1 billion media impressions from People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, NBC and others. Top-selling items at the café include the birthday cake and strawberry-mint lemonade; most popular at the truck are the macaron set and petite fours.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT PULL Burnt Crumbs, which started as a food truck, opened at Pacific City in Huntington Beach in 2016. It was already known for signature sandwiches such as the Southern fried chicken and the crispy pork. But soon after opening, customers began posting pictures of the “cheese pull” from Burnt Crumbs’ spaghetti grilled cheese on Instagram. FoodBeast requested to shoot a video of it and within days, the video logged more than 2.5 million views—and since has been re-posted several times. The now infamous “cheese pull” posts continue to dominate Burnt Crumbs’ social media feed, with photos and videos of customers pulling and stretching the cheesy sandwich apart. To date, more than 40,000 spaghetti grilled cheese sandwiches have been sold at the Huntington Beach and Irvine locations, the latter at Los Olivos Marketplace. “We had a couple from Georgia who was planning their honeymoon in San Diego and they saw the video on Facebook,” relates Paul Cao, a Burnt Crumbs chef and coowner. “They decided to add Burnt Crumbs as one of their stops on the West Coast just to try the sandwich. Totally cool! “We don’t really cook in hopes that an item or dish goes viral,” Cao adds. “That’s

ICE CREAM FOR INSTAGRAM Just when you thought ice cream treats couldn’t get any more tricked out or more Instagram-perfect, along came Cauldron Ice Cream’s whimsical puffle cones. The Santa Ana shop became a national phenomenon in 2015 for stuffing fresh scoops of fun-flavored ice cream into a popular Hong Kong street snack called egg waffles to create an irresistible dessert. Customers began posting photos across social-media platforms and within two weeks, Cosmopolitan featured the puffle. “That’s when we really went viral,” says Cauldron co-owner Desiree Lee. “Lines formed all the way around the building,

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Spaghetti grilled cheese at Burnt Crumbs

with waits up to 2-and-a-half hours. It was incredible.” The puffle cone continues to grab 400,000 impressions per week; Lee estimates that more than 200,000 puffle cones have been sold. Fans drive from all over the United States to try the pictureperfect frozen treats. Confides Lee, “We have a couple of secret items in development that we hope will go viral like the puffle.”

SWEET SUCCESS What do you get when you partner with a major food influencer to open a dessert shop? That’s what happened when Jed Cartojano, founder of @dailyfoodfeed, which has more than 500,000 followers on Instagram, noticed that whenever he posted churro photos, they got a lot of likes. The Loop was born. The modern and hip churro dessert shop in Westminster’s bustling Little Saigon was a success from opening day, thanks largely to instant support from @dailyfoodfeed’s Instagram community. Customers couldn’t get enough of the large loop-shaped churros, which come topped with everything

from a matcha glaze to Fruity Pebbles and chocolate sprinkles. The shop features a bright green hedge wall emblazoned with “Life is Sweet” in white letters, and a white brick wall depicting the slick logo. Both serve as perfect backdrops for social media posts. It didn’t hurt that Cartojano and his partners launched a Pikachu-themed churro called Pikachurro at the height of the Pokémon Go craze. They continue to dream up viral-worthy creations, from mermaid-themed churros with matching drinks to black crystalstudded churros dunked in charcoal tiramisu soft-serve ice cream. The Loop sells as many as 1,200 churros a day. Its video on Insider Food has been viewed more than 20 million times and its site attracted more than 150,000 followers on Instagram within one year of opening. “We've gotten a lot of publicity,” Cartojano acknowledges. “We made our store and products for Instagram—but we strive for a quality product so that people not only think it looks good, but tastes great. We rely on our customers, influencers and media to communicate our concept.”

Insta Index Afters Ice Cream

Fountain Valley and four other locations aftersicecream.com

Burnt Crumbs

Huntington Beach (714.374.0777) and Irvine (949.502.5998) burntcrumbs.com

Cauldron Ice Cream

1421 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana 657.245.3442, cauldronicecream.com

The Halal Guys Costa Mesa (714.850.1080); Tustin (949.771.9871). thehalalguys.com

Hello Kitty Café Container

Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 714.374.0038

Honey & Butter

The Lab in Costa Mesa; Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine. 949.536.5556, honeynbutter.com

The Loop

9729 Bolsa Ave., Westminister 714.713.8570, theloopchurros.com

Project Poke

16051 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley 714.486.3809

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PAR EXCELLENCE THE SINGLE BEST HOLES ON THE COUNTY’S BEST COURSES. by BRIAN ROBIN

You know these holes are great when you see them. You confirm they are great when you play them—though you may not always be able to say exactly why they’re great. Aesthetics and natural beauty are factors—but golf courses from Newport Beach to Nantucket feature beautiful holes that aren’t great holes. And courses from Anaheim to Atlantic City have interesting holes whose beauty don’t take your breath away. Great golf holes are eye candy and brain food—and they’re excellent for beginners or experts.

Strawberry Farms Golf Course Hole No. 10 / 369 Yards / Par 4

For some reason, short par 4s are often considered the best holes on a course. Maybe it's because so many of them make a player think—never mind that many golfers don’t like to think. Here's what they think about on this short but beautiful par 4 in Irvine: Do you want to hit with an iron or hybrid off the tee and deal with a longer approach shot and fairway bunkers? Or pull out the driver and avoid all

of that? Using the driver brings into play the reservoir, which runs along the left side of the hole and out of bounds on the right side until the hole doglegs left. The reservoir stays in play, as does a large bunker, should you yank your approach left to a diamond-shaped green that slopes back to front. The vista of the hills behind the hole is postcard-worthy; in fact, the views at every juncture and in every direction are the best on the course, which is owned by former Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces.

Anaheim Hills Golf Club Hole No. 15 / 357 Yards / Par 4

You’re standing on the tee, 100-plus feet above the fairway with a commanding view of the clubhouse and about half of the golf course, when you hear rustling in the bushes behind you. It might be a rabbit. Or it might be a hawk who just found a rabbit—and flies away with his prey right over the hole you’re about to play. The fauna plays through at Anaheim Hills. But back to that striking view—and the options the hole's dramatic elevation presents to golfers. To best play this hole, advises Cameron Carr, Anaheim Hills general manager, the average golfer should take a 3-wood or hybrid, hit it straight and let gravity do the rest. “For most people, that leaves a 100-yard

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the size of a VW Beetle—so it’s hard to get it close. It’s the shortest hole out here, but it kicks my butt every time I play it.” Trying to drive the hole requires a blind tee shot over trees, and a hill, to a deceptive green where your lone chance of getting the ball close is to land it short and have it run up on the green. The less adventurous, and more intelligent, play: a long iron or hybrid to the dogleg left, then a wedge to the green, which is framed by a bunker and mounds. Airmail all of that with your wedge and you’re literally on the beach—Salt Creek Beach. It's a hole that requires thought, execution and no small amount of luck to walk away with a par 4.

Pelican Hill Golf Club/North Course Hole No. 17 / 558 Yards / Par 5

Hole No. 3, Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point

shot into the green, which doesn’t sound tough. But if you hit it bad to the right or long to the left, you’re dead,” he says. Why? “The trees on the left and the lake on the right.” A small two-tiered green awaits. “This hole is all about the scenery,” Carr adds.

Monarch Beach Golf Links

COURTESY MONARCH BEACH

Hole No. 3 / 315 Yards / Par 4

Yet another short par 4, this one in Dana Point. Here’s one you can drive, you think. Here’s an easy birdie, you think. And here’s Monarch Beach general manager Eric Lohman to disabuse you of both notions. “You’d think it would play pretty easy,” Lohman says. “But you have to hit a precise layup 215 yards, then hit a 100-yard wedge shot downhill, and downwind to a green with slope and three pin placements about

Aside from the stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from the tee box, the genius of this Tom Fazio-designed, dogleg-right hole in sumptuous Newport Coast is simple. It is a true risk-reward hole that provides options and choices on every shot, starting at the tee. The closer you flirt with the right side, the easier it is to reach the green in two— and the easier it is to find a yawning fairway bunker or the lake it flanks. Conquer that challenge and you’re faced with another choice: Attempt a difficult second shot over a canyon and miss the two bunkers right of the green? Or lay up and flirt with the nest of fairway bunkers short of the canyon? The safe play off the tee is to aim left and hit into the fairly expansive fairway. That, however, brings the fairway bunkers and canyon into play on your second shot. “It makes you think,” agrees Glenn Deck, Pelican Hill director of instruction. “On a good tee shot, you have to make a decision. If you miss, that easy par or birdie all of a sudden turns into a big number. “It’s all about angles on this hole,” he adds. “Which one do you want to approach? How aggressive do you want to be?”

Pelican Hill Golf Club/South Course Hole No. 13 / 131-108 Yards / Par 3

One of the best and most distinctive par 3s in Southern California—and not just because of the picture-perfect view of the Pacific Ocean to Laguna Beach that greets

you at the tee box and never lets go. Fazio designed this hole with two greens, bisected by a massive bunker that, from the tee box, looks like the Sahara as it wraps around the back of both. The hole may be short, but your shot better not be, lest you find that bunker. The views are long, but your shot better not be, lest you find the back of that bunker. On either green. “It’s breathtaking and it’s unique,” Deck says. “One day, you play one green, the next day, you play the other. But the beauty of this hole is that if you hit a good shot into [the green], you have a very good chance to make birdie. But if you miss the green, you’re going to walk away with a bogey almost every time. Distance control is the key to playing the hole well.” The wind on the Newport Coast adds to the challenge. You can play this hole 10 times and play it 10 different ways, Deck says. That’s the definition of a great golf hole—never mind the views.

Tustin Ranch Golf Club Hole No. 11 / 165 Yards / Par 3 Here’s an example of a hole that's in your head the moment you step onto the grounds. You’d think that playing a gorgeous hole with an island green, a fountain and two waterfalls framing it all would put you in a good frame of mind. You’d be wrong. “You could have a great round going and be standing on the tee box, looking at all the water there, and thinking I have to have a par or, at the worst, a three-putt bogey, or my round’s destroyed,“ says James Spadoni, Tustin Ranch general manager. The course hosts member-guest tournaments with a shotgun start and whoever starts on No. 11 always complains, he says. There's only one safe strategy: “Hit for the middle of the green. Where you’re at in your round determines how you play this hole.” That’s because you’re dealing with a back-to-front sloping green, where a back pin mandates one extra club and a front pin mandates discretion not to aim for it—and the latter is a sucker’s pin with the water looming nearby. “It’s a make-or-break hole for your round,” Spadoni says.

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COSTA MESA

/ SANTA ANA / IRVINE / TUSTIN

METRO CITIES Irvine, home of the historic Irvine Ranch, is O.C.’s financial 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 the county’s heart.

COSTA MESA On one side of Bristol Street is South Coast Plaza, whose $2 billion in annual sales is highest among U.S. shopping destinations. On the other is O.C.’s center of culture—two concert halls and its largest repertory theater—and business high-rises. The late 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. Fifty years later, South Coast Plaza and its Bear Street wing, connected by the Bridge of Gardens, offer hundreds of stores, boutiques and restaurants. In fact, the state-designated tourist attraction boasts the nation’s highest concentration of elite retailers. Openings during the semicentennial anniversary include Dior Homme and Stella McCartney. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and, across Bristol Street, Vaca, from former Bravo Top Chef runner-up Amar Santana, and Water Grill.

It’s an easy walk to the “arts campus,” the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and, in the future, Orange County Museum of Art. The center, built in 1986 mainly with Segerstrom money on Segerstrom land, includes 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall, presenting performing-arts genres including dance and Broadway musicals, and the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat facility designed by Cesar Pelli. Founders Hall and Samueli Theater are more intimate. To the west is the South Coast

Collection of design showrooms such as Design Within Reach and new Room & Board. Foodies frequent Surfas Culinary District, Arc restaurant and the Saturday farmers market. Its hip centerpiece, OC Mix, features 30 vendors including Alexander Gray eyewear, the Mixing Glass and nationally acclaimed Taco María. South on Bristol are The Lab and The Camp shopping and dining centers. The Lab has the kinds of shops you’d likely find on L.A.’s trendy Melrose Avenue. Popbar and Red & Blue Vintage are recent additions. Opposite is the Camp, set amid

SANTA ANA Arts-minded downtown Santa Ana offers the Artists Village, Santora Arts Complex and Grand Central Art Center. Mix Mix Kitchen + Bar and El Mercado Modern Cuisine make for one of the county's most exciting dining scenes. Find a dozen innovative fast-casual dining concepts at 4th Street Market. New food hall McFadden Public Market, on Main Street, features vintage arcade games and two bars. The bar scene—we favor Lola Gaspar—is burgeoning, too. The Yost Theater concert venue is an East End anchor.

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DOUGHNUTISTA ALERT Raised-glazed aficionado? Devil’s food doughnutista? Poqet Donuts has an artisanal creation for you: maple bacon, s’moresinspired Campfire, vegan samoas, lemon meringue that has to be seen to be believed, and our fave, pistachio creme brulee. Poqet now offers drinks such as Thai Tea with Boba to go with its signature lineup. 17655 Harvard Ave., Irvine, 949.932.0800, poqetdonuts.com

DALE BERMAN, ABOVE LEFT, AND COURTESY SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS. BOWERS, EDWIN SANTIAGO

wood and aluminum. Dining options include Old Vine Café, Vitaly for Italian sandwiches and gelato and Taco Asylum for distinctive tacos. Dine-and-play center The Triangle offers bowling at Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, dining at Black Knight Gastro Lounge and Saddle Ranch Chop House and top-tier Time Nightclub. The O.C. Fair & Event Center hosts events year-round, the county fair and concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre in summer.

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Impressionist art on the ground floor of an office building. Near the airport, innovative Trade food hall debuted recently; superb Otoro sushi is its fine-dining anchor. Orange County Great Park offers a farmers market, an arts complex and a carousel; you can ride 400 feet up in the tethered orange balloon visible from the freeways. The restored blacksmith shop and general store of Old Town Irvine (Sand Canyon Avenue and Burt Road, 949.660.9112) now house a hotel and restaurants.

Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Opposite: Irvine Spectrum Center, left, and Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Bowers Museum, founded about 80 years ago, mounts blockbuster exhibitions with the world’s major museums. Visitors can also view pre-Columbian artifacts, Pacific Island art, an exhibit of local history and dine at the Patina Group’s Tangata. Discovery Cube science center’s namesake tilting cube is perched seemingly inches off Interstate 5. MainPlace houses Macy’s, Nordstrom and 200 shops, a 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport with rooftop basketball court and open-air swimming pool, and Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ. Intimate Santa Ana Zoo is in Prentice Park; its highlights include a primate exhibit and children’s zoo. On the Irvine border, and sharing that city’s vibe, is John Wayne Airport, whose pleasant ambience and ease of departure and arrival make it vastly superior to LAX.

Irvine Irvine offers a relatively problemfree world carved from the Irvine Co.’s land holdings. Irvine Spectrum Center’s Giant Wheel can be seen for miles from the 5, 405 and 133 freeways. The center’s 150 shops, many entertainmentrelated, restaurants such as Cucina Enoteca for Cal-Ital and new Habana for Cuban, and the nation’s most visited movie complex draw more visitors annually than Disneyland. UC Irvine’s Irvine Barclay Theatre presents music, dance and theatrical events. Nearby is the UCI Arboretum (Jamboree Road and Campus Drive, 949.824.5833). San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (949.261.7963) offers 10 miles of trails through coastal freshwater marshlands. The Irvine Museum houses Joan Irvine Smith’s collection of California

Tustin Forbes magazine has listed Tustin, which has preserved many of its 1870s buildings, in its Top 25 places “to live well.” The District at Tustin Legacy, at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, is a sprawling shopping center. Draws include restaurants The Winery and J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine, a cineplex, and bowling at Bowlmor. Union Market offers an eclectic collection of dining concepts, notably Hatch for tiki drinks and sliders, Kettlebar Steam Cooking and Kroft for sandwiches. The nearby twin hangars that once housed airships are 1,000 feet long and 17 stories tall. 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. Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen, designed by Thomas Schoos, is new. The Marconi Automotive Museum (714.258.3001) displays 80 vehicles, notably Ferraris and historic open-wheel race cars.

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RAISING THE BAR Costa Mesa has a reputation for its drinking spots—a really good one! Casa 820 W. 19th St., 949.877.0075 casabarcostamesa.com Barley Forge Brewing 2957 Randolph Ave., Unit B 714.641.2084 barleyforge.com (above) Goat Hill Tavern 1830 Newport Blvd. 949.548.8428 Gunwhale Ales 2960 Randolph Ave., Unit A 949.393.2537 gunwhaleales.com Holiday 719 W. 19th St., 949.371.9992 holidaycm.com Pie Society 353 E. 17th St., 949.313.6335 piesocietybar.com Ruin Bar 2930 Bristol St., 714.884.3189 theruinbar.com Wild Goose Tavern 436 E. 17th St., 949.722.9453 goosebar.com

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NEWPORT BEACH

/ BALBOA / CORONA DEL MAR / HUNTINGTON BEACH

THE COAST Newport Beach offers O.C.’s most pleasant shopping destination, countless fine restaurants, gorgeous golf and coveted real estate. Along the coast are wide sandy beaches, piers, the world’s largest pleasure-boat harbor and Surf City USA. on-the-moment boutiques (see Insider Tips next page). The action never stops around Newport Pier, off Newport Boulevard on McFadden Square. Stag Bar (1908) now has a kitchen. The Dory Fishing Fleet (1889) leaves in the wee hours of the morn; visit the open-air fish market after sunrise, then have breakfast at the Dory Deli.

BALBOA 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; don’t go in unless you know what you’re doing. The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum has become ExplorOcean. On the harbor side of Balboa Peninsula is the Balboa Pavilion, a 1905 cupola-topped structure that is the de­pot for boat excursions: harbor tours, whale-watching trips and Santa Catalina cruises. As classic pop-

Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Coast and, left, Balboa Island

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 community featuring charming cottages, shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, notably new Mr. G’s Bistro and Tim Goodell’s Royal Hen gastropub. Marine Avenue is its only nonresidential street. Try a custom-dipped Balboa Bar.

CORONA DEL MAR Corona del Mar, whose streets are named for flowers, has

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A CLEAR PURPOSE Glassybaby offers one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass votives and stemless “drinkers” in 400-plus colors. They’re sold at a kiosk near Fashion Island’s koi pond, and each has a unique name and story. The brainchild of a three-time cancer survivor, the enterprise has donated $7 million to more than 400 nonprofit organizations. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 855.658.8527, glassybaby.com

BALBOA, ASHOK SINHA. CRYSTAL COVE, BENJAMIN GINSBERG

NEWPORT BEACH Newport Beach and its environs have been called California’s Riviera. 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 anchor elegant shopping destination Fashion Island, now in its 50th year. Voltaire & Zadig, St. John and Suitsupply boutiques are new. Dining options include Sushi Roku and Red O. 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 offers thought-provoking shows. 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 (949.279.4507) rents kayaks and electric boats. Newport Beach has the world’s largest small-boat harbor. Mariner’s Mile, on Coast Highway, is lined with restaurants such as The Winery and Pizzeria Mozza and luxury-car showrooms. 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 watercraft 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. Harborside Lido Marina Village is a pedestrian shopping destination with tenants including new Nobu and Lido Bottle Works restaurants, Alchemy Works gallery and upscale and

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MERCHANT MARINA Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach offers an amazing collection of O.C.-exclusive boutiques. expansive beaches and some of the country’s most expensive real estate. Upscale destinations at Corona del Mar Plaza, near Fashion Island, include Diane’s for swimwear and Tommy Bahama as well as new VICI and gourmet pantry Baker & Olive. On East Coast Highway south of MacArthur Boulevard, is Sherman Library & Gardens, offering 2,000 plant species on two acres. Consider a repast at Café Jardin or the Tea Garden Crêperie. Coast Highway is lined with design showrooms, rug dealers and boutiques. You’ll find bodysurfing, volleyball, fire pits, all amenities and Tackle Box gourmet “grub shack” at Corona del Mar State Beach. Picturesque Little Corona Beach, setting for countless family photos, is just south. South of Corona del Mar is Newport Coast. Crystal Cove Shopping Center offers boutiques such as Atelier 7918 and restaurants Bluefin, Mastro’s Ocean Club and newly

relocated French destination Marché Moderne. Nearby are Crystal Cove State Park, with its miles of sandy coves and miles of trails, and gorgeous Pelican Hill Golf Club.

HUNTINGTON BEACH Surf City USA has become more sophisticated. Though Huntington Beach retains some of its sand-in-the-cracks identity, shops, fine-dining options and luxury hotels have made for a dramatic transformation. Main Street is a promenade with lots of surfwear and beachwear shops, a Surfing Walk of Fame and Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. New Pacific City brings acres of retail and dining, including Kin boutique and LSXO, inside new Bluegold, respectively. Hip lounges include The Bungalow and rooftop Treehouse. Next to Huntington Beach Pier Plaza are Duke’s and Sandy’s HB restaurants; the plaza hosts live music and farmers markets.

Three beaches—Huntington City Beach, Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach—are popular for surfing and volleyball and for their fire rings. Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve (714.846.1114) boats 200 species of migratory birds in a salt-marsh setting with a 1.5-mile loop trail. Inland, at Talbert Avenue and Goldenwest Street, is 350acre Huntington Central Park; the park encompasses Shipley Nature Center (714.842.4772), an equestrian center, two “lakes” and the Central Library (714.842.4481). Tenants at 5 Points Plaza include Loft, CloudMover Day Spa and Vans; the dog-friendly center even has a barking lot. Draws at Tuscan-themed Bella Terra shopping destination include outdoor-sports specialist REI and Solita for excellent tacos and margaritas. Nearby is Old World Village, hub for all things German, notably dachshund races.

Bailey44 3505 Via Oporto, Suite A 949.612.7833 Clare V. 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 100 949.612.7186 Eberjey 3432 Via Oporto, Suite 105 949.791.8378 Elyse Walker 3444 Via Lido 949.612.2646 Marine Layer 3420 Via Lido 949.220.7295 Planet Blue 3412 Via Oporto Suite 101-103 949.791.8254 Steven Alan 3446 Via Oporto 949.200.9212 Velvet 3400 Via Oporto, Building A Suite 101, 949.612.7248

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laguna beach

/ dana point / san juan capistrano / san clemente

south coast

Laguna Beach Admire the sculptures at Laguna College of Art + Design as you enter the county’s original art colony along Laguna Canyon Road. In fact, it is easy to spend a day along the thoroughfare before ever entering the city proper, especially during the three summer art festivals— Festival of Arts, Laguna ArtA-Fair and the Sawdust Art Festival—and renowned “living tableaux” presentation Pageant of the Masters. Acclaimed Laguna Playhouse offers comedic and profound fare year-round. Laguna Canyon Road becomes Broadway, then comes to a T at Coast Highway. Turn either way and you’ll find galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Up the hill to the right, Laguna Art Museum presents modern and contemporary art, mostly by California painters, explores pop culture and displays art from Laguna’s past, particularly seascapes. Steps away are coastal vistas at Heisler Park

and a stretch of Coast Highway called North Gallery Row, where you’ll find Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry (352 N. Coast Hwy., 949.715.0953) and Tiki-chic Royal Hawaiian restaurant. Broadway ends at Main Beach. There are volleyball and basketball courts, a playground and a boardwalk—and it's just across the street from the downtown heart of Laguna, aka the Village, whose distinctive shops and galleries include the sculpture garden at Dawson Cole Fine Art Gallery (326 Glenneyre St., 888.972.5543). South along Coast Highway are top-notch

dining options including hockey great Teemu Selänne’s Selanne Steak Tavern, posh Studio at the Montage and new Harvest at the Ranch at Laguna Beach.

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 California coast’s “only romantic spot,” noting its “grandeur” and “solemnity.” You’ll find grandeur but little solemnity along Harbor Drive, bustling with boaters, diners, shoppers and those headed to see the tall 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, during the summer, Lobsterfest, a surf competition and outrigger racing. Fourth of July, the busiest day of the year, features fireworks launched from a barge. At the end of the harbor’s rocky ledge are tide pools, public benches and basking seals. Dana Point Harbor has 2,500 slips for vessels of all sizes, three yacht clubs, a fishing pier and Dana Wharf Sportfishing, which offers whale-watching trips. The Ocean Institute displays the Pilgrim, a full-sized replica of the brig on which Dana sailed. Wharf highlights include White Pelican Gallery for Native American jewelry (34475 Golden Lantern St., 949.240.1991) and the Harbor Grill seafooder. North of town are luxury hotels featuring superior dining—new Bourbon Steak at the Monarch Beach Resort and Raya at the Ritz-Carlton—and pristine Salt Creek Beach Park.

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ONE OF A KIND Discover Emerging Artists Showcase offers original art only; it does not sell prints, lithographs, serigraphs, etchings, giclées or any other limited or open editions. Every piece is handcrafted by one of more than 70 artists around the world, comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by its creator and is accessibly priced. 1400 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 101, Laguna Beach, 949.444.5330, discovereas.com

MISSION, EDWIN SANTIAGO. LAGUNA GALLERY AND beach, ASHOK SINHA. SALT artwork: andriy halashyn, kiss my animal baloon

Four of the county’s most historic cities are nestled into its southern corner: Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente along Coast Highway, and nearby San Juan Capistrano. All offer shopping, dining and natural beauty.

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Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Opposite: Mission San Juan Capistrano and, in Laguna Beach, Joanne Artman Gallery

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO There’s no beach in this burg, but there’s plenty of history, style and charm. Mission San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County, was founded by Father Junípero Serra in 1776, the same year America was born. It took nine years to build its Great Stone Church, completed in 1806; it took one 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 goldleaf 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 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 train goes right by Ramos House Café, which offers an unforgettable breakfast in an 1881 board-and-batten house. 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 to the east is Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park (33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210).

SAN CLEMENTE La Casa Pacifica, site of President Richard Nixon’s Western White House, has long since been broken up into million-dollar homes by a private developer. But you can still see Casa Romantica (415 Avenida Granada, 949.498.2139), once the residence of the city’s founder, oil entrepreneur Ole Hanson. On a hillside overlooking San Clemente Pier, it’s the site of the city’s Cultural Center and Gardens, offering 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 at the pier. Find shopping and dining on El Camino Real and Avenida del Mar, lined with antique stores and galleries, and at The Outlets at San Clemente, a spectacular shopping destination marrying luxury and discount. Tenants include Guess, Nike and new Luxury Mall. Talega Golf Club, above the city, was designed with help from Masters champion Fred Couples (949.369.6226). Blue Eyed Girl boutique and Sundried Tomato bistro are among draws at Talega Village Center.

Salt Fine Art

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ART WALK

Laguna Beach offers more than 100 galleries. Some of our favorites: Dawson Cole Fine Art 326 Glenneyre St. 888.972.5543 dawsoncolefineart.com JoAnne Artman Gallery 326 N. Coast Hwy. 949.510.5481 joanneartmangallery.com Kush Fine Art 210A Forest Ave. 949.376.8017 vladimirkush.com National Geographic 218 Forest Ave. 949.627.8232 natgeofineart.com Ruth Mayer Gallery 380 S. Coast Hwy. 949.494.8185 ruthmayer.com Salt Fine Art 346 N. Coast Hwy. 949.715.5554 saltfineart.net Wyland Studio Gallery 509 S. Coast Hwy. 949.376.8000 wylandgalleries.com

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ANAHEIM

/ BUENA PARK / ORANGE / FULLERTON

NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM Since Walt Disney opened the Disneyland main gate in 1955, families have made the pilgrimage, starting with the yesteryear pleasures of Main Street, U.S.A.; Star Wars now brings epic encounters to Tomorrowland. A mountain range of thrill rides includes Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. The park recently marked its 60th anniversary. Guests enter sister park Disney California Adventure along Buena Vista Street, which evokes the era when Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles; its Carthay Circle Theatre houses an elegant restaurant. Guardians of the Galaxy— Mission: Breakout! is new. The thrills never end at global gliding simulation Soarin’ Around the World and California Screamin’ coaster. World of Color wows nightly with choreographed fountains, lights, lasers, music, film and animation. There’s no admission at adjacent Downtown Disney, a lively promenade lined with

shops, entertainment venues and dining destinations such as Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar. Eateries range from fast to fancy; none outclasses the Grand Californian Hotel’s Napa Rose. “Eatertainment” destination Anaheim GardenWalk offers more than a dozen eateries including Roy’s Restaurant; nightlife, notably spectacular new House of Blues Anaheim; attractions such as Mission Escape Games, Go VR Gaming and Bowlmor Lanes, as well as galleries. Acclaimed restaurant and saloon The Ranch is nearby. Honda Center is home to the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team and L.A. Kiss football team and host to touring acts such as Janet Jackson and Imagine Dragons. American Sports Centers Anaheim, the world’s largest indoor court facility, features 34 volleyball courts that convert into 25 basketball courts. Nearby is the region’s architecturally stunning Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). At Angel Stadium, “the Big A,” majorleague baseball rules when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

play; arena rock acts occasionally invade when the team is away. Anaheim Convention Center’s Grand Plaza is always abuzz. The Anaheim Packing District includes hip shops and restaurants on Center Street Promenade. The historic Anaheim Packing House offers foodie vendors of all kinds, and it’s a smash. Our favorites include Adya for Cal-Indian, Georgia’s for Southern and Hammer Workshop & Bar for cocktails. New MAKE, in a 1919 marmalade factory opposite, adds Unsung Brewing Co. and other beverage vendors. Muzeo is a small museum nearby. Anaheim Ice, training facility for the Anaheim Ducks, is open for public skating.

BUENA PARK Roller coaster, Old West and boysenberry jam enthusiasts flock to Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park with roots dating 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; shop-

pers stroll California Marketplace, which has a nearby Independence Hall replica (1966). Inside the park is a daunting collection of roller coasters. Xcelerator rockets to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds. GhostRider is one of the world’s longest and tallest wooden coasters. New Sol Spin rotates riders in all directions at once. Less hair-raising are the kiddie rides at Camp Snoopy. Ghost Town recently marked its 75th anniversary. Explore bygone eras without leaving Beach Boulevard. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament revisits an 11thcentury castle. Audiences cheer jousting knights and pageantry starring Pure Spanish stallions

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UP-TOWNE BREWS Towne Park Brew unveils a 20,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space housing a 30-barrel brewhouse, train-station-inspired tasting room—it’s next to the train tracks—private event space and kegging, canning and bottling operations. On tap are five ales, an American lager and 10 rotating styles. The motto: “It's your Towne. Paint it.” 1566 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, 714.844.2492, towneparkbrew.com

PACKING HOUSE, DALE BERMAN. DISNEYLAND, EDWIN SANTIAGO. BIBBIDI, COURTESY DISNEYLAND RESORT

Long before orange groves and Walt Disney shaped the Anaheim landscape, the region was California’s first wine country, thanks to German immigrants. Now its world-class attractions make it the gateway to endless fun and joyful memories.

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insider tips In Anaheim: Astro Orbiter at Disneyland and, opposite, Anaheim Packing House food hall

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 galleon in an indoor lagoon. Teatro Martini dinner cabaret recently opened at the same location.

ORANGE Old Towne Orange often appears in movies and commercials, thanks to its 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 is one of the state’s oldest private universities. New are its Musco Center for the Arts and, nearby, Hilbert Museum of California Art. To

the east, Irvine Park’s Orange County Zoo and narrow-gauge train are ideal for wee ones. Big kids go for The Outlets at Orange, where draws include high-end discount retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and new Nordstrom Rack. Families head for Lucky Strike Lanes and Vans Skatepark. Nearby Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove—formerly known as Crystal Cathedral—is a must-tour for architecture buffs.

FULLERTON Most visitors to Fullerton, home of California State University, Fullerton, gravitate to the historic core along Harbor Boulevard, with its endless boutiques and watering holes. Near Commonwealth Avenue, a short stroll from the historic train station, are night spots and restaurants such as Matador Cantina and Twisted Vine. Significant sights include the Fullerton Museum Center, offering dynamic exhibits such

as a gallery devoted to Leo Fender, native son and pioneer of the electric guitar. The museum offers maps pinpointing fine examples of architectural styles within walking distance. The stately Muckenthaler Cultural Center hosts varied design and art events and exhibits. The Fullerton Arboretum at CSUF offers streams, trails and a restored Victorian cottage. East in Yorba Linda is the birthplace of Richard M. Nixon. The tiny home and impressive rose garden are on the grounds of the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, which marked its 25th anniversary with a $15 million renovation. New exhibits include a replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office and one that focuses on his historic trip to China. Birch Street Promenade in Brea offers shops, restaurants such as Brunos Italian Kitchen and stand-up comedy. Brea Mall is huge; its dining options include new HaiDiLao Fusion Shabu.

LITTLE SAIGON The vibrant enclave with the largest concentration of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam isn't so little! Asian Garden Mall 9200 Bolsa Ave. Westminster, 714.891.2122 Brodard Chateau 9100 Trask Ave. Garden Grove, 714.899.8273 Garlic and Chives 9892 Westminster Ave., #311 Garden Grove, 714.591.5196 HYP Fashion & Beauty 14726 Goldenwest St. Westminster, 714.895.5683 Pho 79 9941 W. Hazard Ave. Garden Grove, 714.531.2490 7 Leaves Café 9786 Westminster Ave. Garden Grove, 714.590.2790 Trai Cay Ngon fruit market 8920 Bolsa Ave. Westminster, 714.894.5852 Vietnam War Memorial Sid Goldstein Freedom Park 14180 All American Way Westminster

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Fresh Italian Cuisine ● Happy Hour ● Banquets ● Full-Service Catering ● Kid Friendly

South Coast Plaza Village

(714) 751-7153

3800 South Plaza Drive Santa Ana, CA 92704

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South Coast Plaza

(714) 754-0300

3333 Bristol St #1201 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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South Coast Plaza

(714) 557-5232

3333 Bear St. #2887 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Summer 2008

DINING

Thai This Place!

Cozy hidden gem Supatra’s Thai Bistro in Yorba Linda presents traditional Thai cuisine amid tasteful traditional décor. Soups are a specialty, among them the aromatic coconut-based tom kah gai and spicy and sour tom yum gai. Most seafood dishes—notably the catfish, a whole deep-fried pompano, and a platter including shrimp, scallops, calamari, crab claws and mussels—are spicy, too. Among curries are a sweet yellow karee with chicken, potatoes, and coconut milk and a red duck curry with pineapple and basil. Crying Tiger is a New York strip with a tangy chili dipping sauce. Start with a Soju cocktail. p. 41

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/ DINING AMERICAN A RESTAURANT  Stylish spot—”classically hip since 1926”—with red leather booths. Kentucky fried quail; Imperial Wagyu coulotte steak. Café/market adjacent. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505 $$$  Map N13 ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS  Distinctive fare—e.g., crab cones, venison shank—and excellent cocktails amid striking decor; garden terrace with fire “tornadoes.” Saturday brunch is new; try the salmon breakfast toast. L (M-F), D (M-Sa), Br (Sa).  2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887 $$  Map D4 ARC  Chef Noah Blöm’s “flame, flavor, finesse” cuisine (e.g., pig with black beans, maple and herbs) amid rustic-apothecary decor. Butcher’s Love for four may be O.C.’s best steak; superb cocktails use house-made everything. L, D (daily).  South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.500.5561 $$  Map J12 BACK BAY BISTRO  Snazzy spot overlooks Back Bay at the Dunes; retractable roof. Cancun-style shrimp cocktail, Kobe beef sliders, New York steak au poivre. L (TuF), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144 $$  Map M14

Village Elders As part of its never-ending quest to keep its tenant list absolutely of the moment, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa unveils new restaurants fairly regularly. Genre-topping tenants at adjacent South Coast Plaza Village change less often. Every meal feels like a special occasion at Antonello Ristorante, nearing four decades as the benchmark for Italian restaurants in Orange County; it recently re-fashioned itself with an airy and elegant new design. Virtually no Indian restaurants in the county existed when Arun and Urmil Puri opened Royal Khyber 35 years ago; they’ve brought on master chef Rahul Bhadola to update its already splendid menu. Persian destination Darya no doubt toasted its own 30th anniversary with a pomegranate martini beneath its chandeliers. p. 36

BAYSIDE  Stylish spot for New American fare, ideal for exec lunches, romantic dinners, lazy brunches. Live jazz. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Su).  900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222 $$$  Map M14 THE BEACHCOMBER  Historic cottage on the sand at Crystal Cove State Park. Prime flat iron steak with wildmushroom-and-truffle mac; Gimme s’mores! Outdoor Bootlegger Bar. Los Trancos lot shuttle. B, L, D (daily).  15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6900 $$  Map E4 BENJIES DELI  Old-school N.Y.-style deli known for matzo-ball soup and pastrami on rye marks 50th anniversary; bar bites at its Avenue K include reuben fritters, brisket quesadilla, potent mai tais. B, L, D (daily). 1828 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, 714.541.6263 $$  Map G14 BROADWAY BY AMAR SANTANA  Original spot of Bravo Top Chef finalist Amar Santana. (The other is Vaca in Costa Mesa.) Creative “cuisine of the Americas” and great cocktailCreative “cuisine of the Americas” and great cocktails. D (nightly).  328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.8234 $$$  Map H15 THE CELLAR  Cheese shop—a fantastic selection— plus wine bar and excellent restaurant with live music and dog-friendly patio. B, L, D (T-Su).  158 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663 $$  Map south of F6 CENTER 360  New. Chef Greg Stillman of Leatherby’s Cafe Rougé oversees a circular, more casual outdoor cafe on the Segerstrom Center for the Art’s new plaza. B, L (M-F); D performance days.  600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2122, Ext. 4042 $$  Map J13 CLAIM JUMPER  Saloon-style eatery offers rotisserie chicken, baby-back ribs, six-layer Motherlode Cake and its own craft beer. Happy hour daily. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  Seven locations include South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.8479; 190 S. State College Blvd., Brea, 714.529.9061; 2250 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, 714.836.6658 $$  Map J13, A3, G14 CITIZEN KITCHEN  Sports bar meets urban lounge meets grilled Spanish octopus and Prime N.Y. strip bibimbap. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, 714.635.9000 $$$  Map A3 DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN & BAR  Overlooks the sand. Whole Santa Barbara uni with hamachi and sea-urchin vinaigrette; foie-gras-stuffed Mary’s Chicken and

GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3;Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 61-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

INDEX American...................... 32 Brewpubs/Gastropubs.34 California...................... 34 Chinese......................... 35 Continental................... 36 Eclectic......................... 36 Food Halls.................... 41 French........................... 36 International................. 36 Italian............................ 36

Japanese...................... 36 Mediterranean.............. 37 Mexican/Latin............... 37 Quick Bites................... 42 Seafood......................... 39 Steak............................. 40 Thai............................... 41 Vegan............................ 41 Vietnamese................... 41

morels. Cozy-edgy Stateroom Bar. B, L (daily); D (SuTh); Br (Sa-Su).  Pacific Edge Hotel, 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.715.7700 $$  Map I15 EAT CHOW  “Chowified” fare includes Southern, French, Mexican and Cuban favorites. B, L, D (daily).  1802 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.2469; 211 62nd St., Newport Beach, 949.423.7080; 313 N. Bush St., Santa Ana, 657.266.0500 $$  Map K12, N12, C4 FARMHOUSE  Rich Mead (Sage, Sage on the Coast) is back with a field-to-fork-inspired café at Roger’s Gardens—and it’s a hit, especially with the lunching ladies. L, D (daily).  2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.1415 $$$  Map L16 HENDRIX  New. Chef Rainer Schwarz and team behind the Deck and Driftwood in Laguna Beach offer New American: seafood, fire-roasted steaks and rotisserie. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  32431 Street of the Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.248.1912 $$  Map I16 HOPDODDY  One of “the best burgers in America,” says Food & Wine; Terlingua chili cheeseburger. L, D (daily).  Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337; Tustin Marketplace, 3030 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.505.2337 $$  Map L15, C5 HOUSE OF BLUES  Restaurant and bar at spectacular concert venue offers Southern fare: voodoo shrimp, Nashville hot fried chicken salad, and smokehouse St. Louis ribs. Roof-raising Sunday Gospel Brunch; drag brunch first Saturday of each month. L, D (daily).  400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.778.2583 $$  Map I10 IVORY  Globally inflected New American restaurant and lounge with gold and ivory decor and ambient jazz. Boom Boom shrimp, Ukrainian blinis, Wagyu burger and blackberry duck. D (Tu-Su).  853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.0261 $$  Map G15 JULIETTE KITCHEN + BAR  Chef Daniel Hyatt uses locally sourced ingredients to elevate modern American dishes; top-notch cocktails; brunch (and brunch cocktails) are new. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1000 Bristol St., Newport Beach, 949.752.5854 $$$  Map K13 LEATHERBY’S CAFÉ ROUGE  Chic affair inside stunning concert hall presents new chef Greg Stillman, cutting-edge cuisine and special Broadway-themed menus. Ideal for pre-performance. D (Tu-Su).  615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.429.7640 $$$  Map J13 LIGHTHOUSE BAYVIEW CAFÉ  Beignets, burgers, bánh-mì buns and bouillabaisse in lighthouse-shaped harbor-view restaurant. B, L, D (daily).  Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.933.1001 $$  Map N14

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Rich Girl at new Olea in Costa Mesa

OLD VINE CAFÉ  Regional and seasonal; a pleasure any time of day, be it for its caramel apple French toast, beef-tongue panini or any of several ever-impressive fourcourse tasting menus. B, L (daily), D (Tu-Sa).  The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411 $$  Map J13 Park Ave  Creative renditions of classic American fare use house-made/home-grown specialties. Most produce grown on premises; visit the garden! Architecture is Googie, decor midcentury retro. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400 $$  Map I8 PLAYGROUND  Owner/chef Jason Quinn, whose Lime Truck won Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, offers excellent New American small plates: cauliflower nachos; Uncle Lou’s fried chicken; Wagyu tri-tip. D (Tu-Sa).  220 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, 714.560.4444 $$  Map H13 RAINFOREST CAFE  Creative decor, animatronics and special effects bring the rain forest indoors; dine among lightning storms and wild animals. Expansive menu; kids’ menu. B, L, D (daily).  Downtown Disney, 1515 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.772.0413 $$  Map I10 Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen  Creole cuisine and New Orleans jazz. Pasta jambalaya, Gumbo YaYa, bananas Foster. Beignets at Jazz Kitchen Express; romantic dining upstairs; casual meals downstairs. B, L, D (daily).  Downtown Disney, 1515 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.772.0413 $$  Map I10 Ramos House Café  One of the county’s best restaurants serves O.C.’s best breakfast on the covered patio of an 1881 house next to the train tracks in historic district. B, L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su).  31752 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1342 $$  Map I17 THE RANCH  Sophisticated restaurant, super-fun saloon. Chef Michael Rossi offers fried Petaluma quail, glorious bone-in cowboy rib-eye; try brother David’s pecan pie. Most produce from the Ranch’s farm. D (nightly).  1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200 $$$  Map I11 RECESS ROOM  Boyhood chums’ hip spot with hip menu: blue-crab beignets; bone-marrow mac and cheese; porcini-dusted sweetbreads; Kurobuta pig head; Smoke and Mirrors whiskey cocktail; after-school specials. D (daily), Br (Su).  18380 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714.377.0398 $$  Map G13 RESTAURANT MARIN  Owners of adjacent Arc offer breakfast all day, and equally sophisticated lunch and dinner, and stunning cakes, at their chic, petite venue. B, L (daily); D (Th-Sa).  3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.402.3974 $$$ Map J12 ROYAL HAWAIIAN  First opened in 1947; third incarnation respects Polynesian spirit, adds fun Tiki-chic touches. Happy hour 2:30-5:30 pm. L, D (daily).  331 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1470 $$  Map H15

Ruby’s Diner  Vintage-inspired spots popular with families serve burgers, fries and shakes. Three of 17 locations are at the end of piers. B, L, D (daily).  Balboa Pier, 949.675.RUBY; Huntington Beach Pier, 714.969. RUBY; $  Map N15, N9 and west of N7

MRK PUBLIC  Three chefs offer elevated pub fare, notably Tuscan Toast, Vietnamese Sticky Wings and fried chicken sandwich, and craft beers (all $5). L, D (Tu-Su).  1402 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.441.7621 $$  Map south of F6

SaDDLE RANCH CHOP HOUSE  Rock-western experience with mechanical bull; look for the stagecoach on the roof. Extensive American menu, south-of-the-border accents. B, L, D (daily).  The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.287.4652; Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 657.221.3136 $$  Map K12 and J11

THE ROYAL HEN  Tim Goodell (Aubergine, Troquet) is back with a gastropub. Chicken pot pie; French breakfast radishes; steak tartare with puffed tendon; lamb rump with charred plums. D (T-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  3311 Marine Ave., Newport Beach, 949.873.5603 $$  Map M15

SAINT MARC PUB-CAFE, BAKERY & CHEESE AFFINAGE  Innovative concept has an indoor-outdoor bar and a bacon bar offering bacon flights. 100 cheese, 32 wines on draft, 32 craft canned beers. B, L, D (daily).  Pacific City, 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.1101 $$  Map N9

SIDE DOOR  Superb spot shares replica of England’s oldest inn with landmark Five Crowns. Artisanal cheese, charcuterie, seasonal plates and world-class brews—plus elevated British pub fare. D (nightly).  3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.717.4322 $$  Map M16

California Cuisine

Sandy’s BEACH SHACK  Southern California vibe, vibrant setting steps from the sand at Huntington Beach Pier. Regionally inspired cuisine and huge patio. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  315 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.7273 $$  Map N9

BLUEGOLD  Sleek California coastal: raw bar, charcuterie, seafood steam kettles, creative pizzas, plates du jour. (See Vietnamese for restaurant-within-a-restaurant, LSXO.) B, L, D (daily).  Pacific City, 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0038 $$  Map N9

SEASONS 52  Lower calorie. Lots of flavor. Fab piano bar, stylish decor, eclectic seasonal menu, Mini Indulgences desserts, superior wine list. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5252 $$  Map J13

HARVEST  Dining room at relaunched resort with golf and dramatic canyon views. Hamachi crudo, half Mary’s Chicken, popcorn panna cotta dessert. B, L, D (daily).  The Ranch at Laguna Beach, 31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.499.2271 $$  Map I16

SKYLOFT  Rooftop venue atop historic building has highway/ocean views. Local brews, live music. B (SaSu); L, D (daily).  422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550 $$  Map I16

k’ya bistro bar  Chef Craig Connole has created more than 50 small plates for lively spot inside historic La Casa del Camino Hotel; sharing is encouraged. D (nightly).  La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.9718 $$  Map I16

SOCIAL  Hip spot offers intriguing cuisine and superb cocktails near the Triangle. Wood-fired oysters; fried cauliflower; Akaushi-beef Drive Thru Burger; Wagyu tri-tip. B, L, D (daily).  512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2425 $$  Map K12 THREE SEVENTY COMMON  Chef Ryan Adams offers winning fare such as halibut with peas, mint, onion and preserved lemon. Apple fried pies. Family-style Sunday Night Social dinners. D (nightly).  370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.494.8686 $$  Map H15 320 MAIN  Chef Jaime Carrano serves elevated fare such as citrus-cured salmon bite, roasted bone marrow with braised oxtail marmalade; owners Jason and Rebecca Schiffer fashion cutting-edge cocktails. D (Tu-Su).  320 Main St., Seal Beach, 562.799.6246 $$  Map C1 WATERTABLE  Restaurant and “gastro bar” in “living rooms” and on ocean-view patio. Shareable Bar Jars; to-die-for burger; honey-lavender Berkshire pork. B, L, D (daily).  Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.1234 $$  Map N9 WATSON’S SODA FOUNTAIN & CAFE  California’s original soda fountain (1899). Newly hip, it retains its retro vibe; some of the shakes come with booze. B, L, D (daily).  116 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.363.3773 $$ Map J11

LIDO BOTTLE WORKS  Chef Joel Harrington fashions a provocative menu: a wreath of cauliflower, trumpet mushrooms and golden raisins; salmon belly with bacon, clam and dill gel. Cool vintage touches. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  Lido Marina Village, 3408 Via Oporto, Suite 103, Newport Beach, 949.529.2784 $$  Map N13 Napa Rose  Wine country at Disney Resort is a celebration of beauty in the bottle and the bounty of nature; chef Andrew Sutton offers sophisticated seasonal fare; staff includes dozens of sommeliers. D (nightly).  Grand Californian Hotel, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.635.2300 $$$  Map I10 OAK GRILL  Chef Peter Lai (Watertable) puts a new imprint on the creative California menu. Fifty wines by the glass. Shares huge patio with Aqua Lounge. B, L, D (daily).  Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920 $$$$  Map L15 OAK LAGUNA BEACH  New. Stylish dining room and wrap-around balcony overlook Coast Highway. Meatball starter, local albacore stack, frozen Nutella cappuccino, Oasis mai tai. L, D (daily), Br (Su).  1100 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.940.3010 $$  Map H15

Brewpubs and Gastropubs

OLEA  New. Russ Bendel (Vine, Ironwood) and chefpartner Jared Cook open third wine-country concept, this one with a Euro twist. Crispy Meyer lemon duck wings; schnitzel. B, L, D (daily).  2001 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.275.5394 $$$  Map M13

HAVEN GASTROPUB  Adventurous fare and palateprovoking handcrafted beers on tap. Superlative burgers—including new James Beard challenge breakfast burger—Jidori chicken-liver toast, whole roasted suckling pig. B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).  190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680 $$  Map C4

PACIFIC HIDEAWAY  New. Chef J.T. Walker presents excellent share plates with Southeast Asia or Latin American influences. Lao sausage wraps, whole crispy snapper, Kite Surfer cocktail. Br, D (daily).  Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.965.4448 $$  Map N9

JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery  Beers brewed on-site and brewpub cuisine: woodfired pizzas, Prime steaks, burgers, jambalaya and sashimi. L, D (daily).  2610 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.634.9200; 2415 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.0333 $$  Map I11, D4

PROVENANCE  Cathy Pavlos’ wine-country-farmhouse-themed spot has impressive patio garden. Pan-roasted cauliflower kung pao, s’more in a jar dessert. Fantastic brunch. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly), Br (Su).  2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0477 $$  Map L14

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DINING SEALEGS WINE BAR  Seasonal share plates—Pig and Fig Flatbread, bananas Foster French toast—amid Hamptons-style decor. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700 $$  Map M9 SEASALT WOODFIRE GRILL  The SeaLegs Wine Bar team channels California’s Santa Maria Valley: tri-tip steaks over red-oak coals, house-made sea salts, “craft rim” cocktails. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  21214 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.804.5545 $$$  Map D2 SHADES  Casual elegance, deft Cal-Continental menu and ocean views. Lavish brunch. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  Waterfront Hilton, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.8444 $$  Map N9 SPLASHES RESTAURANT AND BAR  Indoors by the fireplace or on the patio steps from the sand, meals are meant to be gorgeous memories. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su).  Surf & Sand Hotel, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.4477, ext. 550 $$$  Map H15 STUDIO  Airy bluff-top Arts and Crafts-style bungalow with gorgeous azure and endless Pacific view oozes an offhand luxury befitting its premium resort setting. Chef Craig Strong reaches far beyond the predictably posh. D (Tu-Su).  Montage Resort & Spa, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6420 $$$$  Map I16 TANGATA  Lunch spot off Bowers Museum’s Missionstyle courtyard offers Pacific Rim-inflected cuisine. Spam taco, Laughing Bird shrimp salad, Korean marinated skirt steak, banana spring roll. L (Tu-Su).  2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906 $$  Map G13 TANNER’S  Pool and ocean views, fare cooked on open fire—plus stunning rooftop Treehouse Lounge with a superb cocktail list. B, L, D (daily).  Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.6130 $$  Map N9 TWO LEFT FORKS  Winning spot in Dana Point opens larger sibling in Irvine. Hazelnut-crusted goat-cheese croquettes with spicy carrot purée; soy-sake Alaskan black cod. Dana Point: D (Tu-Su); Irvine: L, D (daily).  34212 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.489.8911; 6511 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine, 949.387.6700 $$$  Map D4, N13

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URTH CAFFÉ  Organic heirloom coffee destination serves wide array of items in restored century-old landmark cottage. B, L, D (daily).  308 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 213.797.4527 $  Map H15 THE WINERY  Chef/partner Yvon Goetz offers seafood, wild game, USDA Prime steaks plus cigar patios and extensive wine cellars. Tustin: L (M-F), D (nightly); Newport: D (nightly), Br (Su).  District at Tustin Legacy, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.7600; 3131 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622 $$$  Map D4, N13

CHINESE DIN TAI FUNG  Taiwanese icon known for xiao long bao, Shanghai-style soup dumplings, is one of the county’s best restaurants. New York Times included the original in its world’s top 10. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.549.3388 $$  Map J13

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HAI DI LAO FUSION SHABU  Renowned chain in China launches cook-it-yourself concept using premium ingredients (e.g., Mary’s chicken, sashimi-grade salmon, Wagyu beef) prime for U.S. rollout. L, D (daily).  Brea Mall, 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.784.6868 $$  Map A3

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J. ZHOU ORIENTAL CUISINE  Flamboyant Cantonese destination specializes in dim sum and special-occasion fare such as lobster served 16 ways and several varieties of abalone. L, D (daily). The District, 2601 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.8833 $$$  Map D4 MEIZHOU DONGPO  Upscale Sichuan eatery known for bold and fiery cuisine. Showstoppers include Meizhou duck, sweet-and-sour tilapia and squid-ink shumei;

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DINING Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 714.434.7900 $$$  Map M17 MOULIN  Bistro-epicerie-cafés: baguette sandwiches, pastries, charcuterie, cheeses, wine and beer amid French logo decor. Laguna: B, L, D (daily). Newport: B, L (daily); dinner (M-Sa).  1000 N. Bristol St., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920; 248 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6990 $$  Map K13 and H15 PASCAL  Venerated chef Pascal Olhats offers Pascal Experience menu—plus bakery and epicerie items, sandwiches, and picnics to go. B, L (M-Sa); D (M-F).  31451 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.488.0031 $$  Map I17

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popular dim-sum brunch. L, D (daily).  Culver Plaza, 15363 Culver Drive, Irvine, 949.433.5686 $$$  Map J14 TWENTY EIGHT  Modern Chinese in stylish digs. Chef Jay Lacuesta presents uni + bone marrow toast, star of the show Kurobuta “char siu” pork shoulder. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.852.2828 $$  Map K14

CONTINENTAL FIVE CROWNS  Lawry’s spot housed in English inn replica known for prime rib recently marked its 50th anniversary with a new bar. New chef, impressive new menu; off-menu Ugly Gentleman cocktail. Superb SideDoor Gastropub is adjacent. D (nightly).  3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331 $$$  Map M16 THE HOBBIT  Transporting dinners at homey hacienda revered for special occasions. Multicourse prix-fixe affair: cocktails upstairs, elaborate appetizers in the wine cellar, new Continental classics in elegant dining rooms. Menu changes weekly. Reservations essential. D (W-Su).  2932 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.997.1972 $$$$  Map J11 ORANGE HILL  Hilltop hideaway with endless city-light views; traditional and updated fare includes seafood, prime rib, lobster. The O Bar just got a redesign and expanded its bar program. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  6410 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.997.2910 $$  Map C5 21 OCEANFRONT  Romantic restaurant with sunset views, cozy bars, servers in black tie. Abalone, crab legs, steaks and osso buco. Live entertainment in the lounge. D (nightly).  2100 W. Oceanfront (Newport Pier), Newport Beach, 949.673.2100 $$$  Map N13

ECLECTIC EATS KITCHEN & BAR  Regional specialties, winning happy hour, circular bar centerpiece. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780 $$  Map D4

INTERNATIONAL DARYA  Elegant destination for classic Persian dishes marks 30 years. Kebabs a specialty; rack of lamb; vegetarian options. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza Village, 3800 S. Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.557.6600 $$$  Map J13 IRENIA  Philippine dishes (e.g., adobo pork belly) elevated with unexpected ingredients. Dessert and cocktails excel as well. L, D (Tu-Sa).  400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 657.245.3466 $$  Map H13 MIX MIX KITCHEN + BAR  Considered by many the best new restaurant of 2016. Superb chef Ross Pangilinan presents Philippine fusion fare and superior cocktails. Oui Chef prix-fixe dinners—with complimentary wine pairings on Wednesdays. D (Tu-Sa), Br (Su).  300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.836.5158 $$$  Map H13 MOZAMBIQUE  African fortress gone hip and stylish offers Cal-Portuguese-South African cuisine such as piri piri prawns. Veranda rooftop dining. Complimentary ride within 3 miles—in really nice vehicles. L, D (daily).  1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777 $$  Map I16 ROYAL KHYBER  Spot often cited as O.C.’s best Indian restaurant marks 35 years. Warm eggplant salad; lobster masala; signature Khyber’s Nectar, lamb shanks simmered 14 hours. L (Su-F), D (daily).  South Coast Plaza Village, 1621 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.436.1010 $$$  Map J13

ITALIAN ANDREA  Elegant but unstuffy. Spectacular elysian vistas and ocean views. Superb northern Italian cuisine. Pasta and gelato made in dedicated rooms. L (W-Su), D (nightly).  Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 844.445.2183 $$$$  Map L17 ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA  Beautiful second location in Irvine adds brunch. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  Los Olivos Marketplace, 8573 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.536.5200; Monarch Bay Plaza, 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.429.1102 $$  Map D5, J16

MIX  Hilton Anaheim executive chef Frederic Castan oversees the globally influenced menu. Impressive chef’s table in the kitchen. B, L, D (daily).  777 Convention Way, Anaheim, 714.740.4412 $$  Map I10

ANTONELLO RISTORANTE  Top-notch northern Italian restaurant. Osso buco with risotto milanese; the ricotta gnocchi; Non Plus Ultra 50-ounce skirt steak. Many dishes finished tableside. 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

SAPPHIRE LAGUNA  Chef Azmin Ghahreman offers inspired, and globally inspired, dishes at stylish spot with popular patio, excellent cocktails and gourmet pantry for takeout. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888 $$$  Map I15

CASA BARILLA  New. Italy’s famed family of pasta makers offer casual pizza, panini and pasta menu throughout the day; soups and salads, too. B, L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa 657.205.1025 $$  Map J13

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BRUNOS ITALIAN KITCHEN  Contemporary spot with memorable dishes such as hamachi with sweetand-sour shallots, wild-boar-sausage bucatini, caramelchocolate budino and house-made limoncello liqueur. D (nightly).  210 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.257.1000 $$$  Map A3

MARCHÉ MODERNE  Gorgeous new location. Chef Florent Marneau and pastry chef wife Amelia elevate the bistro experience to delicious heights. Caviars, butter tasting, lamb couscous. D (nightly).  Crystal Cove

CUCINA ENOTECA  Cal-Ital plus wine shop, fun decor. Filled jars, lobster gnocchi neri, guanciale bucatini. Newport: L (M-Sa), D (nightly, Br (Su). Irvine: L, D (daily).  Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416; Irvine Spectrum Center, 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222 $$  Map L15, D5 ECCO  Hip spots serve up sophisticated wood-fired pizzas, with guanciale-pear being a fave; ricotta gnocchi with grilled prawns. L, D (daily).  The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.444.ECCO; 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, eccopizza.com $$  Map J13, H10 IL BARONE RISTORANTE  Acclaimed chef Franco Barone and wife Donatella present sophisticated fare; relocating soon. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  4251 Martingale Way, Newport Beach, 949.955.2755 $$  Map K14 IL DOLCE PIZZERIA  Modest storefront belies superior artisanal Neapolitan pizzas, pastas. L, D (Tu-Su).  1902 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.200.9107 $$  Map K12 IL GARAGE  Beguiling spot from David Slay, in a garage hidden behind his lauded Park Ave, amid a 1924 tractor and red-checkered tablecloths; it overlooks the garden that inspires and supplies the menu. D (Tu-Sa).  11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400 $$  Map I8 NORTH ITALIA  High-decibel space with soaring ceiling, marble-topped bar and citrus-studded patio. Truffle garlic bread, squid-ink mafaldine, salted caramel budino. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).  2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060 $$  Map K14 PIROZZI  Convivial spot offers olive fritte, limoncelloinfused taglierini and heart-shaped Nutella pizza for two. Excellent pizzas. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  2929 E. Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, 949.675.2932 $$$  Map M16 PIZZERIA MOZZA  From culinary stars Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich. Start with bone marrow al forno; finish with caramel coppetta with marshmallow sauce. L, D (daily).  800 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.945.1126 $$  Map M13 PIZZERIA ORTICA  Refined Neapolitan fare amid soaring ceilings and frescoes. Guanciale pizza; squid-ink chitarra. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  650 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.445.4900 $$  Map J13 QUATTRO CAFFÉ  Antonio Cagnolo of much-lauded Antonello Ristorante rejuvenates shoppers with stylish fare. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.0300 $$  Map J13 RISTORANTE RUMARI  Charming family-owned spot is as traditional, and as accommodating, as it gets. Grilled shrimp spiedino, Sicilian-style swordfish, picatta al limone. D (nightly).  1826 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.0400 $$  Map I16 SAPORI RISTORANTE  Highly regarded spot near Balboa Island. Penne otero, polenta e porcini; adjacent pizzeria. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1080 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.4220 $$$  Map N14 VITALY  Bolognese owners 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 presents exquisite sushi and hot entrées. L, D (daily).  Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 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 J13

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DINING KITIKATA RAMEN BAN NAI  57 restaurants in Japan; this is its first in the United States. We favor the greenchili shio ramen with tender chashu pork, nappa, garlic and Asian chives. L, D (daily). 891 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714..557.2947 $$  Map J12 NANA SAN  Chef Goro Sakurai attracts a considerable and predominantly Asian clientele; there’s generally a wait by 5:15 pm, but you’ll get a call or text when your seats are ready. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  3601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 949.474.7373 $$  Map K1 NOBU  New. The world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant opens at Lido Marina Village and it’s stunning inside and out. Patio overlooking canal has first-ever bar serving cocktails created by Nobu bartenders around the country. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  3450 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, 949.429.4440 $$$$  Map N13 OOTORO SUSHI  Every bite surprises at this impressive omakase-centric spot; rare fish, a toro trio, A5+ Kobe beef plus elaborate cooked dishes. Fine-dining anchor for Trade food hall. L, D (Tu-Sa).  2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.222.0688 $$$  Map K13

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RAMEN YAMADAYA  New owners. Think of the broth as liquid pork. The spicy tonkotsu comes with chashu, bamboo shoots, green onions and egg. L, D (daily). 1175 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.556.0091 $  Map J12 SUSHI ROKU  Gorgeous spot from Cal-Japanese sushi pioneer. Fluke kumquat sashimi, premium tofu three ways, blue-crab tartare, Prime ribeye steak Japonais, spectacular zen s’mores dessert, new Darjeeling Express cocktail. L, D (daily).  327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622 $$  Map L15

MEDITERRANEAN AVEO TABLE + BAR  Coastal bounty, cool chandeliers and ocean views. Eggs al forno, porchetta sandwich, Spanish paella for two. “Farm-to-Bar” cocktails beneath vaulted ceiling. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3915 $$$  Map J17 CATAL RESTAURANT AND UVA BAR  The Uva outdoor pavilion features tapas and 40 California wines by the glass; upstairs is Catal for fine dining. L, D (daily).  Downtown Disney, 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.774.4442 $$$  Map I10 FIG & OLIVE  Ode to olive oil presents sophisticated fare from crostini and crudo starters to crème brûlée cheesecake in a stunning olive tree-studded setting. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005 $$$  Map L15 MESA  Chef Niki Starr Weyler oversees stylish spot. Hip scene, cool cuisine, retractable glass roof, unisex restrooms. D (Tu-Sa).  The Camp, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700 $$  Map J13 MEZZET  Small plates from Spain, Morocco, Lebanon, Greece and the South of France in airy bar and dining room. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, Crate & Barrel Wing, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.3365 $$  Map J13 ZOV’S  Venerated chef Zov Karamardian’s bistro marks 30 years; Louie Jocson is executive chef. Bakery-café in Tustin. L, D (M-Sa).  Enderle Center, 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855; 1801 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.280.9687; 3915 Portola Parkway, Irvine, 714.734.9687; 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 949.760.9687 $$$  Map C5, I11, C4, L17

MEXICAN/LATIN ANEPALCO  Chef Daniel Godinez applies French technique to traditional Mexican ingredients, with sophisticated, artfully presented results. Innovative cocktails. Br (Tu-Su), D (Tu-Sa).  3737 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.456.9642 $$  Map B4

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DINING CHA CHA’S LATIN KITCHEN  Chicken flautas, seafood caldo, open-face guajillo-brasied short-rib enchilada, superb flan amid, in Irvine, Thomas Schoos design. Irvine: L, D (daily). Brea: L, D (M-Sa); Br (Su).  13126 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.408.7819; 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.1040 $$  Map C5, A3 EL ADOBE  State historical landmark serving traditional Mexican fare is housed in a 1797 adobe and 1812 jail. L, D (daily).  31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1163 $$  Map I17 EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE  New. Acclaimed Anepalco chef Danny Godinez puts his spin on sharedplate specialties from each of Mexico’s states in a hip and comfortable space. Cesar Cerrudo adds top-notch mezcal cocktails. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Su).  301 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 714.338.2446 $$  Map H13 GABBI’S MEXICAN KITCHEN  Old Towne daytrippers and tequila connoisseurs duck into this rustically stylish haven for spirited takes on regional Mexican fare far beyond tacos and burritos. L, D (daily).  141 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.3038 $$  Map C4 HABANA  Hip setting, hip clientele and nuevo Latino cuisine. Paella, tamale pie and ropa vieja. Great patios and brunch; new in Irvine. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.556.0176; Irvine Spectrum Center, 708 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.450.1004 $$ Map J13, D5 LAS BRISAS  Window-lined, elegant cliff-top spot with superb coastal views. Snapper Veracruzana, Yucatán chicken. Popular patio has its own Seaside Menu. New Cantina. B (M-Sa); L, D (daily); Br (Su).  361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.497.5434 $$$  Map H15 PUEBLO  Cozy, upbeat spot offers tapas—grilled Spanish octopus, pimentón potato, mojo verde—and cheese and charcuterie boards indoors and on winning patio. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.340.5775 $$  Map D5 PUESTO  Acclaimed San Diego spots open striking flagship at Los Olivos Marketplace. Artisanal tacos on blue-corn tortillas including zucchini-and-cactus with crispy cheese, and shrimp tamarindo; crab guacamole; don’t-miss camote & huitlacoche. L, D (daily).  8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.608.9990 $$  Map J12 RAYA  Sophisticated fare from chef Richard Sandoval, spectacular ocean views. Sweet-corn soup with cuitlacoche puree; roasted halibut with truffled boniato. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 RitzCarlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000 $$$  Map J16 RED O  Sexy design with Moroccan accents, menu by Mexican cuisine guru Rick Bayless. Ceviches, guacamole tasting, lamb chops mole negro. Extensive tequila list. L, D (daily).  143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300 $$$  Map L15 SOL COCINA  Stylish spot overlooking harbor canals offers vibrant Baja-inspired dishes by Deborah Schneider (Amor y Tacos; Salsas and Moles). Chorizo and mushrooms con queso, Hot & Raw tropical ceviche, taco Vampiro, Kobe skirt steak. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  251 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.675.9800 $$  Map M14 SOLITA  Sol Cocina spinoff offers tacos (e.g., chorizo, bacon and sweet potatoes; chili tofu; wood-grilled carne asada) and margaritas. Start with queso al forno. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  Bella Terra, 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.894.2792 $$  Map C2
 TACO MARÍA  Carlos Salgado serves up meticulous and always fascinating “Chicano cuisine” at OC Mix. Two-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award for best chef in the West. Memorable, distinctive tacos at lunch; dinner is four-course prix-fixe that changes weekly. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Su).  South Coast Collection, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.538.8444 $$$  Map J12

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DINING VACA  Spanish spot serving tapas, paellas, house-made charcuterie, 50-day aged steaks and superb cocktails (e.g., Vaca Tonic, house-made vermouth) from Amar Santana, a Bravo Top Chef runner-up, and partner Ahmed Labbate. L (M-F), D (W-M).  695 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.463.6060 $$$  Map J13

SEAFOOD BLUEWATER GRILL  Fresh selection—e.g., Australian barramundi, farm-raised Mississippi catfish—changes daily. L, D (daily).  630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675.FISH $$  Map N13 CANNONS SEAFOOD GRILL  On cliff overlooking the harbor with unobstructed views. Traditional and more adventuresome fare. D (nightly). 34344 Green Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.496.6146 $$$  Map N1 THE CANNERY  The spot is historic—a cannery in 1921, a fine seafooder for 40 years, now better than ever. Jellyfish Lounge features sushi; great happy hour. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  3010 Lafayette Ave., Newport Beach, 949.566.0060 $$  Map N13 THE CATCH  Sleek spot popular with sports fans as well as concertgoers—it’s near Angel Stadium and Honda Center. 5-pound OMG burger feeds 10; hot chocolate sundae flamed tableside. L (M-F), D (nightly).  2100 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.935.0101 $$  Map I1 DUKE’S  Hawaiian-inspired seafood and Prime steaks amid beach-house ambiance adjacent to Huntington Beach Pier. Barefoot Bar on the sand, endless ocean views. L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 317 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.6446 $$  Map N9 HARBOR GRILL  Excellent mesquite-grilled seafood, pastas, gumbos, bouillabaisse at Dana Point Harbor; consider the rosebud martini and the sustainably farmed oysters. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  34499 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.240.1416 $$$  Map J16 MARKET BROILER  Mix ’n’ match fresh fish ‘n’ sauce. Mesquite-grilled seafood and steaks, sushi, on-site fish market. L, D (daily).  The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.FISH; 20111 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, 714.431.7796 $$  Map J11, L1 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  Bluff-top, ocean-view spot. Seafood in majestic proportions, seafood tower and notto-be-missed warm butter cake. D (nightly).  Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 8112 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.376.6990 $$$$  Map M17 MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  Citified fish house offers simply prepared fresh seafood. Old-school cocktails, great happy hour. L (M-F), D (nightly).  2000 S. Main St., Irvine, 949.756.0505; Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.535.9000 $$$  Map J14, I10

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WATER GRILL  Grande dame of upscale seafood destinations in downtown L.A. opens in jaw-dropping space opposite South Coast Plaza. Oyster bar, wild Barents Sea red king crab, 1-pound Prime rib-eye and indulgent desserts. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 949.208.7060 $$$  Map M13

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DINING “Peas & Carrots” at dinner. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Su (Br).  Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4390 $$$  Map M13 WATERMAN’S HARBOR  Locally caught seafood amid harbor views on two levels. New England clam chowder, fresh catch en papillote or pan roast, don’t-miss banana napoleon. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  34661 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.764.3474 $$  Map K17 THE WILD ARTICHOKE  North County neighborhood secret serves up excellent, creative pastas and more. L (Tu-F), dinner (Tu-Su). 4973 Yorba Ranch Road, Yorba Linda, 714.777.9646 $$$  Map A4

STEAK AGORA CHURRASCARIA  Choice cuts at Brazilian steakhouse are cooked over a fire pit. Gaucho-garbed waiters offer 16 sumptuous cuts, from picanha (a sirloin specialty) to coração (delicate chicken hearts). Elaborate hot and cold bar. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1830 Main St., Irvine, 949.222.9910 $$$  Map J13 BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS  Akaushi Kobe-style Prime steaks and burgers, and seafood, amid whimsical industrial-chic decor and on O.C.’s largest ocean-view patio. L, D (daily).  300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 202, Huntington Beach, 714.960.0096 $$$  Map N9 BOURBON STEAK   Replaces Stonehill Tavern at Monarch Beach Resort; opens in February. Michael Mina poaches premium cuts of beef in butter, finishes them on wood-fired grill. D (Tu-Su).  1 Monarch Beach Resort Drive, Dana Point, 949.234.3318 $$$  Map J17 CAPITAL GRILLE  Elegant steakhouse offers dry-aged beef amid portraits of local historic figures. Pan-fried calamari with cherry peppers, bone-in kona-crusted dryaged sirloin, ethereal cheesecake. 5,000 wines; classic cocktails. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.432.1140 $$$$  Map J13

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FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR  Sleek venue; prime everything. Classy feel extends to bustling bar with 100 wines by the glass. Prime rib on Sundays. Br (Su), D (nightly).  455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633 $$$  Map L15 GRASSLANDS MEAT MARKET BBQ & CHURRASCO  Sprawling new restaurant at Anaheim GardenWalk with sprawling name to match. Stars of the show: juicy slowsmoked brisket, famed Brazilian cut picanha and short rib—cut long! L (Su), D (nightly). 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim, 657.208.1133 $$$  Map I10 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 $$$$  Map J13 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE  Classy bastions of beef: service-plus, colossal portions. Show-and-tell menu recitation. Anaheim: D (nightly); Santa Ana: L (M-F), D (nightly).  1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.621.0101; South Coast Plaza Village, 1641 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.444.4834 $$$$  Map I10, J13 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE  Bone-in cowboy rib-eye; caramelized banana cream pie. Soaring ceilings, modern sculpture, colorful glass at Anaheim location. Anaheim: D (nightly); Irvine: L (F), D (daily).  2041 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.750.5466; 2961 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.252.8848 $$$$  Map I10, K14 SELANNE STEAK TAVERN  Hockey legend Teemu Selänne’s upscale spot; several different dining environments in historic cottage. Pacific diver scallops, scarlet beet ravioli, Lord Stanley Cut (bone-in rib-eye) Wagyu steak for two, monkey bread dessert. D (nightly).  1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881 $$$  Map I16

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DINING THAI ROYAL THAI CUISINE  Casually elegant family-owned spots on the coast for more than 30 years. Honey duck; Lady Thai prawns. Newport: L, D (daily). Laguna: D (nightly).  4001 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.645.8424; 1750 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.8424 $$  Map N13, I16 SUPATRA’S THAI BISTRO  Cozy hidden gem presents traditional cuisine amid tasteful traditional décor. Soups are a specialty; most seafood dishes are spicy; soju cocktails. L, D (Tu-Su).  21560 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.693.2888 $$  Map A5 THAI NAKORN  Long considered one of Orange County’s best Thai spots. Fried fish with mango salad, clam in chili paste and basil. L, D (daily).  12532 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, 714.583.8938 $$  Map I8, K10

VEGAN AU LAC  Amazing plant-based dishes, many centered on “shrimp” (salt-and-pepper shrimp), “chicken” (kung pao chicken) or “beef” (beef watercress). Plus “living” raw menu. L, D (Tu-Su).  16563 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714.418.0658 $$  Map C3 GRATITUDE  Chic spot presents elaborate dishes with affirming names such as “Welcoming.” Don’t-miss the tostada or superb cocktails. B, L, D (daily).  Westcliff Plaza, 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.386.8103 $$$  Map L14 HEALTHY JUNK  Good eats. Eat happy. Reimagined plant-based snack junk and comfort foods; excellent burgers, Tex-Mex and pizza plus organic-everything bar. L, D (daily).   201 W. Center Street Promenade, Unit B, Anaheim, 714.772.5865 $$ Map H10 SEABIRDS KITCHEN  Eye-opening organic, plantbased and seasonal dishes such as purple taquitos, artichoke drumsticks (they look just like fried chicken!), enoki reuben on ciabatta, and chaffle (churro waffle). L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.549.2584 $$ Map J13

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ANQI  Innovative small plates in sexy setting with backlit bar and glass catwalk over running stream. Mangochili shrimp; galbi hanger steak with crispy kimchee polenta; amazing garlic noodles. Secret-recipe garlic crab on Tuesdays. L, D (daily).  South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679 $$$  Map J13 BREAK OF DAWN  Iconic off-the-beaten-path spot in a strip mall is known for generous portions of chef Dee Nguyen’s superb Vietnamese-inflected American breakfast fare. Cauliflower veloute, duck-fat omelet, beef brisket. B, L (W-Su).  24291 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949.587.9418 $$  Map G17 BRODARD CHATEAU  Elegant two-story venue serves the regional specialty dishes of Hanoi, Hue and Saigon. Baked clams, Phuket-style pho, seafood bird’s nest. Lots of vegetarian options. Sibling Restaurant Brodard opening in Fountain Valley. L, D (daily).  9100 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, 714.899.8273 $$$  Map K8

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DINING for cocktails, Black Sheep for distinctive grilled cheese sandwiches, the Iron Press for savory waffles and Popbar for gelato on a stick. L, D (daily).  440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.635.1350 $$  Map H10 4TH STREET MARKET  Fifteen foodie tenants include Alta Baja Market, Falasophy, Jinny’s Pizzeria, Electric City Butcher, Dos Chinos, Stockyard Sandwich, Front Porch Pops, Red Envelope, Wingman, Portola Coffee Lab and Recess Libations for cocktails on tap. L, D (daily).  201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, 714.486.0700 $$  Map H13 LOT 579  Tenant list at new marketplace includes American Dream for burgers and beer, Burnt Crumbs for artisanal sandwiches, Bear Flag Fish Co. for poke, and PopBar for gelato on a stick. L, D (daily).  Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, gopacificcity.com $$  Map N9

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MCFADDEN PUBLIC MARKET  New. Fun food hall/vintage-arcade bar from Leonard Chan (Iron Press, Hatch, Shuck). Rooster Republic fried chicken, En Tu Boca fusion tacos, Bone Stock pho, Milk Man housemade ice cream, Mission Control and Under Control bars. L, D (daily).  515 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 657.232.3338 $  Map H13

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TRADE FOOD HALL  Local entrepreneurs launch new concepts at center near John Wayne Airport anchored by Ootoro Sushi (see Japanese). Tenants include Megadon Japanese-Hawaiian fusion, Two Birds chicken, Butterleaf vegetarian and Sweet Combforts desserts. B, L, D (daily).  2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine, tradefoodhall.com $  Map J14 UNION MARKET MISSION VIEJO  Dining collection on upper level of entertainment center includes Oyu Shabu for shabu-shabu, Hummus Bowl, Dry Society for craft cocktails and Milk Box for craft boba tea. L, D (daily).  Kaleidoscope, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, unionmarketmissionviejo.com $$  Map E6 UNION MARKET TUSTIN  Diverse dining experiences include Hatch for creative sliders and Tiki drinks, Kettlebar Steam Cooking for pan roasts and other seafood stews, the Kroft for market-inspired sandwiches and poutine and new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse for creative pastries. Popular central bar. L, D (daily).  The District, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin, unionmarkettustin.com $$  Map D4

QUICK BITES THE CUT  New. Cut-above creative burgers: Grand Cut with braised pork, bacon jam, havarti and Comte fondue; Colombian with smoked mozzarella, chimichurri and roasted bananas. Plus prosciutto-chorizo croquettes, corn-cookie ice cream sandwich. L, D (daily). 3831 Alton Parkway, Suite C, Irvine, 949.333.3434 $$ Map D4

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DORY DELI  Deli food with a contemporary spin and a beachside setting. Battered fish and chips use historic Dory Fleet’s catch of the day. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2108 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.220.7886 $ Map N13 GD BRO BURGER  Yearling spot started as acclaimed food truck, serves creative burgers (e.g., Italian Stallion, Korean BBQ poutine) on house-made bright red brioche buns. B, L (daily).  2321 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, 714.972.4588 $$  Map G14 THE HALAL GUYS  First West Coast outpost of famed New York street cart; habit-forming gyros, chicken and falafel in cheery fast-casual setting. Hugely popular. L, D (daily). 3033 Bristol St., Suite E, Costa Mesa, 714.850.1080 $ Map J13

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L.A. BRISKET  New. Brisket, pulled pork and chicken on sandwiches, in BBQ bowls or by the pound, and ribs. L, D (Tu-Su).  The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, $ 657.247.5222 Map J13 LEMONADE  Huge array of distinctive salads, sandwiches and stews in cafeteria setting. L, D (daily).  2967 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.396.1560; Fashion Island, 987 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.717.7525; Pacific City, 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.604.1072 $  Map J14, L15, N9 MCDONALD’S  By the numbers it’s America’s favorite hamburger restaurant; this one’s near the Disney theme parks. B, L, D (daily).  1500 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.491.0563, 70 other county locations. $  Map I10 PAPER LANTERN  New. Smart, cheery dumpling house from Allan Tea (Hello Kitty Café, Capital Seafood) opens at Asian eats mecca Diamond Jamboree Plaza. Xiao long bao, spicy noodles and wontons. L, D (daily).  2730 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949.748.8064, $  Map J14 PORTILLO’S  Chicago hot-dog mecca offers amazing value near Knott’s Berry Farm. The dogs are just one reason it has so many fans. L, D (daily).  8390 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, 714.220.6400 $  Map G8 PROVISIONS MARKET  Artisan market/artisan specializes in innovative sandwiches; start with beethabanero pickled eggs. 500 craft beers, 30 on tap. L, D (daily).  143 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.997.2337 $$  Map C4

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UMAMI BURGER  Much-lauded burgers; off-menu “tater tots.” L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center. 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.396.1830; 338 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.991.8626; The Camp, 2981 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.957.8626 $  Map G15, I10, J13

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

4001 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach 949.645.8424 • royalthaicuisine.com

ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS Andrei’s, the Nature Conservancy’s “favorite green restaurant,” thinks responsibly in its sourcing and commitment to sustainability. Enjoy panko-crusted portobello mushroom fries, sea bass provencale or organic beet salad in the contemporary dining room or on the citrus-and-herb garden terrace. Andrei’s is known for craft cocktails such as their oak barrel-aged Manhattan. Silver Oak Saturdays offer the vineyard’s bottles at half price including Alexander Valley Cabernet and Napa Valley Cabernet. New Saturday brunch 11-2:30 pm. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 3-6:30 pm, Sat. 5-6:30 pm. Events and private dining available. Br (Sa), L (M-F), D (M-Sa).

2607 Main St., Irvine 949.387.8887 • andreisrestaurant.com

SAINT MARC Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage is an innovative concept that bends tradition and blurs the lines between kitchen, staff and diners. On-demand ordering makes enjoying the full bacon bar and seasonal culinary creations a premium experience. The eclectic and family-friendly mix of artisan cuisine can be served tableside or at the indoor-outdoor bar. Menu highlights include “Choco Cro” chocolate croissant, A-1 Ahi hot stone and Kobe chili cheese fries. Also offered: more than 100 cheese selections, cocktails by master mixologists, 32 wines on draught and 32 craft canned beer. The trendsetting hotspot is also set to expand with a Century City location opening this winter! L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

Pacific City, 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach 714.374.1101 • saintmarcusa.com

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OCDINING JT SCHMID’S 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 widescreen 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 jtschmids.com

ZOV’S Zov’s, recipient of the James Beard award and the 2016 Golden Foodies Chef of the Year award, was established in 1987 by Chef Karamardian and since has earned the respect of local, regional and national food critics. Zov’s offers American favorites with a Mediterranean influence. Signature dishes include tahini chicken tacos and nachos, kebab two ways, burgers, “pitza” pies, and sumac-dusted sea bass with shaved Brussels sprouts and caper-citrus sauce. Dining at Zov’s-in Anaheim, Newport Coast, Irvine or Tustin-is a must-do when visiting Orange County. Happy hour daily 3-6 pm; banquet and meeting facilities with full-service catering for groups of 10 or more. 1801 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim • 714.280.9687 21123 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast • 949.760.9687 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin • 714.838.8855 zovs.com

21 OCEANFRONT 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 • 21oceanfront.com

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RESTAURANTS CITY INDEX OUR SUPERGUIDE BY AREA, WITH CROSS REFERENCE TO LISTINGS BY CUISINE

ANAHEIM

OLD VINE CAFE  (American)......................................34

LEMONADE  (Quick Bites).....................................43

RED O  (Mexican)...............................................................38

ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE  (Food Hall)..........41

PIZZERIA ORTICA  (Italian).........................................36

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  (Seafood).............39

ROYAL THAI  (Thai).........................................................41

CATAL / UVA BAR  (Mediterranean).........................37

PUEBLO  (Spanish).............................................................38

MEIZHOU DONGPO  (Chinese)...............................35

ROYAL HEN  (American)........................................34

THE CATCH  (Seafood)....................................................39

QUATTRO CAFFE  (Italian).........................................36

NORTH ITALIA  (Italian).................................................36

ROY’S  (Hawaiian)...............................................................39

ECCO  (Italian).....................................................................36

RAMEN YAMADAYA  (Japanese).............................37

OOTORO SUSHI  (Japanese)........................................37

SAPORI  (Italian).................................................................36

GRASSLANDS  (Steak)...................................................40

RESTAURANT MARIN  (American)..........................34

PAPER LANTERN  (Quick Bites). ..........................43

SESSIONS DELI  (Sandwiches).....................................43

HEALTHY JUNK  (Vegan).............................................41

ROYAL KHYBER  (Indian).............................................36

PUESTO  (Mexican)...........................................................38

SOL COCINA  (Mexican)................................................38

HOUSE OF BLUES  (American)..................................32

SADDLE RANCH  (American)......................................34

RUTH’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)...............................40

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese)...............................................37

J.T. SCHMID’S  (Brew Pub) . ...................................34

SEABIRDS KITCHEN  (Vegan)...................................41

TAPS FISH HOUSE  (Seafood)....................................39

21 OCEANFRONT  (Continental)...............................36

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S  (Seafood).............39

SEASONS 52  (American)..............................................34

TRADE FOOD HALL  (Food Hall)..............................42

WATERLINE  (Seafood)....................................................39

MCDONALD’S  (Quick Bites)................................43

SOCIAL  (American)...........................................................34

TWENTY EIGHT  (Chinese)...........................................36

THE WINERY  (California)..............................................35

MIX  (Eclectic).......................................................................36

TACO MARIA  (Mexican)...............................................38

UMAMI BURGER  (Quick Bites)..................................43

MORTON’S  (Steak).........................................................40

UMAMI BURGER  (American).....................................43

NEWPORT COAST

NAPA ROSE  (California)................................................34

VACA  (Spanish)...................................................................39

RAINFOREST CAFE  (Themed)..................................34

VITALY  (Italian)...................................................................36

RALPH BRENNAN’S  (American)..............................34

WATER GRILL  (Seafood)...............................................39

THE RANCH  (American)................................................34

DANA POINT

ROY’S  (Hawaiian)...............................................................39

ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA  (Italian)..............................36

MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  (Seafood)...................39

RUTH’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)...............................40

HARVEST AT THE RANCH  (California)................34

AVEO  (Mediterranean).......................................................37

ZOV’S BISTRO  (Mediterranean).................................37

UMAMI BURGER  (American).....................................43

BOURBON STEAK  (Steak).........................................40

HENDRIX  (American).......................................................32

ZOV’S ANAHEIM  (Mediterranean)...........................37

CANNONS SEAFOOD GRILL  (Seafood)............39

IVORY  (American)..............................................................32

ORANGE

K’YA BISTRO BAR  (California)...................................34

BREA

HARBOR GRILL  (Seafood)...........................................39

ANEPALCO’S  (Mexican-French)..................................37

LAS BRISAS  (Mexican)...................................................38

GABBI’S MEXICAN KITCHEN  (Mexican)..........38

MOZAMBIQUE  (South African)............................36

HAVEN GASTROPUB  (Brew Pub).......................34

BRUNOS TRATTORIA  (Italian).................................36 CHA CHA’S LATIN KITCHEN  (Mexican).............38 CLAIM JUMPER  (American)........................................32

TWO LEFT FORKS  (California)..................................35 WATERMAN’S HARBOR  (Seafood).......................40

ANDREA  (Italian)..............................................................36 THE BEACHCOMBER  (American)...........................32

BREAK OF DAWN  (Vietnamese Fusion).................41

BLUEFIN  (Japanese).........................................................36

BROADWAY  (American)................................................32

KRAVE KOBE BURGER  (American).......................43

DRIFTWOOD  (American)..............................................32

MARCHÉ MODERNE  (French).................................36

MOULIN  (French)...................................................36

THE HOBBIT  (Continental)............................................36

OAK LAGUNA BEACH  (California)........................34

MARKET BROILER  (Seafood)....................................39

HAI DI LAO  (Chinese).....................................................35

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

RISTORANTE RUMARI  (Italian)..............................36

ORANGE HILL  (Continental)........................................36

TAPS FISH HOUSE  (Seafood)..............................39

AU LAC  (Vegan).................................................................41

ROYAL HAWAIIAN  (American).................................34

PROVISIONS  (Quick Bites)....................................43

BUENA PARK

RECESS ROOM  (American).........................................34

ROYAL THAI  (Thai).........................................................41

SADDLE RANCH  (American)......................................34

IL GARAGE  (Italian)........................................................36

FULLERTON

SAPPHIRE  (Eclectic).........................................................36

TACO MESA TORTILLERIA  (Mexican).................43

PARK AVE  (American).....................................................34

CITIZEN KITCHEN  (American)..................................32

SELANNE STEAK TAVERN  (Steak)......................40

WATSON’S SODA FOUNTAIN  (American).......... 34

PORTILLO’S  (Quick Bites)......................................43

GARDEN GROVE

THAI NAKORN  (Thai)...................................................41

BRODARD CHATEAU  (Vietnamese).......................41

CORONA DEL MAR

THAI NAKORN  (Thai)...................................................41

FARMHOUSE  (American).............................................32

HUNTINGTON BEACH

FIVE CROWNS  (Continental).......................................36

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RAYA  (Latin Fusion)..................................................38

ZOV’S BISTRO  (Mediterranean).................................37

LAGUNA BEACH

BLK EARTH SEA SPIRITS  (Steak)..........................40

SKYLOFT  (American).......................................................34

WOK N TANDOOR  (Quick Bites).............................43

SPLASHES  (California)....................................................35

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

STUDIO  (California)..........................................................35 THREE SEVENTY COMMON  (American)..............34 URTH CAFFÉ  (California)..............................................35

MISSION VIEJO

EL ADOBE  (Mexican)......................................................38 PASCAL  (French)................................................................36 RAMOS HOUSE CAFE  (American).........................34

SANTA ANA

PIROZZI  (Italian)................................................................36

BLUEGOLD  (American).........................................34

SIDE DOOR  (Gastropub)................................................34

DUKE’S  (Seafood)..............................................................39

COSTA MESA/ SOUTH COAST METRO

LEMONADE  (Quick Bites).....................................43

NEWPORT BEACH

CLAIM JUMPER  (American)........................................32

LOT 579  (Food Hall). ..............................................42

A RESTAURANT  (American).......................................32

EL MERCADO  (Mexican)..............................................38

ANQI  (Vietnamese Fusion).......................................41

LSXO  (Vietnamese). ................................................41

BACK BAY BISTRO  (American)................................32

GD BRO BURGER  (Quick Bites)................................42

ANTONELLO RISTORANTE  (Italian)...................36

MARKET BROILER  (Seafood)....................................39

BAYSIDE  (American)........................................................32

4TH STREET MARKET  (Food Halls). ..................42

ARC  (American)...................................................................32

PACIFIC HIDEAWAY  (Californian)............................34

BLUEWATER GRILL  (Seafood)...................................39

IRENIA  (Filipino)......................................................36

THE CAPITAL GRILLE  (Steak)..................................43

RUBY’S DINER  (American)..........................................34

THE CANNERY  (Seafood)............................................39

MCFADDEN PUBLIC MARKET  (Food Hall).......42

CASA BARILLA  (Italian)................................................36

SAINT MARC PUB-CAFÉ  (American)...................34

CUCINA ENOTECA  (Italian)......................................36

MIX MIX KITCHEN + BAR  (Eclectic)....................36

CENTER 360  (American)...............................................32

SANDY’S BEACH SHACK  (American).................34

DORY DELI  (Quick Bites).......................................42

PLAYGROUND  (American)..........................................34

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

SEALEGS WINE BAR  (California)............................35

EAT CHOW  (American)..................................................32

TANGATA  (California)......................................................35

DARYA  (Indian)..................................................................36

SEASALT WOODFIRE GRILL  (California)...........35

FIG & OLIVE  (Mediterranean)......................................37

SESSIONS DELI  (Sandwiches)............................................. 43

SAN CLEMENTE

DIN TAI FUNG  (Chinese)..............................................35

FLEMING’S  (Steak)..........................................................40

THE CELLAR  (American)...............................................32

EAT CHOW  (American)..................................................32

SHADES  (American).........................................................35

GRATITUDE  (Vegan).......................................................41

MRK PUBLIC  (Gastropub).............................................34

ECCO  (Italian).....................................................................36

SOLITA  (Mexican) .............................................................38

HOPDODDY  (American)...............................................32

GREENLEAF GOURMET  (Quick Bites).................42

TANNER’S  (American)....................................................35

IL BARONE RISTORANTE  (Italian).......................36

SEAL BEACH

HABANA  (Latin)................................................................38

WATERTABLE  (American).............................................34

JULIETTE KITCHEN + BAR  (American)...............32

THE HALAL GUYS  (Quick Bites)...............................42

IRVINE

LIDO BOTTLE WORKS  (Californian)......................34

TUSTIN

HAMAMORI  (Japanese).................................................36

AGORA CHURRASCARIA  (Brazilian)....................40

LEMONADE  (Quick Bites).....................................43

HOPDODDY  (American)...............................................32

IL DOLCE PIZZERIA  (Italian).....................................36

ANDREI’S  (American)......................................................32

LIGHTHOUSE BAYVIEW CAFÉ  (American)............32

J.T. SCHMID’S  (Brew Pub) . ..................................34

KITIKATA RAMEN BAN NAI  (Japanese).............37

ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA  (Italian)..............................36

MOULIN  (French)..............................................................36

J. ZHOU  (Chinese)............................................................35

L.A. BRISKET  (Quick Bites)...........................................43

CHA CHA’S LATIN KITCHEN  (Mexican).............38

NANA SAN  (Japanese)..................................................37

UNION MARKET  (Food Halls). ............................42

LEATHERBY’S CAFE ROUGE   (American).............32

UNION MARKET  (Food Halls)....................................42

BENJIES DELI  (American)............................................32

320 MAIN  (American).....................................................34

THE WINERY  (California)..............................................35

CUCINA ENOTECA  (Italian)......................................36

NOBU  (Japanese)...............................................................37

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak).......................40

THE CUT  (Quick Bites).....................................................42

OAK GRILL  (California)....................................................33

MESA  (Mediterranean-American)...................................37

EATS KITCHEN  (Eclectic).............................................36

OLEA  (California)................................................................34

YORBA LINDA

MEZZET  (Mediterranean).................................................37

HABANA  (Latin)................................................................38

PIZZERIA MOZZA  (Italian).........................................36

SUPATRA’S THAI BISTRO  (Thai)............................41

MORTON’S  (Steak).........................................................40

HIRONORI  (Japanese). ..........................................43

PROVENANCE  (California)..........................................34

THE WILD ARTICHOKE  (Seafood).........................40

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/ ENTERTAINMENT THEATER A CHRISTMAS CAROL  Through Dec. 24. 36th annual production of the Dickens classic about the Christmas spirit stars Hal Landon Jr. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555 Map J13 ALADDIN & HIS WINTER WISH  Dec. 7-31. Contemporary twist on the classic tale features dancing, humor, magic and audience participation. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15 MOTOWN  Dec. 19-24. Story of Motown founder’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mongul. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE  Jan. 13-Feb. 10. Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, this is the story of young William Shakespeare as he find inspiration in his writing through Viola. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555 Map J13

Wings Takes Flight The city of Santa Ana and the consulate of Mexico present Jorge Marín’s Wings of the City throughout historic downtown to commemorate the community’s Mexican culture and heritage. On display through October, the nine bronze sculptures pay tribute to Baroque and Renaissance pieces with surreal twists: men adorned with dream-like wings, wearing bird masks, and in acrobatic poses. Since their debut in 2010 on Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma, the works have traveled to cities across the United States; Santa Ana marks their final tour destination.“Santa Ana is home to the largest concentration of individuals of Mexican descent outside of Mexico,” notes Mayor Miguel Pulido. “Jorge Marín’s exhibit pays tribute to [their] dream and all of their achievements.” santa-ana.org/wingsdtsa

KINKY BOOTS  Feb. 6-11. Inspired by a true story, this Tony Award-winning musical follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from an entertainer in need of sturdy stilettos. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13 I AM MY OWN WIFE  Jan. 10-28. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play tells the true and fascinating story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and how she survived the Nazi regime. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL  Opening Feb. 21. Luzia takes you to an imaginary Mexico “where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul.” The elaborate production features surrealistic visuals and breathtaking acrobatics. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 877.924.7783  Map K13 THE GRADUATE  Opening Feb. 21. A coming-of-age classic that celebrates a May-December romance in the 1960s; Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Melanie Griffith joins the cast. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15 THE KING AND I  Opening Feb. 27. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical tells of the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher hired to teach his many wives and children; Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13

MUSIC + DANCE HONDA CENTER  Dec. 1 The Wave Winter Jam. Dec. 2 Chicano Soul Legends. Dec. 16 The Spin Stops Here Tour. Jan. 26 K-Earth’s Totally 80s Live. Feb. 6 Shakira. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com  Map I11 HOUSE OF BLUES  Dec. 1 Pennywise Full Circle 20th anniversary. Dec. 2 The Dear Hunter. Dec. 2 ELI-MAC. Dec. 8 The Highway Finds Tour with High Valley and Adam Doleac. Dec. 13 Brandia Carlile. Dec. 14 Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Dec. 14 Justin Jay. Dec. 23 The Vandals. Dec. 31 Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Jan. 5 Sweet and Tender Hooligans. Jan. 7 Milky Chance Blossom Tour. Jan. 25 Randy Rogers. Jan. 26 Victor

GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pp. 61-63. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

INDEX Theater........................ 48 Shopping Destinations.52 Music + Dance.............. 48 Golf Courses................ 53 Holidays....................... 50 Active Outdoors........... 54 Sports.......................... 50 Beaches....................... 54 Attractions................... 50 Nightlife....................... 56 Museums..................... 52 Tours + Transport........ 57

Wooten. Jan. 27 L.A. Guns. Feb. 6 Judah and the Lion. 400 Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.778.2583, houseofblues.com  Map I10 IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE  Dec. 3 Peak Experience Jazz, Cool Yule. Dec. 9-24 Festival Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker. Jan. 7 National Theatre Live, Follies. Jan. 14 Pinkalicious, the Musical. Jan. 19 Diavolo, L.O.S.T. Jan. 20 Perisha McPhee, Chopin Meets Broadway. Jan. 24 American String Quartet, pianist Nina Scolnike. Jan. 26 JazzReach, Ellington! Jan. 27 Chita and Tune, Just in Time. Feb. 2 Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Feb. 8-9 Cirque Éloize, Saloon. Feb. 10 Vocalist Linda Eder. Feb. 11 How I Became a Pirate. Feb. 25 Bumper Jacksons. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, thebarclay.org  Map K14 THE OBSERVATORY  Dec. 1 Say Anything. Dec. 2 The Frights. Dec. 2 Private Island. Dec. 3 Jack & Jack. Dec. 3 Slothrust. Dec. 4 Miya Folick. Dec. 5 Wheeler Walker Jr. Dec. 6 SYD. Dec. 6 Ghostmane. Dec. 7 Angus and Julia Stone. Dec. 7 Mt. Joy. Dec. 8 Tim Barry. Dec. 8 The Adolescents. Dec. 8 Oliver Francis. Dec. 9 Slow Magic. Dec. 9 Dag Nasty. Dec. 9 Ofenbach. Dec. 9 How The Grouch Stole Christmas. Dec. 10 Sales. Dec. 11 Hollywood Undead. Dec. 12 Jhené Aiko. Dec. 13 Rezz. Dec. 13 Pierce Fulton. Dec. 14 Louis the Child. Dec. 14 Froth. Dec. 15 Xavier Omär. Dec. 22. Lil Pump. Dec. 22 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Dec. 23 X. Dec. 23 L.A. Witch. Dec. 31 Third Eye Blind. Jan. 5 TSOL. Jan. 6 DJ Quik. Jan. 18 Neck Deep. Jan. 20 The White Buffalo. Jan. 21 Wolf Parade. Jan. 26 Converge. Jan. 27 Anti-Flag. Jan. 31 Alex Aiono. Feb. 9 Majid Jordan. Feb. 20 Bully. Feb. 24 Enter Shikari. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.957.0600, observatoryoc.com Map J12. SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS  Segerstrom Hall Dec. 3 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Dec. 7-10, 13-17 American Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker. Dec. 19-24 Motown the Musical. Jan. 19-21 Jersey Boys. Feb. 3 Vocalist Kristin Chenoweth. Feb. 6-11 Kinky Boots. Feb. 23 Pianist Lang Lang. Feb. 24 Dublin Irish Dance. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Dec. 2 Nutcracker for kids. Dec. 3 Pacific Chorale, Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 5 Vanguard University, Christmas Fantasia. Dec. 9 Hansel & Gretel. Dec. 9 L.A. All-Star Jazz Orchestra, A Swinging Big Band Christmas. Dec. 10 Bach Collegium Japan Chorus and Orchestra, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Dec. 15 Millennial Choirs & Orchestras, Christmas Around the World. Dec. 17-18 Pacific Chorale, Tis the Season! Dec. 19 Organist Todd Wilson, Holiday Organ Spectacular. Dec. 21 Fiesta Navidad. Dec. 22-23 Vocalist Seth MacFarlane. Dec. 31 Straight No Chaser. Jan. 6 Pianist Igor Levit. Jan. 11-13 Pacific Symphony, violinist Ray Chen Jan. 14 L.A. Philharmonic, violinist Itzhak Perlman. Jan. 21 Organist Paul Jacobs. Jan. 25 Royal Philharmonic, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Feb. 1-4 Pacific Symphony, pianist Alexander Romanovsky. Feb. 3 Pacific Symphony and Chapman University, Die Fledermaus. Feb. 10 Pacific Symphony,

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ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS Chinese New Year. Feb. 12 All-Beethoven Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Feb. 16-17 Vocalist Christopher Cross, Valentines’ Day. Feb. 20 Danish String Quartet. Feb. 22 Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony, The Magic Flute. Samueli Theater Dec. 9 Alfredo Rodriguez Trio. Dec. 14-16 Vocalist Laura Osnes, the Broadway Princess Party. Jan. 18-20 One Hand, One Heart: 100 Years of Bernstein. Feb. 8 Emerson String Quartet and Calidore String Quartet. Feb. 17-18 Anatomy of the Piano. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org  Map J13 soka performing arts center  Dec. 2 All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. Dec. 10 AllAmerican Boys Chorus, Sounds of Christmas. Dec. 12 Ho’okena, Hawaiian holiday concert. Jan. 12 Aliso Niguel High School Orchestra. Jan. 16 Pianist Emanuel Ax. Jan. 20 Acoustic Strings Festival. Jan. 21 Pacific Symphony. Jan. 26 Niyaz, Middle Eastern music. Jan. 28 Colburn School. Feb. 2 The Stone Foxes. Feb. 7 Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Feb. 9 Kenny Barron’s Quintet. Feb. 11 Folk musician Peter Yarrow. Feb. 16 Kiran Ahluwalia, Indian fusion music. Feb. 20 Critical Conversations: Race, Justice & Mercy. Feb. 24 Will Ackerman, Four Guitars. Feb. 25 The Chieftains. Soka University of America, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4278, soka.edu  Map E6

Sports Honda Center  Dec. 6 Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators. Dec. 8 Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild. Dec. 11 Ducks vs. Carolina Hurricanes. Dec. 27 Ducks vs. Vegas Golden Knights. Dec. 29 Ducks vs. Calgary Flames. Dec. 31 Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes. Jan. 17 Ducks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins. Jan. 19 Ducks vs. L.A. Kings. Jan. 21 Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks. Jan. 23 Ducks vs. New York Rangers. Jan. 25 Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets. Feb. 2-3, 9 Professional Bull Riders. Feb. 9 Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers. Feb. 11 Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks. Feb. 21 Ducks vs. Dallas Stars. Feb. 25 Ducks vs. Oilers. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500,  hondacenter.com  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. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free.  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100  Map west of C1 Big air trampoline park  Indoor jumping surfaces include trampoline dodgeball courts, plus rock-climbing wall and mechanical bull. Open daily; call for hours. 8320 On the Mall, Buena Park, 844.550.5867. 23251 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949.305.9788  Map B2, G16 BILLY BEEZ  Slide, bounce, jump and run at indoor jungle- and bee-themed arena for kids and their families.  Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 657.207.4841  Map I10 Boomers  Family entertainment centers: bumper boats, batting cages, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag. Open daily; call for hours.  16800 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, 714.842.1111; 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.559.8341  Maps L9, K14 CHOCXO  Bean-to-bar chocolatier and factory. Tours Tu-Sa (ages 6 and up) with samples of cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor and products; call for schedule.  9461 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.825.5781  Map D5 CHRIST cathedral  Architect Philip Johnson’s glass cathedral and architectural must-sees Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope and 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 Discovery CUBE  Hands-on exhibits, shows in science center and Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater.

Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $97$124, under 3 free.  1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map I10 Disney California Adventure  New Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout! Soarin’ Around the World; California Screamin’; World of Color water-and-light show; Cars Land; The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $97-$124. 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 Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Sanuk for casual shoes and ESPN Zone. Non-gated, free admission.  1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800  Map I10

holidaYS! BOAT Parade of lights  Dec. 8-9, 15-16. Meet at the water’s edge for a spectacular parade of decorated vessels. Dana Point Harbor, 949.923.2255, danapointharbor.org Map J167 O.C. Brew Ho ho!  Dec. 9. Craft beers, holiday ales, unlimited 2-ounce pours. $55, $65 day of, designated drivers $20. Noon-4 pm. Phoneix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, 949.363.9960, ocbrewhoho.com Map I11  Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade  Dec. 13-17. More than 100 decorated vessels cruise the harbor for the 109th reowned annual event. Newport Harbor, 949.729.4400, christmasparadeboats.com Map N14  Cruise of Lights  Dec. 15-18, 21-23. Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee “Music in Paradise” annual boat tours of harbor homes benefit Philharmonic Society of O.C. Call for prices. 16889 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach, 714.840.7542, cruiseoflights.org Map C10 WInter Fantasy  Weekends through Dec. 17. The Sawdust Art Festival grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland; 175 artists sell their creations as holiday gifts. Plus food, art classes, petting zoo and Santa Claus. 10 am-7 pm. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, sawdustfestival.org Map G15 Disney on Ice  Dec. 20-24 (above). Actionpacked ice spectacular Follow Your Heart showcases characters from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, Finding Dory, Disney’s Little Mermaid and Frozen. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com Map I11 WInter Fest O.c.  Dec. 21-Jan. 7. Ice skating, Festival of Lights, play area with real snow, a parade and nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony with fireworks. OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, winterfestoc.com Map K13

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 FLIGHT SIMULATIOn center  Aerial dogfights use F-16 fighter jet cockpit simulators. No experience necessary. Minimum age 11, height 4 feet 11 inches. Starts at $59. Tu-Su 11:30 am-8:30 pm.  1650 S. Sinclair, Anaheim, 714.937.1511  Map I11 FULLERTON ARBORETUM  The county’s largest botanical garden features more than 4,000 plant species set amid ponds and streams. Four main collections: Mediterranean, woodland, desert and cultivated. 8 am-4:30 pm. Free; $5 suggested donation.  1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407  Map A3 GO VR GAMING  Virtual-reality arcade resembles a calm office setting but ingenious 3-D experiences take you worlds away. There are multiplayer and driving programs, too. M-Th 3-10 pm, F 3-10:30 pm, Sa 1-10:30 pm, Su 1-10 pm.  Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.829.4189  Map I10 K1 Speed  Indoor kart racing offers challenging track for speed enthusiasts. Call for hours. Available for private parties or corporate events. $20.  17221 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.250.0242; 1000 N. Edward Court, Anaheim, 714.632.6999  Map J14, B4 Knott’s Berry Farm  More than 165 rides and attractions include Voyage to the Iron Reef. Premier collection of coasters includes Silver Bullet and Xcelerator. Camp Snoopy for younger children. Call for hours and prices; under 3 free.  8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200  Map G8 Legoland California  Theme park with about 60 rides, shows and attractions. Call for hours. $85-$91, under 3 free. Sea Life Aquarium, add $18.  1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.LEGO  Map south of F6 MEDIEVAL TIMES  Dinner theater show with jousting knights, Pure Spanish stallions, swordsmanship, falconry and four-course feast. $36.95-$61.95.  7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 866.543.9637  Map G8

Through Dec. 31 Science of Gingerbread. Ongoing Mission Control; Helicopter Tour; Water Gallery. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $12.95-$17.95, under 3 free.  2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823  Map G13

Mission ESCAPE Games  Work together as a team using subtle clues to escape from a locked room in less than 60 minutes. Current games include Escape the Hydeout and Escape the Darkest Hour: Torture Chamber, which unfolds mostly in the dark—sceaming is usual.  Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 657.234.5625  Map I10

Disneyland  Mickey Mouse’s first theme park recently marked its diamond 60th anniversary. Main Street continues to look back with Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln; Tomorrowland looks to the future with Star Wars—construction has begun on a Star Warsthemed land. A mountain range of thrill rides includes

Nixon presidential Library & museum  Recently reopened following a $15-million renovation. About 70 new exhibits include a replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office, another focusing on his historic trip to China. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.983.9120  Map A4

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PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE  Venue offering swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy, romance aboard Spanish galleon replica marks 10th anniversary. Call for hours. $36.95-$61.95, under 3 free.  7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497  Map G8 PRETEND CITY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM  Interactive miniature city for children, infant to 8 years old. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm; M 10 am-1 pm. $12.50, under 1 free.  29 Hubble, Irvine, 949.428.3900  Map D5 QUEEN MARY SHIP AND SEAPORT  Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, dining, art deco lounge; Russian Foxtrot submarine adjacent. Self-guided/guided tours 10 am-6 pm. $14.95$30.95, under 5 free.  1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511  Map northwest of C1 THE RIDE 7D  Combines roller coaster simulation and laser-blasting. Su-Th 11 am-9 pm; F-Sa 10 am-11 pm. $9; three rides $20. Irvine Spectrum Center, 744 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, ​949.769.6772  Map D5 ROCKREATION  Indoor climbing facility with instruction at all levels. M noon-10 pm; Tu-Th 6 am-10 pm; F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. $11-$16.  1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625  Map J12 SAFARI PARK  Wildlife preserve with vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. $48; children 3-11 $38; kids 2 and under free. Cars $10-15. Open daily, call for hours.  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. $52; 3-11 $42; 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. 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 SEAWORLD  Marine-themed attractions include white manatee, Explorer’s Reef, thrill ride Journey to Atlantis and Blue Horizons show. Open daily. Call for hours, combo rates. $83-$89, under 3 free.  500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 800.257.4268  Map southeast of F6 SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS  Intimate 10-garden botanical collection. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. Research library open M-F 10:30 am-4 pm. $1-$3, under 12 free. Free first Monday of the month.  2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261  Map M16 SKY HIGH SPORTS  Fun center features 360 degrees of trampoline walls; free-bounce and dodgeball. $12 per hour. Call for hours.  2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5867  Map J13

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SHOPPING IRVINE MUSEUM  California Impressionism within an office building. Through Feb. 8 Moods of California. Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free.  18881 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.476.0294  Map J14

Nordstrom, new boutiques Zadig & Voltaie, St. John and Suitsupply, restaurants Sushi Roku and Fig & Olive.  401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000  Map L15

LAGUNA ART MUSEUM  California Impressionism and contemporary cultural art. Through Jan. 14 California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930; Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca. M-Tu, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th 11 am-9 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971  Map H15

5 POINTS PLAZA  Neighborhood center offers Loft, Vans, Charming Charlie jewelry, CloudMover Day Spa and Hashigo Sushi; barking lot for dogs!  18593 Main St., Huntington Beach, 5pointsplaza.com  Map D2

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TEATRO MARTINI  Cabaret experience for couples and groups; comedy, acrobatics, magic, singing, dancing and dining. Th-F 8 pm, Sa 9 pm, Su 8 pm. $69.95. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 844.249.7865  Map G8 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 BOWERS KIDSEUM  Ethnic arts and culture for children. Sa-Su 10 am-4 pm. $6, under 2 free. Through Jan. 15 Future Park: Art + Technology. 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600 Map G13 BOWERS MUSEUM  World cultural arts and California exhibitions. Through Jan. 28 Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley. Continuing Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace. Ongoing California Bounty: Image and Identity, 1850-1930; Gemstone Carvings: Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt; Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands; Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy. 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  Ongoing Leo Fender: Life and Legacy. Tu-W, F-Su noon-4 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $2-$5, under 6 free. 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545  Map A3 HERITAGE MUSEUM OF ORANGE COUNTY  Cultural and natural-history center dedicated to preserving and restoring the county’s heritage. F 1-5 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm, Su 11 am-3 pm. $5-$7, under 3 free.  3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, 714.540.0404  Map C3 HERITAGE HILL HISTORIC PARK  Park preserves O.C.’s heritage through four historic buildings on 4.1 acres. Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm. Free.  25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230  Map D6 HILBERT MUSEUM  New. Off-campus Chapman University museum displays images of California—urban, industrial, coastal, farms and ranches—by 20th-century artists. Continuing 50/50: California Art in Transition, 19401970; American Illustration: Children at Play; Making Waves: Rick Griffin, John Severson and California Surf Art; California Masters: Bradford J. Salamon; The Magic of Disney Art, featuring Pinocchio. Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free.  167 N. Atchison St., Orange, 714.516.5880  Map J11 HUNTINGTON BEACH INTERNATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM  Board culture: Duke Kahanamoku, classic surfboards, Endless Summer. Tu-Su noon-5 pm. $2.  411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.465.4350  Map N8

MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO  Exhibits at jewel of the California missions (1776). Swallows Walk and Talk Tour, daily 1 pm. Ongoing Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit; Mission Treasures: Native American Museum; Nest Reenactment Exhibit; Plein Air Art Reproductions; South Wing of the Mission. 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 Dec. 31 Florence Arnold Young Artist Exhibition. Opening Feb. 1 H2OMG! Watercolor Gone Wild. W-Su noon-4 pm. Free.  1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595  Map A3 MUZEO  Intimate exhibition space on Center Street Promenade. Through Jan. 7 The Art of Lauren Friday and Robert Refugio; Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains; The Art of Robert Refugio. Ongoing Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936  Map H10 ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART  California modern and contemporary art. Through Dec. 31 Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection; Shi Zhiying. W-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm. $10-$12, under 12 free. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach 949.759.1122  Map L15

SHOPPING DESTINATIONS BELLA TERRA  Striking Italian-themed open-air center features Whole Foods Market, REI outdoor-sports specialist and 20-screen cinema.  7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2534  Map C2 BREA MALL  O.C.’s second-largest mall is home to Nordstrom and Macy’s and 174 other retailers including a Tesla store, new Kidgets, Nature Republic and Pink.  1065 Brea Mall, Brea, 714.990.2733  Map A3 THE CAMP  Green-oriented enclave for outdoor enthusiasts includes eco store SEED People’s Market and dining options Taco Asylum, Ecco and Old Vine Cafe.  2937 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661 Map J13 CORONA DEL MAR PLAZA  Boutiques include Diane’s Beachwear, Gail Jewelers and Jack’s Surfboards. Plus Sprinkles Ice Cream.  800-984 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949.759.8687  Map M15 CRYSTAL COVE SHOPPING CENTER  Ocean views amid Tuscan setting. Upscale boutiques Coastal Cool and Atelier 7918, fine dining including Bluefin and newly relocated Marche Moderne.  7845-8085 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.759.8687  Map M17 THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY  Sprawling destination (1 million square feet) offers lots of shopping (Denim Lab), dining (the Winery) and leisure activities (Pinot’s Palette—color me wine!).  Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, Tustin, 714.259.9090  Map J14 FASHION ISLAND  Elegant open-air center marking 50th anniversary features anchors Neiman Marcus and

THE LAB  Youth-skewed boutiques, hip environment. Urban Outfitters, Eye Society and Crew Salon; dining includes Habana, Gypsy Den.  2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661  Map J13 LIDO MARINA VILLAGE  Elyse Walker, Sweaty Betty and Sugar Paper boutiques, Alchemy Works gallery and new Nobu restaurant are tenants at harborside pedestrian-friendly shopping village. 400 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, 949.675.8662  Map M15 LOS OLIVOS MARKETPLACE  SwimSpot, Newport Colony Home, Whole Foods Market and a dozen restaurants including Puesto.  8673-8697 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.720.3100  Map D5 MAINPLACE  Indoor million-square-foot center offers Nordstrom, 190 shops and 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport with rooftop basketball and open-air swimming.  2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.547.7000  Map G13 NEWPORT COAST SHOPPING CENTER  Neighborhood center includes Blue Eyed Girl, Jeanni Champagne and the Passionate Collector.  21101-21185 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.3100 Map L17 THE OUTLETS AT ORANGE  Includes DKNY, Levi’s, 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 OUTLETS AT SAN CLEMENTE  Spanish-inspired center with ocean views. Stores include Vans, Guess and new Luxury Mall.  101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, outletsatsanclemente.com Map south of F6 PACIFIC CITY  Center with beach views from every plaza, deck and patio. H&M, the Wearhouse, Francesca’s, Kin, West of Camden and Heirlooms & Hardware. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345  Map N9 THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO  From Aveda to Z Gallerie: anchors Nordstrom and Macy’s plus Madewell; Soma, Pea in the Pod and the Melt.  555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1832  Map E6 SOUTH COAST COLLECTION  Highlights include Design Within Reach midcentury showroom and Surfas Culinary District. OC Mix features 30 vendors—quirky retail and unforgettable Taco María restaurant.  33033323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa  Map J12 SOUTH COAST PLAZA  The Ultimate Shopping Experience marks 50th anniversary. Boutiques include Christian Louboutin, Chanel, new Stella McCartney and Dior Homme. Macy’s Home Store in Bear Street wing.  3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888  Map J13

EATERTAINMENT ANAHEIM GARDENWALK  Cali-style brands including O’Neill and Skechers, Harley-Davidson, House of Blues Anaheim, Roy’s Restaurant and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7410  Map I10

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LYON AIR MUSEUM  Rare operational 20th-century aircraft and other historical vehicles on John Wayne Airport perimeter. Daily 10 am-4 pm. $6-$12, under 5 free.  19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, 714.210.4585  Map J13

IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER  Moorish-themed center includes nation’s most-visited movie complex, The Ride 7D, Nordstrom and lots of restaurants. Giant Ferris wheel visible from freeways.  71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180  Map D5

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GOLF DOWNTOWN DISNEY  Twenty-acre complex adjacent to Disney theme parks includes Build-A-Bear, Studio Disney 365, Ridemakerz, Catal restaurant and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. 1510-1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800  Map I10 THE TRIANGLE  Time nightclub, Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, Starlight Cinemas plus restaurants Saddle Ranch Chop House and Black Knight Gastro Lounge.  1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732  Map K12


GOLF COURSES ANAHEIM HILLS GOLF COURSE  “The Hills.” Fine golf value, with 18 holes set amid vistas, valleys, streams, oaks and sycamores. M-Th $52, F $59, Sa-Su $70. 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 BEN BROWN’S GOLF COURSE  Picturesque nine-hole course in canyon with coastal breezes and 19 bunkers. M-Th $29, F $34, Sa-Su $38.  31106 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.499.2271  Map I16 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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COYOTE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB  Course designed by Cal Olson and PGA Tour legend Payne Stewart. Lighted driving range, chipping and sand play area. Call for rates. Includes cart and GPS system.  1440 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, 714.672.6800  Map A3 DAD MILLER GOLF COURSE  Tiger Woods’ home course during high school; for beginning to intermediate golfers. M-Th $29, F $36, Sa-Su $41.  430 N. Gilbert St., Anaheim, 714.765.3481  Map G8 FULLERTON GOLF CLUB  Creek plays into many holes. Call for rates.  2700 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 714.578.9201  Map A3 MILE SQUARE GOLF COURSE  Two challenging 18-hole courses. M-Th $34-$38, F $39-$45, SaSu $48.  10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, 714.962.5541  Map C2 MONARCH BEACH GOLF LINKS  Ocean views abound at the gorgeous 18-hole course. M-Th $185, F-Su $210. Includes a cart with GPS system. Twilight rates available.  Monarch Beach Resort, 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive N., 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 L15 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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PELICAN HILL GOLF CLUB  Two gorgeous 18-hole courses at the sumptuous Resort at Pelican Hill; virtually every hole has spectacular coastal views. $290 daily.  22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 877.735.4226  Map L17

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ALISO CREEK COUNTY BEACH  Steep shore creates powerful waves. All amenities and fire pits. Pay-anddisplay parking $1/hour.  31131 S. Pacific 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

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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  18-hole course features rolling greens, barn, canyon, wetland vistas and the county’s longest hole. M-Th $110, F-Su $160.  11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, 949.551.1811  Map D5 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

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.  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

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

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

TUSTIN RANCH GOLF CLUB  Resort-style course designed by Ted Robinson. Challenging greens, palm trees and lakes, clubhouse. Private caddie service. M-Th $115, F $135, Sa-Su $165. Additional cart fee.  12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, 714.730.1611  Map C5

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

ACTIVE OUTDOORS

LITTLE CORONA DEL MAR BEACH  Steep paved path to picturesque cove; tide pools filled with anemones and starfish are great for kids.  Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151  Map M16

AIR COMBAT USA  Dogfight training in highperformance small planes. Instructors handle takeoff and landing.  Fullerton Municipal Airport, 3815 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 800.522.7590  Map A2 BALBOA BOAT RENTALS AND PARASAIL  Boat, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard rentals. Parasailing: panoramic views of Newport Beach and harbor with choice of altitudes ($65-$75).  510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, 949.673.7200  Map N15 CA SURF ‘N’ PADDLE  Year-round surfing and stand-up-paddleboard lessons. Free parking.  689 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.1423  Map H15 CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH SURF LESSONS  Schools include Endless Sun Surf, 949.533.1022; Newport Surf Camp, 866.787.3267; and Erik Nelsen Surf Camp, 949.464.0077  newportbeachca.gov  Map D3 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 PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES  Electric bike rentals $20-$35 per hour or $75-$125 per day. Tour three piers and Newport Harbor for $89 per person.  301 Fifth St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.2782; 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.612.7989; 4624 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, 949.274.7944  Map N9, M16, D5

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, wide 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 NEWPORT DUNES RESORT  Beach at RV park on the Back Bay has full-time lifeguards, giant inflatable in-water novelties (including teeter-totter and climbing apparatus) and various water vessels for rent. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.DUNE  Map M14

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 and pristine stretch below the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Beautiful, grassy Bluff Park has a basketball court. All amenities. Pay-and-display 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 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 TABLE ROCK BEACH  144 wooden steps lead to a dramatic cove with dangerous currents at the base of a cliff. Free street parking.  First Avenue and South Coast Highway, South Laguna, 714.834.2400  Map I16 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 a tower fit for Rapunzel and a 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 with volleyball courts. 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

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

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. 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

PIRATES COVE  Secluded beach with harbor views; few to no waves make it perfect for little ones. 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

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

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BEACHES + PARKS 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 mountain-biking terrain and superb hiking; its canyons have 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 MODJESKA CANYON NATURE PRESERVE  At base of Santa Ana Mountains, bordered by Cleveland National Forest on three sides. Accessible only by ranger-led tours with advance reservations.  Modjeska Canyon, 949.923.2245  Map east of D6 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

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NIGHTLIFE UPPER NEWPORT BAY NATURE PRESERVE  At Newport Back Bay with vistas of the coastal wetlands. One of the finest birding sites in North America. Interpretive center is open Tu-Su, 10 am-4 pm.  2301 University Drive (corner of University Drive and Irvine Avenue), Newport Beach, 949.923.2290 Map K13

HISTORICAL PARKS ARDEN: HELENA MODJESKA HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDENS  Home of 19th-century actress Madame Helena Modjeska. National historic landmark named for the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. By appointment.  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 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. By reservation through George Key Ranch (listing previous page).  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 AC LOUNGE  Lobby bar at stylish new hotel. Swedish Fish aquavit cocktail; Hendrick’s Gin and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic; and small bites.  AC Hotel, Park Place, 3309 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.471.8710 Map J14 A&O  Waterfront Anchors & Oceans bar with gastropub fare.  Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4285  Map M14 AQUA LOUNGE  Waved ceiling, 360-degree bar, huge patio, street-food-inspired menu ... and group cocktails! Deejays Th-Su. Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920  Map L15

714.258.2695; Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.783.2810  Map D4, I10 THE BUNGALOW  Expansive ocean views, sweeping decks, lush gardens, rustic interiors and seasonal bites by Bear Flag Fish Co. Pacific City, 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.0399  Map N9 CALAVINO WINE BAR  Fine wines, craft beers and New American fare near Angel Stadium.  2410 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.939.7735  Map I11 COLONY WINE MERCHANT  Tasting lounge and wine retailer celebrates Anaheim’s wine history.  280 S. Lemon St., Anaheim, 657.208.1860  Map H10 COSTA MESA 55 TAVERN + BOWL  State-of-theart bowling alley, sports viewing and dining at “eatertainment” center. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.438.2320  Map K12 THE FIFTH  Rooftop venue offers craft cocktails, local beers, fine menu, live music and view of Disneyland fireworks. Grand Legacy at the Park, 1650 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.0899  Map I10 HOLIDAY  Vintage Southern decor, craft cocktails, and bar within a bar—the Red Room—in a strip mall. 719 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.536.4389  Map K12 IRVINE IMPROV  Top comedy. Two-item minimum; Umami burgers.  Irvine Spectrum Center, 572 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455  Map D5 LOLA GASPAR  Endearingly hip bar and kitchen located in the heart of the Artist VIllage in downtown Santa Ana.  211 W. Second St., Santa Ana, 714.972.1172  Map H13 LUCKY STRIKE LANES  Retro-cool bowling lounge with DJ. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd., Orange, 714.937.5263  Map J11 MARINE ROOM TAVERN  Laid-back bar; live rock and blues on weekends. 214 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3027  Map H15 THE OBSERVATORY  Live rock, alternative, jazz and blues lineup and food. More acts in the Constellation Room.  3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600  Map I15 PALI WINE CO.  Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays from Central Coast, Tower 15 label Bordeaux and Rhone Blends. Five-wine flights $15. The Anaheim Packing District, 500 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.486.0922 Map H10 ROOFTOP LOUNGE  Sunset cocktails and panoramic coastal views atop La Casa del Camino hotel. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446  Map I15 SILVER TRUMPET BAR AND LOUNGE  Super-stylish spot opposite Sgerstrom Center for the Arts, ideal for pre- or post-theater cocktails.  3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593  Map J13 THE SPEAKEASY  Hidden on cobblestone street at Old World Village; beer, wine and small plates. 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.899.3279  Map C2

BARCODE  1980s and ’90s-themed “nostalgia bar restaurant” offers clever drinks and Asian fusion fare and tapas. 12926 Main St., Garden Grove, 949.390.8499  Map L15

STAG BAR + KITCHEN  Convivial bar established in 1908 opposite Newport Pier. 121 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, 949.673.4470  Map N13

BLIND RABBIT  Speakeasy with 1920s atmosphere hidden behind wall at Anaheim Packing House. Don’t like your drink? Your server will finish it! 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, theblindrabbit.com  Map H10

TIME NIGHTCLUB  Club with cool decor, musical acts and big-name deejays moves to impressive new digs. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103  Map K12

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,

WILD GOOSE  Cocktails, seasonal beers, creative sausages and burgers amid hunt-lodge-saloon decor. 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.722.9453  Map N12

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Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy | Weekends Only - November 18 through December 17, 2017 Sawdust Art Festival’s grounds will transform into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations for a unique holiday shopping experience. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles. Sawdust Winter Fantasy will be your family’s new holiday tradition. 949.494.3030 sawdustartfestival.org/festivals/ winter-fantasy/ ‘I Am My Own Wife’ at The Laguna Playhouse | January 10 – January 28, 2018 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife tells the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf who survived the Nazi regime by keeping a secret. This provocative and bold production is highly engaging for ages 16 and up. Pride Night 1/21 at 5:30pm. 949.497.2787 lagunaplayhouse.com 16th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival | February 7-11, 2018 A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Laguna Beach Music Festival is an annual multi-day celebration featuring outstanding classical and contemporary concerts in intimate spaces, community outreach programs and dynamic special events with tenor Nicholas Phan as Festival Artistic Director. 949.553.2422 philharmonicsociety.org/LBMF/

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TOURS + TRANSPORT WINE LAB  Wine/cheese tasting room and store at hip outdoors-themed center.  The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.905.9521  Map J13 YOST THEATER  Historical landmark now hosts popular musical acts and deejays. 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 800.717.1545  Map H13 YNK  Ever-changing globally inspired drinks (“You Never Know”) at intimate, stylish bar are among the county’s best and most creative. Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.553.0100  Map J14

TOURS + TRANSPORT AMTRAK  Train service within Orange County and to destinations throughout California daily. Stops in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana.  800.872.7245, amtrak.com ANAHEIM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION INTERMODAL CENTER (ARTIC)  Spectacular architecture. Metrolink and Amtrak trains, OCTA buses, Anaheim Resort Transportation, shuttles, taxis and charter buses. There’s also an oyster bar.  1750 S. Douglass Road, Anaheim, 877.99.ARTIC, articinfo.com ANAHEIM RESORT TRANSPORTATION (ART)  Shuttles cover 19 routes—including new one in Costa Mesa—transfers to Disneyland, Anaheim GardenWalk and Anaheim Convention Center. Purchase passes online, at Amtrak station and select hotels.  888.364.2787, rideart.org

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BEST-VIP CHAUFFEURED WORLDWIDE  Chauffeured vehicles available with as little as two hours’ notice.  866.323.2378; 714.375.9128  Map C2 CAPTAIN DAVE’S DOLPHIN & WHALE SAFARI  Catamaran with underwater viewing pod allows for exciting marine life observation. Departures daily. Also, sunset safaris and occasional Catalina Island trips. $35-$59.  24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828  Map J16 CATALINA EXPRESS  Round trip 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  Triple-decker catamaran, 75 minutes to Catalina Island. Call for schedule. $53-$70, $6 age 2 and under.  Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 800.830.7744, catalinainfo.com  Map N15

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CITY PASS  Includes discounted admission to Disney parks, admission to others in Los Angeles and San Diego. Purchase online or at attractions. $269-$306, under 3 free.  888.330.5008, citypass.com DANA WHARF WHALE-WATCHING AND SPORTFISHING  Sportfishing, whale-watching expeditions, twilight wine cruises, corporate parties and schooner yacht for charters.  Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 800.979.3370, danawharf.com  Map K16 DAVEY’S LOCKER  Whale-watching, deep-sea sportfishing, fishing charters, boat rentals and entertainment cruises. Fishing trips and charters half day, full day, overnight and longer.  Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 949.673.1434, daveyslocker.com  Map N15 ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR  Daily car rentals with some 25 locations throughout Orange County. Pickup service available.  888.484.4683, enterprise.com EXECUCAR  Luxury service. Sedan and SUV, flat rates, special group services, frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines.  800.410.4444, execucar.com HORNBLOWER CRUISES  Luxury party yachts. F-Sa dinner-dance cruises, Sa-Su Champagne brunch.

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ELSEWHERE Mariner’s Mile Marina, 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.0155, hornblower.com  Map M13 JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT  Gateway to Orange County, vastly superior to LAX in ambiance and ease of arrival and departure. Art exhibits; new dining exhibit; dining in Terminal C. Free Wi-Fi. Ticket counters open at 5 am.  18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949.252.5200, ocair.com LAGUNA BEACH TROLLEY  Free service year-round along Coast Highway. F 4-11 pm, Sa 11 am-11 pm and Su 11 am-8 pm.  visitlagunabeach.com/trolley  Map H15 METROLINK  Train system connects to San Diego, Los Angeles; stops in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton and Buena Park. $10 weekend day pass (Sa-Su) for Metrolink rails and Southern California public transportation.  800.371.5465, metrolinktrains.com 714 TICKETS  Sporting events, shows and concerts, opposite Honda Center. Local delivery.  2620 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.842.5387, 714tickets.com  Map I11 TMZ HOLLYWOOD TOUR  See celebrity haunts and scandal sites aboard state-of-the-art bus. $53-$63.  Starline Tours, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 855.486.9868, tmz.com

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ATTRACTIONS CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS  Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M-F 6:30 am-6 pm; Sa 9 am-6 pm; Su 7 am-6 pm.  555 W. Temple St., downtown L.A., 213.680.5200  CHINATOWN  Ornate architecture, dim sum, shops with Eastern wares. Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown DESCANSO GARDENS  North America’s largest camellia collection plus lilacs, azaleas, irises. 9 am–5 pm daily. $3–$8, under 5 free.  1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 DOLBY THEATRE  Home of the Academy Awards. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. $10-$15, under 3 free.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES  L.A.’s birthplace. Twenty-seven buildings include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. Festive open-air marketplace Olvera Street.  130 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 FARMERS MARKET  Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. M-F 9 am-9 pm; Sa 9 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-7 pm.  6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY  Iconic attraction overlooks Hollywood. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-10 pm. Free; donations accepted.  2800 E. Observatory Road, L.A., 213.473.0800 HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME  Celebs’ names are enshrined in bronze-and-terrazzo stars. Free.  Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, Hollywood, 323.469.8311 IFLY HOLLYWOOD  “Indoor skydiving” via a vertical wind tunnel. $59.95–$99.95.  Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.985.4359 

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ELSEWHERE see listing for Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center. First come, first served. Tu-Sa 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Free.  151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399  OCEAN FRONT WALK  Boardwalk with quirky street performers, souvenir vendors.  Along beach between Marine Street and Grand Boulevard, Venice SAN FERNANDO MISSION  1797 mission with museum, archives and gardens. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm. $3-$4, under 7 free.  15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 818.361.0186 SAN GABRIEL MISSION  Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm. $3-$5, under 6 free.  427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, 626.457.3048

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SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN  Theme park has 17 coasters; dozens of attractions; rides including world’s tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster, Tatsu. Call for hours. $39.99-$64.99, under 3 free.  26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, 661.255.4111 SKYTHRILLS  Aerobatics in biplanes. Receive instruction, assume control of the aircraft, execute a roll, spin or inverted pass over the coast—no experience necessary! Gentler flights in 1930s biplane. Recorded DVD.  3280 AirFlite Way, C103, Long Beach, 866.484.7455

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SONY PICTURES STUDIOS  Two-hour walking tour of working motion picture studio includes sets of television shows and films including Spider-Man. Reservation, photo ID required. M-F 9:30 am-2:30 pm. $33; under 12 not admitted. Parking free.  10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687  Map L11 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  New: Will & Grace Set Visit, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Rides at movie-based theme park include Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem; tram tour takes in King Kong 360 3-D.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377  Map north of A1  WARNER BROS. STUDIOS  Two-hour tour of working movie and TV studio: backlots, soundstages, costume department, memorabilia museum, observation of filming when possible. VIP tours available. photo ID required. M-F 8:15 am-4:30 pm. $52, under 8 not admitted.  3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.972.8087

MUSEUMS ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY  Superb print exhibits and digital projection gallery. W-F, Su 11 am-6 pm; Sa 11 am-7:30 pm; Th 11 am-5 pm. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and Sa-Su. Free.  2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560 AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST  Merger of Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of the American West and the Women of the West Museum. Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. $4-$10, under 3 free.  4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000 

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THE BROAD  Spectacular new museum of contemporary art. Separate free timed tickets required for Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. Advance online reservations encouraged.  221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 212.232.6200 Map H16 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER  Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; final home of Space Shuttle Endeavor. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Galleries free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $8.  700 State Drive, Exposition Park, downtown, 323.724.3623  GETTY CENTER  Stunning hilltop structure features contemporary gardens, unparalleled collection of art and

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ELSEWHERE photography. Tu-Su 10 am-5:30 pm, Sa until 9 pm. Call for hours. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 5 pm.  1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.330.7300 GETTY VILLA  Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart is a replica of an ancient Roman villa 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  GRAMMY MUSEUM  Museum at L.A. Live explores music, 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., downtown, 213.765.6800  HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM  10,000 artifacts on four floors: sets, props, photos, movie posters, scripts and Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $12-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776  THE HUNTINGTON  Stellar library, art collections, botanical gardens and children’s garden. M, W-F noon4:30 pm; Sa-Su 10:30 am-4:30 pm. $8-$23, under 5 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100 JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM  Continuing Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon8 pm. $4-$8, under 5 free. 369 E. 1st St., downtown, 213.625.0414  LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART  Diverse, encyclopedic premier collections. L M-Tu, Th noon-8 pm, F until 9 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-8 pm. Closed W $10-$15, under 18 free.  LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; LACMA West, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000  MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY  Subversive venue blends fact and fiction. Th 2-8 pm; F-Su noon-6 pm. $5-$8 suggested donation.  9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.836.6131 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 L.A., 310.553.8403 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY  Thirty-three million objects from dinosaur fossils to fish. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 2 free.  900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466 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

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Breakfast burger with mushroom chorizo, maple-coffee bacon, sharp cheddar and egg at Haven in Orange. p. 34

The votives and “drinkers” at the Glassybaby kiosk, Fashion Island in Newport Beach. p. 24

The new Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. p. 48

New Wildfire Mercantile Western boutique in San Juan Capistrano. 949.240.6770

Candles and birthstone jewelry at Buy Hand in Laguna Beach. 949.715.0515

Bird-watching at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. 714.846.1114

Making Waves: Rick Griffin, John Severson and California Surf Art at Hilbert Museum in Orange. p. 52

Hawaiian French toast and the Killer Mai Tai at No Ka Oi in Huntington Beach. 714.960.8300

Vintage-pinball-game arcade in the bar at McFadden Public Market in Santa Ana. 657.232.3338

Cocktails at Marché Moderne in Newport Coast, especially the Fig-Bourbon-Port (front). p. 36 Pacific Sculpture Gallery at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. 949.675.2925 Discover Emerging Artists Showcase gallery in Laguna Beach. p. 26 Dramatic Table Rock Beach, in Laguna Beach. p. 54

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