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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS Hot Dates 6 Where Now 8 Maps 45 30 Things We Love 48 CITY TOURS Metro Cities 18 The Coast 20 South Coast 22 North County 24





Martinis, margaritas, mai tais, mules. . . . Spots to have cocktails that start with an M!


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Floral Martini with candied rose petal garnish at Bourbon Steak in Dana Point. See p. 12.



Deviled eggs at Marché Moderne

26 Dining


36 Entertainment

12 On a Mission

38 Attractions 40 Shopping 40 Golf 40 Beaches 42 Nightlife 44 Explore

For no reason we know of, 10 of the most popular cocktails, from mai tais to mules, start with the letter M. Here are some great places to enjoy them. BY BENJAMIN EPSTEIN

16 Eggsquisite

Deviled eggs, egg in the nest, shakshuka.... Where to find a dozen of the county’s best egg-centric dishes. BY CRAWFORD M CCARTHY C O N N E CT W I T H U S O N L I N E S O CA L P U L S E . CO M





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hat with synonyms such as acrimonious, resentful, vitriolic and crabby, bitter has been the most maligned of the four basic tastes. Boy, has that changed! You used to be lucky to find one Negroni, made with the bitter aperitif Campari, on a cocktail list. New Bello by Sandro Nardone in Newport Beach offers three Campari cocktails (p. 9), and the No-groni mocktail at new Bronze Quail in Fullerton (p. 14) makes abstinence a breeze! Ponder that drastic step over mixology maven Ravin Buzzell’s cherrywood-smoked cardamom Old-Fashioned—with Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters—at CdM Restaurant’s Under CdM speakeasy (p. 26). Or over a milk-washed Angostura Sour by Anthony Laborin, “chef de swigs” at nearby Farmhouse


(p. 28); the process strips astringency and adds luxurious mouth feel. Sample bitters at the Mixing Glass at Costa Mesa’s OC Mix (p. 40)—perhaps Bitter Queens’ Shanghai Shirley 5-Spice or Sassy Sally Sarsaparilla. Beer has embraced the bitterness of hops: Taste of Happiness, a sour hazy double Imperial IPA at new Green Cheek Beer Co. in Costa Mesa, is a taste of happiness (p. 19), and nothing becomes a burger better. Which brings to mind Betty Botter, who, the tongue twister goes, bought some butter—but the butter Betty Botter bought was bitter, so Betty bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better, but the bitter butter made the better butter bitter. What Betty Botter failed to realize is that bitter is best! —BENJAMIN EPSTEIN

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Street Spirit


EVENTS March 18-April 19 Cirque du Soleil’s Volta is inspired by the urban and contemporary spirit and culture of street sports. It also celebrates differences in a world where technology can isolate rather than free people from judgment. The show, at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, promises neverbefore-seen acrobatics, a stirring score and striking sets. “A supercharged Volta soars!” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chicago Sun Times called it “a vivid reminder of the world’s impossible beauty.” p. 36

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Documenting half a century of imagination, Bowers Museum presents Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic. More than 400 objects include some never before displayed. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600, bowers.org

Streetwise musical based on true story in which Chazz Palminteri is caught between the father he loves and mob boss he’d love to be. Team includes Robert De Niro and Alan Menken. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org

Billed as “5,000 years of civilization reborn,” the show brings ancient Chinese culture to life through classical dance, stunning costumes, high-tech sets and a truly distinctive orchestra. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org

Bublé has sold more than 60 million records and won four Grammy Awards. An Evening with Michael Bublé, at the Honda Center, is part of a tour promoting his eighth studio album, Love. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com





Forty-ninth annual festival celebrates the California gray whale migration with an opening day parade, concerts, crafts and marinemammal cruises. Free. Dana Point Harbor, 949.496.1045, festivalofwhales.com

The Anaheim Ducks, under head coach Dallas Eakins, take to the ice against their freeway rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com

More than 300 films— features, shorts, documentaries and animation—plus parties and sessions with directors and screenwriters at locations around the city. newportbeachfilmfest.com

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Opening May 9 Tom Stoppard’s comedic masterpiece transports viewers back and forth 200 years for lust and a literary rivalry sparked by a scientific theory. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555, scr.org





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Food Hall of Fame In one of the county's most anticipated openings in years, partners Amar Santana and Ahmed Labbate unveil The Hall Global Eatery at South Coast Plaza. A variety of experiences unfold at venues within the venue, each a window into their culinary souls, the whole sleekly designed with Moroccan accents. Enjoy an exquisite repast at the crudo and charcuterie bar—perhaps the crudo of fresh scallops above, with arils, candied lemon, aged balsamic, cardamom and arugula, or a plate of duck prosciutto; start with extraordinary cocktails by Michael Rooney. A Mediterranean concept features baba ghanoush, hummus and shawarmas. A cafe corner presents baked goods, sandwiches, salads and coffee. The retail section offers packaged delicacies. Santana was a Bravo Top Chef runner-up; the pair's stellar portfolio includes nearby Vaca in Costa Mesa and Broadway in Laguna Beach. p. 28

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Crispy octopus with nduja and rapini at Bello by Sandro Nardone and, right, Gracias Madre


GRAZIE Y GRACIAS! Newport Beach adds to its culinary cache with a pair of significant new restaurants. Acclaimed West Hollywood vegan Mexican destination Gracias Madre opens at Westcliff Plaza. Mexico City chef Alan Sánchez Lázaro offers dishes such as young-coconut ceviche, oyster-mushroom tacos al pastor, and a chile relleno made with stuffed poblano, black bean mole and corn truffle; don't miss his stunning arroz con leche de coco dessert. Bar manager Luis “Bowtie Lui” Del Pozo presents top-notch organic tequila and mezcal cocktails and more far-flung fare such as a tableside banana Old-Fashioned! Across town, strikingly designed Bello by Sandro Nardone serves modern Italian dishes such as mortadella mousse cannoli with liquid pineapple mostarda; spaghetti pomodoro in three textures; branzino acqua pazza; and pane e nutella with bread foam, Nutella foam and chocolate crumbs. There are vegan and vegetarian options, too. A trio of Campari drinks—Dolce Amaro, Cappuccino Negroni and Un Twist al Negroni—top the cocktail list. p. 33

The Journey Continues With the departure of gifted chef Zach Geerson for personal reasons, acclaimed Journeyman’s Food + Drink in Fullerton transitions to The Bronze Quail, with chef Mark Piepkorn—opening chef at nearby Pickled Monk­—at the helm. The restaurant-bar continues to offer the sixcourse tasting menu for which Journeyman’s was known, but the focus is on a progressive American a la carte menu

using seasonal ingredients in unusual ways. Opening highlights: roasted squash with goat’s milk yogurt, tarragonroasted seasonal squash, chicory and béarnaise ice cream; savory lava cake with smoked alligator, parsnip silk and duck-heart sprinkles; and the namesake Bronze Quail with carrots three ways, barley porridge croquette and fermented maple syrup jus. Bar director Steven Hayden stays

on, using house-made bitters, liqueurs and hand-carved ice to create innovative scratchmade cocktails and mocktails (see p. 12). Among the latest reasons to go: edible cocktails. Patrons alternate between a dish and a glass. Both are alcoholic, elaborate and delicious, but one is solid and one is liquid. Take a bite, take a sip, repeat; the ingredients, most house-made or homegrown, are identical. p. 29

Cocktails at Bronze Quail


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BEST RIDE EVER? Rise of the Resistance, at Disneyland’s spectacular new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opens as we go to press. The response among many first riders: It may be the world’s greatest theme park ride. It is in any case Walt Disney Imagineering’s most sophisticated effort to date, a totally immersive Star Wars world that is stunning at the outset and, scene after illusory scene, just gets better. It is enormous, incorporates multiple ride systems and lasts nearly 20 minutes. Your role: As a Resistance hero battling the First Order, you’re launched into space aboard a transport shuttle, captured by a Star Destroyer and pursued by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as you frantically search for a way to escape the First Order’s clutches. Entry is by virtual queue on the Disney app when the park opens each day; in the days following the attraction’s unveiling, all spots were filled within minutes. p. 38

Prop book for Walt Disney Productions’ animated film Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic, opening March 7 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, celebrates the Walt Disney Co. with behindthe-scenes access never before granted to the public. The 10,000-square-foot traveling exhibit premiered at the D23 Expo Japan in 2018; the show at the Bowers includes several additional rare items. Viewers walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects—original artwork, costumes and props—that tell the story of the archives, the

Walt Disney Co. and Walt Disney himself. Among them are never-before-displayed sketches for the animated film classic Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland; maquettes from the movie Frozen; superhero costumes; the opening-day ticket to Disneyland (1955) purchased by Roy O. Disney; and the replica of Walt Disney’s office used in the film Saving Mr. Banks (2013). Timed-entry tickets to the exhibition are available by advance purchase for a specific date on the hour. p. 40


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ON A MISSION From mai tais to mules, at least 10 of the most popular cocktails start with the letter M. So does mixology! Were cocktails invented by a Matthew or Mort? The answer may be lost in the mists of time, but no matter: If you’re in the mood for a margarita or martini—or michelada or mimosa or ?—here are memorable spots to find one. by BENJAMIN EPSTEIN

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Margaritas, martinis, mai tais . . . .

Ever notice how many classic cocktail names begin with an M? If you haven’t, you’re not alone; while researching this feature, not a single person we asked, whether professional bartender or casual imbiber, had given it a thought—and virtually all were astonished that they hadn’t. That said, a single cocktail menu suggested otherwise; more on that later. The list goes on: Manhattans, micheladas, mimosas, mint juleps, mojitos, mules—even mocktails! A case could be made for Marys, as in bloody … but we won’t. We’re not going to pretend to have tasted every margarita, martini, mai tai—et cetera—in the county in order to compile an exhaustive “best of” list. It might be a fitting tribute to this year’s 100th anniversary of Prohibition—but we’d be in no condition to write a feature. What we have done is compile a list of exemplary, extraordinary or otherwise provocative cocktails from among those we have tasted in the last year that could top their category—and served in places we’d recommend whether you’re drinking or not. Did we miss one? If you discover any other memorable example of any of these libations, we’re all ears!


/ Mai Tai /

Thunder, volcano, tiki carvings with moving eyes…. If Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise and Enchanted Tiki Room were a bar, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Anaheim’s Disneyland Hotel would be it. The Hippopoto Mai Tai starts with Coruba Dark and Bacardi Superior rums and orange Curaçao. The Uh Oa! for two—Myers’s Original Dark and Bacardi Superior rums, orange, passion fruit and guava juices—brings fireworks and chants of “Uh OA! Uh OA! Uh OA OA OA!” p. 43 The fruity, boozy mai tais at Wind & Sea in Dana Point Harbor—white rum, orange and pineapple juices, orgeat syrup,

The Grant at Red O in Newport Beach. Below: Orange County Mint Julep at the Ranch in Anaheim. Opposite: Martinis at Bourbon Steak in Dana Point.

grenadine, a thick dark rum and a float of 151-proof rum layered in crushed ice, with a pineapple and cherry garnish—haven’t changed in nearly half a century. And, boy, do they have a following: A running count of the heady concoctions sold—now approaching 3 million—has been displayed above the bar for about 30 years. p. 29

/ Margarita /

At Anepalco, inside the ALO Ayres hotel in Orange, chef-owner Danny Godinez uses French technique to offer elevated Mexican cuisine and cocktails to match. The Spicy y Flaca margarita stands out on a list filled with stellar concoctions, as refreshing as it is engaging, thanks to components as diverse as a poblano-serrano infusion, cucumber, dolce de caña, and Tajín on the cucumber-

slice garnish and on the rim. p. 34 Entering Red O Restaurant, you’re flanked by gorgeous walls inset with scores of tequila bottles. A cart stocked with highly coveted sipping tequilas circles the dining room. Margaritas include the solid Signature Red O, prepared tableside, and the Grant, over-thetop-opulent with Don Julio Añejo tequila, Mandarine Napoléon, Aperol, edible-goldleaf rim and, on the side, a float or shot of 1942 Don Julio tequila. Which is more intoxicating, the drinks or the decor? p. 34

/ Martini /

The martini cart at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, the fine-dining room at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, is a love letter to the iconic cocktail written with Nolet Silver gin or Ketel One vodka, French vermouths,


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Manhattan One adage says don’t mess with perfection; another says variety is the spice of life. The barrel-aged Manhattan at The Country Club—Westland single malt whiskey, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and Bitter Queens tobacco bitters—strikes a balance between the two. The entire cocktail is aged in-house in American oak for six weeks, poured over trophy-embossed ice and presented on its own elegant serving tray ... with a souvenir trophy pin! p. 28

Michelada Find engaging Mexican dishes, and a most memorable michelada, tucked away downstairs at Anaheim Packing House food hall. In fact, Urbana Anaheim offers several micheladas. The 50/50, owner Javier Cuadra’s favorite, is tart and spicy, a manyfaceted michelada balancing cerveza negra, salsa negra, aguachile, lime and a chile con limon salt rim—with mesmerizing Día de los Muertos murals as the backdrop. p. 26 Mimosa Marché Moderne—Florent and Amelia Marneau’s ode to the French bistro in Newport Beach—serves Orange County’s best brunch. To complement repasts such as the deviled eggs on page 16, it also serves its best mimosas: Billecart-Salmon Champagne, choice of Alain Milliat juices from Lyon including lychee, mango, orange and strawberry, and a house-made marshmallow to match, in Nick and Nora stemware. p. 34 Mint Julep The cocktail has its origins in the South in the 18th century. Andrew Edwards, owner of the beautiful Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim, hails from the South—North Carolina. But this mint julep is an expression of his current home: The Orange County Mint Julep uses Buffalo Trace

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Back to that single M-savvy exception alluded to in the introduction: Obviously paying attention, Center Hub, at Trade Food Hall in Irvine, offers Mega Weekends, 34-ounce pours of mimosas, mojitos, micheladas and mules—and bloody Marys. p. 31


craft bitters, tinctures, spritzes and modern garnishes. Stirred rather than shaken, the venue’s classic version features orange bitters and a lemon twist; dirty martinis add a Castelvetrano brine. We’re obsessed with the etched Nick and Nora glasses. p. 28 At the other end of the martini spectrum are those that push the creative envelope. Whether on the palate or on Instagram, the lavender-hued Butterfly Martini, made with butterfly-pea-infused gin, apricot liqueur, sweet syrup and lime, stars at Drink Bar— also the brainchild of Godinez and itself a star at Mess Hall Market food hall in Tustin. p. 34

bourbon infused with Valencia oranges from Edwards’ own nearby farm, plus fresh mint from the farm and the requisite simple syrup. Simple, and simply wonderful. p. 26 Mojito Self-described “Miaminista” Jen Eguiluz made “buckets of mojitos” for years before becoming bar manager at ultraquirky Ruin Bar—where decor includes buffalo heads, a ski gondola and bar seating at three console pianos—at the Lab in Costa Mesa. She’d always used the traditional rum, lime, mint and soda. Now she steps it up with a secret ingredient, replacing simple syrup with an orange-lemon “liquid sherbet.” p. 43 Mule Teemu’s Moscow Mule is named for Hockey Hall of Famer and six-time Olympian Teemu Selänne, owner of Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach. Mouth-filling and balanced, it uses Platinum 7X vodka, FeverTree ginger beer, agave syrup and fresh lime. “A little spice, a little booze, the classic, not complicated,” says barman Neil Matchko. “Teemu’s hockey-player friends come in, they all say, ‘Give me what Teemu drinks!’” You can purchase the copper mug. p. 32 Mocktail Leave it to Steven Hayden, brilliant mixologist behind the creative cocktails at new Bronze Quail in Fullerton (see p. 9) to come up with equally sensational mocktails. Topping his list of zero-ABV concoctions is the No-groni, a junipersmoked mock Negroni using faux gin, nonalcoholic citrus amaro, orange bitters and grapefruit bitters—all made in-house— and nonalcoholic sweet vermouth. p. 29


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Concept Cocktails


»Newport Beach

As part of its California Distilled program, cocktails at Balboa Bay Resort's harborside venue use only state-distilled spirits, liqueurs, bitters and amari; all else is made in-house with fresh local ingredients. p. 33 BLINKING OWL DISTILLERY

»Santa Ana

Spirits, bitters and all other possible ingredients used in the tasting-room cocktails at Orange County's premier distillery are made in-house. Produce and herbs are extremely local. p. 38 HELLO KITTY GRAND CAFE


Some of the county's very best cocktails are served in the Bow Room at the Irvine Spectrum Center cafe. In fact, they're as irresistible as the namesake Sanrio character that inspires them. p. 31 HIVE AND HONEY



Most cocktails served at the spectacular rooftop bar atop the Marriott Irvine Spectrum incorporate honey in some form—tastefully! Which is to say, they're not necessarily sweet. p. 43 KNIFE PLEAT

»Costa Mesa

Thoughtfully designed cocktails at the sophisticated French spot at South Coast Plaza are inspired by French fashion designers —and often based on surprising real-life facts. p. 28

Cheery Cherry with house-made sage cream at Blinking Owl in Santa Ana. Opposite from top: Mimosas at Marché Moderne in Newport Beach and No-groni mocktail at Bronze Quail in Fullerton.

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Eggsquisite! The county’s very best egg-centric dishes.

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From the simplest fare to the intricate preparations at the highest echelons of fine dining, the egg has been a keystone of cuisines the world over throughout history—and the expansive catalog of dishes coerced from the morsels within those shells just keeps expanding. Here are a dozen of our favorites.



Jammy Eggs at Harley in Laguna Beach

HERE ARE DEVILED EGGS, and there are the elevated iterations served at Marché Moderne’s Sunday brunch. Each option—Meyer lemon, parsley and smoked paprika; Balik smoked salmon and pickled cucumbers; suckling pig, pork-belly rillette and Sriracha; black-and-whitetruffle-scented with asparagus—rewrites notions of what a great deviled egg can be. 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.434.7900, marchemoderne.net Harley is a distinctive concept inspired by chef-owner Greg Daniel’s grandfather, a bespoke environment of comfort, nonconformity and unapologetically outsized flavors. Harley’s Jammy Eggs, laid locally at Gonestraw Farms, are emphatically seasoned in a garlic and herb oil, the gooey yolk—not soft, not firm—the vehicle for each flavor-soaked bite. 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1530, harleylagunabeach.com Pickled eggs and beer are a perfect pair. Marinated in-house and served individually in a nest of arugula, the eggs offered as bar bites at Helmsman Ale House provide visceral explosions of flavor. Much like with the beers, it is unlikely that you will only order one. 2920 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.220.9977, helmsmanalehouse.com Ramos House Café, in a 19th-century cottage in the historic Los Rios neighborhood, serves breakfast and brunch on a patio frequented by hummingbirds and, mere feet away, passing trains. Scotch Quail Egg with Murdock’s Magic Mustard is a delectable, pint-sized soft-boiled egg wrapped in ground meat, breaded and fried; the mustard enlivens each bite. 31752 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1342, ramoshouse.com Meiji Seimen is a no-frills, traditional Japanese eatery with technique ensuring that ingredients realize their potential and that the cuisine soars. Dashimaki Tamago, a Japanese side omelet, is a showcase for a chef’s skill; rolling the egg mixture onto itself creates a texture like no other. 1113 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.5175, meijinoodleusa.com In a modest shopping center, inspired by a town near Brittany, is a treasure of a French bistro, Délice Breton, that transcends the merely authentic. Its Omelette Nature is an exercise in simplicity, at once rich and delicate. 31451 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.503.1577, delicebreton.com

Whoever thought to put a sauce of eggs atop eggs, as is the case with eggs Benedict, was a genius. Chef Brittany Valles finds wild success with the idea during brunch at Oak Grill, the flagship dining room at Fashion Island Hotel, upgrading her version with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese and pimento hollandaise. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920, oakgrillnb.com It seems unassuming—an egg poached in a perky tomato sauce—but shakshuka is far more than the sum of its parts, which at AhbA include labneh, greens and herbs. The egg is a beacon amid the sauce; let its yolk seep down into the spicy depths and lap it all up with the bread. 31732 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.549.4556, eatahba.com El Mercado Modern is a love letter to Hispanic and Latin flavors in the heart of downtown Santa Ana. Huevos ahogados—poached eggs, estofado broth, roasted potatoes and rustic toast—literally translates to “drowned eggs.” They’re drowned in a tasty stock that lifts the start of your day to euphoric levels. 301 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 714.338.2446, mercadomodern.com Fable & Spirit, the new jewel of the Balboa Peninsula, manages to be both chic and unpretentious; its menu merits the many awards it has so quickly garnered. At lunch, the organic egg frittata, with wild mushrooms, asparagus, caramelized red spring onion and fromage blanc, is like a favorite shirt—not too light, not too heavy and tailor-made for frequent enjoyment. 3441 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949.409.9913, fableandspirit.com Break of Dawn is a landmark breakfast destination, tucked at the back of a shopping plaza and helmed by an icon. Chef-owner Dee Nguyen offers tempura poached eggs as a side or with his barbecue pork with jalapeño corn cake, tropical slaw and five-spice essence. The delicate eggs are familiar and evocative. 24291 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, 949.587.9418 Rialto Cafe recalls a bygone era, nostalgic and comforting, oozing with charm. The item is off-menu, but ask for the Egg in the Nest and out comes a single egg nestled into wheat toast, the yolk aglow like the morning sun, topped with Swiss cheese, avocado, and pico de gallo—a perfect way to begin a lazy morning, 108 W. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, 714.525.5111, rialtocafefullerton.com SPRING 2020 WHERE TRAVELER ORANGE COUNTY  17

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Metro Cities 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. Among the most spectacular is Louis Vuitton; Chalk & Vermilion’s Fine Art pop-up is up now. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and new Knife Pleat. Former Bravo Top Chef runner-up Amar Santana opens The Hall: Global Eatery presently. Across Bristol Street are Santana’s Vaca;

Water Grill; and, at O.C.’s premier performing-arts campus, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, built in 1986 mainly with Segerstrom money on Segerstrom land, includes 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall, presenting the best in dance and Broadway musicals; the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat facility designed by Cesar Pelli; and the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Founders Hall and Samueli Theater are more intimate. The campus is also home to South Coast Repertory and in two years the Orange County Museum of Art. To the west is the South Coast Collection of design showrooms such as Design Within Reach. Foodies frequent Arc restaurant, a Saturday farmers market and, among dozens of vendors at OC Mix, Taco María—the Los Angeles Times’ 2018 restaurant of the year and one of the county’s two Michelin-starred restaurants. Moulin cafe-bakery is new.

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—and O.C.’s other Michelinstarred spot, Hana Re for sushi. Opposite is the Camp, set amid wood and aluminum, and relocated Old Vine Kitchen + Bar. Dine-and-play center The Triangle offers Keys on Main dueling pianos and top-tier Time Nightclub. OC Fair & Event Center hosts the county fair and Pacific Amphitheatre concerts.


A Lively Slice >Lady M Cake Boutique combines French techniques and Japanese sensibilities to create its signature Mille Crêpes and other exquisite cakes as well as tarts, pastries and confections. Fun fact: Though Lady M started out providing cakes to sophisticated restaurants and luxury hotels in New York City, owner Ken Romaniszyn grew up in Orange County. Park Place, 2967 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 323.825.8888, ladym.com

SANTA ANA Arts-minded downtown Santa Ana offers the Artists Village, Santora Arts Complex and Grand Central Art Center. Playground, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar and OmG Omakase by Gino make for one of the county’s most exciting dining scenes. Find a dozen innovative fast-casual dining concepts at 4th Street Market. Food hall McFadden Public Market offers vintage arcade games and two bars. The neighborhood’s best bar? Lola Gaspar. The Yost Theater concert venue is an East End anchor. Bowers Museum, founded about 80 years ago, mounts blockbuster exhibitions in collaboration 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 tilting cube is perched




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THIS PAGE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. OPPOSITE: The Lab in Costa Mesa, Irvine Spectrum Center, Bowers Museum in Santa Ana


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huge new ice skating facility; 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.

Costa Mesa's new beer corridor offers tasting rooms within minutes of each other, four in easy walking distance.



seemingly inches off Interstate 5. MainPlace houses Macy’s, more than 150 shops, a 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport with rooftop basketball court and swimming pool, and Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ. Intimate Santa Ana Zoo is in Prentice Park; 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 entertainment-

related, restaurants such as Habana for Cuban and Cucina Enoteca for Cal-Ital, 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 Impressionist art on the ground floor of an office building. Near John Wayne Airport is the innovative Trade Food Hall; superb Ootoro Sushi is its finedining anchor. Orange County Great Park offers a farmers market, an arts complex and a

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 an eatertainment center with restaurants including J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine and new The Yellow Chilli, a cineplex with seat warmers (and some seat rumblers), and bowling at Bowlmor. Union Market offers concepts including Stowaway for tiki drinks and new Roba Noodle. New food hall Mess Hall Market is nearby, near twin hangars, 1,000 feet long and 17 stories tall, that once housed airships. 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 is a highlight. The Marconi Automotive Museum (714.258.3001) displays 80 vehicles, notably Ferraris and historic open-wheel race cars.


Bootlegger’s Brewery 696 Randolph Ave. Suite B 714.871.2337 bootleggers.beer

Brewing Reserve of California 2930 College Ave. Suite D 714.884.4704 brcbeer.com

Green Cheek Beer Co. (above) 2957 Randolph Ave. Unit B 714.760.4995 greencheekbeer.com

Gunwhale Ales 2960 Randolph Ave. Unit A 949.239.9074 gunwhaleales.com

Salty Bear Brewing Co. 2948 Randolph Ave. Unit C 714.486.2165 saltybearbrewing.com


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The Coast 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 outdoor shopping destination Fashion Island, which recently passed the half-century mark. Among highlights are Gorjana jewelry, ViX Paula Hermanny swimwear and the Lot luxury cinema and restaurant. Top dining options include Sushi Roku and Fig & Olive. 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 at Newport Aquatic Center (949.646.7725). Moe B’s Watersports at Newport Dunes

(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 luxurycar showrooms and restaurants such as Louie’s by the Bay, The Winery and Pizzeria Mozza. Private charters, narrated harbor cruises and dining cruises 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 Balboa and Newport piers, great sandy expanses and one of the cleanest and most colorful bike paths and boardwalks anywhere. Harborside pedestrian shopping destination Lido Marina Village features Elyse Walker boutique, Paper Sugar stationery and Nobu and Lido Bottle Works restaurants. Beguiling new Fable

& Spirit restaurant is opposite. The action never stops around Newport Pier, at McFadden Square off Newport Boulevard. 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.


Cherry-Picked >In a setting inspired both by rustic-farmhouse and contemporary shabby-chic sensibilities, CherryHills Market at Pacific City offers timeless and eclectic global goods and gifts in the areas of both taste and design—e.g., VW Beetle recycled-metal beverage cooler, 80-hour soy candles—as well as craft and culinary classes. 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 800.504.6979, cherryhillsmarket.com

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. ExplorOcean is a nautical museum. 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 popsong 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 Mr. G’s Bistro and Royal Hen gastropub. Marine




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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Pacific City in Huntington Beach, Duffy Boat off Balboa Island, Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach City Beach




Newport Beach offers a bounty of distinctive beachwear boutiques.

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 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 Beachwear, Tommy Bahama and VICI boutiques 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 for sushi, Mastro’s Ocean Club for seafood and French bistro 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 Though Surf City USA retains some of its sand-in-the-cracks identity, luxury hotels and finedining options have made for a dramatic transformation. Main Street is a promenade with lots of surf and beachwear

shops, a Surfing Walk of Fame and Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Pacific City offers acres of retail and dining, including West of Camden boutique and LSXO and Bluegold restaurants. Hip lounges include The Bungalow and, atop Tanner’s, Treehouse. Next to historic Huntington Beach Pier is Duke’s restaurant; 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) boasts 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 Huntington Central Park; it includes Shipley Nature Center (714.842.4772), an equestrian center, two “lakes” and the Central Library (714.842.4481). 5 Points Plaza tenants include Loft, CloudMover Day Spa and Vans; there’s a dog-friendly barking lot. Doughnuts at Duck Donuts are made to order. Draws at Bella Terra shopping destination include outdoorsports specialist REI and Solita for tacos and margaritas. Pinot’s Palette—paint while you enjoy wine or beer—is new. Nearby Old World Village is a hub for all things German, notably dachshund races.


Beach Bunny Swimwear 2210 Newport Blvd. Suite 104, 949.873.5711 beachbunnyswimwear.com

Diane’s Beachwear Corona del Mar Plaza 920 Avocado Ave. 949.759.6880 dianesbeachwear.com

San Lorenzo Bikinis Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive 949.759.1504 sanlorenzobikinis.com

Seafolly Fashion Island 1135 Newport Center Drive 949.706.7690 seafolly.com

Summer Daze Boutique Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive 949.706.1116 summerdazeboutique.com

ViX Paula Hermanny (above) Fashion Island 259 Newport Center Drive 949.600.4490 vixpaulahermanny.com


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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 Art-AFair and Sawdust Art Festival— and renowned “living tableaux” presentation Pageant of the Masters. Acclaimed Laguna Playhouse offers comedic and profound fare year-round. Nestled among them at the Hive are Oliver's Osteria and McClain Cellars. Laguna Canyon Road becomes Broadway, then ends at Coast Highway. Turn either way and you’ll find galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Laguna Art Museum offers modern and contemporary art, mostly by California painters, explores pop culture and displays art from Laguna’s past. Steps away are coastal vistas at Heisler Park and a stretch of

called North Gallery Row, where you’ll find Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry (352 N. Coast Hwy., 949.715.0953). Broadway ends at Main Beach. There are volleyball and basketball courts, a playground and a boardwalk—and it’s opposite Laguna’s downtown, 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 dining options, including hockey great Teemu Selänne’s Selanne Steak Tavern, globally inspired Sapphire and posh Studio at the Montage.


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—Bourbon Steak at the Monarch Beach Resort and Raya at the Ritz-Carlton—and pristine Salt Creek Beach Park.

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>“Designed, sourced and handmade with love in Southern California,” the Novella Royale apparel line and boutique feature distinctive prints and vintage silhouettes—dresses and tops, “bells and bottoms,” kimonos and robes, and accessories. Mary Myers started the brand in her garage in 2009; it stays true to its reduce-reuse-recycle roots. 1100 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.388.9336, novellaroyale.com

There’s no beach, but there’s lots 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

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. In the summer, the beach hosts 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




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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Dana Point Harbor, the Outlets at San Clemente and Laguna Beach gallery. OPPOSITE: Mission San Juan Capistrano.


Art Walk Laguna Beach offers more than 100 galleries. Here are some favorites.

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).



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 by Ramos House Café, which offers a memorable breakfast in an 1881 board-andbatten 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;

La Casa Pacifica, site of President Richard Nixon’s Western White House, has long since been broken up into milliondollar homes. 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 between Catalina Island and the Dana Point bluffs—just behind the surfers. Metrolink and Amtrak trains run alongside the beach and stop at the pier. Find antique stores, galleries and dining on El Camino Real and Avenida del Mar. The Outlets at San Clemente is a shopping destination that marries luxury and discount. Tenants include MadaLuxe Vault, Guess and Hurley; Rockwell Bakery is new. Talega Golf Club, above the city, was designed with input from Masters champion Fred Couples (949.369.6226). Blue Eyed Girl boutique and Sundried Tomato bistro are among the draws at Talega Village Center.


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 Galleries (above) 509 S. Coast Hwy. 800.995.2631 wylandgalleries.com


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North County ANAHEIM Rise of the Resistance, an immersive attraction featuring one spectacular visual illusion after another, has opened at Disneyland’s newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Since Walt Disney opened the park’s main gate in 1955, families have made the pilgrimage to “The Happiest Place on Earth,” starting with the yesteryear pleasures of Main Street, U.S.A. A mountain range of thrill rides includes Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Galaxy’s Edge exponentially expands galactic encounters at the park; Oga’s Cantina offers cocktails, a park first. Guests enter sister park Disney California Adventure along Buena Vista Street, which evokes the era when Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles; in its Carthay Circle Theatre is an elegant restaurant. The Pixar Pier area is new; its Incredicoaster replaces California Screamin’. Guardians of the Galaxy— Mission: Breakout! is new, too.

World of Color—with its choreographed fountains, lasers, music, film and animation—and Soarin’ Over California never get old. There’s no admission to adjacent Downtown Disney, a promenade lined with shops and entertainment venues such as Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Eateries range from fast to fancy; Ballast Point for top-tier beer and Black Tap for outrageous shakes are new, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria newly renovated. Eatertainment destination STC Anaheim GardenWalk offers more than a dozen eateries including Grasslands and Roy’s Restaurant; nightlife, notably House of Blues Anaheim; shops including Red Apparel and Harley-Davidson; and attractions such as Mission Escape Games and Go VR Gaming. Acclaimed restaurant and saloon The Ranch is nearby. Honda Center is home to Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team and hosts touring artists such as Ariana Grande and Michael Bublé. American Sports Centers

Anaheim, the world’s largest indoor court facility, features 34 volleyball courts that convert into 25 basketball courts. Nearby is the 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 often take over when the team is away. Anaheim Convention Center’s Grand Plaza is always abuzz. The Anaheim Packing District includes hip shops and


First Stop >BXCR Wine Bar, on the lower level of the Anaheim Packing House, occupies an authentically outfitted 1920s-era railroad boxcar. Its tagline is “the underground wine society,” but you can also enjoy craft cocktails, spirit flights (vodka, tequila, mezcal and whiskey) and even a tableside absinthe presentation—not to mention beautiful cheese and charcuterie boards. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 657.220.4872, bxcrwinebar.com

restaurants on Center Street Promenade. The historic Anaheim Packing House offers foodie vendors of all kinds. Our favorites include Adya for Cal-Indian, Urbana for Mexican, Georgia’s for Southern and the hidden Blind Rabbit speakeasy for cocktails. MAKE, in a 1919 marmalade factory opposite, adds Unsung Brewing Co. and other beverage vendors. Muzeo is a small museum nearby. Anaheim Ice is open for public skating.

BUENA PARK Roller coaster and Old West enthusiasts flock to Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park with roots dating back to 1934, when Walter and Cordelia Knott opened a roadside stand and a fried-chicken diner. Diners still feast on drumsticks and berry pie at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner; shoppers stroll California Marketplace and admire the Independence Hall replica.




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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Disney California Adventure, Old Town Orange, diners at Anaheim Packing House, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum


Hip Stroll Shops, artisan eateries at Anaheim’s Center Street Promenade

OFF 5th and Nordstrom Rack. Families head for Lucky Strike Lanes and Vans Skatepark. Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove is a must-tour for architecture buffs. To the south in Westminster are the eateries and shops of Little Saigon.



Inside the park is a daunting collection of roller coasters including Xcelerator, which rockets to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds, and dive coaster HangTime. GhostRider is one of the world’s longest and tallest wooden coasters. Less hair-raising are Ghost Town and the kiddie rides at Camp Snoopy. Explore bygone eras on Beach Boulevard. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament revisits an 11th-century castle. Audiences cheer jousting knights and pageantry; 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 for adults is adjacent. Elegant new Korean restaurant Kyung Bok Kung serves elaborate feasts.

ORANGE Old Towne Orange often appears in movies, 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 eateries such as Haven and antique shops. 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. Its Musco Center for the Arts and nearby Hilbert Museum of California Art opened in 2016. To the east are Orange Hill Restaurant and Irvine Park’s Orange County Zoo and narrow-gauge train. Draws at The Outlets at Orange include high-end discount retailers Saks Fifth Avenue

Visitors to Fullerton, home of California State University, Fullerton, gravitate to the bars and boutiques in the historic core along Harbor Boulevard. Near Commonwealth Avenue, a short stroll from the train station, are night spots and restaurants including Pickled Monk. Significant sights include the Fullerton Museum Center, offering exhibits and a gallery devoted to Leo Fender, native son and electric guitar pioneer. The museum offers maps pinpointing fine examples of architectural styles nearby. Muckenthaler Cultural Center hosts design and art exhibits. Fullerton Arboretum at CSUF offers streams, trails and a restored Victorian cottage. In Yorba Linda is Richard M. Nixon’s birthplace. The tiny home and impressive rose garden are at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Among exhibits is a replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office. 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 HaiDiLao Fusion Shabu.


Decades Bar and Grill 195 W. Center St. 714.904.1606 decadesbarandgrill.com

Healthy Junk 201 W. Center St. 714.772.5865 thehealthyjunk.com

House of Chimney Cakes (above) 173 W. Center St. 714.603.7859, thehouseofchimneycakes.com

Pop Comics & Culture 203 W. Center St. 657.208.3835 popcomicshop.com

Rare by Goodwill 411 W. Broadway 714.786.6642 ocgoodwill.org

The Statesman Grooming 165 W. Center St. 714.533.2727 thestatesmangrooming.com

The Yoga Mat 209 W. Center St. 714.313.1614 theyogamatoc.com


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ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE  > Food Hall $$ Historic Sunkist citrus hub hosts two dozen foodie vendors, including Adya for Cal-Indian, Georgia’s for Southern, Urbana for Mexican, Black Sheep GCB for grilled cheese, and Blind Rabbit speak-easy. L, D (daily). 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.635.1350  Map H10

BALLAST POINT  > Brewery $$ Brewery renowned for its IPAs offers American fare and an array of beers on its sleek second-level perch with bar, lounge and rooftop patio. L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1540 S. Disneyland Drive, 714.687.9813  Map I10 THE CATCH  > Seafood $$ Sleek spot popular with sports fans as well as concertgoers—it’s near Angel Stadium and Honda Center. B, L, D (daily). 2100 E. Katella Ave., 714.935.0101  Map I10

Chart Topper

“Great food meets great live music” at The Drake, a new restaurant and bar in Laguna Beach featuring jazz in both. Before launching the Drake, chef-partner Paul Gstrein had been executive chef for 20 years at Bayside in Newport Beach; he was born into a family that owned and operated a hotelrestaurant in the Austrian Alps whose history dates back 400 years. Son Nick Gstrein is sous chef at the Drake; together they serve modern Cal-global fare. Highlights: lamb lollipops with spiked hummus, pickled teardrop peppers, vadouvan and tzatziki; Maine sea scallops with cauliflower purée, charred florets and piquillo emulsion; venison Diane (above); and salted caramel budino with Crispearls. Musical acts include jazz pianist Ron Kobayashi, vocalist Lola Kristine and R&B specialist the Derek Bordeaux Group. p. 31

CULTIVATION KITCHEN  > California $$ The sunflower hemp hummus with za’atar spice and the kombuchas are reason enough to frequent this greenhouse-inspired concept. B, L, D (daily). Farmers Park, 350 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.603.7076  Map H10 HANAGI  > Japanese $$ New. Third location of restaurant in Sapporo, Japan, and Guam opens at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. Tricolor carpaccio, bento basket, shabu shabu, castella cake. L, D (daily). 900 S. Disneyland Drive, 844.442.6244  Map I10 HOUSE OF BLUES  > Southern $$ Restaurant-and-bar at spectacular concert venue offers voodoo shrimp, Nashville hot fried chicken salad, smokehouse St. Louis ribs. Sunday Gospel Brunch. L, D (daily). 400 W. Disney Way, 714.778.2583  Map I10 JT SCHMID’S  > Brewpub $$ Restaurant-and-brewery offers wood-fired pizzas, Prime steaks, burgers, jambalaya and sashimi. L, D (daily). 2610 E. Katella Ave., 714.634.9200  Map I11 MCDONALD’S  > Quick Bites $ 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., 714.491.0563, and 70 other county locations.  Map I10 MIX  > Eclectic $$ Hilton Anaheim executive chef Frederic Castan oversees the globally influenced menu and impressive chef’s table in the kitchen. B, L, D (daily). 777 Convention Way, 714.740.44121  Map I10 NAPA ROSE  > California $$$ Wine country at Disney Resort celebrates beauty in the bottle and nature’s bounty. D (nightly). Grand Californian Hotel, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, 714.635.2300  Map I10 NAPLES RISTORANTE E PIZZERIA  > Italian $$ Newly renovated two-story eatery. Watch the pizzaioli on the first floor and views of the bustling promenade from the beautiful second. L, D (daily). Downtown Disney, 1510 Disneyland Drive, 714.776.6200  Map I10 THE RANCH  > American $$$ Sophisticated restaurant with adjacent super-fun saloon. Chef Michael Rossi offers Tasmanian wagyu carpaccio, 24-hour-braised short rib, behemoth cowboy rib-eye; try David Rossi’s desserts. Most produce from its own farm. D (nightly). 1025 E. Ball Road, 714.817.4200 Map I11

Index Anaheim....................... 26 Brea.............................. 26 Buena Park.................. 26 Corona del Mar............ 26 Costa Mesa/South Coast Metro.................. 28 Dana Point.................... 28 Fountain Valley............. 29 Fullerton....................... 29 Garden Grove................ 29

Huntington Beach........ 30 Irvine............................. 30 Laguna Beach.............. 31 Newport Beach............ 33 Newport Coast............. 34 Orange.......................... 34 San Clemente............... 34 San Juan Capistrano... 34 Santa Ana..................... 34 Tustin............................ 34

(V) = Vegan/Vegetarian

TRU GRITS  > Eclectic $$  Chef Theresa Lin Cheng’s modern American fare with Asian influences. B, L, D (daily). Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim, 1221 S. Harbor Blvd., 714.758.0900  Map J11

BREA BRUNOS ITALIAN KITCHEN  > Italian $$$ Memorable dishes such as wild-boar-sausage bucatini, caramel-chocolate budino, house-made limoncello. D (nightly). 210 W. Birch St., 714.257.1000  Map A3 CHA CHA’S LATIN KITCHEN  > Mexican $$ Chicken flautas, seafood caldo, guajillo-brasied short-rib enchilada, superb flan amid stylish design. L, D (M-Sa); Br (Su). 110 W. Birch St., 714.255.1040  Map A3 TAPS FISH HOUSE AND BREWERY  > Seafood $$$ Seafood and steaks, oyster bar and award-winning brews. Also known for elaborate brunch. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 101 E. Imperial Hwy., 714.257.0101  Map A3

BUENA PARK IL GARAGE  > Italian $$ Beguiling spot in garage behind Park Ave has 1924 tractor, overlooks the garden that supplies the menu. D (Tu-Sa). 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400  Map I8 KYUNG BOK KUNG  > Korean $$$-$$$$ New. First U.S. location of luxury South Korean barbecue chain serves elaborate set menus in elegant space; minimum two people must order the same menu. L, D (daily). 7801 Beach Blvd., 714.888.4948  Map B2 MRS. KNOTT’S CHICKEN DINNER  > American $$ Famed spot outside Knott’s Berry Farm has used its fried chicken recipe since 1934; boysenberry pie. L, D (daily); B (Sa-Su). 8039 Beach Blvd., 714.220.5055  Map G8 PARK AVE  > American $$ Creative renditions of classics; known for steaks. Most produce grown on premises; visit the garden! Googie architecture, midcentury retro decor. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, 714.901.4400  Map I8

CORONA DEL MAR CDM  > American $$ The team behind A Restaurant in Newport Beach opens lively spot serving morels and peas, Hatch chile bucatini. Superior cocktails in sultry speak-easy Under CdM. D (nightly). 2325 E. Coast Hwy., 949.287.6600  Map M15

> Pappy Van Winkle at Craft House in Dana Point never runs out; the house blend is rebalanced with the list’s 100 other bourbon and rye whiskeys. p. 28


ANAHEIM WHITE HOUSE  > Italian Steakhouse $$$  Sir Bruno Serato presents flamboyant fresco-filled decor and elaborately presented cuisine in a 1909 manor. Upstairs are global bites at the B Bar. D (nightly). 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.772.1381  Map I10

Map locators at end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pages 45-47. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.


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DIN TAI FUNG  > Chinese $$ Taiwanese icon known for xiao long bao; watch the Shanghai-style dumplings being meticulously folded, then work your way through the menu. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 714.549.3388  Map J13 HABANA  > Latin $$ Hip Nuevo Latino destination with elaborate brunch and sultry dinners. Ropa vieja; tamale pie. L, D (daily); Br (Su). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., 714.556.0176 Map D5

Pan con tomate at Cafe Sevilla in Costa Mesa

FARMHOUSE  > American $$$ Rich Mead’s field-to-fork-inspired cafe, a centerpiece of Roger’s Gardens, is a hit, especially with the lunching ladies. Superb cocktail team. L, D (daily). 2301 San   Joaquin Hills Road, 949.640.1415  Map L16 FIVE CROWNS  > Continental $$$ Lawry’s institution in English inn replica known for prime rib. New chef, new bar and new seasonal menu. Acclaimed SideDoor Gastropub adjacent. D (nightly). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., 949.760.0331  Map M16 PIROZZI  > Italian $$$ Convivial spot offers olive fritte, limoncello-infused taglierini and heart-shaped Nutella pizza for two. Excellent pizzas. D (nightly). 2929 E. Coast Hwy., 949.675.2932  Map M16 SIDEDOOR  > Gastropub $$ Spot shares replica of England’s oldest inn with Five Crowns. Artisanal cheese, charcuterie, seasonal plates and world-class brews—plus elevated British pub fare. D (nightly). 3801 E. Coast Hwy., 949.717.4322  Map M16

COSTA MESA / SOUTH COAST METRO ANQI BISTRO  > Vietnamese Fusion $$$ Innovative small plates in sexy setting with backlit bar and glass catwalk over running stream. Garlic noodles; secretrecipe garlic crab on Tuesdays. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., 714.557.5679  Map J13 ARC  > American $$ “Flame, flavor, finesse” amid rustic-apothecary decor. Legendary burger; best fries; Butcher’s Love cap of the rib-eye for four; top-tier cocktails. L, D (daily). South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., 949.500.5561  Map J12 CAFE SEVILLA  > Spanish $$ Opens presently. Cuisine and culture of España: tapas, paella and live flamenco. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., 949.688.1555  Map K12 THE CAPITAL GRILLE  > Steak $$$$ Elegant spot offers superior dry-aged beef—notably the bone-in kona-crusted dry-aged sirloin—amid local portraits. 5,000 wines; classic cocktails. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 714.432.1140  Map J13 COSTA  > Peruvian $$  Petite, chic spot near performing arts venues offers ceviches and tiraditos, arroz con mariscos, filet-mignon lomo saltado. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 650 Anton Blvd., 714.852.3299  Map J13 THE COUNTRY CLUB  > American $$ Like a Gatsby-esque sports club. Popcorn-infused Shinnecock cocktail; hamachi tacos on jicama shells; caramelized white-chocolate bread pudding. L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). 330 E. 17th St., 949.281.2582  Map K12

THE HALL GLOBAL EATERY  > Food Hall $-$$ New. Top Chef finalist Amar Santana and partner Ahmed Labbate open with multiple concepts including a crudo and charcuterie bar, a shawarma counter, a cafe for pastries and sandwiches, and beautiful cocktails. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 800.782.8888 Map J13 HAMAMORI  > Japanese $$$ White-on-white room with undulating curves offers beauteous sushi. Signature tamari-marinated black cod; Japanese whiskies. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., 714.850.0880  Map J13 HANA RE SUSHI  > Japanese $$$$ Transporting omakase-only meals in serene minimalist environment, one of the county’s two Michelin-starred restaurants. “Short” tasting course available Tu-Th. D (TuSa). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., 714.545.2800  Map J13 KNIFE PLEAT  > French $$$ New. Former owners of L.A.’s Church & State unveil stunner at South Coast Plaza. Légumes de saison; Crescent duck; Caramel dessert; Dior cocktail. Sunday tea. L (daily), D (M-Sa). 3333 Bristol St., 714.435.2034  Map J13 LEATHERBY’S CAFÉ ROUGE  > Steak $$$ Chic dining at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Elaborate starters; Snake River Farms New York steak; Valrhona chocolate beggar’s purse. D (Tu-Su). 615 Town Center Drive, 714.429.7640  Map J13 MARUGAME UDON  > Japanese $$ New. Japan’s premier cafeteria-style udon restaurant specializes in made-to-order udon noodles. Dozens of tempura and musubi selections offered. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., 714.619.5688  Map J13 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  > Steak $$$$ Swanky spot offers larger-than-life portions, white-jacket service. Wet-aged hand-cut bone-in filet; crab gnocchi; warm butter cake. Generous cocktails, live music in the bar. D (nightly). 633 Anton Blvd., 714.546.7405  Map J13 MEMPHIS  > Southern $$ Southern, Cajun-Creole and Southwestern dishes in a hip retro setting. Start with gumbo. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 2920 Bristol St., 714.432.7685  Map J13 OLD VINE KITCHEN + BAR  > Global Italian $$ Old Vine Cafe moves next door, adds a bar. Always a pleasure—for caramel apple French toast, beef-tongue panino or four-course tasting menus. B, L (daily); D (TuSa). The Camp, 2937 Bristol St., 714.545.1411  Map J13 OUTPOST KITCHEN  > American $$ Inspired by the go-to Aussie beach cafes of the 1970s. Popular Caveman Skillet, Bagel on the Lox. New second location near South Coast Plaza. B, L (daily). 1792 Monrovia Ave.; 3420 Bristol St.; 949.873.5123  Map D3 (V) SEABIRDS KITCHEN  > Vegan $$ New at South Coast Plaza. Plant-based purple taquitos, artichoke drumsticks (like fried chicken!), chaffle (churro waffle). L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., 714.549.2584; South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., 800.782.8888 Map J13

SEASONS 52  > American $$ Lower-calorie. Lots of flavor. Fab bar, stylish decor, eclectic seasonal menu, Mini Indulgences desserts. Brick-oven brioche “French toast” at brunch. L, D (daily); Br (Su). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 714.437.5252  Map J13 SILVER TRUMPET  > California $$$ “A symphony of flavors” in a lakeside setting opposite Segerstrom Center for the Arts, ideal for a repast before or after a show or concert. B, L, D (daily). 3350 Avenue of the Arts, 714.442.8593  Map J13 SOCIAL  > American $$  Hip spot offers intriguing cuisine and inventive cocktails (e.g., PB&J). Wood-fired oysters; Akaushi-beef Drive Thru Burger; wagyu tri-tip. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 512 W. 19th St., 949.642.2425  Map K12 TACO MARÍA  > Mexican $$$ One of two Michelin-starred restaurants in Orange County features Carlos Salgado’s fascinating “Chicano cuisine.” Tacos at lunch; four-course prix fixe dinner. L, D (Tu-Sa); Br (Su). SoCo & the OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., 714.538.8444  Map J12 TERRACE BY MIX MIX  > Eclectic $$$ Acclaimed chef Ross Pangilinan offers mostly small plates, mostly on a covered terrace. Three-course express lunch is a steal—$20. L, D (daily). South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., 657.231.6447  Map H13 TOAST KITCHEN + BAKERY  > American $$ Brunch and dunch! Highlights include Cajun shrimp and grits, Nashville hot chicken, and malasadas. B, L (Tu-Su); D (Tu-Sa). 1767 Newport Blvd., 949.873.5057  Map B4 TRENTA  > Italian $$ Sicilian owners and American chef John English offer tightly edited menu of distinctive and thoroughly enjoyable pizzas and pastas. D (Tu-Su). 1661 Superior Ave., 949.270.6652  Map D3 VACA  > Spanish $$$ 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 runnerup, and partner Ahmed Labbate. L (M-F), D (W-M). 695 Town Center Drive, 714.463.6060  Map J13 WATER GRILL  > Seafood $$$ Upscale spot opposite South Coast Plaza includes O.C.’s best oyster bar. In the dining room: off-menu whole-fish ceviche, wild Barents Sea red king crab, superior salmon, 1-pound Prime rib-eye, indulgent desserts. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3300 Bristol St., 949.208.7060  Map J13

DANA POINT AVEO TABLE + BAR  > Mediterranean $$$ Coastal bounty, cool chandeliers, ocean views. Eggs al forno, porchetta sandwich, paella for two. “Farm to Bar” cocktails under a vaulted ceiling. B, L, D (daily). 1 Monarch Beach Resort, 949.234.3915  Map J17 BOURBON STEAK  > Steak $$$$ Luxe Michael Mina spot offers spectacular tableside presentations including cast-iron-broiled shellfish platter and hay-smoked rib-eye cap. Remarkable old- and newschool cocktails; martini cart. D (nightly). 1 Monarch Beach Resort Drive, 949.234.3405  Map J17 CHART HOUSE  > Seafood $$$ The architecture alone—circular pods atop a harbor-view bluff—is worth a visit. Lobster bisque; wok-fried whole fish; Port of Manhattan cocktail. D (nightly). 34442 Street of the Green Lantern, 949.493.1183  Map J16 CRAFT HOUSE  > New American $$ Chef Blake Mellgreen, whiskey man Garth Dokken never bore! Knife + Fork spicy fried chicken sandwich; Better Than Nick’s butter cake; 100 whiskeys. D (nightly), Br (Su). 34094 Pacific Coast Hwy., 949.481.7739  Map J16


THE CRACK SHACK  > American $$ Bravo Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais offers chicken- and egg-centric dishes amid chicken-themed decor. L, D (daily). 196 E. 17th St., 949.383.5040  Map K12


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RAYA  > Latin Fusion $$$ Sophisticated fare, peerless ocean views. Sweet-corn soup with cuitlacoche purée; roasted halibut with truffled bonito. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, 949.240.2000  Map J16 WHITESTONE  > Eclectic $$ New. Restaurateur Steve Dickus (Pizza y Vino), chef Tony Celeste (RoomForty), sous chef Nick Herrera (Playground, Taco María) offer blue-cheese panna cotta; “BBQ” mushrooms; and wild-boar ragu over tagliatelli. D (Tu-Su). 34212 Pacific Coast Hwy., 949.489.8911  Map J16 WIND & SEA  > Seafood $$ Started in Kona, HI, has been serving Pacific Rim fare in Dana Point Harbor for decades. Mai tai is the signature drink. B (Su); L, D (daily). 34699 Street of the Green Lantern, 949.496.6500  Map J17

JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY! MONDAY - FRIDAY 3-6 PM HUNTINGTON BEACH 20111 Brookhurst Street (Brookhurst & Adams) Huntington Beach, CA 94538 714.963.7796

SATURDAY - SUNDAY 1-5 PM OUTLETS AT ORANGE 20 City Blvd. West (22 Fwy and City Drive) Orange, CA 92868 714.769.3474

W W W. M A R K E T B R O I L E R . C O M

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (V) AU LAC  > Vegan $$ Amazing plant-based “shrimp” (salt-and-pepper shrimp), “chicken” (kung pao chicken) and “beef” (beef watercress) at vegan landmark. L, D (Tu-Su). 16563 Brookhurst St., 714.418.0658  Map C3 BRODARD RESTAURANT  > Vietnamese $$$ Many feel that this less expensive sibling to elegant Brodard Chateau is better than the original. B, L, D (daily). 16105 Brookhurst St., 657.247.4401  Map C3 RECESS ROOM  > Fountain Valley $$ Boyhood chums’ spot with hip menu: umami tots; braised-brisket mulita; confit pig head; Cereal Milk creme brulee. Excellent cocktails; Tiki Thursdays. D (nightly), Br (Su). 18380 Brookhurst St., 714.377.0398  Map G13

FULLERTON THE CELLAR  > French $$$ Subterranean setting at 1920s-era California Hotel oozes character; classic fare includes escargot, chateaubriand, souffles. Known for wine and cocktail lists. D (nightly). 305 N. Harbor Blvd., 714.525.5682  Map A3 THE BRONZE QUAIL  > New American $$ Journeyman’s Food & Drink transitions with new chef Mark Piepkorn. Six-course tasting menu is still offered but the emphasis is on unusual a la carte offerings. Stellar bar director Steven Hayden stays on. D (Tu-Sa). Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S. Raymond Ave., 714.635.9025  Map G10 PICKLED MONK  > Gastropub $$ Abbey-meets-brick-and-chandelier decor, Cal-global comfort dishes and self-pour craft-beer-and-wine wall with 30 taps. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 101 N. Harbor Blvd., 714.793.9100  Map B3
 SUMMIT HOUSE  > Cal-Continental $$$ Hilltop faux English manor with blazing stone fireplace, known for prime rib and weddings. L (Tu–F), D (nightly). 2000 E. Bastanchury Road, 714.671.4111  Map A3

GARDEN GROVE NOVA KITCHEN & BAR  > Pan-Asian $$ New. The five elements inspire five distinct settings within the restaurant, respectively, and the menu in each. There’s karaoke in the hidden Whisky Room. D (nightly). 12361 Chapman Ave., 714.696.0888  Map J9 STEELCRAFT  > Food Hall $-$$ New. Made from 22 colorful shipping containers. Ten vendors include the Penalty Box for burgers and hot dogs, Beachwood Brewing and Honey & Butter macarons. B, L, D (daily). 12900 Euclid St., 949.861.2222  Map D5 THAI NAKORN  > Thai $$ Venerated traditional Thai spot. Fried fish with mango salad, clam in chile paste and basil. L, D (daily). 12532 Garden Grove Blvd., 714.583.8938  Map K10


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HUNTINGTON BEACH BLUEGOLD  > California $$$ Sleek California coastal: raw bar, charcuterie, seafood steam kettles, creative pizzas. B, L, D (daily). Pacific City, 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.374.0038  Map N9 HENRY’S  > California $$$ New. Innovative, elevated fare at expanded Waterfront Beach Resort. PEI mussels; Mangalitsa pork chop; pomegranate mousse dessert. B, D (daily). 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.845.8000  Map N9 LOT 579  > Food Hall $$ Tenants include Burnt Crumbs for sandwiches, American Dream for burgers and beer, Bear Flag Fish Co. for poke and the Dudes’ Brewing Co. L, D (daily). Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., gopacificcity.com  Map N9 LSXO  > Vietnamese $$ Intimate, extraordinary restaurant hidden within Bluegold at Pacific City. Fifty Saigon-style dishes, a handful of toptier cocktails, intoxicating ambiance at night. Plus afternoon tea. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.374.0083  Map N9 PACIFIC HIDEAWAY  > California $$ Share plates with Southeast Asian and Latin touches (Lao sausage wraps, whole crispy snapper) winning cocktails, cool decor. Br, D (daily). Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.965.4448  Map N9 SEALEGS WINE BAR  > California $$ Seasonal share plates (Pig and Fig flatbread, bananas Foster French toast) amid Hamptons-style decor. Lots of intriguing wines by the glass. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 21022 Beach Blvd., 714.536.5700  Map M9





SOCIAL  > American $$ New. Second location of hip Costa Mesa spot. Peruvian bay scallops; Cauli Crunch Roll; wagyu tri-tip. Inventive cocktails, e.g., Green Bloody, PB&J. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 21214 Beach Blvd., 760.695.2487  Map N9 TANNER’S  > California $$ Pool and ocean views, open-fire fare and top-tier cocktails at its super-stylish Treehouse rooftop lounge. B, L, D (daily). Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.698.6130  Map N9 WATERTABLE  > American $$ Restaurant in “living rooms” with ocean-view patio. Eggplant quenelles with tiny vegetables; grilled branzino with sunchoke purée; decadent burger; top-tier cocktails. B, D (daily); L (M-F). Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., 714.698.1234  Map N9


Contemporary California Cuisine


Handcrafted Brews

ANDREI’S  > American $$ Striking space serves “conscious cuisine and cocktails”— crab cones, venison shank—from its second-floor perch and garden terrace. Saturday brunch a highlight. L, D (M-Sa); Br (Sa). 2607 Main St., 949.387.8887  Map D4 BISTANGO  > American $$ Beautifully presented contemporary cuisine at business magnet; extensive wine list, changing contemporary art exhibits and jazz nightly. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 19100 Von Karman Ave., 949.752.5222  Map K14

Wide Screen TVs Outdoor Patio



Mon - Fri 3-6:30pm

CUCINA ENOTECA  > Cal-Ital $$ Fun decor and on-site wine shop. Vasi filled mini-Mason jars, lobster gnocchi neri, guanciale bucatini. L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center, 532 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.861.2222  Map D5

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

CURRY UP NOW  > Indian Fusion $$ New. Fast-casual Indian-Mexican street food. Signature dishes include tikka masala burritos, the Quesadillix and Naughty Naan. L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center, 922 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.932.0153  Map D5

TUSTIN 2415 Park Ave. I At The District in Tustin ANAHEIM 2610 E Katella Ave. I Across from The Honda Center



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DINING DAVIO’S  > Italian Steakhouse $$ East Coast-based northern Italian fare in striking dining room features handmade pasta, fresh seafood, Prime aged Brandt beef; bustling bar. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 18420 Von Karman Ave., 949.477.4810  Map J14 EATS KITCHEN & BAR  > Eclectic $$ Regional specialties, winning happy hour, circular bar centerpiece. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, 949.225.6780  Map D4 FOGO DE CHÃO  > Brazilian Steakhouse $$$ New. Global chain serves its renowned churrasco in a beautiful space. Prix fixe meals include meats carved tableside by gauchos and spectacular feijoada bar. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). Irvine Spectrum Center, 623 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.861.2222  Map D5 HABANA  > Latin $$ Hip Nuevo Latino destination: memorable ropa vieja and tamale pie.Great brunches plus breakfast, teatime and a bakery. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Irvine Spectrum Center, 708 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.450.1004 Map D5

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HELLO KITTY GRAND CAFE  > International $$ World’s first permanent Hello Kitty cafe serves treats, e.g., hot mini matcha doughnuts; Bow Room is for cocktails or reservations-only afternoon tea. Irvine Spectrum Center, 860 Irvine Center Drive, 949.536.5357  Map G8 HEIRLOOM FARMHOUSE KITCHEN  > California $$ Starters such as the Ancient Breads trio star along with cocktails such as the elegant Improve Your Age. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Marriott Irvine Spectrum, 7905 Irvine Center Drive, 949.759.0200  Map D5 OOTORO SUSHI  > Japanese $$$ Every bite surprises, and earns rapt attention, at this omakase-centric spot; rare fish, a toro trio, A5+ Kobe beef plus elaborate cooked dishes. L, D (Tu-Sa). 2222 Michelson Drive, 949.222.0688  Map K13 PUESTO  > Mexican $$ Creative blue-corn tacos; nogada guacamole with arils; agave spirits. Eye-popping at Park Place. L, D (daily). 8577 Irvine Center Drive, 949.608.9990; 3311 Michelson Drive, 949.608.7272  Map J12, J14 ROBATA WASA  > Japanese $$ Stylish spot serves equally stylish robata, sushi, ramen, udon, specialty dishes such as When Uni Meets Crab, and excellent cocktails. L, D (daily). Irvine Spectrum Center, 926 Spectrum Center Drive, 949.536.5064  Map D5 TAPS FISH HOUSE AND BREWERY  > Seafood $$$ Seafood and steaks, oyster bar and award-winning brews. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). New Taps Brewery and Barrel Room in Tustin. The Market Place, 13390 Jamboree Road, 714.619.0404  Map C5 TAQUIERO TACO PATIO  > Mexican $ New. Fast-casual spot offers fresh handmade tortillas, salsa macha, distinctively folded tacos, superb mulitas and Tijuana craft beers near the UC Irvine campus. L, D (daily). 4517 Campus Drive, 949.536.5064  Map D4 TRADE FOOD HALL  > Food Hall $ Innovative concepts near airport include Two Birds chicken, Butterleaf vegetarian, Dos Chinos fusion tacos, Center Hub bar and Sweet Combforts desserts. B, L, D (daily). 2222 Michelson Drive, tradefoodhall.com  Map J14

LAGUNA BEACH BROADWAY BY AMAR SANTANA  > American $$$ Original spot/first love of Bravo Top Chef finalist Amar Santana. Superb “cuisine of the Americas” and cocktails. D (nightly). 328 Glenneyre St., 949.715.8234  Map H15 THE DRAKE  > Italian $$ New. Paul Gstrein, ex-Bayside in Newport Beach, is executive chef-partner at restaurant and bar offering jazz


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in both. Son Nick Gstrein is his sous chef. D (nightly). 2894 S. Coast Hwy., 949.376.1000  Map I16 DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN & BAR  > American $$ Overlooks the sand. Santa Barbara uni with hamachi; foie-gras-stuffed Mary’s Chicken and morels. Cozy-edgy Stateroom Bar. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Pacific Edge Hotel, 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, 949.715.7700  Map I15 HARLEY  > American $$$ Owner-chef Greg Daniels’ spot is both midcentury modern and cozy. Grilled avocado with avocado leaf and pit; fried halloumi cheese with aquavit; wild-boar bolognese with house-made tagliatelle. D (nightly). 370 Glenneyre St., 949.715.1530  Map H15 K’YA BISTRO BAR  > California $$ Fifty small plates in lively spot inside historic hotel; sharing is encouraged. D (nightly). La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Hwy., 949.376.9718  Map I16 LAGUNA BEACH BEER CO.  > American $$ Tap room with 20 beers on tap, e.g., Tuava Guava hefeweisen and Thousand Steps West Coast IPA on tap, plus flatbreads, salads and sandwiches. L, D (daily). The Hive, 859 Laguna Canyon Road, 949.715.0805  Map G15 LAS BRISAS  > Mexican $$$ Cliff-top spot with superb coastal views and popular patio gets a menu and design redo. B (M-Sa); L, D (daily); Br (Su). 361 Cliff Drive, 949.497.5434  Map H15 MOZAMBIQUE  > South African $$ African fortress gone hip offers Cal-Portuguese-South African cuisine such as piri piri prawns. Veranda rooftop dining. Complimentary ride within 10 miles. Br (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 1740 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.7777  Map I16 OAK LAGUNA BEACH  > California $$ Stylish dining room and wraparound balcony overlook Coast Highway. Brooks Street meatballs, local albacore stack, flat-iron steak with cauliflower mash and Nopal corn relish, frozen Nutella cappuccino. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1100 S. Coast Hwy., 949.940.3010  Map H15

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OLIVER’S OSTERIA  > Italian $$$ Owner-chef Ferdinando Bernardi presents cuisine of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Rigatoni al cacio e pepe, salt-baked whole branzino. L, D (daily). The Hive, 853 Laguna Canyon Road, 949.715.0261  Map G15 ROYAL HAWAIIAN FIRE GRILL  > American $$ First opened in 1947; fourth incarnation brings Maro Molteni, former owner of Maro Wood Grill. D (Tu-Su). 331 N. Coast Hwy., 949.715.1470  Map H15 SAPPHIRE LAGUNA  > Eclectic $$$ Globally inspired fare. Far-flung and ever-intriguing menu, excellent cocktails, popular patio, and gourmet pantry for takeout. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1200 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.9888  Map I15 SELANNE STEAK TAVERN  > Steak $$$ Hockey legend Teemu Selänne’s upscale spot. Pacific diver scallops, scarlet beet ravioli, Lord Stanley Cut rib-eye, wagyu steak for two, monkey bread dessert. D (nightly), Br (Su). 1464 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.9881  Map I16 SPLASHES  > American $$$ Restaurant/bar steps from the sand makes for gorgeous memories. Hamachi crudo, lobster bisque, rack of lamb. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., 949.497.4477, ext. 550  Map H15 STUDIO  > California $$$$ Bluff-top bungalow with gorgeous and endless azure Pacific views oozes an offhand luxury. Benjamin Martinek is chef de cuisine. Vegetarian menu is a showstopper. D (Tu-Su). Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., 949.715.6420  Map I16

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DINING NEWPORT BEACH A RESTAURANT  > American $$$ Stylish spot—”classically hip since 1926”—with red leather booths. Kentucky fried quail; Imperial Wagyu coulotte steak. Cafe/market adjacent. L (M-Th), D (nightly). 3334 W. Coast Hwy., 949.650.6505  Map N13 A&O KITCHEN + BAR  > Gastropub $$ Waterfront Anchors & Oceans has California Distilled cocktail program. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., 949.603.4285  Map M14 ARC BUTCHER & BAKER  > American $$ Marín and Noah von Blöm, Golden Foodies chef of the year, open pretty takeout spot in Cannery Village. B, L, D (daily). 417 30th St., 949.877.0190  Map N13 BAYSIDE  > American $$$ Stylish spot ideal for exec lunches, romantic dinners and lazy brunches. The live jazz and the wines are a huge draw. D (nightly), Br (Su). 900 Bayside Drive, 949.721.1222  Map M14 BELLO BY SANDRO NARDONE  > Italian $$ New. Modern Italian dishes—e.g., spaghetti pomodoro in three textures, branzino acqua pazza—and craft cocktails, notably a trio of Campari drinks, amid striking decor. L, D (daily). 1200 Bison Ave., 949.520.7191  Map D4 BLUEWATER GRILL  > Seafood $$ Fresh selection at harbor-front spot—a wide variety from Australian barramundi to farm-raised Mississippi catfish—changes daily. L, D (daily). 630 Lido Park Drive, 949.675.3474  Map N13 THE CANNERY  > Seafood $$ A cannery in 1921, harbor-view restaurant for 40 years. Lobster carbonara; loup de mer; Balboa sundae. Jellyfish Lounge features sushi. Great happy hour. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 3010 Lafayette Ave., 949.566.0060  Map N13 FABLE & SPIRIT  > New Irish $$$ Cuisine, cocktails and decor—bright-mustard door, deep peacock drapes—fascinate. Rabbit fricassee, sugar snap peas, cracked-pepper bucatini and stellar cocktails. L, D (daily). 3441 Via Lido, 949.409.9913  Map N13 FIG & OLIVE  > Mediterranean $$$ Ode to olive oil ranging from crostini and crudo starters to crème brûlée cheesecake in a stunning olive treestudded setting. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, 949.877.3005  Map L15 FLEMING’S  > Steak $$$ Sleek venue, new redo at the prime steakhouse and wine bar with 100 wines by the glass; prime rib on Sundays. New subterranean immersive-dining special-events venue. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 455 Newport Center Drive, 949.720.9633  Map L15 (V) GRACIAS MADRE  > Vegan Mexican $$$ New. West Hollywood fixture known as much for its innovative cocktails as for its creative south-of-the-border fare replaces Gratitude at Westcliff Plaza. B, L, D (daily). 1617 Westcliff Drive, 949.386.8103  Map L14 HELMSMAN ALE HOUSE  > Brewery $$ Owners of the Country Club and Playa Mesa open craft brewery serving menu of pub fare (tri-tip sando, fish and chips) by chef Zach Scherer. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2920 Newport Blvd., 949.220.9977  Map N13 LIDO BOTTLE WORKS  > California $$ Provocative menu harbor-side. Tuna tartare with chile pop rocks; cauliflower wreath with mushrooms and raisins. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Lido Marina Village, 3408 Via Oporto, Suite 103, 949.529.2784  Map N13 LIGHTHOUSE BAYVIEW CAFÉ  > American $$ Beignets, burgers, bánh-mì buns and bouillabaisse in lighthouse-shaped harbor-view restaurant. Newly expanded


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21 OCEANFRONT  > Continental $$$ Romantic restaurant with sunset views, servers in black tie. Crab legs, steaks and osso buco. Live entertainment. D (nightly). 2100 W. Oceanfront, 949.673.2100  Map N13 WATERLINE  > Seafood $$$ “Water to table” seafood experience overlooking the harbor. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Su (Br). Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., 949.630.4390  Map M13

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cocktail list. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., 949.933.1001  Map N14 LOUIE’S BY THE BAY  > Italian Steakhouse $$$ Venerated restaurateurs Piero Selvaggio (Valentino) and Ron Salisbury (the Cannery) partner at impressive waterfront space. D (nightly). 2801 W. Coast Hwy., 949.720.1800  Map N13 MAYOR’S TABLE  > California $$$ Dining room, raw bar serves “vegetable-forward cuisine” and seafood at beachy-chic hotel. Seven-course experience on Thursdays. B, L (M-F); D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Lido House, 3300 Newport Blvd., 949.524.8500  Map N13 NOBU  > Japanese $$$$ Harbor-side outpost of renowned spot is stunning inside and out. Grand Cordon cocktail omakase on the patio. Wagyu Wednesdays. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). Lido Marina Village, 3450 Via Oporto, 949.429.4440  Map N13 OAK GRILL  > California $$$$ Chef Brittany Valles elevates the menu with distinctive takes on already creative fare. Shares patio with Aqua Lounge. B, L, D (daily). Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, 949.760.4920  Map L15 PIZZERIA MOZZA  > Italian $$ 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., 949.945.1126  Map M13 PROVENANCE  > Cal-Ital $$ Cathy Pavlos retools her farmhouse-themed spot to the Italian family recipes she grew up with. Impressive patio garden. Excellent brunch. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2531 Eastbluff Drive, 949.718.0477  Map L14 RED O  > Mexican $$$ Sexy Moroccan-inflected decor includes striking wall with inset tequilas; there’s also a cart of sipping tequilas. Mary’s Duck taquitos; lamb in mole negro. L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). 143 Newport Center Drive, 949.718.0300  Map L15 SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI  > Quick Bites $ New outside Macy’s at Fashion Island. Creative sandwiches—some of the county’s best—and tasty salads. B, L, D (daily). 2823 Newport Blvd., 949.220.9001; 101 Newport Center Drive, sessionswcd.com   Map N13 SUSHI ROKU  > Cal-Japanese $$ Gorgeous spot from Cal-sushi pioneer. Fluke kumquat starter, premium tofu three ways, wagyu flights, rib-eye steak japonais, Zen s’mores dessert. L, D (daily). 327 Newport Center Drive, 949.706.3622  Map L15 TAVERN HOUSE  > New American $$ Greatest hits from veteran restaurateur David Wilhelm, creative spins on American classics from chef

THE WINERY  > California $$$ Seafood, wild game and USDA Prime steaks in striking spot overlooking Newport Harbor. D (nightly), Br (Su). 3131 W. Coast Hwy., 949.999.6622  Map N13

NEWPORT COAST ANDREA  > Italian $$$$ Elegant, unstuffy dining room looks out onto elysian and ocean vistas. Top-tier pasta and gelato. L (F-Su), D (nightly). The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., 844.445.2183  Map L17 THE BEACHCOMBER  > American $$ Historic cottage on the sand at Crystal Cove State Park. Prime flat-iron steak; Gimme S’mores! Outdoor Bootlegger Bar. Los Trancos lot shuttle. B, L, D (daily). 15 Crystal Cove, 949.376.6900  Map E4 MARCHÉ MODERNE  > French $$$ Chef Florent Marneau and pastry chef wife Amelia elevate the bistro experience; brunch and cocktails are fabuleux! D (nightly); Br (Su). Crystal Cove Shopping Center, 7862 E. Coast Hwy., 714.434.7900  Map M17

ORANGE ANEPALCO  > Mexican $$ Chef Daniel Godinez uses French technique to offer elevated Mexican cuisine and innovative cocktails to match. Br (Tu-Su), D (Tu-Sa). 3737 W. Chapman Ave., 714.456.9642  Map B4 HAVEN  > Gastropub $$ Adventurous fare and handcrafted beers. Burgers, Jidori chicken-liver toast, whole suckling pig. Br (Su); L, D (daily). 190 S. Glassell St., 714.221.0680 Map C4 MARKET BROILER  > Seafood $$ Mix ‘n’ match fresh fish ‘n’ sauce. Mesquite-grilled seafood and steaks, sushi and on-site fish market. L, D (daily). The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. W., 714.769.3474  Map J11 ORANGE HILL  > Steak $$ Hilltop hideaway with endless views, bastion of continental cuisine for half a century, morphs into steakhouse serving cuts such as tomahawk and zabuton. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 6410 E. Chapman Ave., 714.997.2910  Map C5

SAN CLEMENTE THE CELLAR  > American $$ Cheese shop, wine bar and excellent restaurant with live music and dog-friendly patio. B, L, D (T-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 158 Avenida del Mar, 949.492.3663  Map south of F6 MRK PUBLIC  > Gastropub $$ Elevated pub fare, notably Tuscan Toast and Vietnamese Sticky Wings, and craft beers (all $5). L, D (Tu-Su). 1402 S. El Camino Real, 949.441.7621  Map south of F6 OC FRESCA  > Latin Fusion $$ New. Beach vibes and Latin American dishes plus agua fresca-inspired tequila and mezcal cocktails and nonalcoholic Re-Frescas and paletas (popsicles). L, D (daily). 1814 El Camino Real, 949.503.2692  Map south of F6

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO RAMOS HOUSE CAFÉ  > Creative Brunch $$ Memorable repast on covered patio of 1881 house next to the train tracks in historic district. B, L (Th-Tu); Br (Sa-Su). 31752 Los Rios St., 949.443.1342  Map I17

SANTA ANA 4TH STREET MARKET  > Food Hall $$ Tenants include Dos Chinos, Alta Baja Market, Electric City Butcher, Recess Libations and Steel Pan Pizza. L, D (daily). 201 E. 4th St., 714.486.0700  Map H13 HICCUPS & CHURROHOLIC  > Pan-Asian-Mexican $$ New. Garlic noodles, pad thai and pho and chamoy-mango slushie—plus elaborate churros and horchata milk tea. L, D (daily). 3390 S. Bristol St., 714.760.4313  Map H13 MIX MIX KITCHEN BAR  > Filipino Fusion $$$ Chef Ross Pangilinan’s acclaimed cuisine/cocktails. Prix fixe dinners (includes wine pairings on Wed.). D (Tu-Sa), Br (Su). 300 N. Main St., 714.836.5158  Map H13 OMAKASE BY GINO  > Japanese $$$ Sushi chef Gino Choi unveils 10-seat restaurant in downtown Santa Ana offering set-price menu “for serious sushi lovers.” Offerings flown in daily from Tsukiji. D (Tu-Sa). 304 N. Main St., 657.231.6008  Map H13 PLAYGROUND  > American $$ Owner/chef Jason Quinn’s superior small plates; adjacent Playground 2.0 is a convivial culinary laboratory. D (TuSa). 220 E. 4th St., 714.560.4444  Map H13 TANGATA  > California $$ Spot at Bowers Museum offers Pacific Rim-inflected lunch Spam taco, Korean skirt steak, banana spring roll. L (TuSu). 2002 N. Main St., 714.550.0906  Map G13

TUSTIN CHAAK  > Mexican $$ Elevated Yucatecan staples and contemporary Mayan decor inspired by owner Gabbi Patrick’s roots. L, D (TuSu). 215 El Camino Real, 657.699.3019  Map C4 J. ZHOU  > Cantonese $$$ Flamboyant destination offers dim sum and special-occasion fare such as lobster served 16 ways and several types of abalone. L, D (daily). The District at Tustin Legacy, 2601 Park Ave., 714.258.8833  Map D4 JT SCHMID’S  > Brewpub $$ Restaurant and brewery offers wood-fired pizzas, Prime steaks, burgers, jambalaya and sashimi. L, D (daily). The District at Tustin Legacy, 2415 Park Ave., 714.258.0333  Map D4 MESS HALL MARKET  > Food Hall $$ New. Ten vendors at spot adjacent to Tustin Legacy Park include Vaka burgers, Slapfish, Fonda Moderna tacos, Saigon Kitchen, Little Greek and Drink Bar. B, L, D (daily). 1705 Flight Way, messhalltustin.com  Map I14 UNION MARKET TUSTIN  > Food Hall $$ Tenants include new Roba Noodle, Stowaway for tiki drinks, Kettlebar Steam Cooking, Central Bar and Churned Creamery. L, D (daily). The District at Tustin Legacy, 2493 Park Ave., unionmarkettustin.com  Map D4 THE YELLOW CHILLI  > Indian $$ New. Recipes by famed Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Griddled cottage-cheese cubes, butter chicken, tandoori sea bass, gulab jamuns dessert. L, D (daily). The District at Tustin Legacy, 2463 Park Ave., 714.389.5280 Map J14



Mike Payne, overlooking harbor canals. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 333 Bayside Drive, 949.673.8464  Map M15


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OCDINING 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

HARLEY LAGUNA BEACH The menu at Harley is seasonal, Southern California-inspired and chef-driven—by owner-chef Greg Daniels, a pillar of the county’s chef community. Amid midcentury-modern décor, Daniels serves up dishes given inventive tweaks that make them unforgettable. Highlights include grilled avocado, with avocado leaf and pit; whole roasted head of cauliflower, Moroccan-spiced; fried halloumi cheese with Blinking Owl aquavit; handmade pastas such as the tagliatelle in the wild boar bolognese (left); and impeccably sourced steaks cooked over a live wood fire. Lists of craft cocktails and beers and boutique wines are thoughtfully curated. Roasted pineapple upside-down cake makes for an ideal finish. D (Tu-Su).

370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach 949.715.1530 • harleylagunabeach.com

HOUSE OF CHIMNEY CAKES Enjoy churros or doughnuts? Consider kürtöskalács, or Hungarian chimney cake—a sweet, cylindrical, freshly baked bread, crispy on the outside, hot and fluffy on the inside. New at Center Street Promenade, the House of Chimney Cakes is the brainchild of Hungary-born fashion model/pastry chef Szandra Szabó and fine-dining chef Omar Lara. Their elaborate creations, such as All-American Apple Pie, Matcha Monster and Oreo Overload, start with flavored chimney-cake cones. The cones are filled with soft-serve vanilla bean or Dutch chocolate ice cream—or vegan pineapple or strawberry Dole Whip—and finished with an array of toppings, fillings and sauces. You can also design your own or enjoy the cakes without ice cream—they’re scrumptious. Open Tu-Su. 173 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim 714.603.7859 • thehouseofchimneycakes.com


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OC RESTAURANT WEEK  Mar. 8-14. Nearly 150 restaurants across Orange County offer discounted prix-fixe menus, cocktail specials and breakfast for dinner options. Various locations, ocrestaurantweek.com CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL  Mar. 13-15. Festival features Japanese dance, music, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts and games, plus Japanese food offerings. Free. Huntington Beach Central Park Bandstand, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, occbfest.com  Map D2 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL  Mar. 18-Apr. 19. Inspired by the urban, contemporary spirit and culture of street sports, Volta features never-before-seen acrobatics and striking sets. O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 877.924.7783, cirquedusoleil.com  Map K13

Center Stage

Chazz Palminteri teams with directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, choreographer Sergio Trujillo, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater to create A Bronx Tale, March 10-22 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Based on Palminteri’s life story, the streetwise musical is set in the 1960s in the Bronx, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Direct from the show’s return to Broadway, Cameron Mackintosh presents a new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony-winning musical Les Misérables May 5-17, also at the Segerstrom Center. A story of heartbreak, passion and resilience, it’s set in 19th-century France. Emily Bautista stars as Eponine (above); songs include “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “Stars.” p. 36

SWALLOWS DAY PARADE  Mar. 21. Event salutes storied annual bird visit from Argentina. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1976, swallowsparade.com  Map I17 NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL  Apr. 23-30. 21st-anniversary event presents more than 300 films— features, shorts, documentaries and animation—as well as parties and sessions with directors and screenwriters. Schedule: newportbeachfilmfest.com Map K16 NEWPORT ENSENADA RACE  Apr. 24-26. World’s largest yacht race. Best views from Corona del Mar coastal cliffs and Balboa Pier. nosa.org Map N12 TASTE OF HUNTINGTON BEACH  Apr. 26. 20th-annual tasting event with live entertainment by the Ramsey Brothers Band. Noon-4 pm. $65-$95. Huntington Beach Sports Complex, 18100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, tastehb.com  Map D2 GARDEN GROVE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  May 22-25. Parade, carnival rides, strawberry cake. F 1-10 pm; Sa-Sun 10 am-10 pm; M 10 am-9 pm. Free. Rides from $1. Village Green between Main and Euclid streets, Garden Grove, 714.638.0981, strawberryfestival.org Map J9

THEATER A BRONX TALE  Mar. 10-22. Chazz Palminteri teams with Robert De Niro and Alan Menken from streetwise musical based on Palminteri’s life story. A young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13 LEONORA AND ALEJANDRO: LA MAGA Y EL MAESTRO  Mar. 18. Double Edge Theatre’s fantasia on the relationship between a famed British-born Mexican surrealist and a Chilean filmmaker. Musco Center for the Arts, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726  Map B4 THE SCARLET LETTER  Mar. 28. The world premiere of a staging of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterwork by Kate Hamill, The Wall Street Journal’s 2017 playwright of the year. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555  Map J13 I GET RESTLESS  Apr. 12-May 3. World premiere of a drama about second chances. An accident during a honeymoon leaves a woman unable to remember the last six years. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555  Map J13

Guidelines Map locators (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps on pp. 45-47. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

Index Special Events............. 36

Shopping....................... 40

Theater........................ 36

Eatertainment............. 40

Music + Dance.............. 36

Golf Courses................ 40

Sports.......................... 37

Beaches....................... 40

Attractions................... 38

Nightlife....................... 42

Museums..................... 40

Explore......................... 44

CHICAGO  Apr. 14-19. Tony- and Grammy-winning Broadway musical tells a tale of fame, fortune ... and all that jazz. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13 LES MISÉRABLES  May 5-17. New production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical about heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit in 19th-century France. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787  Map J13 ARCADIA  Opening May 9. Comedic masterpiece “shot through with fun, passion and genius” (The New York Post). In 1809, a brilliant young student proposes an astonishing scientific theory; 200 years later, two academics race to unravel its mysteries. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555  Map J13 MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  May 12. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646 Map K14 ANN  May 13-31. Intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, late governor of Texas, by Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men). Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787  Map G15

MUSIC + DANCE HONDA CENTER  Mar. 21 André Rieu. May 2 Michael Bublé. May 26 Journey With Pretenders. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500, hondacenter.com  Map I11 HOUSE OF BLUES  Mar. 1 Tori Kelly. Mar. 6 Metalachi. Mar. 13 SiriusXM presents Totally 80’s Live with the Motels. Mar. 14 Trippie Redd. Mar. 17 Melanie Martinez. Mar. 20 Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. Mar. 21 Sofia Niño de Rivera. Mar. 25 Snoh Aalegra. Mar. 28 Silverstein. Mar. 29 Chippendales. Apr. 11 World of Dance. Apr. 16 Randy Rogers Band. Apr. 17 Saved by the 90’s. Apr. 25 Oh Wonder. Apr. 28 In This Moment and Black Veil Brides, special guests DED and Raven Black. May 7 Citizen Cope. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.778.2583, houseofblues.com/anaheim  Map I10 IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE  Mar. 1 Academy of Dance. Mar. 4 Davina and the Vagabonds, Hot Club of Cowtown. Mar. 5 Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Mar. 6 UCI Symphony Orchestra. Mar. 8 Mozart Classical Orchestra. Mar. 12 Kahulanui. Mar. 14 Vocalist Karla Bonoff, vocalist and guitarist Livingston Taylor. Mar. 15 Israeli singer-songwriter Noa. Mar. 21-22 Festival Ballet, Swan Lake. Mar. 26 Gala Flamenca. Mar. 27 Mnozil Brass. Mar. 28 Vocalist Lucie Arnaz. Apr. 3-4 MenAlive. Apr. 5 Mozart Classical Orchestra, flutist Patti Cloud. Apr. 9 Guitarist Makana. Apr. 17-18 Bollywood Boulevard. Apr. 19

> More than 1,600 items fill Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, many of them from Disney rides and movies. p. 43


FESTIVAL OF WHALES  Mar. 7-8, 14-15. 49th-annual festival celebrates the California gray whale migration with a parade, concerts, crafts and marine-mammal cruises. Call for hours. Free. Dana Point Harbor, 949.496.1045, festivalofwhales.com  Map J16


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ENTERTAINMENT Vocalist/guitarist Laurie Berkner. Apr. 24 Jungle Book. Apr. 26 USAF Airmen of Note. May 9-10 UCI Opera, The Scarlet Letter. May 16 Trio Céleste. May 20 Jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. UC Irvine, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646, thebarclay.org  Map K14 MUSCO CENTER FOR THE ARTS  Mar. 6 Champan Orchestra, America’s Got Talent finalist Daniel Emmet. Mar. 7 Violinist Gil Shaham, pianist Akira Eguchi. Mar. 8 Vietnamese American Society for Creative Arts and Music, Obsessed Pho More. Mar. 13 Chapman University Wind Symphony. Mar. 15 Guitarist Jason Vieaux. Mar. 18 Double Edge Theatre. Mar. 19 L.A. Master Chorale, Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter). Apr. 1 Chamber Orchestra, multi-instrumentalist/singer Kishi Bashi. Apr. 3 University Singers, University Choir. Apr. 5 Spellbound Contemporary Ballet. Apr. 24, 26 Opera Champan, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte). Apr. 28 Chapman Big Band and Jazz Combo, Latin jazz trumpeter Dr. Bobby Rodriguez. May 2 Juilliard String Quartet. May 8-9 Chapman University’s Spring Dance Concert. Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, 844.626.8726, muscocenter.org Map B4 SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS  Segerstrom Hall Mar. 5-8 American Ballet Theatre. Mar. 25 Dancing With the Stars Live. Apr. 3-12 Shen Yun. Apr. 14-19 Chicago. Apr. 25 The Best of Dance: Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance. Apr. 30 Kronos Quartet. May 2 Celtic Woman. May 5-17 Les Misérables. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Mar. 1 Organist David Higgs, members of Pacific Symphony. Mar. 3 Academy of St Martin in the Fields, violinist/conductor Joshua Bell. Mar. 13-14 Pink Martini, Pacific Symphony. Mar. 19-21 Pacific Symphony, violinist Dennis Kim, pianist Alexander Romanovsky. Mar. 22 Pacific Symphony, pianist Alexander Romanovsky. Mar. 15 Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Lahav Shani, pianist Nelson Freire. Mar. 27 Tribute to Harold Prince. Mar. 28 Iranian New Year, vocalist Shahram Nazeri, Pacific Symphony. Mar. 29 O.C. Youth Symphony and Anaheim Ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Apr. 3-4 Texas Tenors, Pacific Symphony. Apr. 11 Ailey II. Apr. 23-28 Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale, Verdi’s Otello. Apr. 29 Les Violons du Roy, mandolinist Avi Avital. May 1-2 Pacific Symphony, Windbone Music, The Music of the Rolling Stones 1969. May 7-9 Pacific Symphony, pianist Joyce Yang. Samueli Theater Mar. 1 Alan Chapman, the Art of Orchestration. Mar. 14-15 Beep. Mar. 21-22 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical). Mar. 26 Violinist Augustin Hadelich, pianist Orion Weiss. Mar. 28 Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, Aaron Diehl Trio. Apr. 4-5 Emil and the Detectives. Apr. 17 Sibelius Piano Trio. Apr. 18 Clayton Brothers Quintet. Apr. 19 Violinist Bomsori Kim, pianist Rafał Blechacz. Apr. 23-25 Tony Award-winning vocalist Eliza Doolittle. May 7 Emerson String Quartet. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org  Map J13 SOKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER  Mar. 7 Pianist Murray Perahia. Mar. 8 Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards. Mar. 12 Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. Mar. 13 The Aliso Niguel High School Orchestra. Mar. 29 Pianist Yefim Bronfman. Apr. 5 Pacific Symphony, violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen. Apr. 11 Singer/musician Rocky Dawuni. Apr. 18 Singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie. Apr. 26 Hub New Music, shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki. May 16 Pianist Beatrice Rana. Soka University of America, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4278, soka.edu  Map E6

SPORTS HONDA CENTER  Mar. 1 Anaheim Ducks vs. New Jersey Devils. Mar. 6 Ducks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs. Mar. 8 Ducks vs. Minnesota Wild. Mar. 10 Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators. Mar. 12-14 Big West Tournament. Mar. 15 Ducks vs. Montreal Canadiens. Mar. 18 Ducks vs. Boston Bruins. Mar. 20 Ducks vs. Vancouver Canucks. Apr. 1 Ducks vs. Dallas Stars. Apr. 3 Ducks vs. L.A. Kings. May 16 Stars on Ice. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 714.940.2000, hondacenter.com  Map I9


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ATTRACTIONS ATTRACTIONS AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC  Exhibit highlights include Shark Lagoon, Lorikeet Forest and sea jellies. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $19.95-$34.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100  Map west of C1

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BILLY BEEZ  Slide, bounce, jump and run at indoor jungle- and bee-themed arena for kids and their and families. STC Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 657.207.4841  Map I10 THE BLINKING OWL  O.C.’s premier craft distillery makes aquavit, vodka, gin and whiskey. Impressive facility and tasting room cocktails. Tour and tasting, $30. 802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana, 714.852.3947  Map H14 CHRIST CATHEDRAL  Architectural must-sees: Philip Johnson’s newly renovated glass cathedral, Richard Neutra’s Tower of Hope, Richard Meier’s Int’l Center for Positive Thinking. Continuing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibition. Tours M-Sa 10 am, 1 pm. Free. 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, 949.375.5763  Map J10 DISCOVERY CUBE  Hands-on exhibits, shows in science center and theater. Ongoing Dino Quest, Mission Control; Helicopter Tour; Water Gallery; Science of Hockey. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $14.95-$19.95, under 3 free. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.542.2823  Map G13 DISNEYLAND  Rise of the Resistance is the new centerpiece of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever; by all accounts it’s Disney’s best ride ever. Walt Disney’s theme park also looks back with Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln; a mountain range of thrill rides includes Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Call for hours. Admission: $97-$124, under 3 free. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map I10

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DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE  Park ups the thrill ante with Incredicoaster at new Pixar Pier area and Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout! Soarin’ Over California and the World of Color water-and-light show still thrill. Call for hours. Admission: $97-$124. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map I10 DOWNTOWN DISNEY  Free pedestrian promenade adjacent to Disney parks offers dining, shopping and nightlife including Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Disney Home, Salt & Straw ice cream, Ballast Point Brewing Co. 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800  Map I10 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, adjacent to CSU Fullerton, features 4,000 plant species set amid ponds and streams. 8 am-4:30 pm. Free; $5 suggested donation. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407  Map A3 GO VR GAMING  Virtual-reality arcade offers 3D experiences that take you worlds away. Multiplayer programs too. M-Th 3-10 pm, F 3-10:30 pm, Sa 1-10:30 pm, Su 1-10 pm. STC Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.829.4189  Map I10 GREAT PARK ICE & FIVEPOINT ARENA  Huge skating facility includes practice rinks for Anaheim Ducks. 888 Ridge Valley, Irvine, 866.829.3829  Map D5 KNOTT’S BERRY FARM  More than 165 rides and attractions; premier coasters include HangTime, Silver Bullet and Xcelerator. Camp Snoopy for younger children. The park is marking the centennial of the Knott family’s arrival in O.C. Call for hours and prices; under 3 free. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200  Map G8


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ATTRACTIONS 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, Spanish stallions, swordsmanship, falconry and four-course feast. $36.95-$63.95. 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 866.543.9637  Map G8

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MISSION ESCAPE GAMES  Work as a team, use clues to escape from a locked room in under 60 minutes. M-Th 3:30-10 pm, F-Sa 12:30-11 pm, Su 12:30-10 pm. Call for prices. STC Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 657.234.5625  Map I10 OCEAN INSTITUTE  Aboard tall-ship Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor. Tide-pool sessions; marine-mammal cruises; blue-whale safaris. M-F 10 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-3 pm. $5-$10, under 2 free. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274  Map J16 ORANGE COUNTY GREAT PARK  Tethered-balloon ride, $5-$10, under 18 free with adult. Carousel, $3, $10 all day. (See Great Park Ice previous page.) Sand Canyon Avenue at Interstate 5, Irvine, 866.829.3829  Map D5 PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE  Swordplay, pyrotechnics, comedy and romance aboard Spanish galleon replica. Call for hours. $36.95-$61.95, under 3 free. 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.690.1497  Map G8 QUEEN MARY SHIP AND SEAPORT  Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—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

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RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM  Exhibits include replica of Nixon’s Oval Office and one about his historic trip to China. Grounds include Nixon’s birthplace and rose garden. $6-$16, under 5 free. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.993.5075  Map A4


ROCKREATION  Indoor climbing facility with routes and instruction at all levels. M noon-10 pm; Tu-Th 6 am-10 pm; F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm. $15-$20. 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.556.7625  Map J12

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SAFARI PARK  Wildlife preserve with vast enclosures resembling African and Asian plains. $58; children 3-11 $48; kids 2 and under free. Cars $15. Open daily, call for hours. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702  Map southeast of F6

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SAN DIEGO ZOO  Four thousand animals, many rare and endangered, in state-of-the-art environments. $58; 3-11 $48; 2 and under free. Free parking. Open daily; call for hours. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515  Map southeast of F6

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SANTA ANA ZOO  Modest zoo, Crean Family Farm, Zoofari Express Train Ride. Daily 10 am-4 pm. $7-$10, 2 and under 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. $82-$92, under 3 free. 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 800.257.4268  Map southeast of F6 SHERMAN LIBRARY & GARDENS  Intimate 10-garden botanical collection, Café Jardin. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. Research library M-F 10:30 am-4 pm. $3-$5, under 12 free. Free first Monday of the month. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261  Map M16 SPACES  Immersive virtual-reality experience involves 3D face scan, sensors, PC “backpack” and goggles. Daily


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OCMAEXPANDS-SANTA ANA  Interim quarters for the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) until its spectacular new home is completed at nearby Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Through Mar. 15 Pacific Rim artists. Opens April 18 Alexandra Grant: Telepathy is One Step Further Than Empathy and Maryrose Cobarrubias Mondoza: Navigationg Technics. Free. Th 11 am-8 pm, F-Su 11 am-6 pm. South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.780.2130 Map J13

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10 am-9 pm. $30. Irvine Spectrum Center, 734 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, ​949.800.8306  Map D5 VANS SKATEPARK  Skateboard mecca. M-Sa 10 am-10 pm; Su 10 am-9 pm. Free. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange, 714.769.3800  Map J11

MUSEUMS BOWERS MUSEUM  World cultural arts and California exhibitions. Opens Mar. 7 Inside the Walk Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic. Ongoing Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachan; Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands; Ancient Arts of China. 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  Exhibits with pop culture bent. Mar. 14-May 3 Golden Legacy: 75 Years of Little Golden Books. Ongoing Leo Fender: Life and Legacy. Tu-W, F-Su noon-4 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $3-$5, under 6 free. 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545  Map A3 HILBERT MUSEUM  Chapman University-run venue shows California images by 20th-century artists. Through Mar. 7 A Fine Romance: Images of Love in Classic American Illustration; The Magic and Flair of Mary Blair. Through May 2 Los Angeles Area Scene Painting. Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, 714.516.5880  Map J11 HUNTINGTON BEACH INTERNATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM  Board culture: exhibits on Duke Kahanamoku, classic surfboards, Endless Summer. Tu-Su noon-5 pm. $2. 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.465.4350  Map N8 LAGUNA ART MUSEUM  California Impressionism and contemporary cultural art. Through May 25 Artemio Sepúlveda; Travels in Mexico: Watercolors From the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection. M-Tu, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th 11 am-9 pm. $5-$7, under 18 free. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971  Map H15 LYON AIR MUSEUM  Rare operational 20th-century aircraft and other historical vehicles displayed at venue 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 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; Mission Treasures: Historical Collection Revealed; Plein Air Art Reproductions; Spanish Colonial Room. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $7-$10, under 4 free. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300  Map I17 MUZEO  Intimate exhibition space on Center Street Promenade. Through Mar. 29 Historical Society of Second

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 THE CAMP  Enclave for outdoor enthusiasts includes eco store SEED People’s Market, 2nd Street for vintage clothing; eateries include Old Vine Kitchen + Bar. 2937 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661 Map J13

SOUTH COAST COLLECTION / OC MIX  Luxe design showrooms, OC Mix for 30 vendors including the Mixing Glass for mixologists and Taco María restaurant. 3303-3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa  Map J12 SOUTH COAST PLAZA  “The Ultimate Shopping Experience.” Boutiques include spectacular Louis Vuitton; there’s a Spa Nordstrom, too. Macy’s Home Store and CB2 are in the Bear Street wing. New French restaurant Knife Pleat, Chalk & Vermilion Fine Art pop-up exhibit. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888  Map J13

EATERTAINMENT STC ANAHEIM GARDENWALK  Spectacular House of Blues, Mission Escape Games, Go VR Gaming, Harley-Davidson boutique and restaurants including Grasslands meat market, barbecue and churrasco. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7410  Map I10 THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY  Lifestyle destination offers AMC theaters and restaurants, the Winery, J. Zhou, Utopia European Caffé, and new Yellow Chilli; Union Market includes Stowaway for tiki cocktails, Central Bar and new Roba Noodle. Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway, Tustin, 714.259.9090  Map J14

CORONA DEL MAR PLAZA  Boutiques include Diane’s Beachwear and Tommy Bahama restaurant, bar and boutique. Plus Sprinkles Ice Cream. 800-984 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949.759.8687  Map M15

DOWNTOWN DISNEY  Twenty-acre complex adjacent to Disney theme parks includes Ballast Point brewery and Black Tap for burgers and shakes, both new, newly renovated Naples Ristorante, plus Studio Disney 365, Lego Store and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. 1510-1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.300.7800  Map I10

CRYSTAL COVE SHOPPING CENTER  Ocean views amid Tuscan setting. Upscale boutiques Coastal Cool and Atelier 7918 and Aston Martin showroom; fine dining includes Marché Moderne and Bluefin. 7845-8085 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.759.8687  Map M17

THE SOURCE  New. Asian-centric destination. Eden Sky and Threading House boutiques, CGV Cinemas, dPot shabu-shabu, K-Pop Music, Fifty One dumplings, Gangnam House. 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.521.8858  Map G8

FASHION ISLAND  Elegant open-air center features anchors Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, boutiques Zadig & Voltaire, ViX Paula Hermanny swimwear, Suitsupply, restaurants Sushi Roku and Fig & Olive. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000  Map L15

THE TRIANGLE  Keys on Main dueling pianos, Time nightclub, Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, Starlight Cinemas, H20 Sushi, new Cafe Sevilla. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.650.0732  Map K12

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

ANAHEIM HILLS GOLF COURSE  “The Hills.” 18 holes set amid vistas, valleys, streams, oaks and sycamores. M-Th $54, F $61, Sa-Su $72. Includes cart and GPS. Twilight rates. 6501 E. Nohl Ranch Road, Anaheim, 714.998.3041  Map B5

IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER  Newly expanded Moorish-themed center includes Nordstrom, the nation’s most-visited movie complex, giant Ferris wheel and lots of restaurants including the world’s first Hello Kitty Grand Cafe. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180  Map D5 THE LAB  Hip boutiques Urban Outfitters, Eye Society and Crew Salon; Habana and Hana Re restaurants. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661  Map J13 LIDO MARINA VILLAGE  Harbor-side Elyse Walker, Sweaty Betty and Alchemy Works boutiques, Sugar Paper for stationery, Nobu and Lido Bottle Works restaurants. 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949.675.8662 Map M15 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 oceanview center includes MadaLuxe Vault for discount luxury, Vans, Guess and O.C.’s California Welcome Center is new. 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, Free People, Vissla, Brand Melville and Urban Outfitters. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345  Map N9


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 PELICAN HILL GOLF CLUB  Two gorgeous 18-hole courses at the sumptuous Resort at Pelican Hill; virtually every hole has spectacular coastal views. $295 daily. 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 877.735.4226  Map L17 TUSTIN RANCH GOLF CLUB  Resort-style course designed by Ted Robinson. Challenging greens, palm trees and lakes, clubhouse. Private caddie service. M-Th $145, F $165, Sa-Su $195. Additional cart fee. 12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, 714.730.1611  Map C5

BEACHES BALBOA BEACH  Pristine sunning/swimming beach. All amenities. Metered parking. Balboa Boulevard at Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, 949.673.3371  Map N14 CORONA DEL MAR STATE BEACH  Large, sandy beach below beautiful homes. Volleyball, lifeguards, fire pits, amenities. Waveless Pirate’s Cove Beach adjacent. Fee for parking. At Ocean Boulevard and Marguerite Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151  Map M16


Baptist Churd. Through Apr. 26 Society of Calligraphy. Continuing 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic. Ongoing Anaheim: A Walk through Local History. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $7-$10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936  Map H10


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BEACHES + PARKS CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK  Hiking and biking trails, sandy coves, steep cliffs. Historic district with beach cottages and the Beachcomber cafe. 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 HUNTINGTON CITY BEACH  Wide, sandy beach; amenities include fire pits. Fee for parking. Along Pacific Coast Highway between Beach Boulevard and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.5281  Map N9 HUNTINGTON STATE BEACH  Expansive, sandy beach; amenities include fire pits. Bolsa Chica Wetlands opposite. Fee for parking. Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, Huntington Beach, 714.536.1454  Map N10 LITTLE CORONA DEL MAR BEACH  Steep paved path to picturesque cove; tide pools filled with anemones and starfish are great for kids. Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue, Corona del Mar, 949.644.3151  Map M16 MAIN BEACH  Large beach adjacent to shops and restaurants has great people-watching, basketball, volleyball and chess. All amenities. Metered parking. Broadway and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 714.834.2400  Map F5 NEWPORT BEACH MUNICIPAL BEACH  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. Lifeguards, giant inflatable in-water novelties and various water vessels for rent. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.DUNE  Map M14 SALT CREEK COUNTY BEACH  Long stretch below Ritz-Carlton, grassy Bluff Park with basketball court. All amenities. Parking $1/hour. Off Ritz-Carlton Drive, 33333 S. Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.923.2280  Map J16 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, 949.497.9229  Map H15 THE WEDGE  World-renowned bodysurfing and bodyboarding spot with dangerous break. Free parking lot. West Jetty View Park, tip of Balboa Peninsula, end of Channel Road, Newport Beach, 949.644.3309  Map N1

NIGHTLIFE AQUA LOUNGE  Waved ceiling, 360-degree bar, huge patio, street-food-inspired menu ... and group cocktails! Deejays Th-Su. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920  Map L15 BLIND RABBIT  Speak-easy with 1920s atmosphere hidden behind wall at Anaheim Packing House won the most awards (three) at the Golden Foodies. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, theblindrabbit.com  Map H10 BOWLMOR  Hip, state-of-the-art, glow-in-the-dark bowling lounge with sports bar and global cuisine. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2405 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.2695; STC 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


THE FIFTH  Rooftop venue offers craft cocktails, live music, Disneyland fireworks. Grand Legacy at the Park, 1650 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.0899  Map I10


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NIGHTLIFE THE GUILD CLUB  Tiny, quirky bar, formerly membersonly, opens to the public; superb cocktails/bites adjacent to Arc restaurant. South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite G, Costa Mesa, 949.500.5561  Map J12 HIVE & HONEY  Stylish, sprawling rooftop bar with 360-degree urban views; there’s some form of honey in most cocktails. Marriott Irvine Spectrum, 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.759.0200  Map D5 IRVINE IMPROV  Top comedy. Two-item minimum; Umami burgers. Irvine Spectrum Center, 572 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455  Map D5 KEYS ON MAIN  Two performers play requests on baby grand pianos. Shows Th-Sa (nightly). The Triangle, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.619.9850  Map K12 LOLA GASPAR  Ever-hip bar-and-kitchen in the heart of downtown Santa Ana is arguably the area’s best. 211 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714.972.1172  Map H13 MCCLAIN CELLARS  New. Tasting room featuring acclaimed wines from Santa Ynez Valley, plus charcuterie, olive oils, artisan popcorn and music. 849 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.590.9980 Map E5 OFFSHORE 9  O.C.’s highest coastal rooftop lounge. Waterfront Beach Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000  Map N9 THE RANCH SALOON  The best in live country music and dance—and free dance lessons—adjacent to top-tier Ranch Restaurant. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200 Map I11 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 RUIN BAR  Edgy intimate spot with eclectic, super-quirky decor dispensing excellent cocktails. The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.884.3189  Map J13 SILVER TRUMPET BAR AND LOUNGE  Stylish spot ideal for pre- or post-theater cocktails. 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593  Map J13 SPLITSVILLE LUXURY LANES  Twenty bowling lanes on two floors at Downtown Disney; live music daily. 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 657.276.2440  Map I10 STRONG WATER ANAHEIM  New. Tropical, Nautical bar with Asian-inspired food and a hidden room inspired by a 19th-century shipwreck. 270 S. Clementine Blvd., Anaheim, strongwateranaheim.com  Map H10 STRUT BAR & CLUB  New. Queer venue with entertainment lineup including drag brunch, DJs. 719 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.536.4389  Map L12 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 TIME NIGHTCLUB  Spectacular club in domed building; musical acts and big-name DJs. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103  Map K12 TOPSIDE ROOF DECK  Rooftop bar atop beach-housechic Lido House Hotel. 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.524.8500  Map N13 TRADER SAM’S ENCHANTED TIKI BAR  Thunder, volcano, tiki carvings with moving eyes.... Fun Jungle Cruise-themed spot serves tiki drinks at Disneyjand Hotel. 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, 714.781.3463  Map I10 TREEHOUSE  Superstylish rooftop lounge atop Tanner’s restaurant with ocean views. Paséa Hotel, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.6130 Map N9


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EXPLORE EXPLORE AMTRAK  Trains stop in Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. 800.872.7245, amtrak.com ANAHEIM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION INTERMODAL CENTER (ARTIC)  Spectacular hub for Metrolink/Amtrak trains, OCTA buses, Anaheim Resort Transportation, shuttles, taxis. 1750 S. Douglass Road, Anaheim, 877.99.ARTIC, articinfo.com  Map I11 ANAHEIM RESORT TRANSPORTATION (ART)  19 routes, transfers to Disneyland, Anaheim GardenWalk, Convention Center. Purchase passes online, at Amtrak station and select hotels. 888.364.2787, rideart.org CAPTAIN DAVE’S DOLPHIN & WHALE SAFARI  Catamaran with underwater viewing pod. Departures daily. $35-$59. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828  Map J16 CATALINA EXPRESS  Round trip to Catalina Island. Inside Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern St., 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 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 SPORTFISHING AND WHALE WATCHING  Sportfishing, whale-watching trips, twilight wine cruises and schooner yacht for charters. Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.496.5794, danawharf.com  Map K16 DAVEY’S LOCKER  Whale-watching, deep-sea fishing charters, boat rentals, entertainment cruises. Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach, 949.673.1434, daveyslocker.com Map N15 HORNBLOWER CRUISES  Luxury party yachts. F-Sa dinner-dance cruises, Sa-Su Champagne brunch. Mariner’s Mile Marina, 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.0155, hornblower.com  Map M13 JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT  O.C. gateway is superior to LAX in ambiance and ease. Art exhibits. 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949.252.5200, ocair.com  Map J13 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  Trains connect to San Diego and Los Angeles; nine stops from San Clemente to Fullerton. $10 weekend pass (Sa-Su) for rails, public transportation. 800.371.5465, metrolinktrains.com ORANGE COUNTY ADVENTURE TOURS  Tours and transportation to L.A., Hollywood, Universal Studios, Temecula wine and O.C. coast. Hotel pickup. 714.960.6790, ocadventuretours.com 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 5th St., Huntington Beach, 714.465.2782; 2515 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.612.7989  Map N9, M16



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1 New Star Wars: Rise of

9 Wyland art lessons for kids

16 The Green Bloody

24 Ocean-view hiking trails

the Resistance at Disneyland in Anaheim. p. 38

at Dana Sportfishing and Whale Watching in Dana Point. p. 44

bloody Mary at Social Huntington Beach. p. 30

at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach. p. 42

2 Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

10 Birdwatching at Bolsa Chica

17 Hot Balls on Ice at

25 Indoor climbing at

exhibition at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove. p. 38

State Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach. 714.846.1114

new Curry Up Now at Irvine Spectrum Center. p. 30

Rockreation in Costa Mesa. p. 39

3 Cocktails at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine. p. 39

11 New tropical and nautically themed bar Strong Water Anaheim. p. 43

18 Strolling the Los Rios Historic District in San Juan Capistrano. p. 23

26 Fashions at Zadig & Voltaire at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. 714.759.1978

4 Art exhibitions at OCMAExpands-Santa Ana. p. 40

12 Burgers at the Penalty Box at new SteelCraft Garden Grove food hall. p. 29

19 Cocktails and quirky

27 The sculpture garden at

decor at Ruin Bar at the Lab in Costa Mesa. p. 43

Newport Beach Civic Center Park. 949.644.3309

13 Shoes at Jimmy Choo at

20 Tiki Thursdays cocktails

28 Insta-workout! The steps

South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. 714.327.0644

at The Recess Room in Fountain Valley. p. 29

at Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach. 949.497.9229

14 Men’s fashions at the new

21 Home decor at Areo in

29 Spaces virtual-reality

Valentino boutique at South Coast Plaza. 714.751.3300

Laguna Beach. 949.376.0535

experience at Irvine Spectrum Center. p. 39

5 The Barbershop, new at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach. 949.760.4992 6 Unusual gifts at lifestyle boutique Fleur de Lys in Costa Mesa. 949.548.0810 7 Carrot tacos at new Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge in Rancho Mission Viejo. 949.503.3086

15 Skating at new Great Park Ice in Irvine. p. 38

22 The tofu bánh mì at new Herb & Ranch in Irvine. 949.316.449

8 Calligraphy workshops at

23 Artisan swimwear by Agua

Seaside Gallery and Goods in Newport Beach. 949.290.7249

Bendita at Diane’s in Huntington Beach. 714.536.7803

30 Artisan candles at Laguna Candles at the Hive in Laguna Beach. 949.510.2943




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