For those times you can't decide between sweet and savory, Bruxie has you covered. Bruxie specializes in, as one might suspect, "Bruxies" which are Belgian-style waffles turned into sandwiches. Diners can choose to go the sweet route with Nutella and banana, S'Mores or Creme Brulee Bruxies. For a more savory route, Bruxies includes combinations like the Bruxie burger, green eggs and ham Bruxie or the hot pastrami Bruxie. Round out your meal with some waffle-cut fries or even go authentic and get a straight-up traditional Belgian waffle.
Located in Costa Mesa's hip shopping district, the Camp, Milk & Honey is your hipster coffeehouse that perfectly fits in with all the other cool shops and restaurants. Here, visitors will receive an excellent cup of java in addition to an equally delectable tea. Moreover, M&H also provides a small menu of light, healthy snacks and bites. Try the Açaí bowl or the Honey Tarragon Tuna sandwich, both make for a perfect lunch. Add a cup of coffee or tea and you're set.
The Portola Coffee Lab is one of many cool, hip shops located inside of the popular 4th Street Market. Sure the prices may be a bit exorbitant, but the quality and passion that goes into every cup is apparent when you taste it. As with many upscale coffeehouses, Portola sources all of its beans from farmers at fair-trade and many are grown organically. Every type of cup is offered, from Chemex drips to espresso pulls, it is no wonder that this coffeeshop has several locations around the O.C.
Sandy's Beach Grill in Huntington Beach offers expansive views of the ocean and offers Californian cuisine without breaking the bank. The lunch and dinner menus present seafood, steak, wood-fired pizza, sandwiches and appetizers like their fabulous Dungeness Crab Cake or delectable Gilroy Garlic Fried Green Beans. Their full bar has a good selection of cocktails, draft beers and California wines by the glass. Whether it is dining inside in their beach inspired dining room or their huge outdoor patio, Sandy's is always inviting, especially during sunset.
Chapter One: The Modern Local is part of a larger revitalization of cities around the L.A. basin, where the emphasis is on energizing downtown businesses in core areas. In Santa Ana, this particular restaurant mixes innovation, ideals, community and history. Celebrating all things local, the farm-to-table, seasonal menu adheres to sustainability which makes the simple, yet flavorful ingredients stand on their own. The craft libations, from beer to cocktails are excellent, and if you arrive late, the kitchen stays open until midnight.
Located in a rather charmless shack, the bustling scene and aroma are enough to draw people into La Sirena Grill. As you walk through the outdoor dining area, you'll notice this is a neighborhood hangout place; patrons talk across tables and converse with the staff as if they were neighbors. Organic is the theme, and vegetarians are also in for a treat. Though you cannot go wrong with any order, seafood is not to be missed, and the guacamole is second to none. This is an eco-friendly restaurant that uses biodegradable utensils and eco-containers. They also tirelessly support many environmental organizations and events. - Hoiyin Ip
A far cry from your regular seafood shack, Slapfish is bright and cheerful seafood shack with a menu to please any seafood lover. Emphasizing on sustainably sourced, quality ingredients, Slapfish keeps it simple, offering diners a no-fuss, fast-paced casual dining experience. With a few indoor seats, the shack makes perfect use of its oceanfront setting and has plenty of outdoor seating. A great place for a casual lunch or a bite to go, tuck into their tasty specials like lobster roll, New England clam chowder, surf n turf lobster burger as well a constantly rotating array of daily specials. Accompanied by a Pellegrino or one of their craft sodas, it makes for a tasty ocean-side meal. For more details, visit the website.
Located in the posh enclave of Dana Point, The Shwack Beach Grill bucks all pretentiousness and gets down to business with good, old-fashioned burgers and surf-side snacks. In adherence to surf culture, the menu features two simple options, 'Breki' which includes almost everything for the most important meal of the day, and 'Core' for a meal after 11am. Burgers, sandwiches, tacos and even items for the 'groms' (little ones) make this spot one of the best in Dana Point, especially after coming home from the beach.
If you are looking for delectable, creamy pizzas at Newport Beach that are sure to delight, head to Pizzeria Mozza by Iron Chef America Mario Batali. You can sit on the pizza bar to watch the chef work his magic on the pie from dough to oven, and top the crust with gourmet ingredients like pancetta, nettles, chanterelles, and house-made fennel sausage. If you want to indulge in Italian food but are not in the mood for pizza, their paninis and antipasto dishes are just as wonderful. The menu also includes a large selection of vegan options allowing everyone to taste the deliciousness of the food here.
As its name implies, Native Foods Cafe is a purveyor of both vegetarian and meat based dishes for the health conscious consumer. The menu items meticulously detail the all-natural ingredients and the kitchen only uses non-GMO items. Gluten-free options are available and the menu does a superb job at describing dishes that may contain food allergens. Some of the dishes include the Sesame Kale Macro Bowl, the Bangkok Curry Bowl, Lemongrass Broccoli and a kid's menu that is just as impressive. Its location at the Camp is also another reason why to visit Native Foods, after you eat, you still feel light and filled with energy to go shopping.
Located in the hip shopping complex, the Camp, visitors have a range of options in dining, from baked goods at Black Market to vegetarian delights at Native Foods Cafe. Taco Asylum fills the niche for those in search of a modern, convenient taqueria. Though this isn't your normal, run-of-the-mill taco shop, here the combinations are innovative and impressive. For instance, the specialty tacos include one made with Bacon and PB&J, a version of the Vietnamese Bahn Mi, the Jamaican Jerk and the Philly Cheesesteak. Each one features flavors from these classic sandwiches albeit made with a Mexican twist. Of course, you can still get traditional tacos made with pork, steak, chicken, etc., in addition to some delectable appetizers.