Peter's Gourmade Grill, right on the edge of Tustin, from its opening quickly became a hot spot for delicious gourmet burgers and sandwiches. If you ask anyone what to order at Peter's the answer will be quick: the signature ABC (avocado, bacon and cheddar) Burger. But the menu doesn't stop there, with all kinds of behemoth burger and sandwich combinations like The Rammer, grilled pastrami on top of a burger patty with grilled onions and all the fixings, or the basil chicken sandwich. Aside from things between bread, there are some appetizer, salad and main dish options too, some classic American and some with a Mediterranean or Mexican twist. The grill is in an old gas station so enjoy the unique surroundings as you dig into your meal.
The Anthill Pub on the UC Irvine campus has a a great drink selection and amazing pub food menu. If you're not sure what to order the fire ants dish, buffalo popcorn chicken with Louisiana hot sauce and blue cheese dipping sauce, is especially good. The rotating beer menu is carefully curated and has one of the best selections in all of Irvine - the fact that this is on a college campus is a recipe for an interesting atmosphere. Live music and other events are held here often.
This cafe in the neighborhood of Guasti serves breakfast all morning as well as lunch specials. All of the plates that leave the kitchen are massive and most can serve two. The menu consists of familiar favorites like pancakes, omelets, burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads and chili. Formerly located in Ontario, the Guasti Homestyle Cafe moved to nearby Chino and it now serves its massive meals in a historic 1923 building.
Shabu Shabu, one of the most popular Japanese eateries in Santa Ana, is also rumored to feature a fantastic and impressive sake collection. Located on 17th Street, the charming restaurant, done up with deep reds and oriental elements, welcomes and usually caters to large groups and families. The food menu, on the other hand, is built around the shabu shabu-style (Japanese hotpot) of cooking where the diners choose a main ingredient, usually a meat, and cook it in boiling water along with various other herbs, condiments and spices - the result is a truly delicious, exotic meal that the entire family create and can enjoy together! Although meat and poultry preparations such as kobe beef and rib-eye shabu shabu are highly recommended, their vegan and vegetarian selections are quite delectable as well. Don't forget to complement this wonderful meal, with one of their sake drinks; take the help the courteous waitstaff if necessary - they'll be happy to help!
This charming little cafe and coffee shop offers a delicious selection of organic coffee and tea, alongside artisanal pastries, cakes and cookies. Prepared as you like it, fresh and with a dollop of good cheer, every drink on the menu is a flurry of flavor. The ambiance is relaxed, perfect for a quick cup of coffee, an afternoon with your laptop or even a leisurely bite to eat with friends. The cafe also hosts live performances by local bands, and open mic nights for singers, musicians and poets. The next time you find yourself craving a good cup of coffee and a sweet treat, stop by Fullerton's beloved Night Owl.
Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar alone makes a visit to San Clemente worthwhile. The restaurant has two sections that sandwich the entrance of San Clemente Pier. One section is more formal than the other, but how much will this glorious view cost you? As low as USD3 for a happy hour meal - no catch whatsoever! Of course, the seafood is a must-try and the oyster bar is awesome (as well as the regular bar). A sourdough bowl of clam chowder is not to be missed. Here, what you also get is a taste of San Clemente culture, probably the most laid back in Orange County. -Hoiyin Ip
Cream Pan is a family-friendly restaurant that is known for its baked items, especially croissants and breads. It also sells sweets at various shops across California. Children and adults alike can relish croissants in varieties like plain butter, almond, banana, blueberry and strawberry. The menu also features croquette and turkey avocado sandwiches, pork katsu curry and sushi platters. Seated in the charming interiors, enjoy desserts like cream puff, pear tart, mango cheesecake and Boston cream donut. And if you can't get enough of the confectioneries, hire their catering services for your next party.
One of the Biggest Chinese-owned bakery chains in the states, this location in Irvine is the place to be if desserts are your weakness. Their pastry chefs are some of the most qualified professionals in the field and produce some truly exquisite masterpieces such as their signature Almond Half Moon, Deluxe Strawberry and the Dong-Po Pastry. They also serve up some amazing savory items like the Cheese Dog, which is a must-have here.
A brightly-lit and spacious restaurant located in Westpark, Irvine, Capital Noodle Bar offers up a variety of South-East Asian fusion dishes. The large picnic-style benches here, make this a great place to dine in with a group of friends or family. However if you wish to, you can always pick up some of their tasty food as take-away. Enjoy delicious options like Crispy Shrimp Rolls, Crispy Tofu, Grilled Beef Skewers, Stir Fried Green Beans, Fried Fish Cakes, Chicken Lo Mein, Canton Roast Duck, Wonton Egg Noodle and Thai Style Chow Fun. Finish off a meal here with the Cinnamon Chinese Donut with Vanilla Ice Cream and wash it all down with a Hot Jasmine Tea or a Passion Fruit Green Tea.
Located in the heart of Irvine, Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Café is one of the city's most reputed confectioners, serving their loyal customers since 1849. Considered to be more of an institution, the bakery is perpetually packed with patrons who come here to purchase some of their world-famous sourdoughs. Also functioning as an eatery, their menu features a variety of breakfast specials, baguette burgers, salads, artisanal cheeses, soups, and dessert.
H2O Poke & Grill is a fast food restaurant located in The Market Place that serves delicious grill items and Hawaiian Poke. The portion servings are good in size and the service is prompt here. You can create your own poke bowls here for a reasonable rate. The diner is cozy and has a welcoming atmosphere. The decor is filled with earthly elements like white marble table tops, light brown walls, steel chairs, a massive blackboard and wooden back rests. The staff here are quite friendly and accommodating.