Located in the secluded suburb of Chino Hills, this pub offers American comfort food and stellar drinks in a convivial atmosphere. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Chino Hills Pub is more than just a place that serves food, it's a restaurant where the whole family can gather. Craft beers and superb cocktails are behind the bar while the kitchen serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, signature dishes as well as a kid's menu. Sunday brunch is from 9a to 1p and it features bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
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.
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.
At this family-run restaurant located in Chino, guests will find comfort food from around the world as well as a few American classics thrown in for good measure. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Riverside Bar & Grill starts the day out with omelets, oatmeal, bagels and the exotic Nopales, which is the Prickly Pear cactus made with eggs any way you want. Lunchtime brings the deli counter to you with sandwiches like Turkey on Rye, tuna, the Reuben, French Dips as well as veggie selections. Burgers, appetizers, salads and soups round out the entire lunch menu and though the dinner menu is not as extensive, it's diminutive list still packs a punch. Here the Italian influence is seen, where the kitchen prepares steak, chicken, fish and pasta in a simple fashion and with a nod towards the 'Boot'.
The selection of beer here is mind boggling— hundreds of bottled selections and about 15 beers on tap will satisfy the most finicky of beer drinkers. This is also a deli serving sandwiches and other typical deli fare like potato salad and other goodies. If you are on a diet, this place is not for you, but if you just want delicious beer and food, loosen your belt and prepare to fill up.
For the most creative hot dogs you're likely to find in Orange County, hunt down Dogzilla. While Dogzilla's menu gives you a choice of "typical weiners," being your classic plain hot dog and chili dog, the "not your typical weiner" category is what really stands out. Sample dogs like the namesake Dogzilla, an all beef dog with grilled onions, avocado, Japanese mayo, bacon bits, teriyaki sauce and furikake served on a King's Hawaiian bun, or the Yaki Dog, also serve on a Hawaiian bun topped with yakisoba noodles, okonomi sauce, ao nori and red ginger.
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 right in front of the pier at Balboa Beach, Tacos Cancun is the go-to spot when you are looking for a classic beach side taco. The portions are huge and each plate comes with rice, beans and chips. Of course, since you are at the beach, the fish tacos are considered the favorites, however the burritos and the Asada Fries are close to the top of the list. Moreover, if you are here for the holidays, Tacos Cancun makes some of the best tamales in the Newport Beach area, a hidden secret only locals know about.
Original Mike's is housed in a building that dates back to 1919, in fact it was formerly the first auto-dealership in this fledgling city. The structure has original details galore and the entire space is decorated with an nod towards yesterday, in fact, the first Santa Ana firetruck is parked here. Mike's is huge, with three bars, three stages and three different dance floors, there is no doubt you'll have plenty of room for you and your friends. Depending on the day of the week, Mike's functions as a live music venue, sports bar and nightclub, and sometimes all three rolled into one. A definite must-stop on any itinerary while visiting Santa Ana.
Alta Baja Market is a unique, one-of-a-kind store that specializes in products that derive from the American Southwest, Mexico and California. Some of the products include wine, beer, crafts and home goods that come from these regions. Additionally, the shop provides classes and workshops in cooking, demos, pop-up dinners and idea swaps. Its location in the 4th Street Market is also another reason why people are attracted to Alta Baja.
MAR is a raw fish bar where the kitchen serves a variation of dishes, from poke and teriyaki bowls to tacos and Ceviche. Located in the popular 4th Street Market, most of the menu focus is on the raw fish, however the chicken teriyaki and chorizo tacos are masterfully prepared. Order a glass of Black Rice Horchata or Blood Orange Lemonade and you have a unique lunch that is out-of-the-ordinary.