If you're looking for a dark, trendy bar and an amazing gourmet burger in one place, then 25 Degrees is it. Enter 25 Degrees and grab a seat at the large bar or at one of the tables and dive in to the menu. Four signature burgers come loaded with toppings like caramelized onions, Burrata, pesto, green chili and more. If you're not in the mood for one of those, they have an option to build your own custom burger with their 14 different options each of toppings, sauces and cheeses. They also offer some equally decadent non-burger sandwich options like the Sonoran Bobak Hot Dog which is a bacon-wrapped hot dog with caramelized onion, tomato, pinto beans, onion, green chili, queso fresco, mustard and garlic aioli. Try a shake, either with or without alcohol, or beer from the tap to pair with 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 is a great restaurant with a delicious menu of Cuban dishes in a Latin setting. The restaurant feels like a little cafe in Havana. This is a great little spot where the food is good and the atmosphere is friendly. Much of the clientele consists of professionals who work in the area. The menu features Nueva Latina fare (not simply Cuban) since it is also inspired by South American cooking. The tamales, spicy seafood dishes, and marinated pork are excellent. There is a full bar plus a pretty good wine list.
The Past Memories is a restaurant and bar that serves excellent Korean dishes and soju. The menu is filled with creatively prepared Korean street food, with such dishes as chicken wings, seafood pancakes and kimchi ramen noodles. There is also a wide variety of flavored soju available, with the drinks beings served with onion and shrimp chips.
Sushi on Fire boasts a cosmopolitan cool from its central location in Huntington Beach, an elegantly minimal dining area and trendy bar creating a hip atmosphere. A la carte sushi is the main focus of the menu here, although a somewhat secret menu of twelve artisan sakes makes this restaurant a destination in itself. Knowledgeable servers can assist you in making the perfect sake choice to accompany the incredibly fresh fare on offer. Overflowing with California cool, Sushi on Fire is a hot item in the Huntington dining scene.
Serving some of the best cocktails in all of Orange County, 320 Main offers classic American cuisine with a twist. The prime rib dip and the bison burger are favorites on the menu, and you can end your meal with a brownie sundae or a piece of carrot cake. The cocktails here are truly fantastic - be sure to try one of their signature cocktails such as a Oude Fashion or a Fifth Stage, with contains Pernod absinthe, pineapple, lime, orgeat and cucumber.
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.
One of the best things in life the combination of cookies and ice cream, and here at Chunk-N-Chip, the handcrafted sweets are some of the best in Orange County. The cookie and cream flavors range from classic and traditional to seasonal and exotic; try the Bahama Mama made with a Macadamia nut cookie then packed with pineapple and white chocolate ice cream or the Red Velvet cookie stuffed with Peanut Butter Cup. Any one you choose will leave you wanting to return again and again until you try the entire menu.
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.
This chic upscale restaurant serves delicious Asian fusion dishes made with fresh organic ingredients. AnQi is also known for their cocktails, try a unique creation like the Sin-U-Rita that has jalapeno and rock candy. Make sure you visit on a Friday night to listen to live music.
Barley Forge Brewing Co. is located at the popular Camp in Costa Mesa, where visitors can mix both dining and shopping at this hip retail center. Behind the bar, the brewery offers small-batch, craft beers that are made with love and character. The core beers consist of a Witbier, a Dark Ale, an Amber Ale made with Agave, a Dortmunder, an IPA, a double IPA, a Hefeweizen made with mango and the Patsy is a Rye Stout infused with coconut. Of course, guests will find seasonal beers depending on the time of their visit, as well as limited-release editions. The kitchen serves a myriad of sandwiches from the grill as well as appetizers; the selections accompany the beers perfectly.