Exhibit A: a spicy pork sausage topped with yakisoba noodles, okonomi sauce, aonori, and red ginger.
Anyone who has sunk their teeth into one of these Golden Foodie Award-winning burgers will tell you that they’re really THAT good.
A well-executed menu of artisanal cocktails (like the Italian Snow Cone made with Aperol, or Hyland Old-Fashioned crafted with black walnut bitters) balances out all the earthy, woodsy flavors.
Don’t be fooled by the name: Taco Maria’s more than a simple taqueria (although it does make a particularly memorable shiitake mushroom taco).
Meat is ground every few hours (ensuring optimum freshness) in this hidden-in-an-office-building, frustrating-to-find beef den, which offers only a handful of options...
all of which go great with the crazy-good strawberry/basil lemonade.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, book tickets for Playground 2.0, the restaurant’s culinary theater that offers multi-course tasting dinners.
This Filipino spot slings traditional dishes like sinigang, dinuguan, and adobo with fresh-from-the-farmers-market veggies and unexpected ingredients.
Since a list of OC’s best restaurants wouldn't be complete without at least TWO restaurants with the word "vine" in their name, may we present this globally inspired bistro?
The food here is always stellar, and highlights include a wagyu and foie gras carpaccio and a truffle-infused English pea toast.
The wine pairings are also available from a top sommelier.
Old Vine Café is blasting out lengua (that’s beef tongue) omelets for brunch, a house-made meatball panino for lunch, and prix-fixe dinner menus that'll nail you with char-grilled lamb chops w/ a blueberry demi-glace.
This small-batch donut shop does it right: Its signature huckleberry 'nut is one of So Cal's best, and its ante can be upped with seasonal variations like passionfruit and guava add-ons.