Californian cuisine is partly a commitment to fusion and risk-taking in the kitchen, and partly a commitment to the freshest ingredients. And Voice Places is your guide to Californian cuisine in Orange County. Our professional reviews, user reviews and helpful listings give you the goods on the Golden State.
There's a soup called Seven Sins of the Sea, with all these different seafoods, and if you dine on it with champagne, it makes you forget that Napa Rose is located in... More »
Each staff member will address you by name. When you askwhere the restrooms are, a server won't just point the way; she'll happilywalk you... More »
First, hats off to whoever came up with the House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer. As the cliche goes, it is what it is. The place has quickly... More »
This Costa Mesa eatery draws crowds mostly for its breakfast burritos, massive bricks too heavy on the eggs and too light on the sharp Cheddar, and crunchy, greasy hash... More »
This intimate live-music bar and restaurant is tucked into the Gower Gulch mini-mall, which was once the stellar nexus of early Tinseltown... More »
Yvon Goetz used to be the chef at David Wilhelm's long-defunct but excellent Chat Noir. Goetz was the reason it was excellent. Now at his own... More »
The Resort at Pelican Hill is the Irvine Co.'s magnum opus of luxury-aplace purposely designed to give competitors like the St. Regis a run fortheir... More »
No Kai Oi in Huntington Beach is a breakfast spot that specializes in Hawaiian food. You can get regular pancakes, regular hashes, all the classics. But much, much better... More »
The chain's second location is nearly as charming as the first, with the same ramshackle-house design and with enough stickers to write a history of bad OC bands... More »
Occupying what until recently housed Hatfield's, Eva is the creation of Mark Gold (no relation), a veteran of Joachim Splichal's armies of the night, who dreams of a... More »
Some food critics are of the opinion that you can't judge a restaurant in its opening weeks, that you need to give them time to work out any kinks. Some food critics are idiots. I'm of the opinion you can tell a restaurant's ultimate worth from the moment they set napkins in front of a customer. I knew Old Vine Cafe was a winner when I dropped by for its inaugural dinner and had the first of...
Long Beach, you may not officially be part of Orange County, but we love your craft beer anyway. There are only two independent breweries within the city limits, but that doesn't mean you can't find a great brew elsewhere in town.
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CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS MARKET
The first thing you should know about South of Nick's is that it's the kind of Mexican restaurant that inserts a decorative, hole-punched, colored tortilla chip in the refried beans. Yet just when you've pegged it as another uppity, overpriced tortilla torture chamber, you see it offers a bowl of albóndigas with chayote and hoja santa, a Mesoamerican heart-shaped leaf with minty-herb...
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