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  • Zov's Bistro Bakery & Cafe

    Zov's Bistro Bakery & Cafe

    It may be in another one of those stultifyingly dull neighborhood centers,where everything looks like everything else, but leave it up to James BeardAward-winner Zov Karamardian to shake up the Orwellian sameness with her brand of... More on Zov's Bistro Bakery & Cafe »

  • Pinot Provence

    Pinot Provence

    Unlike other posh joints, where the idea of comfort is to make average folks feel uncomfortable, Pinot is nothing but inviting. The French-Californian cuisine and atmosphere manage to be classy without being stuffy, and the roasted-lamb noisette... More on Pinot Provence »

  • 50 Forks

    50 Forks

    50 Forks, the student-run restaurant on the Art Institute of California's Orange County campus, is the final test for the school's culinary-arts students before they can graduate with a bachelor's degree, the classroom where years of theory and... More on 50 Forks »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Knucklehead's

    Knucklehead's

    A typical night will find this box-shaped building off San Clemente's main drag filled with loyal locals. Eleven TVs line the walls above the bar and over the two pool tables; most of the other wall space is covered in stickers in that classic... More on Knucklehead's »

  • La Habra 300 Bowl

    La Habra 300 Bowl

    Owned by the Burch family of Burch Ford fame, La Habra 300 Bowl in La Habra is well-known for the rock-throwing athleticism of Glen Allison, who in 1981 bowled three consecutive 300 games. Tossing aesthetic grandeur to the wind, 300 Bowl is... More on La Habra 300 Bowl »

  • Good Ol' Boys Saloon

    Good Ol' Boys Saloon

    Good Ol' Boys Saloon & Sports Bar is a locals' spot where the tap runs cold and the mixed drinks are cheap. The fully-stocked bar serves up cocktails priced from $3 to $7. Get a quarter off domestics and well drinks during happy hour Monday... More on Good Ol' Boys Saloon »

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Music Venues

  • Club Fais Do-Do

    Club Fais Do-Do

    Fais Do-Do is a Cajun dance party, as well as a phrase used by mothers to tell their infants to go to sleep. The Mid-City nightclub Fais Do-Do is very much a raging Cajun dance party, and a whole lot more besides, with its large bar and adjoining... More on Club Fais Do-Do »

  • Villa Nova

    Villa Nova

    You must know where this place is already. Drive down PCH in Newport and you can't miss it. It's big, grand, like a palace among shacks. You must also know that there is music and dancing and Italian food of the romantic variety, whatever that means. More on Villa Nova »

  • Joe's Great American Bar & Grill

    Joe's Great American Bar & Grill

    Since it opened in 2005, Joe's really has been one of the San Fernando Valley's greatest bars, with live entertainment nightly and a large dance floor. The Burbank nightclub is renowned for booking top country-music performers, but rock, swing,... More on Joe's Great American Bar & Grill »

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Food Trucks

  • The Lime Truck

    The Lime Truck

    The Lime Truck's Daniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn know their repeat customers are not only open for something new, but they also expect it. Quinn is as apt to adopt a Filipino seasoning technique to make sugary-delicious tocino tacos one day as he... More on The Lime Truck »

  • Los Reyes Del Elote

    Los Reyes Del Elote

    Though they sell tacos, tortas, burritos and even raspados, the emphasis at this taco truck is on roasted corn-take a cue from the squat, dark man flipping cobs on a grill as if they were flapjacks. And keep some room for esquite, a wondrous... More on Los Reyes Del Elote »

  • Pomona Fairplex

    Pomona Fairplex

    For a long time, this expansive place in Pomona was known as the L.A. County Fairgrounds, and it's still the annual home of the L.A. County Fair, and has been ever since 1922. The 500-plus-acre facility includes Fairplex Park, a race track with a... More on Pomona Fairplex »

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Coffee Shops

  • Paul's Coffee Shop

    Paul's Coffee Shop

    The menu is small and doesn't really vary from omelets, hamburgers, pancakes and waffles. But surprises lurk in the specials board-Korean barbecue with kimchi, a linguiça-and-eggs breakfast (note to readers: Whenever a restaurant serves this... More on Paul's Coffee Shop »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Orange County and around the world. Named for the chief mate on... More on Starbucks »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Orange County and around the world. Named for the chief mate on... More on Starbucks »

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    • David C. Mau writes for OC Weekly

      Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!! Winter here in the OC may lack the simple charms of a New England one but it does have its advantages. We don't get many snowball fights, sleigh rides or other such trappings but we are granted a great time to surf. When the water warms up just a tad and that wind turns around with just the right swell, truth be told, I'll trade all the mittens and hot cocoa in the world... More on Zubies Dry Dock »

    • Playwright Samuel Hunter's characters are ordinary people with ordinary problems: mortality, illness, loneliness, figuring out how to get from Point A to Point C with no idea where Point B is. But Hunter raises the ordinariness of his characters to extraordinary status. That's both a testament to his dramatic skill as well as the latest evidence that the stories we tell ourselves about Americans don't have to be confined—as so many of Hunter's predecessors and peers do—to cultured, articulate, big-city types who whine and fret about their... More on South Coast Repertory »

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