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  • 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 »

  • Opus Restaurant

    Opus Restaurant

    There's a soothing aquarium that seems to put everyone at ease and a Happy Hour that's priced right. Fill up on the baby-artichoke appetizer or the caprese salad, and be glad you chose the place over Olive Garden. More on Opus Restaurant »

  • Siam Taste of Asia

    Siam Taste of Asia

    With fewer than 20 entrĂ©es to choose from, Siam Taste of Asia may not strike the Thai enthusiast as much of an adventure. However, it is one of the best in Orange County. The nice old lady who mans the restaurant spoils her customers, both in... More on Siam Taste of Asia »

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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 »

  • Buffalo Wild Wings

    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1982 when a guy from Buffalo, New York traveled to Ohio to judge an amateur figure skating competition and failed to find any wings that measured up to the ones at home. Now B-Dubs, as it likes to call itself,... More on Buffalo Wild Wings »

  • Harvelle's Long Beach

    Harvelle's Long Beach

    Those in search of Harvelle's Long Beach location must descend through a musty staircase leading to a space underneath Congregation Ale House. Here, guests are greeted by a dark room with hardwood floors, and plush red booths accented by moody... More on Harvelle's Long Beach »

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Music Venues

  • Harvelle's Long Beach

    Harvelle's Long Beach

    Those in search of Harvelle's Long Beach location must descend through a musty staircase leading to a space underneath Congregation Ale House. Here, guests are greeted by a dark room with hardwood floors, and plush red booths accented by moody... More on Harvelle's Long Beach »

  • 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 »

  • Boulevard Music

    Boulevard Music

    The Culver City emporium features all things musical, with acoustic-instrument sales, workshops, rentals, lessons, and in-store concerts by folk, roots and country musicians. No alcohol. All ages. More on Boulevard Music »

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Movie Theaters

  • Highland Theatre

    Highland Theatre

    This theatre is located on North Figueroa Stree and and South Avenue 56 in Highland Park. Amenities include a concession stand, all Dolby Digital sound and highback seats. More on Highland Theatre »

  • ArcLight Hollywood

    ArcLight Hollywood

    This fifteen-screen theatre is located on Sunset Boulevard and Vine. Amenities include reserved seating, a bar and a cafe. It also offers special 21+ screenings, film exhibits, Q&A events and a themed "ArcLight Presents" series featuring cinema... More on ArcLight Hollywood »

  • AMC Loews Broadway 4

    AMC Loews Broadway 4

    This four-screen theatre is located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Amenities include a concession stand, wheelchair-accessible stadium seating, and RealD 3D. More on AMC Loews Broadway 4 »

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Food Trucks

  • Tacos El Chavito

    Tacos El Chavito

    Here is Orange County's best deal: two tasty tacos for a buck, with free, unlimited pineapple juice. Who cares that this taco truck is in the middle of Surf City's notorious Slater Slums-two tacos for a buck with free pineapple juice! More on Tacos El Chavito »

  • Dogzilla Hot Dogs

    Dogzilla Hot Dogs

    Dogzilla is a food truck that sells hot dogs. The great thing about Dogzilla's Asian-inspired hot dog is that their structural integrity remain: the noodles stay in place, the wiener doesn't slip, the bun soaks up everything but doesn't turn into... More on Dogzilla Hot Dogs »

  • Oh for Sweet's Sake

    Oh for Sweet's Sake

    Oh for Sweet’s Sake is a food truck that specializes in cupcakes and other sweets. The cupcake craze is petering out, but the Elvis cupcake from the Oh for Sweet's Sake truck may be the epitome of everything that's good about the reinvented... More on Oh for Sweet's Sake »

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Coffee Shops

  • McClain's Coffeehouse

    McClain's Coffeehouse

    McClain's is a coffeehouse that resides near downtown Fullerton in an early-20th-century craftsman home that was formerly a Rock 'N Java. Though it boasts lots of cool pluses--good-lookin' baristas, live music, walls adorned with the work of... More on McClain's Coffeehouse »

  • 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 »

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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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