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  • The Shore

    The Shore

    One of Downtown San Clemente's newest restaurants is actually updated from an old one (Shore House CafĂ©). A margarita is the libation of choice, and the ahi salad is the thing to nibble. Sweet-potato fries, burgers-all the crowd-pleasers are... More on The Shore »

  • 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 »

  • The Surfin' Cowboy

    The Surfin' Cowboy

    Surfin' Cowboy is a bar in Capistrano Beach. There's good tequila (though skip the ludicrously overpriced Casa Dragones at $50 a shot) and cocktails that were actually researched and don't rely on artificially flavored vodka. There's freshly... More on The Surfin' Cowboy »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Acme Comedy Theatre

    Acme Comedy Theatre

    This 99-seat club presents a variety of ongoing comedy nights in the heart of Hollywood. More on Acme Comedy Theatre »

  • 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 »

  • The Joint

    The Joint

    This live-music bar has long featured rockers like regular Waddy Wachtel, who's occasionally brought in such stellar guest pals as Keith Richards. Full bar. Over 21. More on The Joint »

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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 »

  • World Stage Performance Gallery

    World Stage Performance Gallery

    The World Stage, a Leimert Park landmark founded in 1989, has long been home base for great local talent. It’s one of the best places to hone your skills as a musician, as well as get the most blunt feedback you could possibly hope for: If you... More on World Stage Performance Gallery »

  • 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

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Food Trucks

  • 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 »

  • Ippo Sushi

    Ippo Sushi

    This Irvine-based sushi company is a delivery service rather than a restaurant, delivers exclusively to UCI students and doesn't open until 6 p.m.--when the average college student begins studying. From bowls to rolls--the healthy late night... More on Ippo Sushi »

  • 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 »

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Coffee Shops

  • Viento y Agua Gallery

    Viento y Agua Gallery

    Viento y Agua is one of those brilliant gems that make an urban neighborhood (especially in L.A. County) worth living in. Part coffee-shop, art gallery, music venue and restaurant, Viento y Agua still manages to exude a down-to-earth vibe among... More on Viento y Agua Gallery »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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    • Easter eats are a Sunday treat. This year's roundup is a little beach-centric, and for good reason. Most shopping plazas are closed for the day, so it's the perfect reason to get out for some patio dining. Our list travels from Laguna to Anaheim and back, so select your destination, set your Waze app and go!The Deck on Laguna Beach Celebrating beachside lasts all day long at the Pacific Edge Hotel. Things start off on a sweet note with croissant and muffin baskets for the table. Grilled asparagus bundles (pictured) served with piquillo... More on Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar »

    • Every time I visit Hi-Time Wine Cellar, I always make sure to buy a different liqueur. I've had raki from Turkey, Mexican anise nectar, some weird-ass Greek shit, and enough amaro to shout "Vaffanculo!" with authority. They all do invigorating wonders to me, the perfect nightcap for a day of boozing or to make sure a big meal settles correctly instead of remaining in my gut for days...wait, is this mic on? Buying liqueurs instead of straightforward booze is also a great way to travel the world. Right now, I'm resting easy with pelinkovac,... More on Hi-Time Wine Cellars »

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