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  • 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 »

  • The Shore

    The Shore

    One of Downtown San Clemente's newest restaurants is actually updated from an old one (Shore House Café). 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 »

  • Siam Taste of Asia

    Siam Taste of Asia

    With fewer than 20 entrées 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

  • Zov's Cafe Bakery & Bar

    Zov's Cafe Bakery & Bar

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

  • 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 »

  • Bootleg Theater

    Bootleg Theater

    Based in a former 1930s warehouse, this brick-walled performance space hosts music, theater, dance and film events in a medium-size theater, which is adjoined by a more bare-bones bar, where indie-rock musicians are booked by the local promoters... More on Bootleg Theater »

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Music Venues

  • The Yost Theater

    The Yost Theater

    The Yost Theater is a concert venue in Santa Ana. Housed in a vintage movie house, the Yost Theater is looking to compete with big OC music venues such as Disney's House of Blues. Gorgeously appointed with massive plush drapes, ornate lanterns,... More on The Yost Theater »

  • Good Hurt

    Good Hurt

    In the past decade, Good Hurt has become West Los Angeles' longest-running live rock nightclub. Its fiery red interior creates an appropriately lurid mood for a wide range of music, from funk and indie rock to techno and reggae. The club's weekly... More on Good Hurt »

  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi-disciplinary cultural campus. To put it bluntly, it’s the classiest venue in the whole damn county. Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts... More on Segerstrom Center for the Arts »

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Movie Theaters

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Food Trucks

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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

  • 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 »

  • Cha FOR TEA

    Cha FOR TEA

    Liquid refreshment makes up most of the extensive menu at Cha for Tea, and the high point may be the lilac-hued, creamy taro-milk tea. Even the food at Cha features notes of tea. The subtle tea-flavored minced pork and the tender, stew-like,... More on Cha FOR TEA »

  • 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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