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  • Sol Del Sur Bistro

    Sol Del Sur Bistro

    A gem of a find tucked into a remote plaza north of Ortega Highway, Sol del Sur Bistro offers a Europe-heavy culinary trip around the world, with ingredients and flavor combinations not found anywhere else in Orange County, all at surprisingly... More on Sol Del Sur Bistro »

  • Ostioneria Playas De Sinaloa

    Ostioneria Playas De Sinaloa

    Playas de Sinaloa is like most any other Sinaloa-style seafood restaurant-cheesy d├ęcor, light provided by neon beer signs, buxom waitresses in impossibly tight skirts and shirts that respectively rise too high and sink too low. But you're here... More on Ostioneria Playas De Sinaloa »

  • Thai Nakorn

    Thai Nakorn

    This venerable institution has a loyal following willing to follow it to Garden Grove, or wherever the cooks may end up, so long as they can feast on what many consider the best Thai food in California. Graze from the options on the first page,... More on Thai Nakorn »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Commonwealth Lounge

    Commonwealth Lounge

    This downtown spot has successfully separated itself from the herd of local sud-slingers with unique aesthetic flourishes. Remarkably, the bar itself is table high, and patrons are seated in cushy, broad-backed chairs. The recessed liquor shelves... More on Commonwealth Lounge »

  • The Fling

    The Fling

    For better or worse, this little dive is a legendary among local patrons and all that pass through it. Descriptors range from "epic" to "disastrous," but a vast majority manage to agree that if you enter the premises without a stick up your ass,... More on The Fling »

  • 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

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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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    • 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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