One of the best bargains in Orange County is the lunchtime prix fixe "Spontanee" menu at Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza. It is also, in my opinion, the best restaurant in the O.C.
My husband and I have been fans of Il Fornaio since the late '80s, when we used to drive into Los Angeles just to get a good Italian meal.
About five years ago, Adam Fleischman, an unsuccessful screenwriter and owner of a wine bar called BottleRock, decided to open a burger joint.
The Fig & Olive has opened in Fashion Island in a freestanding building just across from the Red O. The building is surrounded by fig and olive trees, and the motif is carried out in the decor.
With the dearth of new fine-dining restaurants opening these days, we are always looking for interesting, small neighborhood spots to review. One is Il Farro on the Balboa Peninsula, just a few steps from the pier.
I have been a big fan of chef Deborah Schneider ever since she opened the wonderful Sol Cocina in Newport Beach, and have been eagerly awaiting her newest venture in Huntington called Solita Tacos.
The latest edition of Food & Wine magazine declares that "fish is the new chicken." Good thing, because chicken, America's most popular protein, has come under scrutiny recently because of food safety infractions that have caused food-borne illnesses.
Restaurateur Rick Bayless, winner of TV's "Top Chef Masters" and star of the show "One Plate at a Time," has opened the second branch of his Red O Restaurant in a large new building in Fashion Island.
Carlos Salgado spent a decade learning his craft in some of the best restaurants in Northern California. After returning to Orange County a few years ago, he started a food truck business with his sister Silvia using their parents' 25 year-old taqueria in Orange as a base.
It's that time again! Here is my top 10 list of favorite dishes for 2013, dominated by pork.