The Black Marlin: Seafood & Jazz in the City of Trees

Get a head start on the weekend with Thursday night jazz and seafood at The Black Marlin, housed in the historic Tustin Garage. Music and a fairyland of light-wrapped trees lure you down the streets of Old Town Tustin, California, to a modern dining and entertainment destination in the City of Trees. The Tustin Garage…

Latin Cuisine on the Circle of Orange, California

The Circle in Old Towne Orange is home town to the famous annual Chapman University Undie Run and is a favorite movie filming location. The birthplace of the Annual International Street Fair held on Labor Day weekend (now in its 46th year), is the perfect setting for Felix International Café specializing in Cuban and Spanish…

Tackle Box – A Local Grub Shack in Costa Mesa, California

What started as a grub shack on a Southern California beach in 2015, Tackle Box has now grown to two locations. Appealing to the masses with unique flavors and dishes that are quick and simple, Tackle Box is earning a robust community in this locale. Still close to the beach and building on the grub…

San Jacinto Dining Room: A Dining Oasis in the Coachella Valley

After a day spent exploring the Coachella Valley, the San Jacinto Dining Room at Mission Lakes Country Club is a welcome dining oasis in the Colorado Desert. Open to the public and close to Palm Springs, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The picture windows look out over the verdant green golf course…

New England Comes to the West Coast: Stonewall Kitchen, Costa Mesa

Classic Maine lobster dishes are the specialty of Stonewall Kitchen Café and Cooking School, so if you love lobster, you will not be disappointed here. It’s a new take on traditional favorites. Location: 3333 Bear Street inside Macy’s Home Store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California Menu: The casual dining menu features four…

A Meal in the Forest at The Gastrognome, Idyllwild, California

Perched under the tall pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, right in the center of the idyllic mountain village of Idyllwild, California, is The Gastrognome Restaurant… or as locals call it, The Gnome. Like a rustic throwback Alpine chalet, but with a sun-drenched wooden dining deck and serving up-to-date New American Cuisine, this popular site…

Fine East African Cuisine in Anaheim, California

While Anaheim is famous for world-renowned Disneyland and is the home of the National Hockey League’s, Anaheim Ducks, it is also the home of Abyssinia Restaurant specializing in Fine East African Cuisine. If you want to experience authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian food and culture, look no further. The superior quality of food and the welcoming…

The Tides Restaurant in Bodega Bay – Site of The Birds

Its claim to fame is being the restaurant in the 1963 thriller .  That building is long gone, but the name remains – The Tides – as does an interesting display on the wall, complete with photos, newspaper articles and other artifacts telling about the making of the movie and Bodega Bay’s role in the…

The Dead Fish: Elegant Surf and Turf on the Banks of the Napa River

Tucked away in Crockett, California, an hour outside of San Francisco where the San Pablo Bay meets the Napa River, lies a local favorite, The Dead Fish. Specializing in Pacific Coast Dungeness crab, The Dead Fish is an elegant Surf and Turf comfort food experience that draws you in with its charm and quality. It’s…