Toast Kitchen + Bakery: Costa Mesa, California

Dunch, donations, and dedication to comfort food with a twist, Toast Kitchen + Bakery treat lunch and dinner (dunch) patrons to unique dishes and flavor combinations. More than that, however, are the 10% profits going to local charities personally checked by the Executive Chef and Co-Owner, John Park. With the ability to create flavors that…

Eat Like a Local: The Lighthouse Café & Deli–San Pedro, California

When the prime rib is tender and tasty, the chicken fried steak is obviously made from scratch, the whiteboard specials include Cajun snapper with a fresh tomato spinach salsa, the room is full of locals, and the staff laughs a lot… well, you know you’re where you ought to be eating. Add in an oceanside…

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…

The Red Kettle, Idyllwild, California—Mountain-Fresh and Down-Home

Idyllwild, California, a mile high up in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs, is one of those pretty little mountain towns you always hope to find and seldom do. It’s artsy, quiet, cozy. It has no ski-lifts, no lake, no factory outlet stores. Just pine-fresh air, a clutch of hiking trails, a burbling creek…

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…

J.Trani in San Pedro, CA–Classic Italian with a Modern Twist

If you find yourself in the LA Harbor town of San Pedro, California—and you really should; it’s an intriguing place—you can’t do better than to treat yourself to a meal at J.Trani Italian Ristorante. Just ask any San Pedran who has eaten here in the last 93 years! Yep, that’s how long this classic Italian…

Philippe The Original French Dipped Sandwiches in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

When you head to Philippe the Original in Downtown Los Angeles, you’re not just going to a great deli/restaurant. You’re heading into a landmark. A favorite with local workers on lunch break, high-class concert goers, Dodger fans pre or post-game, and pretty much anyone else who’s ever been there, Philippe’s has been a downtown fixture…