|:king crab by the lb:|
The Boiling Crab is the OC’s version of a crab bake. The tables are lined with butcher paper and the food comes in plastic bags. You order different dishes by the pound or can order something called the shebang which is a mixture of them all.
|:Catfish and Seasoned Fries:|
|:done and done:|
|Fried Chicken, Waffles, Collared Greens|
|Eggs Benedict Southern Style|
Just how I like my burgers and fries. My boyfriend is obsessed with finding local dive spots from yelp. And when I am saying dive, I mean hole in the wall, middle of no where, dive spots. For the most part, he is dead on. This past weekend we tried one of his recommendations, The BurgerStop.
|So much meat you can’t even see the avocado or bottom bun!|
Walking in, I was afraid. Although it was cleaner than expected, there was only a family eating at the restaurant, and two Asian cooks. (Nothing against them, but it was burgers…I just wasn’t expecting it.) I got a turkey burger combo and fried zucchinis and my boyfriend got an avocado burger with pastrami. Our bill was only $16 bucks. Such a good deal, and so much food.
I mean I would come back here for the fried zucchinis alone. I didn’t try my boyfriend’s burger because it was gone before I could ask, but my turkey burger was decent. I would try an actual burger next time, I just had eaten a LOT of red meat lately. Located just outside of Old Town Santa Ana, its definitely worth a shot. Forget Umami burger, get the grease here.
Weekends are always too short. This past weekend was the first time that I got to stay in Orange County for an entire Saturday. (Wedding season is the worst for travel.) Being local meant lots of new adventures.
|Ramen, Fried Tofu and Cutlet Curry|
Dinner time at Diamond Jamboree
For anyone who has visited this shopping market, you know that it is like Disneyland for Asian food. Parking is a nightmare, so try the parking structure first before you battle for spots in the lot. One of the best restaurants in that area is Ajisen Ramen. It has ramen (duh), sushi, udon, and rice dishes. They also have boba for you die hards. The ramen comes out within minutes of you ordering and is so large that you will not need to eat for the rest of the day.
|Mac n Cheese, Beer flights, and Burger and fries|
Drinks at Old Town Orange
This area is probably one of my favorites in OC. It looks like it came straight out of a movie, with the roundabout and “main street’ walking areas. There are lots of great restaurants in the area that I must try, but Haven Gastropub has been talked up so much I finally had to stop in. The food is supposed to be unreal, but I was only there for the drinks. The draft menu changes often and the wine list is almost two pages long. I will definitely be coming back here for the mac and cheese though. It smelled unreal!
|Fish tacos, shrimp ceviche, fish in Ranchero dressing|
The best “hole in the wall” seafood joint
When I find a meal that leaves me speechless I always have to ask myself if I am just starving or if the food is really just that good. I can say with full confidence that Clemente Seafood was the best hole in the wall Mexican food that I have found in Santa Ana, let alone all of the OC. It is some of the freshest fish that I have had, and the sauces and breading that they cook the fish in is so flavorful. The shrimp ceviche is their best seller, but the fried fish tacos were my favorite. I already told the owner they should expect me to be there at least once a week. This place should be a must try on everyone’s list, seriously people…
So if every weekend in OC kinda seems like the last one, its time you tried something new.
Start your Halloween weekend with a traditional “scary” movie at the OC Mix Mart. This Friday at 6:30, The OC Mix will be previewing Hocus Pocus. Warning this is a kids event too so if you want adults only, this may not be your scene. They will have pumpkin “chalk-drawing” (I guess carving is too dangerous in a public space these days?) and you MUST stop in at Portola Coffee Lab for a cup o’ joe. Get some snacks and snuggle in with that special someone. Yes, Hocus Pocus is STILL scary…I get nightmares even in my 20s. Lay off.
The Hyatt at Garden Grove is hosting the Orange County Chocolate Festival. Yes, I am serious. For a mere $28, you too can taste all the chocolate your little heart desires. Actually just 8 tastings, but you get to partake in the Chocolate Festivities. There’s chocolate, wines and “holiday gifts.” I mean the people watching must be great too. Side note: for you jewelry goers, Stella and Dot will be one of the many vendors there. (Great gifts for your girlfriends!)
If you are feeling inspired, stop in at the Lab’s very own art exhibit at As Issued. The exhibition by Laura Levy is called “No Remorse” and portrays serial killers in four-foot tall scratchboard. Ponder their psyche or just get creeped out. (It is Halloween after all.) Afterwards stop in at Gypsy Den for a Chai Latte to make you feel better.
Finish off the weekend with the OC Wheeze put on by Lululemon. If you aren’t too hungover from Saturday’s events, or glued to the NFL games, stop by Woodbridge Park for the event. It is the first ever event, and Lululemon is hosting free yoga all day with vendors and music playing. For those more adventurous there is a 5 and 10k. Its a minimal registration fee and all proceeds go to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.