Okay, I don’t know if it will make UC Irvine cool, but this new chain called Eureka is exactly what the campus needed. Although the pub has been voted best bar in Orange County by OC Weekly, Eureka caters to the community not just students. As much as I love the pub, it does make me feel like I am trying to relive my glory days. Eureka doesn’t judge me.
Yes, you read that right. Il Garage is the best restaurant that I have eaten at in OC. While I can think of a few places that are as tasty (or tastier), this place brings something that other places don’t have – a garden. Tucked in the middle of nowhere Stanton (yes that is in OC), Il Garage is hard to find. In fact, you have to drive along Beach Blvd and then keep driving. Once you have found Park Ave restaurant, you must walk through it into the backyard. Then, and only then, will you find this treasure.
I really wanted to like this place. Very badly. Every time I visit The Mix, or OC Mix Mart, or SOCO, or whatever the hell that place is called, The Iron Press is always packed. So on one sunny Saturday, I was stoked when there were tons of seats for my friends and I to sit down and grab some lunch. I had been waiting months to have some chicken and waffles.
|A piece of fried chicken and a waffle|
Old Town Orange may be one of the cutest places in OC. It also has some pretty tasty eats. One night when my parents were in town, we decided to stroll the circle. It was a nice evening and we weren’t too hungry. By the time we were thinking about dinner we were standing in front of The Filling Station.
I first attended this glorious restaurant in LA. It was new and all the rage when I was in high school. Unfortunately, that was quite a long time ago. Anyway, this place is still a fun spot – especially during happy hour. So when I was trying to think of a place to grab dinner at 8:00 on a Friday, I thought why the heck don’t I try this place out again?
In a little strip mall a few blocks away lies a mysterious place, unimportant from the outside but full of delicious flavor and excitement inside. When I first walked into Ritter’s Steam Kettle I was blown away. I expected a fast-casual, counter service, unassuming place. What I found was a cute family restaurant full of steam kettles lining the brick walls. Although nothing fancy or overwhelming, Ritter’s brings a sense of character and style I just wouldn’t expect in Santa Ana. And the food was just as pleasant.