Orange County might be known for it’s beaches, beautiful views and Housewives, but it is simply impossible to overlook the fact that it is the next place on the culinary map to explode. This is evident just by glancing at the restaurants participating in the sixth annual Orange County Restaurant Week. The list is long, but we have our favorite picks for pre-fixe menus for the week long celebration. Can’t think of a better way to explore new eateries? Try new dishes and most of all honor Orange County. Secure reservations now, because Orange County Restaurant Week is running between February 23rd and March 1st.
957 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Located in Newport Beach, Lark Creek is offering fine farm fresh dining specials for OC Restaurant Week. Dine on chef John Ledbetter’s special three-course menu which includes offerings such as Rock fish ceviche with aji amarillo and plantain chips; a pork duo with braised shank, grilled belly, burnt carrots, cumin and carrot emulsion; chocolate triffle with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, mascarpone creme and housemade toffee. $20/lunch, $40/dinner.
1555 S Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
There is something for everyone on this year’s menu at Splashes Restaurant. Chef David Fune has included delicious vegetarian and gluten-free selections that will make everyone smile. Some highlights of the evening’s three-course menu include: vegetarian pear and endive salad with champagne vinaigrette, candied walnuts and chives; GF 24-hour beef shortribs with charred yu choy, horseradish cauliflower puree, crisp shallot and beef jus; and a nutella macadamia tart for dessert. $20/lunch, $40/dinner
Ways & Means Oyster House
513 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866
Did someone say, “Oysters?” How about “Hot Naked Oysters?” Or perhaps a wild arugula salad or maybe smoked salmon deviled eggs? That should get your attention. And these are just the starters! Choice of entrees include: braised lamb shank, roasted organic chicken breast or seared Scottish salmon; and for dessert, daily freeze, New York style cheesecake or creme brulee. $15/lunch, $30/dinner
1580 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Located in the middle of the dancing neon lights at Downtown Disney, is foodie paradise, Catal Restaurant. For OC Restaurant Week, Chef Steven Mary has prepared a three-course meal that will surprise and delight. Must-try items: the octopus salad with white beans and fennel; European sea bass with roasted potatoes, veracruz cruz sauce and crispy onion strings; and spiced Spanish chocolate gelato for dinner. $30/dinner