The fastest growing culinary event in Orange County is back with more than 100 restaurants participating. From Feb. 24 through March 2, top local restaurants will create special menus at special prices for the fifth anniversary of OC Restaurant Week. The following is a list of the best ways to work your way through the plethora of dining destination options without getting overwhelmed. For a complete list of the restaurants participating in 2013 OC Restaurant Week, visit the OC Restaurant Association. Bon appetit!
Chapter One: The Modern Local
There is something for everyone but it is a good idea to plan your week. One suggestion is to start the week on a light note and try a vegan or vegetarian restaurant like Chapter One: The Modern Local. Chapter One wants every visit to be the beginning of a great story. This featured restaurant serves up local produce and seasonal fare that will satisfy your appetite as well as your imagination. Chapter One is offering a special vegan dish during OC Restaurant Week: Vegan Portobello Napoleon served on a risotto cake, tomato relish, seasonal roasted vegetables, marinated & grilled Portobello, spinach truffle sauce.
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
Start a tradition and get the family involved in OC Restaurant Week. There are plenty of options for family dining. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure will be offering a delicious menu along with an exciting Pirate adventure for the very special price of $30 for adults and $20 per child. The prices for guests of OC Restaurant Week include taxes, ticket fees and tips. Guests can receive a special bonus if they text code “OCRW13” when booking their reservations at 866-439-2469.
370 Common Kitchen + Drink
Make Wednesday a night for friends and fun during OC Restaurant Week. Stop in at Laguna Beach’s 370 Common Kitchen + Drink and support Orange County native, Chef Ryan Adams. Adams’ love of cooking came to life when his family grew weary of his picky eating habits and told him to “make it himself.” When he did, he fell in love with cooking after discovering the spice drawer. 370 Common Kitchen + Drink is a great place to hang with the crew and enjoy some good food by a local for locals. Special menu item for the OC Restaurant Week: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with spinach, country mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy.
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
OC Restaurant Week Menu
Don’t slow down, its only Thursday. Make this evening a thirsty Thursday and try out a restaurant that not only has a great food but amazing drinks. The VUE in Dana Point will serve a four-course meal plus four pairings of wines. Your dinner will start with a cup of clam chowder, which won the Dana Point People’s Choice Best Chowder Award 2012, and will be paired with Zonin Prosecco, Italian Sparkling Wine. Come hungry because there are three more courses to go after the soup.
Splashes Surf & Sand Resort
Friday is made for romance and Orange County has plenty of romantic venues. Take advantage of OC ‘s Restaurant Week and take your special someone out for a memorable evening. Dining by the ocean, listening to the waves crash as the sun sets is what makes Splashes Surf & Sand Resort a very romantic spot. The service at Splashes is excellent and the staff will work with hard to ensure your every wish is met. Start out with an amazing cup of lobster bisque with tarragon and crème fraîche, then try the ballotine of jidori chicken with ricotta gnocchi, broccolini, chanterelles and fine herbs sauce and conclude the dinner with passion fruit panna cotta and Chambord macerated berries.
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in South Orange County and can be found at Sunnynsocal.com. Please share with Michelle your experience during the 2013 OC Restaurant Week.