While the OC is known for being the haven for Reality Shows that are less than "Charming", there are a few gems hiding just beneath the surface ... This is a list of where to go when you want to escape the OC predictability.
Decor and ambiance alone make this a non-OC experience (which is fantastic). The brunch option is really why I come here. Spicy and affordable, top it with their Sangria and you'll be content.
Chef Goetz was known for his foie but thanks to the new ban, I'd recommend trying the steaks, salads, YG pizza, and indulging in the plethora or wines.
Chef Daniels has created an incredible gastropub with a brand new line on in-house brewed beers, great pizzas, burgers, and some of the best bacon infused brussel sprouts I've ever had.
One of my favorite places in OC! Brunch: Short Rib Benedict, Bloody Mary with deep fried blue-cheese stuffed olives, omelets worth ordering (add Serrano!). Their signature dish created by Luis Valladares: fried deviled eggs - worth every bite.
A family owned restaurant with a menu that is surprisingly unique: made with fresh ingredients, NO lard, and a more farm to table approach to Mexican cuisine.
The perfect sense of childhood whimsy in the form of cotton candy that will surprise you to no end! So delicious, so playful, and so much FLAVOR!
Come here with total abandon and do the Flight of 8 + The Ghost Chili Taco. Between the sauces and the taste, Chef Daniels outdoes himself with modest gourmet.