Orange County’s robust dining scene has been on a massive roll of late, adding big-name newcomers, very familiar chefs, and buzzy strip mall finds alike. The county, some 3.5 million people strong, was already known for its taquerias, Vietnamese food, and coastal dining enclaves, but these days the region is growing in seemingly a million new directions at once. From colorful dumpling chains looking to press Din Tai Fung for mall supremacy to food halls to rooftop Spanish food specialists and ramen shops galore, here are 14 of the hottest restaurants in Orange County right now, presented geographically.
Added: ROL Huntington Beach, Butcher’s House Brasserie, Kin Craft Ramen, BluSky, Comedor, Bottega Angelina, Ramen Shack, Pour Vida Newport Beach
Removed: Khan Saab, OC Smoke Queen, Blinking Owl, Nep Cafe, Knife Pleat, Tim Ho Wan, Sapphire, Heritage BBQ, Mayfield, CdM
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More