Dishes Worth the Drive: Decadent Filet Mignon to Humble Patisserie Pastries

For this month’s choices, we have some great meat dishes, as well as a delicious French restaurant. Our first stop is at Bacchus Bar and Bistro in the Quail Hill Shopping Center, which first opened in 2005. Chef Leo Moran, has worked in Southern California restaurants for over two decades since getting his start at McCormick & Schmick’s, where he made his way up to lead line cook. Moran left …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: CUCINA enoteca and ARC Food & Libations

For this month’s dishes worth the drive from L.A. to Irvine, we decided to spotlight a delicious Italian restaurant and a scintillating steakhouse. CUCINA enoteca Our first stop for this week’s dishes is Italian restaurant CUCINA enoteca, part of the Urban Kitchen Group (UKG). “Urban Kitchen Group was founded by Tracy Borkum in 1995, one of Southern California’s most influential restaurateurs. [She’s] a highly regarded trailblazer and strong female voice …

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Dim Sum Specialists – Tim Ho Wan Irvine

Dim Sum lovers rejoice: Tim Ho Wan, the self-described “world’s most inexpensive awarded dim sum restaurant,” is opening a new location right here in Irvine. The restaurant, which will be part of the Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center, has been soft opened with limited hours since May 8, and is planning to have its grand opening on May 18. It will be the chain’s first location in California. “Dumpling folding is …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: Kobe Meatballs, Crab Cakes and Chocolate Hummus

It’s time again to take a culinary tour through Irvine of dishes that are so good that they’re worth a drive in traffic from Los Angeles. This month, we have some delicious dishes to spotlight from a brand new Italian steakhouse and a new Mediterranean restaurant. There may be plenty of Italian and Mediterranean food in Los Angeles, but these specific dishes are so good that we’re recommending a trip …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: Creamistry Creations and Le Diplomate Café’s Bahm Mi

With Valentine’s Day behind us and spring just around the corner, this month’s issue of dishes worth the drive from Los Angeles to Irvine offers a little sweet and a little savory. These two places are so unique that we truly believe they make up for the often rough commute from L.A. to Orange County. Our first stop is on the sweet side: Creamistry, an ice cream shop where everything, …

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Agora Churrascaria and Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen Serve Up “Dishes Worth The Drive”

With the holidays past and 2019 in full swing, most people are trying to eat a little healthier now. In that spirit, we decided to go very protein-heavy in the dishes we picked to spotlight for this month’s “dishes worth the drive from Los Angeles to Irvine.” Our first culinary stop is for all the carnivores out there: Brazilian steakhouse Agora Churrascaria. Churrascaria is a Portuguese word for a place …

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The Hidden Secrets of Disneyland

People travel from all over the world to visit Disneyland in Anaheim, so Irvine residents lucked out having the theme park right in their backyard. Indeed, Disneyland has been a staple of Orange County since its opening in 1955. But no matter how many times you may have been there, chances are you haven’t uncovered all the hidden secrets sprinkled throughout the Magic Kingdom — until now. Irvine Weekly has …

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Dishes Worth the Drive to Irvine

Unbeknownst to many in Los Angeles, their southern neighbor Irvine is quickly becoming one of the best, most diverse culinary destinations in Southern California. While Los Angeles no doubt has many edible delights throughout its vast metropolis, there are some unique dishes that are not available in the City of Angels and that can only be found in Irvine. Don’t get us wrong, Irvine is not exactly a quick hop, …

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Spring Theater Preview

Theater is one of the oldest forms of art and entertainment (just ask Shakespeare!). Often when one thinks of theater, Broadway and New York City immediately come to mind. While the Big Apple may very well be the country’s theater capital, Orange County has a diverse and celebrated offering of live stage entertainment for theater enthusiasts. Therefore, Irvine Weekly has put together a guide for what is coming to Orange …

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Angelina’s Serves Up a Little Slice of Naples

A little slice of authentic Naples has found a home, of all places, in the middle of Irvine. Indeed, Angelina’s Pizzeria in the Los Olivos Marketplace across the freeway from the Irvine Spectrum has gone out of its way to provide genuine and delicious Italian fare beyond just pizzas. Angelina’s first location opened in Dana Point in 2012 as more of a traditional pizzeria. Four years later, in 2016, the …

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