The Top 10 Hidden Food Gems in Irvine

Irvine’s food scene is filled with chaos and commotion. It’s booming food industry attracts tourists and locals alike, as many drive miles just for a meal. But despite the hype behind several fantastic foodie spots, a few gems have managed to stay relatively hidden from the public eye. This article features our top 10 hidden food gems – restaurants in general and specific menu items, as well as tips on …

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Lobsterfest at Newport Beach Was a Success

More than 600 people attended the 11th Annual Lobsterfest in Newport Beach Civic Center Park on August 11, where they enjoyed delicious meals and live music from Pinch Me! Band. There was also a $7,500 check presented to the Make-A-Wish foundation and more than 50 pounds of freshly made on-site lobster consumed. The freshly made meals came from different companies, including Anderson Seafood, who delivered the lobster. The produce was …

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Turn Up The Heat with Southern Spice

“You should try Southern Spice when you’re in Irvine, it’s really good!” “Oh man, I love Southern Spice, why haven’t you reviewed that place yet?” “You know what we should get for dinner sometime? Southern Spice, that place is the best.” My dear friend Bret, who also writes for the Irvine Weekly, does not mince words when praising this restaurant and wastes no opportunity to bring it up, whether we’re hanging …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: Avocado Toast Done Right and Frozé

For this month’s dishes worth the drive from L.A. to Irvine, we’re spotlighting one new restaurant and returning to a second one for some new seasonal dishes! The first stop for this month’s culinary journey is Outpost Kitchen, located a hop, skip and a jump away from Irvine in Costa Mesa since it first opened in 2015. “As an Aussie native, I wanted to create a place that embodies the vibe …

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Councilmember Farrah Khan Highlights Irvine’s Culinary Standouts

“Irvine is such a culinary melting pot, I feel like all kinds of food is represented here,” says Catherine Liu, a Taste of Irvine Food Tour regular. Councilmember Farrah Khan agrees and that is why she started her Taste of Irvine Food Tour last year. Khan hosts Taste of Irvine as a way to discover new foods in Irvine while also hosting civil discussion about Irvine issues and politics.   “We …

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Cruelty-Free Comfort Food at The Wheel of Life

For almost twenty years, Irvinians have had access to ethical and tasty vegan food thanks to one small family-owned restaurant, The Wheel of Life. With an Asian fusion style menu and a lunch buffet for easy take out, this small independently owned business is dedicated to making delicious and palatable vegan Asian cuisine for people from all walks of life. Their dishes include standard fusion favorites like pad thai, steam …

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Vegetable Bliss at Butterleaf 

Irvine has few culinary establishments that are fully vegan — meaning no animal products are used in the food or beverages served. Although the city of Irvine is growing rapidly, the plant-based food craze is taking its time getting to the bustling city of opportunity. The few places Irvine does have, however, are outstanding and offer something for vegans and vegetarians in the area, as well as the omnivores who …

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“You’re Now in the Back of the House”: An Intimate Time at The ButcherShop

“Hi, where can I find The ButcherShop?” “…Follow me.” The concierge of the Irvine Marriott got up from his desk and headed in the direction of the main bar. I followed, and eventually I saw him look in the direction of a kitchen door nestled in the back of the bar. A man stood next to the doorway, and he nodded to us. My escort up to this point told …

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