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November 2015 Archive

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Openings

The L.A.-based restaurant/cafeteria Lemonade has opened its third Orange County location. The new venue is in Huntington Beach’s Pacific City shopping and dining complex. Like the Newport Beach and Irvine outposts, the Huntington Beach locale offers an array of freshly made salads, soups, braises and lemonades, featuring seasonal and health-conscious ingredients. Lunch & Dinner daily. Lemonade, 21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-604-1072.
 
The latest downtown Laguna Beach dining concept, Skyloft, is now open for business. Restaurateur Ivan Spiers, who already has found success with Mozambique, has retooled the city’s historic Heisler building to house this massive project. It encompasses several different dining rooms, bars and a rooftop featuring panoramic views of the city and nearby ocean. The restaurant serves seasonal “Authentic Americana” cuisine culled from different parts of the country, along with craft beers, coastal California wines and handcrafted cocktails. For more information, visit www.skyloftoc.com. Lunch & Dinner daily. Skyloft, 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-1550.
 
The team behind Huntington Beach’s popular SeaLegs Wine Bar has announced their second restaurant concept, SeaSalt Woodfire Grill. Slated to open in March 2016, the new restaurant will be a stone’s throw from SeaLegs and will feature a unique spin on California cuisine, built around grilling meat Santa Maria-style. SeaLegs’ executive chef Alexander Dale will oversee the menu, and he will also create several house-made flavored sea salts to season the grilled meats. SeaSalt Woodfire Grill, 21214 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648, 714-414-5683.
 
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the Austin, Texas-based burger and beer restaurant, has opened its first location in Orange County. The eatery set up shop in Newport Beach’s swanky outdoor shopping center, Fashion Island. The menu is highlighted by a list of burgers featuring all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, which is grinded in-house. Guests are able to pair their burgers with a selection from the list of local craft beers. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Fashion Island, 401 Newport Coast Dr., Ste. 311, Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-640-2337.
 

News Bytes

Orange County Restaurant Week Returns March 6-12
The eighth-annual Orange County Restaurant Week returns to shine the spotlight on some of OC’s most popular venues March 6-12, 2016. As in previous years, 100 restaurants will be featuring special prix fixe menus at price points designed to encourage guests to dine out at multiple times during the week. Participating restaurants include AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean, Provenance, Pizzeria Ortica, SeaLegs Wine Bar and Selanne Steak Tavern. For more information, visit Orange County Restaurant Week's website Orange County Restaurant Week, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-557-5679.
 
Matador Cantina Introduces Agave Room
Downtown Fullerton’s Matador Cantina has expanded their private dining capabilities with the launching of the Agave Room. Much like the restaurant’s adjacent main dining space, the new facility boasts exposed brick and reclaimed wood finishes that taps into the building’s historic turn of the 20th century nature. The space comes with its own dedicated full bar and private dining for up to 82 seated guests. Matador Cantina, 111 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832, 714-871-8226.
 
Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week Returns January 18–31
During the Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week (January 18–31, 2016), participating restaurants will be serving up prix-fixe menus, with lunches available for $10, $15, $20 or $25 and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. For more information, visit Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week's website
 
Andrea at The Resort at Pelican Hill hosts La Bella Moda select Sundays in November Special Fashion & Prosecco Brunches at Andrea
Andrea at The Resort at Pelican Hill hosts La Bella Moda on select Sundays in November. The fashion and Prosecco brunch event features different themes each week to exhibit seasonal fashion trends from casual chic to festive gowns. The event is in collaboration with luxury designers from Fashion Island, and offers a prix-fixe Prosecco brunch menu with cuisine by chef Marco Criscuolo. Each event is $69 per person, which includes the Prosecco brunch and a gift bag. All events begin at 11 a.m. For more information, visit The Resort at Pelican Hill's website. Andrea, The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Rd. S., Newport Coast, CA 92657, 949-467-6800.
 


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