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The Hit List: Savory Fare!
Kristen Schott | Photo: Melissa Valladares | February 13, 2014
There’s no better way to indulge than with a delightful meal at one of these five fab eateries.
1. Selanne Steak Tavern
Teemu Selanne—yes, the Anaheim Ducks player—and biz partner Kevin Pratt’s sleek, sexy restaurant is a must-visit on our shores. It’s got multiple dining areas and a well-executed menu of dishes like the forest mushroom risotto, the lobster salad and plenty of stellar steaks. We’re big fans—are you? Dinner Tue.-Sun. 1464 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881
2. Red O Restaurant
Rick Bayless’ gorgeous Mexican restaurant is enticing gourmands with its exquisite cuisine—Sonoma duck taquitos, sweet plantain sopes and the lobster jicama tacos are already feisty faves. Lunch and dinner daily. Fashion Island, 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300
3. Bonefish Grill
The bang bang shrimp, mussels Josephine and Chilean sea bass are among the stellar fish selections you’ll feast upon at this dining establishment in Tustin. Steak and chicken, among other items, are also on the menu, in addition to craft cocktails, wine and beer. Fresh! Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly, brunch Sun. 3040 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.368.7613
4. Fig & Olive
Oh, olive oil—it’s the core ingredient for the lauded restaurant’s menu of elevated dishes, which are inspired by the flavors of the French Riviera. The zucchini carpaccio is a shareable item, with fresh lemon juice, pine nuts, Parmesan and picholine olive oil—try it, and the veggie will never be the same. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005
5. SeaLegs Wine Bar
If you haven’t cruised into Surf City’s nautical-inspired vino bar and restaurant yet, then you’re missing out. A glass-encased 2,000-bottle wine cellar is the focal point of the dining concept, which features Cali-cool small plates (from chef Alexander Dale) and boutique wines hailing from across the globe and closer to home. Dinner nightly, brunch Sun. 21022 Beach Blvd., Suite 105, Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700