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Sometimes nothing sooths the soul like a delicious meal, especially if it’s one of these delectable dishes from a few of our favorite dining destinations.

Pinot Provence’s cassoulet supper

1. Pinot Provence
Restaurant vet Alfonso Ramirez heads the kitchen at this French-inspired Costa Mesa mainstay. Bring your friends to delight in a cassoulet supper—Ramirez has traditional and modern spins on the classic Southern French comfort casserole, like Australian lamb and pork cheek. Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.444.5900

2. Canaletto
This Il Fornaio restaurant brings the regional cuisine of Veneto to Newport, thanks to chef Moises Mendoza Islas. Stars on the menu include Venetian thin-crust pizzas, fresh pasta and risotto seppie nere, a black risotto brimming with seafood. Fashion Island, 545 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.0900

3. The Crow Bar and Kitchen
This gastropub offers delicious soul food from Executive Chef Brandon Corby, including skillet mac and cheese with a seven-cheese blend covered in a tasso and herb crumble. And, of course, the eatery serves all the right brews and libations to pair with each menu item. 2325 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.675.0070

4. Juliette Kitchen + Bar
Once home to Pascal Olhats’ Tradition restaurant, this comfy-cozy dining spot offers innovative fare and a great wine selection—it’s connected to a merchant of the grape, after all. At lunch, you’ll dine with the biz crowd, and the pork belly sandwich is a must. 1000 Bristol St. N., Suite 11, Newport Beach, 949.752.5854

5. Landmark
With its skilled proprietors, tasty fare and sophisticated look, this CdM spot is living up to its name. It’s got a dance floor that makes for good people-watching, but we suggest dropping by for Executive Chef Ryan Robertson’s burger and the loaded salad—or whatever else suits your fancy. Iconic, indeed. 3520 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.675.5556