Poke has long been a favorite in Hawaii and now it is increasing in popularity here in Orange County. Aloha Poke has opened up several locations in Southern California and I recently visited their Costa Mesa restaurant.
Have you been to Slaters Anaheim Hills? This is their original location and it began their tradition of serving up lots of burgers and bacon. Yes, I am a vegetarian and they have plenty of options for people like me. There are even two vegan burgers on the menu, a veggie patty and the Impossible burger.
South Coast Plaza is great for both shopping and dining. I recently had lunch at Mezzet Mediterranean Cuisine and it was fantastic. This is a fine dining experience and definitely not typical mall fast food.
Olea Newport Beach has arrived and the new restaurant is fantastic! This is the third wine country concept restaurant brought to OC by Russ Bendel. The two other restaurants, Vine and Ironwood, regularly get rave reviews and I predict that Olea will be a success, as well.