In addition to being home to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, Orange County is known for its scenic beaches and enviable location between San Diego to the south and Los Angeles to the north. These days, the sixth most populous county in the United States is also enjoying a new designation as an authentic culinary destination worth seeking out.
It makes sense: Orange County is familiar with a temperate climate that produces abundant produce year-round, is located a convenient distance from the Pacific Ocean that allows for an abundance of fresh-caught seafood, and has long been home to a growing and diverse population. population eager to share its vast culinary heritage.
From farm-to-table fare in Dana Point to the steakhouse in Laguna Beach and more, it’s easy to find interesting dishes in the CO. Whether you fancy digging into a bowl of jambalaya or prefer to indulge in hot pot shabu-shabu, we’ve put together a list of highly-rated classics and notable newcomers. So hop on or hop off on I-405 to check out these 35 restaurants that are well worth checking out.
Tiffany Tse is a Thrillist contributor and sadly only had about 1/8 of those dining options available to her when she lived in the OC. See what she’s eating now by following her on @twinksy.