What do racing and the best pizza in Orange County have in common? Nothing, unless you put world-champion jet skier Frank Romero together with a self-proclaimed authentic New York pizza man, Lou Scotto. These two have joined together for a volatile mix of arguments, bickering and truly authentic New York food. Their food will truly jump in your face. The calzones are so huge they can feed a small country, and the pasta plates are so tasty you would think mama is in the kitchen. They have mama's recipes, but the only mama in the kitchen is Lou. Their special niche of customers have to meet certain criteria: they'll race anything with a motor, nine of 10 have tattoos, and there are a ton of New York transplants. In a nutshell, if you want a real wacked place to eat, come to Brooklyn pizza—the real deal!Services: Takeout, delivery and catering available. Beer and wine only. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight. MC and Visa accepted. BuzZ at the Beach3450 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, (949) 673-4700
This new club spot appeals to the gaming side of life. Food is served throughout the game rooms and there is dancing nightly. Dining is a grazing experience because you can eat from anywhere, while playing a video game. The concept here is shared dining, and the orders come in the form of appetizer sample plates, served on a long skateboard plank. The longboard special is a killer combo of California rolls, beef stick, Jamaican chicken wings, lamb chops and coconut shrimp; every Sunday features Balboa's ORIGINAL reggae party with live bands and dancing—other reggae parties can't come close—and a buffet brunch of waffles, omelets, fruit, pastries and desserts. Live music or DJ entertainment happens every night and there's a sports bar if you'd rather watch than play.
Services: Takeout and catering available. Full bar. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11:30-2 a.m.; Sun, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Validated parking available. All major credit cards accepted.Catalina Fish Kitchen & Seafood Deli670 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 645-8873
You can have fish five ways at Catalina Fish Kitchen: a fish taco, fish sandwich, fish salad, fish pasta or fish plate. Choices include salmon, halibut, sea bass and ahi, and don't forget the deli, where you can order fresh fish over the counter right out of the case. Tuesdays feature fish tacos for $1. The restaurant is casual, with roomy picnic tables and a beachy feel. And there's lots of surf shops nearby for shredders who want to eat and shop for gear in the same locale. An excellent place to eat fish the way you like it.Services: Takeout and catering available. Beer and wine only. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. All major credit cards accepted. Parking available. The Catch Seafood Grill/The Catch Steakhouse & Blues1929 S. State College, Anaheim, (714) 634-1829
Don't be confused…it's two adjoining restaurants and a unique dining and entertainment experience at The Catch. The Grill side caters to a low key, watch-the-game dinner, while you enjoy fresh grilled seafood such as the unbeatable Alaskan king crab legs or Australian lobster tail. There's also an oyster bar where you'll indulge in luscious long-neck oysters and shooters. The Steakhouse side is a steak-lovers' paradise, offering you a choice of New York, filet, rib eye or prime rib—all meat comes from corn-fed Midwestern beef cut by hand and aged a minimum of 21 days. Romantics will find the patio stimulating, especially sitting near the blazing fire pit. There is always live music and dancing in the lounge with no cover.Services: Takeout and catering available. Full bar. Hours (Seafood): Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Hours (Steakhouse): Mon.-Tues., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 4:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. All major credit cards accepted. Valet parking available. Chevy's Fresh MexAnaheim Hills, (714) 974-6703; Fountain Valley, (714) 974-3008; Irvine, (949) 559-5808; Laguna Niguel, (949) 489-5511
Can't wait until Tuesday? Then try Chevy's Margarita Mondays from 4-9 p.m., including half-priced appetizers and $2 domestic draft beer, cocktails and well margaritas. On the food side, Chevy's original mesquite-grilled fajitas with succulent jumbo shrimp or fresh barbecue chimayo salmon will send you to the moon with delight. And their salads are made fresh daily, featuring a nonfat salsa vinaigrette dressing for health nuts—try this over the mixed greens ceasar's salad to augment your entrťe.Services: Takeout available. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. All major credit cards accepted. Reservations suggested. Cliff's Ragin' Cajun18609 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 593-0355; Plaza de Cafes, 4881 Birch St., Newport Beach, (949) 476-8284
Cliff Huffstetler is the main man behind this award-winning bastion of Southern food. You'll be ragin' over his great food and atmosphere, which are destined to spice up your life. Come to Cliff's new Newport location, and enjoy such Southern delights as crawfish etouffee and chicken-turkey sausage jambalaya. Meat lovers, check out the tri-tip, their melt-off-the-bone barbecue ribs, or the masterfully roasted fowl. You're sure to walk out full-bellied and speaking in a Louisiana accent.Services (Fountain Valley location): Takeout, delivery and catering available. Open Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. until 10 p.m. Most major credit cards accepted; Services (Newport Beach location): Takeout, delivery and catering. Open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cash only. Crab Pot215 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, (562) 430-0272