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Hard Rock Cafe

451 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 640-8844

If you're stranded at Fashion Island after a three-hour shopping spree, just sit back in a plush booth or at the big rectangular bar. Besides great piped-in tunes and fantastic music paraphernalia (shoes worn by Elton John, Prince's purple suit, a red-leather outfit worn by Gwen Stefani, and more), you'll find a wide range of menu items, including burger platters, salads and "really big" sandwiches. And don't miss such Hard Rock specialties as the delicious chicken pasta with red-pepper cream sauce, Texas T-bone steak, and the grilled marinated chicken breast.

Services: takeout available. Full bar. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11:30-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30-12:30 a.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Hennessey's Broiler

34091 La Plaza, Dana Point, (949) 489-7809

Experience Orange County's premier steakhouse restaurant. A favorite with Dana Point locals, Hennessey's Broiler gives you the ambience of real, outdoor fire pits with the culinary delights of top-notch chefs. The menu includes mouth-watering halibut resting in a bed of spinach and mushrooms and smothered in wine sauce, 20-ounce Porterhouse steaks that positively drip with flavor, and flame-broiled rotisserie chicken, slow-roasted over a wood-fired grill and rubbed with their own house spice blend.

Services: full Bar. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11p.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Hogue Barmichaels

3950 Campus Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 262-6270

Hogue Barmichael's hasn't changed their prices in eight years, so you can still get a mouth-watering, half-pound hamburger fried over an open-fire grill for only 5 bucks—and that's with a side of steak fries! This restaurant prides itself on serving a fusion of traditional, American grill favorites with Asian cuisine, made all the better by a friendly staff and lunchtime happy hour specials. As if the food wasn't good enough, this is still the best place to hear all your '80s favorites in an intimate setting. A Flock of Seagulls, Dave Wakeling, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Missing Persons—all of the new wave greats call this place home when they're in OC, and with burgers this good, it's completely understandable why that is.

Services: delivery, catering and takeout available. Full bar. Reservations suggested for big concerts. Ample parking. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11-2 a.m. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.

Huntington Beach Beer Co.

201 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 960-5343; www.hbbeerco.com

Huntington Beach Beer Co. (HBBC) is fast becoming a downtown landmark. As the name implies, HBBC is known for its fresh, hand-crafted ales, which are brewed with local flair, evident from names such as Huntington Beach Blond, Pier Pale Ale and Main Street Wheat. The constantly expanding menu features everything from appetizers (like breaded calimari and grilled quesadillas) to main dishes (like grilled mahi mahi, jambalaya and brick-oven-baked pizzas). Because everything's made fresh to order, you really can't go wrong for lunch or dinner. One outstanding dish is the Chinese chicken salad, which doesn't skimp on the good stuff, including grilled chicken and a homemade dressing with pizzazz. Since the beer company is located one floor up from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, its two heated patios are perfectly situated for kicking back and swilling tasty brews.

Services: takeout available. Beer, wine and cider only. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. (light menu available until midnight). All major credit cards accepted.

Irvine Spectrum Center

71 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (949) 789-9180

The Irvine Spectrum Center is Orange County's premier dining, shopping and entertainment destination. Stroll through its European-flavored boulevards. Enjoy concerts, dancing, movies, comedy and nightclubs. Restaurants abound at the Spectrum, with everything from casual takeout places—such as Johnny Rockets, Pasta Bravo, Surf City Squeeze, Twin Dragon and more—to finer dining at restaurants like Bertolini's Authentic Trattoria, the Cheesecake Factory or Wolfgang Puck Café, to name but a few. Try Dave & Buster's or GameWorks for some gaming fun after you dine. It's NEVER dull at the Spectrum.

JC Fandango

1086 N. State College, Anaheim, (714) 758-1057

JC Fandango offers an international flair at its absolute most elegant, offering OC's cosmopolitan nightclub-goers an opportunity to dance the night away to some of the hottest salsa and Spanish rock music, being performed by some of SoCal's best bands and DJs. This is a class act all the way, and that shows nowhere more than in the incredible, delectable selection of Latin food, most notable the incredibly impressive paella, which combines lobster, shrimp, clams, pork, chicken, ham and sausage, cooked in theair own juices and seasoned with Spanish saffron. Magnifico!

Services: takeout and catering available. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Strict dress code. Valet parking. Hours: Fri.-Sun., 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Khoury's

110 Marina Dr., Long Beach, (562) 598-6800

Commanding a picturesque waterfront location in scenic Long Beach, Khoury's has a little something for everyone. Breakfasts run the gamut from good, old-fashioned bacon and scrambled eggs to such exotics as a puff pastry stuffed with crab and topped with a lobster bisque sauce. Lunch and dinner are just as fabulous, allowing diners to partake of such enticements as a Seafood Buffet featuring all you can eat live Maine lobster, king crab legs and clam cakes, along with a fresh pasta bar, oysters on the half-shell, smoked salmon, prime rib and, for dessert, the extremely popular flaming bananas or cherries jubilee. And as if the excellent food and ocean view weren't enough, Khoury's offers a wide range of entertainment, from swing dancing to Monday-night football on two large-screen TVs. Surely, it's no wonder why Khoury's is becoming one of Long Beach's most popular destinations.

Services: takeout and catering available. Reservations two weeks in advance essential on Fri.-Sat. Valet parking Fri.-Sat. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-9 p.m. All major credit cards accepted.
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