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The Oasis

1830 Main St., Irvine, (949) 724-9776

Offering a fusion of Californian, American and Mediterranean cuisine, the Oasis is the place to go for casual elegance. Included on the menu are Michael's Grecian chicken (marinated breast of chicken flame-broiled and basted with their special blend of Greek seasonings, garlic lemon and extra virgin olive oil) and mouth-watering certified steaks, as well as a wide range of succulent seafood, including the buttery, delicious Australian Lobster Tale. And when dinner's done and you're still not quite ready to call it a night, stick around: the Oasis offers dancing Thurs.-Sat. until 3 a.m.

Services: takeout and catering. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Parking available. Hours: daily, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6-10 p.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Peruvian Grill

9606 Hamilton St., Huntington Beach, (714) 593-3883

Interested in an exotically ethnic dining experience like no other? Chef Renzo from Peru and Chef Criss from California join forces at the Peruvian Grill in Huntington Beach, where they take you to the land of the Incas and back into Peruvian cuisine in a new style—featuring a menu that puts a contemporary spin on Peruvian dishes. But the Peruvian Grill also features typical international cuisine, ceviches and much more. If you want Peruvian dining excellence at moderate prices, then experience it from chefs who know how to transplant your taste buds to another land.

Services: takeout available. Hours: lunch: Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner: Mon.-Thurs., 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Phucket Thai

16612 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 842-6882; 5274 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, (562) 433-5859

Long Beach's favorite Thai restaurant is now in Huntington Beach! Phucket's chefs specialize in authentic Thai cuisine made only from the freshest ingredients. Select from a huge selection of dishes, including Ruby Siam (sliced chicken with cashew nuts and roasted chiles) and the sumptuous beef green curry (sliced beef in green curry, coconut milk, bell pepper and basil). With friendly and excellent service and a fine selection of wine, beer and sake, this is the place to eat whether you're returning from a long day at the Huntington Pier or from wandering Belmont Shores. The exotic scent of the far East will stimulate your appetite the moment you open the door.

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted.

Plein Air Cafe

850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 760-9711

Located in the Orange County Museum of Art, the Plein Air Café is a great lunch room at which to surround yourself in fine art and cuisine. The menu features a variety of sandwiches and salads along with such specialties as the fresh Dungeness crab cakes, the shrimp-and-vegetable dumplings (stuffed with shrimp, carrots, garlic and cilantro), and the excellent mango-and-brie quesadilla. The portions are big and the main-course items are moderately priced. After your meal, meander through the museum to help ease the digestion.

Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Rhino Room

7979 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 891-9160

Offering a wide array of dance music and culinary treats, it's no wonder that the Rhino Room remains one of OC's preeminent night spots. Rock out every Monday to live bands edging for a spot in the LA Music Awards. Boogie down on Tuesdays to listen to DJ Beej of Rubber spinning techno and trance. And live DJs on Friday spin techno, trance and hip-hop at "the Social." It's all happening at the Rhino Room, where you can dine on such original finger foods as the Rhino Crunch (succulent chicken fingers rolled in Capt. Crunch cereal) as well as their unique signature pizzas and tasty stuffed mushrooms. Throw in $2 Purple Hooters and Kamikazes on Tuesdays, and you've got a serious party going down.

Services: full bar. Reservations accepted. Hours: daily, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Irvine

71 Fortune, Irvine, (949) 453-0777

Located in the Irvine Spectrum, Rock Bottom produces 3,120 barrels per year in-house. Tasty brews include Cryin' Coyote Light Ale, Regatta Red, Bogie Brown and Sticky Tongue Stout, to name but a few. Besides a full-service bar, a live DJ and dancing on weekends, the brewery offers a fine food selection, from pizzas and bountiful salads to hearty meats, ribs and chicken. Try the addler-smoked salmon or the Mediterranean pasta. Larger-than-life desserts include carrot cake and deep-dish apple pie. The atmosphere has a Colorado mountain feel with rich woods and bright, open seating.

Services: takeout available. Full bar. Valet parking available. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11-1 a.m. All major credit cards accepted.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Long Beach

1 Pine St., Long Beach, (562) 308-2255

Offering similar food and drinks as its Irvine cousin, the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery's Long Beach location offers some of the most killer drink specials around. "Monday Madness" allows visitors to partake of a pitcher of beer and a bucket of wings for a mere $10, with Kamikazes for only $2. On Tuesdays, wolf down $2 tacos and $2 margaritas, then come back the next day for "Pint Night," when if you drink the beer, you can keep the glass. You can also join the staff as they tap a new keg on "Thirsty Thursday," when they offer $1 pints from 7 to 8 p.m. You'd think all of this would be enough, but the Rock Bottom offers a regular happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m.), with offers half-price appetizers and both pints and well drinks for a measly $2.25. Surely, this is a prime location for Long Beach's discerning-yet-economical drinker.

Services: takeout available. Full bar. Valet parking available. Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11-1 a.m. All major credit cards accepted.
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