Best Outdoor Dining - 2009
Readers' Choice: Las Brisas
This restaurant features your standard Cuban fare—everything from succulent mango pulled pork to plantain-crusted chicken sandwiches—and more gourmet offerings such as osso bucco, but the best stuff on the menu are the drinks. Whether you prefer a white sangria or a mojito or a crisp Stella Artois from the fully stocked bar inside, there's no better place to drain them than Habana's outdoor patio. It's tastefully shaded from the afternoon sun by market umbrellas and the surrounding drought-resistant California-native plants, offering a relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of corporate Orange County. It's also a perfect spot to share a nightcap with a friend or cozy up with an after-dinner cappuccino by candlelight—when the skies darken, your table bathes in the light of hundreds of them.