The daily bread...Signage announcing the upcoming Belgian bakery and café has been up for months. Situated directly across from La Brea Bakery inside Bloomingdale's, one can't help but wonder what makes Le Pain Quotidien any different from La Brea -- or any comparable brand, for that matter. Acc ... More >>
The Place: The Counter, 6416 Irvine Boulevard, Irvine, (949) 336-7272; www.thecounterburger.com.The Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyBeer: Way more civilized in stemmed glasses.The Place: Brussels Bistro, 222 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach; (949) 376-7955.The Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. dailyThe Deal: Draft Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde, and house Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, each yours for $4 ... More >>
Jessica FordToxic PunchYou enter the Commissary Lounge from a semi-hidden black door in The Lab. There's not even a sign alerting you to alcohol ahead; it's just a word-of-mouth type of place that should never be called something so simple as "a bar."