Oh, yes, it's time to take advantage of the county's best restaurants. In a good way, of course. From September 13 to 19 inclusive, more than 100 of them, from Ambrosia to Zov's, are participating in OC Restaurant Week by offering bargain lunch and/or dinner prix fixes, from as little as $10.
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Some deal are more generous than others, natch, but full details are on the official website, so you can plan ahead (advance bookings are recommended).
For lunchtime, say, Royal Khyber's $10 combo (a starter and main course, plus rice, veg and naan) is a massive feed, while Watermarc's $15 menu includes just one course and a soft drink. Still, it's a great excuse to try somewhere you've always wanted to go but could never afford, even if you only get to eat lightly.
To get us in the mood for the foodfest, chefs from some of the participating restaurants are hosting cooking demos at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. Tonight it's the turn of Executive Chef/Owner Jenny Ross, from 118 Degrees. The demos run through to the end of Restaurant Week.