Happy holiday week! Since you’ve probably got plans for the 4th, we’re focusing on the weekend and week ahead. Warning: This week in particular is an anti-diet Grub Guide. Do plan accordingly.
Get Your Summer Picnic On At Habana – Irvine
Over a dozen salads/sides, a carving station and berry-licious desserts await those who make it out to the Irvine Spectrum outpost of Habana. Served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays, this $22 summertime special is very much worth the cost. In fact, our meal was so comprehensive, we nicknamed it “brunch lite” (minus the eggs and pastries). But beware of indulging too much, as evidenced by the weary groans of our lunch mates. We blame the crispy yucca, ripe plantains and addictive rice. 708 Spectrum Center Dr., (949) 419-0100; www.restauranthabana.com.
58 Years of Der Wienerschnitzel – all locations
To celebrate 58 years in operation, the hot dog chain is giving folks the deal of the year. Original Chili Dogs and Mustard Dogs will be the low, low price of 58-cents on Tuesday, July 9th, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.. Technically, you can chow down for lunch and dinner; just know there’s a 10 dog limit. Celebrate National Hot Dog month the old-fashioned way. www.wienerschnitzel.com.
Hendrix Wine Dinner with Buena Vista Winery – Laguna Niguel
When you’re feeling the blues from ending a holiday week, turn to Hendrix for a pick-me-up. On Monday, July 8, they’re serving a three-course, chef curated dinner with paired pours from Buena Vista. We’re down with anything Chef Rainer’s got on the menu. The tray-passed tastes begin at 6 p.m. 32431 Golden Lantern, (949) 248-1912; www.hendrixoc.com
National Fry Day at Farmer Boys – participating locations
July is not only known for fried chicken and hot dogs, but one of the greatest sides ever deep fried. Drop in your local Farmer Boys on Saturday, July 13 for one buck fries with any purchase beginning at noon. Oh, you’ve got to mention the deal when ordering. And you might want to call ahead to see if your local FB is participating. www.farmerboys.com.
Winner Winner, Crack Shack Dinner! – Costa Mesa
National Fried Chicken Day is this Saturday. We kid you not. If you decide to participate in this greasy holiday, why not make it a Crack Shack kind of day? They’re hiding gold and yellow eggs in their five and 10 piece chicken meals. Yellow (or silver) gets you a cookie. Gold, however, scores you a catered meal for 15 of your favorite people. We call dibs on extra biscuits! 196 E. 17th St. (949) 383-5040; www.crackshack.com.
Tackle Box & Davio’s Collaboration – Irvine
Book a reservation for Friday the 12th, as Tackle Box’s Brian Huskey teams up with Davio’s Chef Istvan Toth for a divine dinner starting at 5 p.m.. We’re talking seared yellowfin tuna, grilled summer peaches with burrata and grilled ribeye cap– and that’s only three of the five courses. Did we already mention the optional wine pairings? 18420 Von Karman Ave., (949) 477-4810; www.davios.com/irvine
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.