OC Grub Guide 8/23-8/29: Head Outdoors!


Pooch-approved. Photo courtesy Pacific Hideaway.

Treat Fido at Kimpton Shorebreak – Huntington Beach

National Dog Day is this Sunday (read: NOT Hot Dog Day). To keep things in the spirit of pets and friendship, Pacific Hideaway is promoting Sit & Stay Sundays. Purchase $15 of food for yourself, and Hideaway will cover the food cost for your pup between the hours of 4-10 p.m.. Treat them to chicken and rice or beef and vegetables. And remember to pack extra trash bags. 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., (714) 965-4448; www.pacifichideawayhb.com.


Old Town Tustin’s got a retractable ceiling! Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

See you on the 28th, Chaak! – Tustin

After a Wednesday morning of Farmer’s Market research and brekkie burrito, we took a moment to pause in front of the nearly-complete dining room of Chaak. We first reported on the former office space back in 2016, when they received approval on expanding to include a patio and additional allocated parking. Chef Gabbi Patrick’s follow up to her Old Town Orange kitchen will focus on the spirit of the Yucatan and chef’s delicious cultural heritage. Plans are to start with dinner service only before expanding to other mealtimes. Opening day is next Tuesday. 215 El Camino Real, (657) 699-3019; www.chaakkitchen.com.


Let’s DO this! Photo courtesy The Blind Rabbit

Go, Edwin, Go! And Go Support Blind Rabbit! – Anaheim

Our very own anonymous restaurant reviewer was nominated for a Golden Foodie Award for Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County. We’re crossing our fingers and toes for you next month (No disrespect to you, Cathy and Connie.)! Also in the running, Lynette Lim and the illustrious bar program at The Blind Rabbit. We were there last weekend for a class on rose wines. The entire team wants to show support, so they’re selling pins featuring the hoppy logo for $12 as a fundraiser to cover the cost of tickets to the awards show. Next time you’re in the speakeasy, show some extra love and purchase one. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Ste. 104, www.theblindrabbit.com.


Party all the time!

It’s Time for Decadence! – Costa Mesa

Bigger and better every year, OC Weekly’s annual party is going on 15 years! Offering VIP entry as early as 6 p.m., this feast for the senses is going down at the freeway accessible Segerstrom Center for the Arts. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will benefit from this year’s ticket proceeds. Watch our Eat + Drink Issue come to life as you sip and eat and dance to your heart’s content. Tickets are available NOW600 Town Center Dr. (714) 556-2787; www.scfta.org.


Mug shot. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

Princess Cruises Gets Cocktail Upgrade! 

Bartender Rob Floyd, who’s been featured on shows like Bar Rescue and Mixed, was recruited by the cruise giant to revamp their existing cocktail program. His creations will reflect not only his talent, but many of the destinations Princess sets sail to. For example, his Passion for the Orient is based on a tale of the Tang Dynasty and an emperor’s search for lychee. Incorporating Absolut Elyx vodka, lychee syrup, passion fruit puree and orange bitters, the sweet, citrus blend possesses an intoxicating aroma. www.princess.com.


That’s great, but what’s everyone else ordering? Photo courtesy Bosscat

Bosscat Now Saturday Brunching – Newport Beach

We ran into Miss Bosscat at the Pacific Wine & Food Classic over the weekend. She mentioned that we should stop in and try out some of the delicious brunch items. When we told her Sundays are too crazy; she asked why not Saturday? Saturday! Yes, the party spans over two glorious afternoons as of late. Now book those tables and we’ll see you there. 4647 MacArthur Blvd., (949) 333-0917; www.bosscatkitchen-newport.com.


Poke and patio. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

Patio Chilling During Bistango Summer Happy Hour – Irvine

One of the few inland happy hours where it’s more cool to sit outside than in, there’s no reason not to swing by after work at this power lunch venue. Paid valet and structure parking, ample patio seating, plus live music on Thursdays and Fridays mean it’s time to take advantage of Bistango’s discounted tapas menu and bar beverages (Bonus: It’s from Monday through Saturday!).  Hey, if we can sit in less traffic by waiting it out until 7 while noshing on Chef Montoya’s savory plates, we’ll roll with it. 19100 Von Karman Ave., (949) 752-5222; www.bistango.com.

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