A delicious weekly roundup includes bites from all over Orange County, as well as some pretty special folks. We’ve got both requirements covered this week, so find your ideal dining match and have a good ol’ time!
Miss ADYA on Chopped Last Week? Don’t Be Left Behind. – Anaheim
Did you SEE what Chef Shachi accomplished on Food Network’s intense culinary competition? No? Well, then swing by Adya this evening to watch an additional viewing with chef and friends. The party starts at 8 p.m., with Chopped beginning at 9 p.m. RSVP here. Bonus: If you want to spend an even cooler time with chef, sign up for her Chai Time cooking class this Saturday at 11 a.m.. Seating is limited, but we know for a fact you’ll have a sweet time learning about tea sandwiches during your interactive session. Email in**@ad****.com to learn more. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Ste. 201, (714) 533-2392; www.adyaoc.com.
Seasonal South County Eats: Craft House – Dana Point
Chef Blake Mellgren is pulling out all the stops to make his fall menu better than yours. How about pork schnitzel with pretzel bread pudding? Or sweet potato with lentils and Indian eggplant? Pardon us as we wipe the drool off our keyboard. Be sure to save room for red beet hummus or the 16-ounce Double R Ranch Reserve ribeye. You’re welcome. 34094 Pacific Coast Hwy., (949) 481-7734; www.eatcrafthouse.com.
California Surfing Day = Reason to Try New Cocktail at Pacific Hideaway – Huntington Beach
We like fun holidays as much as the next person. And while this isn’t a food holiday, per se, there’s a place in one of our favorite beach cities to savor it. Locate Kimpton Shorebreak and head upstairs on Friday (We’re sure they’ll also have it available through the end of the month.) to experience Riptide. If amaros make you nervous, don’t be. Consider this your celebratory gateway cocktail, with rye whiskey, Campari, lemon juice, blood orange and the Amaro Montenegro. And be sure to take advantage of their ultra-cool, Instagrammable accent wall for drink selfies, because California Surfing Day! 500 Pacific Coast Highway, (714-965-4448; www.pacifichideawayhb.com.
What’s New at 4th Street Market? Funny You Should Ask – Santa Ana
Formerly in West Covina, this South Pacific-esque comfort food brand has made its way down to the tasty food hall. Think mac salad, coleslaw, King’s Hawaiian rolls and your favorite proteins rolled into one ono plate. Oh, and furikake– lots and lots of it. Stop by this Saturday at 11 a.m. to be one of the first 50 diners to grub on a free pork belly taco! Bonus: Don’t be blue if you aren’t in the first 50. All other orders placed that day will be 50% off. Everybody wins. 201 E. 4th St.; www.fakasislandgrill.com.
Off work early? TRADE Kicks Off Happy Hour – Irvine
What began earlier this week is not a drill: From 3-6 p.m. weekdays, various vendors at the food hall will be serving up deals! $6.99 bowls from Broken Rice may be our favorite score. Although two tacos for $6 at Portside is a steal. That same price will get you a well drink at Center Hub. Bonus: Linger on Tuesdays for trivia night, and that’s one less night left wondering what you’re gonna do besides wait out traffic. 2222 Michelson Dr., www.tradefoodhall.com.
Dana Point Gets Twice the Love
Salt Creek Grille begins a season of giving extra early with their October fundraiser. Proceeds from every dessert sold at this branch will benefit Bracken’s Kitchen, a non-profit serving a very important purpose in Orange County. We interviewed him a few years ago regarding his charity work, and you can locate the archives over here. Be sure to check out Chef David Fuñe’s limited-edition dessert, the Pumpkin Fireball, while you’re there. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., (949) 661-7799; www.saltcreekgrille.com.
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.