OC Restaurant Week is back with tasty meal deals and cheap eats, showcasing over 150 of the best restaurants in Orange County. Enjoy a selection of specially priced lunch, dinner and luxe-fixe menus from select eateries – eat, drink and repeat runs through March 9, for more information and for a list of participating restaurants, visit www.ocrestaurantweek.com. Here are our picks for the best OC Restaurant Week dinner menus from our favorite participating restaurants:
There are all sorts of pleasures to enjoy at this Victorian-themed restaurant, modeled after one of England’s oldest inns, but if you’re a prime-rib devotee, it’s worth the reservation of obtaining a table to get a taste of the house specialty. It comes served with au jus, Yorkshire pudding, cream horseradish and your choice of two sides.
Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana
With all Neapolitan pizzas, it starts with great dough, seasoned nicely and baked to a pillowy softness. The pies at Angelina’s are possibly the most tender-crusted Neapolitan pizzas we’ve eaten – the VPN-certified pizzeria serves classics like Margherita and Marinara, but the Burrata, topped with buffalo mozzarella, fresh cherry tomatoes, prosciutto di parma and basil, is a highlight.
Enjoy a carefully orchestrated four-course dinner by owner/executive chef Rich Mead on the beautiful terrace overlooking Roger’s Gardens scenic greenery. OC Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try Farmhouse’s Seared Curry and Tumeric-Dusted Sea Scallop and Shrimp featuring orange coconut braised Tehachapi Grain Project sonora grain, cipollini onions, shitake mushrooms and grilled baby bok choy with carrot coconut milk jus and crispy fried carrots. Pair your meal with an award-winning cocktail for only $11 more.
For dinner, Toast Kitchen is offering their Orange Chicken and Black Sesame Waffle – breakfast for dinner – orange glazed fried chicken, served with mandarin oranges and a savory black sesame waffle. It’s available as part of a $20 deal that comes with a starter and your choice of a champagne cocktail, lemongrass panna cotta, or salted chocolate chip pecan cookie (served warm with Makers Mark bourbon ice cream).
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