4 Orange County restaurants that perfectly illustrate its culinary chops

Eugene Adams

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Orange County is often overlooked. 

It makes a lot of sense, considering it's next to the much bigger Los Angeles County. However, it's still a mistake. There is no shortage of fun things to do in Orange County

There is also no shortage of great food to eat. While L.A. might have more restaurants, Orange County's restaurant scene shouldn't be overlooked. 

Here are four restaurants that perfectly illustrate Orange County's delicious culinary diversity. 

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

If a restaurant wants to succeed, it often takes more than good food. A view that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and an extensive alcohol menu are two things that help. 

When it comes to food, The Winery Restaurant has a wide selection. They serve a variety of burgers, pizza, seafood, and steak. 


Monday: Closed

Tuesday — Thursday: 11:30 am- 9:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am- 11 pm

Saturday: 4 pm- 11 pm

Sunday: 4 pm- 9 pm

Address: 2647 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782

Phone: (714) 258–7600

Website: www.thewinerytustin.com

The Crab Cooker

The Crab Cooker has been serving high-quality seafood since 1951.

What's the secret to their success? 


Their menu has one focus and one focus only, seafood. They don't dabble in different types of food like some restaurants do. They serve seafood, and they serve it well. 

But don't worry, they have plenty of beer and wine options to wash it all down with. 


Monday — Sunday: 11 am- 9 pm

Address: 2200 Newport Blvd Newport Beach CA 92663

Phone: (949) 673–0100

Website: www.thecrabcooker.com

Solita Tacos & Margaritas

It's impossible to talk about food in Southern California without talking about Mexican Food. 

As the name suggests, the main menu is filled with Taco and Margarita options. But don't let that fool you; they still have plenty of options. 

Check out their Happy Hour, Brunch, and Taco & Tequila Tuesday menus if you like specials. 

Solita Tacos & Margaritas has locations in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Valencia, and an Anaheim location is coming soon. 


Monday- Thursday: 11 am- 10 pm

Friday: 11 am- 11 pm

Saturday: 9 am- 11 pm

Sunday: 9 am- 10 pm

Happy Hour
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 3 pm- 6 pm

Taco & Tequila Tuesday
Every Tuesday: 3 pm- 10 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am- 2 pm

Address: 7631 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Phone: (714) 894–2792

Website: www.solitatacos.com

Heritage Barbecue

Few things taste better than well-made BBQ. Pitmaster Daniel Castillo has spent years perfecting his BBQ. 

Heritage Barbecue serves wood-smoked brisket, sausages, turkey, ribs, and chicken. Their sides include mac & cheese, potato salad, and coleslaw. 

Note: Heritage is cashless, so prepare to pay with your credit card or Apple Pay. 


Monday — Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday — Sunday: 11 am- 5 pm or Sold Out

Address: 31721 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, California

Website: www.heritagecraftbbq.com

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