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OC Restaurant Week: Feb 28 - Mar 6

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Here is the list of participating restaurants as of today (02/22/10):

#118 Degrees - Costa Mesa
# 230 Forest Avenue - Laguna Beach
# 25 Degrees - Huntington Beach
# 320 Main - Seal Beach
# 50 Forks - Santa Ana
# 6ix Park Grill - Irvine
# 7 Seas Fish House - Garden Grove
# Ambrosia - Santa Ana
# Anaheim White House - Anaheim
# Andrei's Conscious Cuisine - Irvine
# Anqi - Costa Mesa
# Antonello Ristorante – Santa Ana
# Auld Dubliner - Tustin
# Auld Irisher - Orange
# Bayside - Newport Beach
# Belacan Grill - Tustin
# Bistango - Irvine
# Bluewater Grill - Tustin / Newport Beach
# Brasserie Pascal - Newport Beach
# Cafe Jardin - Corona Del Mar
# Catal - Anaheim
# Cedar Creek - Brea
# Cedar Creek - Laguna Niguel
# Cedar Creek - San Juan Capistrano
# Cha Cha's - Brea
# Chaparosa - Laguna Niguel / Tustin
# Chart House - Dana Point / Newport Beach
# Commonwealth Lounge & Grill - Fullerton
# Crystal Jade - Irvine
# Daily Grill - Irvine
# Don the Beachcomber - Huntington Beach
# Duke's - Huntington Beach
# French 75 - Laguna Beach
# Geisha House - Santa Ana
# Harborside Restaurant - Newport Beach
# Haven Gastropub - Orange
# Hush - Laguna Beach
# JT Schmid's Restaurant and Brewery - Anaheim / Tustin
# Kimera's - Irvine
# King's Fish House - Laguna Hills/Huntington Beach/Orange
# K'ya Bistro Bar - Laguna Beach
# K'ya Street Fare - Anaheim
# Leatherby’s Café Rouge - Costa Mesa
# LUCCA - Irvine
# Lulu’s Crêperie Café - Laguna Hills
# Lumberyard - Laguna Beach
# Mahe - Dana Point/Seal Beach
# Manhattan Steak & Seafood - Orange
# Marios by the Sea - Dana Point
# Marmalade Cafe - Tustin
# Marrakesh - Costa Mesa
# Matador Cantina - Fullerton
# McCormick & Schmick’s Grille - Anaheim
# McCormick & Schmick’s – Irvine
# McCormick & Schmick’s - Santa Ana
# Medieval Times - Buena Park
# Mozambique - Laguna Beach
# Mr. Stox - Anaheim
# Naples Ristorante - Anaheim
# Nello Cucina - Costa Mesa
# Newport Landing - Newport Beach
# Newport Rib Company - Ladera/Costa Mesa
# Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach
# Nirvana Grille - Mission Viejo
# O'Neill's at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club - Mission Viejo
# Opah - Aliso Viejo / Irvine
# Orange Hill Restaurant - Orange
# Orange County Mining Co. - Orange
# Palm Terrace Restaurant - Newport Beach
# Phan 55 - Irvine/Fullerton
# Pinot Provence - Costa Mesa
# Pizzeria Ortica - Costa Mesa
# Port - Corona Del Mar
# Prego Ristorante - Irvine
# Primecut Cafe - Orange
# Quattro Caffe – Costa Mesa
# Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen - Anaheim
# RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Huntington Beach / Tustin
# Restaurant 162' - Dana Point
# Ritz Restaurant and Garden, The – Newport Beach
# Riviera at Fireside - Westminister
# Royal Hawaiian - Laguna Beach
# Royal Khyber – Santa Ana
# Rusty Pelican - Newport Beach
# Ruth's Chris Steak House - Anaheim
# Ruth's Chris Steak House - Irvine
# Sage - Newport Beach
# Sage on the Coast - Newport Beach
# Salt Creek Grille - Dana Point
# Salerno Italian Restaurant - Laguna Beach
# Savannah Chop House - Laguna Niguel
# Scott's Seafood - Costa Mesa
# Signature Kitchen - Costa Mesa
# SOL Cocina - Newport Beach
# Sorrento Grille - Laguna Beach
# South Coast Winery - Santa Ana
# Spark Woodfire Grill - Huntington Beach
# SteerCrazy International BBQ – Capistrano Beach
# Stonehill Tavern - St. Regis Resort – Monarch Beach
# Summit House - Fullerton
# Sundried Tomato - Laguna Beach / San Juan Capistrano / San Clemente
# Tabu Grill - Laguna Beach
# Tangata - Santa Ana
# TAPS Fish House and Brewery - Brea
# The Californian - Huntington Beach
# The Cellar - Fullerton
# The Crow Bar and Kitchen - Corona Del Mar
# The Loft - Laguna Beach
# The Melting Pot – Brea / Irvine / San Clemente
# The Rooftop Lounge - Laguna Beach
# The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar - Tustin
# Tommy Bahama's Island Grille - Newport Beach
# Tortilla Jo's - Anaheim
# Tradition by Pascal - Newport Beach
# Watermarc - Laguna Beach
# Wildfish Seafood Grille - Newport Beach
# Wolfgang Puck Bistro – Costa Mesa
# Zimzala - Huntington Beach
# Zov's Bistro - Tustin
# Zov's Cafe & Bar - Irvine
# Zov's Cafe & Bar - Newport Coast

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    1. re: OCAnn

      I think it is going to pass me by. A friend and I were looking at your post and thinking about lunch somewhere, but not too many places are close to my office. as scary as it sounds with that long a list, there are not too many places I am interesting in trying out. There are a few on the list, like Tabu and Stonehill I would like to go back to, but since I am travelling later in the week, I don't think I will have the chance.

    2. Thanks for posting this list...............fantastic help!!!!

      1. Good news: they're extending RW for another week, until 03/13/10!

        1. So far I've been:

          6ix Park: $15 2 course lunch. Tortilla soup nice, they have the tortilla strips, avocado, and pico de gallo in the bowl then pour the soup on top. My tempura salad (ate light for Stonehill dinner), was disappointing. The tempura had a wierd, not light batter and the cabbage and greens it was on top was way overdressed. My fellow diners had the $10 sandwiches and burgers which looked much better. Overall, half a notch above normal hotel food, bleh.

          Stonehill: Got a cozy booth and I had the tartare, ocean trout, and rootbeer float with cookies. First off, bread basket was delicious and the amuse of cold leek soup and dollop of potato salad was yummy. My meal was nice, but my dining companions chicken was delicious, upscale comfort with the roasted chicken, mac n cheese, and onion rings for garnish. I wasn't amazed by the rootbeer float as everyone else is, but it's still a solid version.The bite of pumpkin donut I had was ok, the inside was gooey and maybe undercooked, not light and airy.

          Zimzala: I chose this place since I wanted the chicken tagine and lamb shank. When we went in, one of the apps and the lamb shank was changed out, they gladly accepted our request to go with the choices on the website. First off, foccacia and olive oil excellent and warm. Starts were fair, I really enjoyed the stewed pull apart goodness of my chicken tagine, but the guy complained the shank was a bit salty. As far as dessert, apple tart was nice, but geez the GANACHE, too die for! The guy is a chocoholic so he loved this, just a huge scoop of ganache sprinkled with sea salt, olive oil and served with grilled sourdough. I'd come back here just to have this dessert (perhaps after 25 Degrees which is still on my list). Overall decent, would never pay full price, cool south beach-esque decor.

          BTW, where did you see the extension? Didn't see it on the website. I want to hit up maybe 25 Degrees this weekend!

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          1. re: groover808

            Nice report! I saw the extension here: OC Register, http://foodfrenzy.freedomblogging.com...

            The extension is a very good thing, b/c due to my schedule, I OpenTabled a lunch & dinner for tomorrow earlier this week, and now I can stretch it out a bit.

          2. Thus far, I've enjoyed the $10 lunch at Crystal Jade (good hot & sour soup, so-so spring roll, decent fried shui mai, choice of one of three entrees [I quite liked the 3 flavor Mongolian], rice and a dim sum dessert) and the $20 lunch at the Ritz (I had the wonderful cappuccino mushroom soup, a very nice steak Diane and a delicious pear cheesecake in phyllo).

            1. Today we had lunch @ Brasserie Pascal. Not only do they have the RW deal, but they have great $10, $15 & $20 meal deals all day long (scroll 1/2 way down): http://www.pascalnpb.com/annual_event...

              So we opted for the RW $20 three-course lunch and the all-day, everyday $20 surf & turf. My three-course prix fixe included homemade pate, a lobster roll with fries, and creme caramel. I really liked everything, but not overwhelmingly so. The pate had pistachio nuts and was quite good. What I found to be even better was the olive spread that came with the bread...now THAT was delicious. The spread was light and flavourful and not overly salty (as you'd expect from olives). The lobster roll was also quite good with chunks of lobster; the accompanying fries looked similar to McDonalds thin fries, but were tastier. And my creme caramel was a lovely dessert, if a bit heavy.

              Mr OCAnn had the 6oz Creekstone farm filet mignon and 1/2 a Florida lobster with pilaf and asparagus. This was really good. (I kinda wished we traded plates.) The lobster was nicely done and succulent; and though he asked for his steak medium rare, it was more rare than medium rare. HIs pilaf was on the creamy side and very delicious and the asparagus, though pre-season, was yummy. Though not part of the surf & turf, Mr OCAnn had coffee & dessert of nutella crepe (he was reminiscing our trip to Paris where we had these from almost every crepe stand). Though nutella crepes were not on the menu, they accommodated us nicely.

              All in all, a nice lunch. While it took RW to get us there, their other budget friendly deals--along with a nice menu--will have us as return diners.