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These 75 Restaurants Are the Best Places to Eat in Orange County in 2018

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MAY 1, 2018

By BRAD A. JOHNSON | | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2018 at 11:15 am | UPDATED: May 3, 2018 at 11:23 am

Every meal, every glass of wine, every taco, every tasting menu, every extra mile added to the odometer (always more than 10,000 for this pursuit)… everything I do all year adds up to this.

Through all the highs and lows of an incessant dining routine, my mission is always clear: provide a roadmap to the best places to eat in Orange County. These are the pins on that map.


There are four things everyone should taste at this casual Texas steakhouse, which by the way is hands-down the best overall restaurant at the Irvine Spectrum. The steaks, particularly the New York strip, are outstanding. The bone-in prime rib (Friday and Saturday only) is one of the best in the county. The double cheeseburger is a monster. And if you’ve made it through any of those, you probably won’t have room for coconut cream pie, which would be a shame. 772 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-341-0376,

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