OC Register: These are the 20 best full-service Mexican restaurants in Orange County

Here’s something I think we can all agree on: Orange County has better Mexican food than anywhere else in California. And I firmly believe we have in Taco Maria the single best Mexican restaurant in the United States, and the chef who tilts the scales heavily in our favor. But we also have some of the best old-fashioned, family-operated California-style Mexican restaurants in the state.

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Photo by Cindy Yamanaka

Restaurant Marin Among Eater’s 10 Orange County Restaurants Worth the Drive From San Diego

Chef Noah Blom and wife-partner Marin built on the success of Arc at The OC Mix with Restaurant Marin, a chic diner that also features wood-fired cooking. Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the covered patio in a blue cushioned booth or grab a blue plastic table indoors, all set to French accordion music. Breakfast is as luxurious as you want to be, whether you prefer a basic bacon and egg sandwich or crab hash browns. Later in the day, they pile buttery lobster rolls with shrimp and serve a downright architectural chicken pot pie. Don’t leave without eating dessert, whether it’s supple donut holes served with whipped cream and quad-berry jam, or a towering slab of cake.

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OC Register: The Taste: Consider the Lobster Bisque

We are standing in the bustling kitchen breezeway that connects Restaurant Marin to its older sister, ARC, both of which anchor the burgeoning food mecca at SOCO in Costa Mesa. We face an imposing black door with a glossy high-tech keypad to the left. It’s an oddly tentative, interstitial space – think of it as a brief Tibetan Buddhist bardo, a space one inhabits after death before being transported to nirvana.

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The Ultimate Stay – and Dine-cation in Costa Mesa

Deemed “One of the best mid-sized cities in the nation for food…” by the Orange County Register, Costa Mesa has become a culinary capital. This is, in large part, thanks to the award winning restaurants at SOCO and The OC Mix.

Now, you can experience this up-and-coming foodie scene while enjoying a relaxing stay-cation at one of Costa Mesa’s stylish hotels, thanks to a fabulous promotion by Travel Costa Mesa, that pairs hotel rooms with high-caliber cuisine. Simply book two nights at one of Costa Mesa’s participating hotels, and you will receive $100 in the form of our new gift card, to spend at participating eateries located in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection (SOCO) and The OC Mix.

Wishing you a wonderful stay- and dine-cation in Costa Mesa!

     

 

Spend Valentine’s Day at SOCO & The OC Mix!

 

Valentine’s Day Dining at SOCO & The OC Mix
There’s still time to book your reservation at one of SOCO and The OC Mix’s award-winning eateries for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a romantic dinner at Bistro Papillote, or perhaps a tasting of Spanish Tapas at Pueblo, and finish with something sweet from ST Patisserie or SusieCakes. 

Floral Pop Up at UNI Home Store
Beautiful Savage Flowers is popping up at UNI Home Store at SOCO and The OC Mix, and will have three beautiful arrangements for you to choose from (available only by pre-order) –  along with a single stem Flower Bar for convenient wrap and carry. Pre-orders can be made by purchasing a ticket through Eventbrite. All pre-orders will be for pick up only – no delivery. For more information,please click here. 

Free Succulent Planting at SOCO Farmers’ Market 
This Saturday from 9am-2pm, come to SOCO Farmers’ Market for a fun kid’s potting club event and a Valentine’s Day craft! Kids can plant their very own succulent cutting to keep or to give someone for Valentine’s Day. There will also be a Valentine’s Day themed craft. We hope to see you there! 

DRIFTER X GORJANA Trunk Show this Saturday from 1-4pm 
Find the perfect gift for your Valentine at DRIFTER at SOCO and The OC Mix during their exclusive trunk show with local favorite Gorjana. Enjoy wine, appetizers, and Gorjana’s new spring collection this Saturday from 1-4pm. 

New Assortment Brunch at HD Buttercup at SOCO!
You’re invited to HD Buttercup at SOCO to celebrate their 2017 collection! Join us this Sunday, February 12 from 11am -2pm for brunch at our SOCO showroom. You’ll enjoy pancakes, bacon and mimosas, and they’ll also have arts and crafts for the family where you can create kites with your kids! No RSVP necessary.