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Orange County Restaurant Week February 26th -March 3rd

It’s that time of year again! It’s Orange County Restaurant Week, one of my favorite times of the year.  This is your chance to experience some special prix fixe menus from many of Orange County’s restaurants, from February 26th to march 3rd. Despite what one of the reality housewifes  might say about the OC Restaurant scene, we have some of the best restaurants in California. Additionally, the Chefs of Orange County make some really amazing dishes.  Fortunately for you, Orange County Restaurant week will give you the opportunity to try the best dishes that OC restaurants have to offer. I personally love prix fixe menus, because I get to try an appetizer, main course and usually a dessert. OC Restaurant week will give you a chance to get an amazing prix fixe meal at a discounted price!

Some of the restaurants I plan to try during the OC Restaurant week include, 370 common, Sol, Charlie Palmers, Cucina Enoteca, LUCCA, Slaters 50/50. Yes this is a big list, perhaps it will require some prioritization or I will end up looking like the  a blimp.

The Orange County Restaurant Week Website is a tool that I used to find the restaurants participating during the OC restaurant week. See what deals are at your favorite restaurants.  Which of these restaurants are you curious about trying?

Here are the Prix Fixe menus for two restaurants that caught my eye.

370 Common –  Dinner Price $30 inclusive

1st Course(choose one)

Kale Salad
pear/currant/walnut/citrus vinaigrette/pecorino

TJ Salad
romaine/anchovy/asiago/garlic/caper/crouton

White Bean + Merguez Bruschetta
 parmesan/grilled bread/kale

Calamari
peppers/tomato chutney/aioli

Apple-Rutabaga Soup
hazelnuts/celery/EVO

2nd Course
(choose one)

Black Cod
lentils/chorizo/leeks
parsley-red onion

Prime Steak Salad
greens/pistachio/pear/blue
mustard-sherry vinaigrette

Parmesan Risotto
parsnip/watercress/black pepper

Pork Schnitzel
roasted apple/brown butter/spaetzle/arugula salad

3rd Course
(choose one)

Grandma B’s Chocolate Cake
vanilla bean ice cream/love

Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
caramel/chocolate sauce/vanilla bean ice cream

Sol Cucina –DINNER $30 inclusive

~ Chef’s Amuse ~

Firsts – Choice of:
Watermelon Gazpacho or Small Spinach & Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese & Walnuts

Main – Choice of:

Chicken Enmoladas – Chicken rolled in Corn Tortillas with House-Made Mole Negro
OR
Coconut-Crusted Seasonal Wild Fish with Spicy Mango Sauce
OR
Garlic & Pepper Marinated Skirt Steak, Grilled, with Salsa Borracha and Fried Plantains
OR
Street Taco Combo – choose either Mezcal Chicken, Carne Asada or Pork Carnitas, served with Borracho Black Beans and Spinach Garlic Rice

Dessert

Obleas – Thin Buttery Cookies Sandwiched with Dulce de Leche, dipped in Semi-sweet Callebaut Chocolate and Toasted Almonds

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

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