more about: orange county

Our 10 favorite new restaurants in SoCal

Millions of Westerners will be hitting the road Friday to take advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend—and that’s good news if you’re staying home. With all those locals out of town, holidays can be a prime time to dine at your city’s hard-to-get-into restaurants.

The New Coffee Movement

Craft cocktails, meet craft coffee. This only-in-the-West hybrid has just landed at Theorem, a new six-seat coffee bar at the OC Mart Mix indie mall in Costa Mesa, where cocktail trends like barrel-aging and bitters are making their way into coffee drinks.

The Western park of the future

Shout out to the SoCal city of Irvine for turning an old air force base into one of the coolest urban parks I’ve ever encountered. Great Park is part art gallery, demonstration garden, outdoor movie theater, food lab, urban planning experiment, and amusement park.