Sunday, February 26, 2012

Orange County Restaurant Week is Here!

Beginning today, the eclectic mix of restaurants that exists in Orange County will be offering their best dishes at discounted rates for all of us foodies to sample.

This year, Orange County Restaurant Week will have 100 places to choose from for a 3-course, prix fixe menu (set price and dish selection) that range from $10 $15, and $20 per person for lunch, and $20, $30 or $40 per person for dinner.

You don't have to buy any kind of tickets to participate, although the website for Orange County Restaurant Week recommends calling for reservations. You can also visit the site for the complete list of participating restaurants, but thanks to the Orange County Register, here's a sampling of some of the top choices, based on selection and pricing:

Enchiladas from Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen
(image via Cha Cha's website)
Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen
First of all, I can't believe there's a place called Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen and I've never been to it, but this Brea-based restaurant will be offering a three-course, $15 lunch with the options of enchiladas, salmon, roasted chicken, carnitas or tacos. They also have award-winning Margaritas for $5!

Salmon offered by Memphis (image via Memphis website)
Where else could you find soul food but in Santa Ana? For $15, you can have a 3-course lunch with options ranging from a barbecued duck quesadilla (okay, maybe that's not traditional soul food), buttermilk fried chicken, to be topped off with a bourbon pecan tart.

Offering from Three Seventy Common
(image via Yelp user Monica F)

Three Seventy Common
Described by OC Register as a "relaxed and modern menu", Three Seventy Common in Laguna Beach offers a $30 dinner menu that includes three courses. Have your choice of black cod, steak salad, or Parmesan risotto for a second course, follow it up with Grandma B's chocolate cake, or chocolate banana bread pudding.
A fresh fruit sorbet from The Catch
(image via Yelp user Vy T)
Located in Anaheim, The Catch is offering a $30, 3-course dinner. Choose a starter like baked wild mushroom soup, follow it up with an herb marinated pork tenderloin or seafood paella, and top it off with a chocolate souffle, trio of fresh fruit sorbets, or house-made cream puffs. Good luck deciding!

A sample of what Zimzala's offers
(image via Zimzala's website)
For $20, you can get a 3-course lunch with dishes ranging from homemade soft pretzels for a starter, and a choice of fish and chips, a grilled sirloin burger or a margarita flatbread for the second course. Top it off with two scoops of house-made ice cream or some chocolate ganache and lunch in Huntington Beach is complete.

For the Register's complete list of recommended picks, visit their website here.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 26th - March 3rd

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