The OC Mix at SOCO in Costa Mesa is one of the most acclaimed shopping and dining destinations in Southern California. With an eclectic collection of boutique shops and specialty food spots, as well as community events, the OC Mix is warm, welcoming and always fun.
If you love food, a visit to the OC Mix is a must, which offers everything from delicious acai bowls at Birdie Bowl and Juicery to organic ice cream from N'Ice Cream to award-winning coffee at the heralded Portola Coffee Lab. Taco Maria, whose chef has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, set up the first brick and mortar restaurant at the OC Mix. Currently, it's rated as one of the best restaurants in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times with its modern take on Californian-Mexican cuisine. There's also close by the Spanish-influenced Pueblo, whose presentation and style of food is influenced by California fare inflected with French accents. Or you're in the mood for French fare, try Bistro Papillote. Finally, sample dessert at St. Patisserie Chocolat, a high-end Parasian confectionery retailer, whose pastry chef is Stephane Treand, named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in the U.S. by Pastry Art and Design Magazine.
There's also an impressive collection of unique retailers at the OC Mix. The Mixing Glass, for example, Orange County's first specialty cocktail store, has everything you need to create exceptional cocktails at home. The best way to experience the OC Mix is to stroll through the center and see what grabs your attention.