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The 7 Best American Eats in Costa Mesa

Posted on June 24, 2024 | 3:33pm | Travel Costa Mesa

The 7 Best American Eats in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa is home to some of the best stops for classic American eats this 4th of July. From brisket to burgers and beers, these top 7 spots serve up must-have foods and beverages for your Independence Day celebration.

Top 7 American Eats in Costa Mesa

Holé Smokes

The scents and flavors of barbecue are a long-time staple for the 4th of July, and Holé Smokes brings traditional, authentic Texas-style recipes to Costa Mesa. Their careful selection of pecan and oak logs was chosen for their distinct, balanced aromas that bring out the most complex flavors in their brisket, tri-tip, ribs, and more.

Bred Hot Chicken

Located at the LAB Anti-Mall, Bred Hot Chicken can fire up any July 4th celebration with sandwiches and sliders that bridge the gap between southern comfort food and mouth-watering spice. For larger parties, try ordering a family platter with something for everyone.

Rance’s Chicago Pizza

The Golden Foodie Winner for the best pizza in Orange County, Rance’s Chicago Pizza is where people discover (or rediscover) their love for deep-dish. Order one of their mouth-watering pizzas filled with the perfect amount of mozzarella cheese and topped off with their famous zesty tomato sauce. Don’t forget to order a side of their best-selling Rance’s chicken wings.

Westwood Coast

Westwood Coast is where good food meets good times. This country-inspired restaurant offers a mix of high-end dining with dishes like Short Rib Agnolotti and premium char-broiled steaks, paired with entertainment including line dancing, live music, and a fun mechanical bull. They even have a bourbon lover’s dream bar with over 100 bottles to choose from!

Nice Burger

Looking for some vegan-friendly dining options? We recommend trying Nice Burger. Their menu features a dozen burger and sandwich options, all mouth-watering and all 100% vegan-friendly. You can’t go wrong with their grilled mushroom burger or buffalo ranch chicken sandwich with a side of fries. 

Try a Craft Pint at Costa Mesa’s Local Breweries

Costa Mesa boasts some of the freshest hand-crafted beers in all of Orange County. Stop by one of Costa Mesa’s breweries for a round or two of local brews made by people passionate about beer. Several of the breweries are within walking distance, making for the perfect  4th of July beer trail. Stops to try include:

Strickland’s Ice Cream

Whether you need to cool off from the SoCal heat (or a Bred Hot Chicken sandwich), Strickland’s Ice Cream has been the place to go for almost 90 years. Their small-batch flavor of the day makes every trip a new experience, with unique flavors such as sweet red beans, red guava, Thai iced tea, taro, and lychee, all alongside familiar classics.

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The 4th of July weekend is the perfect time to extend your visit at one of Costa Mesa’s top hotels. After celebrating the 4th, continue exploring a city filled with unique shopping boutiques, award-winning eateries, and live entertainment, with the beach just a short drive away.