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The Best Easter Brunches in Costa Mesa

Posted on March 19, 2024 | 11:44am

While brunch is a perfect weekend activity all year round, there’s just something about Easter Sunday that takes brunch to the next level. We’ve rounded up some of the tastiest Easter brunch spots in Costa Mesa to make your holiday a hip-hoppity good time.

Le Chateau at Ayres Hotel

Le Chateau offers not just a luxurious brunch experience, but they top it off with bottomless mimosas. Visit Le Chateau inside the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa for an omelette station and carving station with prime rib, fresh salmon, and honey-glazed ham. Reservations are suggested.

Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar

Experience a gorgeous lakeside Easter brunch at Silver Trumpet inside the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa. Indulge in a gourmet buffet featuring multiple stations with a range of unique offerings. Make your reservations online to ensure your table is ready and waiting for you.

Café Sevilla

Photo by Café Sevilla

Starting at 11 am and running until 3 pm, Café Sevilla will be offering a special Easter “brunch from the other South” menu, featuring bottomless mimosas and live Spanish music. The menu will have brunch classics with a Spanish twist, such as eggs Benedict with Spanish jamón and Spanish-style French toast. Book your reservation.

Season 52

Seasons 52 offers an à la carte brunch menu (alongside their full menu). Choose from a selection that includes crab & cheddar quiche, upright French toast with fresh blueberry compote, and apricot-glazed spiral ham with French green beans and sweet potato mash and so much more. Reservations are recommended.

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille might be offering South Coast Plaza’s most decadent brunch. Entrées include their popular lobster frittata made with butter-poached lobster tails, truffle hollandaise, and asparagus. But the decadence doesn’t stop there. They will also be serving bone-in dry-aged NY strips with eggs, center-cut filet mignon, and crab cake Benedict, and all options will be served with white cheddar hash browns. Reservations are recommended.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse is celebrating Easter the entire weekend (March 29th–30th) with a special three-course meal featuring filet mignon and lobster. Reservations recommended.

Outpost Kitchen

Celebrate the holiday with entrées of rib-eye steak & eggs, blueberry pancakes with lemon custard, smoked salmon, and shrimp Benedict, along with their full usual (and sought-after) brunch menu. They will also feature holiday extras to make the day special, including a family photo wall, balloons, and more. Reservations recommended. 

AnQi Bistro

Photo by AnQi

The renowned spot for Asian fusion cuisine is offering an à la carte Easter menu alongside their full menu of signature dishes. Reservations are recommended. 

Be sure to follow @travelcostamesa on Instagram to see more great spots to visit in our stories. Where will you be eating Easter brunch in Costa Mesa?

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Costa Mesa: A Symphony of Creativity Blooms in the City of Arts®

Posted on October 5, 2023 | 11:22am

Step into Costa Mesa, where October marks the vibrant celebration of Art Month—a clear testament to the city’s abundant cultural richness and its rightful title as the City of the Arts®. In this story, we’ll dive into the fascinating history that earned Costa Mesa this title, explore the city’s iconic murals, showcase the performing arts venues, and revel in the delectable fusion of art and food.

Costa Mesa’s Artful Roots: A Glimpse into History

– Photo by @robdavisre

Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Costa Mesa boasts a history as colorful as its artistic offerings. Originally an agricultural haven, the city evolved into a hub for creativity, with each chapter of its history contributing to the vibrant arts community we see today.

Why City of the Arts®?

Costa Mesa boasts its renowned title due to its unwavering commitment to fostering artistic expression. The city’s dedication to the arts is exemplified by its live entertainment theaters, public art installations, and diverse array of artistic culinary food that attracts residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in creativity.

OCMA’s Majestic Celebration: One Year of Artistic Brilliance

October marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Orange County Museum of Art’s (OCMA) new building! This architectural gem is free to enter and stands as a beacon for art enthusiasts, offering a breathtaking showcase of contemporary works that echo the city’s commitment to pushing artistic boundaries.

Mural Magic: A Stroll Through Costa Mesa’s Outdoor Gallery

Embark on a visual journey through Costa Mesa’s streets adorned with striking murals. Admire the work of renowned artists like Shepard Fairey, whose iconic pieces add a touch of urban sophistication. Celebrate the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant with a mural that captures the spirit of a true legend. Be captivated by the whimsical and enchanting CostAmazing murals that grace the city’s walls, turning every street into a canvas of creativity.

Performing Arts Extravaganza: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Indulge in the performing arts at the world-renowned Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The center’s majestic venues, including Segerstrom Hall and Samueli Theater, play host to an array of captivating performances, from Tony-Award winning Broadway shows to classical symphonies, enriching the cultural landscape of Costa Mesa.

Self-Guided Art Walk: Unleash Your Inner Explorer

Embark on a self-guided art walk through Costa Mesa’s enchanting neighborhoods. Enjoy a free audio tour while discovering hidden gems and 20+ public art installations that showcase the talents of local and international artists. Let the streets be your canvas as you immerse yourself in the city’s ever-evolving artistic spirit.

Harmonies Under the Stars: Pacific Amphitheater

Enjoy the sweet melodies of outdoor concerts at Costa Mesa’s Pacific Amphitheater. Surrounded by the OC Fairgrounds, music enthusiasts can bask in the magic of live performances under the stars, creating unforgettable memories amidst the city’s artistic embrace.

The Art of Food: A Feast for the Senses

Costa Mesa is not just a haven for visual and performing arts; it’s a culinary canvas that showcases the art of food. Take an Eatcation® as you immerse your taste buds in a symphony of world cuisines, with award-winning restaurants offering a gastronomic journey that mirrors the city’s commitment to excellence in all its forms.

The City of the Arts® invites you to join the celebration of Art Month this October! Whether you’re admiring murals, attending a performance, indulging in culinary delights, or simply exploring the city’s artistic nooks, Costa Mesa promises a symphony of creativity that will leave an incredible mark on your soul. Come and be a part of this artistic hub, where every street, every mural, and every note of music tells a story of a city that truly lives and breathes the arts.

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Time to Try These 5 Hot New Restaurants in Costa Mesa

Posted on February 23, 2023 | 9:35am

Costa Mesa’s place is secured as the hottest culinary city in Orange County. With 3 Michelin Star restaurants, two Bravo TV “Top Chefs” and James Beard Award nominees, Costa Mesa boasts an incredible array of restaurants that make it the perfect place to plan your next Eatcation®.

Check out these 5 new hotspots to dine in Costa Mesa!

Palenque Kitchen

Palenque Kitchen opened in Costa Mesa’s Westside neighborhood in late 2022 and has already been getting rave reviews. Palenque focuses on regional Mexican cuisine from Oaxaca with a modern twist by Executive Chef Gabriela Gomez. They also have a full bar with emphasis on cocktails deriving from agave, with one of the largest Mezcal and Tequila selections in Orange County. Palenque is open late Fridays and Saturdays with a nightclub vibe…plus, find happy hour every day from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with single tacos as low as $5. 1749 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. https://www.palenquekitchen.com/location/orange-county/

Hong Sushi & Ramen

Hong Sushi and Ramen is a new spot in Costa Mesa’s Westside neighborhood offering the freshest sushi including hamachi, toro, tako, unagi, ebi and much more. Try happy hour every day from 2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday with $5-7 appetizers and $5 sake. 2075 Newport Blvd. Ste 108, Costa Mesa. https://sushiwaveinc.com/

Simply Fish Seafood

Simply Fish Seafood Restaurant was created by Derek Taguchi, a native Southern Californian, third-generation Japanese American with a passion for fishing and seafood. He’s trying to offer seafood usually only found at high-end dining establishments to the everday seafood lover. Select from daily catches of Pacific halibut, ahi, mahi mahi, salmon, whitefish or scallops cooked in your choice of lemon garlic butter, blackened Cajun, or teriyaki. They have Taco Tuesday specials, sandwiches, bowls and even Keto-friendly dishes. 1534 Adams Ave. Ste. D, Costa Mesa. https://www.simplyfishseafood.com/

Mezzo Calzone

Mezzo is making high quality traditional Italian calzones in a variety of flavors. The calzone’s outer crust is baked to crispy perfection while the doughy inside filling contains a blend of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses along side an assortment of hearty meats and vegetables. We love the pesto calzone pictured. 440 Fair Dr. #106, Costa Mesa. https://www.mezzocalzones.com/

MIAN South Coast Plaza

The Michelin Bib Gourmand-award-winning MIÀN Gourmet Sichuan Noodle opened at South Coast Plaza in October 2022. MIÀN is the brainchild of James Beard Award-nominated Chef Tony Xu from Los Angeles. Find a variety of noodle soups with bold, spicy flavors, plus a variety of other traditional Sichuan dishes on the menu. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. https://www.southcoastplaza.com/directory/mian/

Honorable Mention: FOLKS Pizzeria

We know, it’s not new – but people are calling it the best little pizzeria in OC. Eater LA featured it this week and the OC Register exalted its amazing crust. Folks Pizzeria is a full-service, dine-in experience with limited seats and pizza oven capacity so you may wait a minute for the deliciousness. Walk-ins & reservations for dine-in are welcomed. The CAMP, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. folkshospitality.com

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3 reasons to make Costa Mesa your next foodie vacation

Posted on September 22, 2021 | 3:00pm

One of the best ways to get to know a new city is by checking out the local food scene. Travel based around food, including food tours and food trails, is a tasty way to learn about a region’s history and culture. Thinking about taking a foodie vacation in Orange County? The culinary diversity, award-winning restaurants and popular chefs make Costa Mesa the place for your next foodie vacation. We call it an Eatcation®.

Taco Maria photo courtesy of Chelsea Martin

The only Michelin star restaurants in OC

Costa Mesa’s Taco Maria, Hana re and Knife Pleat are the only restaurants in Orange County awarded the prestigious Michelin star. Both Taco Maria and Hana re received their honors in 2019. Knife Pleat received a Michelin star in 2021. Taco Maria, located at SOCO and the OC Mix, honors both chef Carlos Salgado’s family traditions and the blend of Mexican and American cultures, in what he calls Alta California cuisine. The menu changes seasonally and, currently, only serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5-9pm. The summer menu features his popular aguachile appetizer, a scallop crudo with Persian cucumber, serrano, lime and watermelon jam. Entrees include new dishes such as mole de pato, a Muscovy duck leg confit with fig mole, and arrachera, a hanger steak with grilled bone marrow vinaigrette. There are also a selection of vegetable sides and desserts.

Hana re brings the chef’s table to the sushi bar. Guests dine omakase, leaving chef Atsushi Yokoyama to create a unique menu for them. Whether watching chef Yokoyama from the 10-seat counter or enjoying the meal from one of the tables, Hane re is an unforgettable experience. Courses can include sushi, sashimi, Japanese A5 Miyazaki beef or matsutake soup. Reservations at Hana re, at The LAB Anti-Mall, are a must and often book well in advance. 

Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi bring delicious French cuisine to Orange County. Knife Pleat serves lunch, dinner and Saturday afternoon tea. Chef Esnault also offers a Friday night tasting menu.

TV Chefs

Top Chef and Food Network fans will, no doubt, want to check out some of Costa Mesa’s restaurants owned by chef-competitors. Top Chef winner/judge Richard Blais owns The Crack Shack, on the Eastside, a fast casual spot specializing in chicken dishes. The menu features fried chicken, salads, sandwiches and sides. Like Nashville hot chicken sandwiches? Try the Firebird with spicy fried Jidori thigh, cool ranch, crispy onions and pickles on a potato roll. The Mexican Poutine comes with schmaltz fries, pollo asado and jalapeño cheese wiz. For groups or families, flock” meals are a great option with fried chicken, biscuits, fries, coleslaw and cookies. There are also vegan and vegetarian options. We love the Baja Chop with guac, radish, cotija cheese and charred poblano dressing.

Top Chef runner-up/judge Amar Santana’s Vaca, near Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory, serves authentic Spanish cuisine and boasts an impressive bar menu. The tapas menu includes the bikini sandwich with Iberica ham, manchego and truffles and the canelon de pollo ahumado, smoked chicken cannelloni with foie gras sauce and a sherry reduction. Entrees include paella and an impressive selection of beef that is grilled over a wood fire. 

For something on the sweeter side, visit Chopped champion Rachel Klemek’s Blackmarket Bakery at The CAMP. Blackmarket Bakery offers a variety of delicious treats including cakes, tarts, cookies and other sweets, including vegan and flourless options. There’s also a breakfast menu with pastries and sandwiches. The coffee is delicious too!

Food Halls

Costa Mesa now has two exciting food halls at South Coast Plaza that are worth a foodie vacation. The Hall: Global Eatery and Collage Culinary Experience, set to open in October. Top Chef alum Amar Santana’s The Hall: Global Eatery is inspired by European food halls. Named one of the best new restaurants by the OC Register in 2020, The Hall features a Mediterranean grill, a patisserie, a poke bar and lounge. 

Collage Culinary Experience features sit-down restaurants serving world-inspired plates, next-level fast casual establishments, and full service bars pouring carefully crafted cocktails. Collage Culinary Experience includes Paradise Dynasty, Le Shrimp Ramen and Mah Jongs by Chef Mike. Bruxie, PhoHolic, Egg LXIII, Mochinut, Cha Redefine and Churrino coming soon.

Want to know more about a foodie vacation, or Eatcation®, in Costa Mesa? Visit our Eatcation® page here. You can also view our list of Costa Mesa restaurants, Costa Mesa happy hours and Costa Mesa Beer Trail.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with These 5 Desserts in Costa Mesa

Posted on March 14, 2019 | 9:36am

By now it’s common knowledge that Costa Mesa is a haven for foodies, but what about those with a major sweet tooth? From some of the best baked goods in Orange County to the best milkshakes in the country, Costa Mesa has it all. Next time you’re craving something sweet, try out one of these five spots to satisfy your sweet tooth in Costa Mesa.

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