Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Costa Mesa

Taco Mesa

Brightly painted in Mexican Day of the Dead art, this out-of-the-way stand is a local institution for fresh, healthy, sustainably farmed tacos of steak, beer-battered fish and more, with an awesome salsa bar. We lik…
Desserts in Costa Mesa

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

It may be in the back corner of a nondescript strip mall, but Sidecar's a landmark nonetheless. Crowds line up out the door (especially on weekends) for what are billed the 'world's freshest doughnuts.' Changing out…
Californian in Costa Mesa

Eat Chow

This hipster gourmet eatery does dishes like rib-eye Thai beef salads, grilled salmon tacos with curry slaw, and bodacious burgers like the Chow BBQ burger with homemade barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda and crispy onion…
Ramen in Costa Mesa

Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai

The US location of a popular ramen chain from northeastern Japan is known for its chewy, curly, wobbly (their word) hand-crumpled noodles. The broth stews for hours yet remains light, while the chashu (sliced pork) …
Californian in Costa Mesa

Plums Café

Raise your breakfast game at this gourmet caterer’s bistro tucked in the corner of a cookie-cutter strip mall. With its exposed brick walls and sleek designs, Plums will have you feeling oh-so-chic as you nibble Dut…
Food Hall in Costa Mesa

OC Mix

Costa Mesa's newest food destination brings together purveyors of coffees, cheeses, oysters and more. Also here is Taco Maria, whose Michelin-starred chef started with a food truck and was recently named Food & …
Latin American in Costa Mesa

Habana

With its flickering votive candles, ivy-covered courtyard and spicy Cuban, Mexican and Jamaican specialties, this sultry cantina whispers rendezvous. Paella, ropa vieja (shredded flank steak in tomato sauce) and sal…
Vegan in Costa Mesa

Native Foods

Lunch in a yurt? In Orange County? Them’s the digs at this vegan spot serving organic salads, veggie burgers, Native Oklahoma Classic grilled 'cheese' burger, rice bowls like the Soul Bowl (imitation chicken, beans …
Southern US in Costa Mesa

Memphis

Inside a vintage mid-century-modern building, this fashionable eatery is all about down-home flavor – think pulled-pork sandwiches, popcorn shrimp, gumbo and buttermilk-battered fried chicken. There's brunch daily, …