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Bluewater Grill Seafood sweeps inland the newest branch of this O.C. institution. Expect the same seasonal menu and focus on sustainable and renewable fishing. Th e display kitchen sends out shucked-to-order oysters and catch of the day fi sh and shellfi sh while the bar pours perfect 32 degree brews. Lunch and dinner daily. Th e District at Tustin Legacy, 3409 Park Avenue, Tustin. 714.258.3474 $$ Brodard Chateau Th is Asian fusion hot spot, tucked away in Little Saigon, is lighting up the off-the-beaten-path restaurant circuit. With addictive spring rolls, sizzling moon cakes and a bustling Buddha bar, this Vietnamese jewel is defi nitely worth making the drive to Garden Grove—multiple times. Lunch and dinner daily. 1900 Trask Ave., Garden Grove. 714.899.8273 $ The Hobbit When we’re in the mood for prix-fi xe fantastic, Th eHobbit is our go-to spot. Th e main entrée changes from week to week, while the rest of the seven-course feast changes nightly.Make a reservation, invite your 10 best friends and plan to spend at least three hours at this O.C. gem—and that includes intermission. Dinner Wed.–Sun. 2932 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. 714.997.1972 $$$$ Jason’s Downtown With everything from Jerk chicken to Korean barbeque on the menu, diners might be overwhelmed but, won’t be disappointed. Pot pie, cornish hen and crepes lose their ho-hum shrugs withMoroccan spices, Iberian seasoning and French-Caribbean twists. Drawing a diverse mix of hipsters and Dept. of Justice professionals, the crowd is as eclectic as the menu. And, when the owner, Jason Kordas, served vino to former President Clinton, you can expect a presidential wine list to compliment. Dinner Thursday-Saturday. 416 W. 4th St., Santa Ana. 714.347.1120 $$ K’ya Like its Laguna Beach sister, K’ya at the Hotel Ménage off ers contemporary Cali cuisine with a dash of Pacific Rim. Regardless of the fact that they are far from a blue ocean view, the trendy restaurant is one of Anaheim’s best-kept secrets and draws in-the-know locals for good food in a comfy setting. And for an under-the-stars bar scene that may rival La Casa del Camino’s rooftop, try the hotel’s Palapa Bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 1221 S. Harbor Dr., Anaheim. 714.400.9104 $$ Manhattan Supper Club East Coast cool meets Continental fusion at this swank steakhouse. Combining traditional French techniques and the freshest ingredients give Niman Ranch pork chops and Lake Superior Whitefish ease and edge. Biodynamic wine and organic tequila highlight the extensive list of libations, perfect for late night debauchery in the velvety mafi osa booths. Lunch and dinner daily, bar open late Friday and Saturday. 202 S.Main St., Orange. 714.978.6161 $$$ Mr. Stox Celebrated for its wine list, this restaurant features a cellar with more than 900 diff erent wines. When you want dependable elegance, classic American cuisine and excellent service, you can’t go wrong here. Keep your eyes open for the occasional wine dinner, too. LunchMon.–Fri., dinner nightly. 1105 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 714.634.2994 $$$ Morton’s The Steakhouse Th is new Morton’s has everything a rib-eye-craving power-player could want, including an über-upscale atmosphere, gargantuan dishes that don’t compromise on taste (the lobster is a succulent piece of just- caught freshness), and the fi rst-class service for which the franchise is known. Th ey’ve just added a swank patio for alfresco elbow-rubbing and dining. Dinner nightly. 1895 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.621.0101 $$$$ Napa Rose Chef Andrew Sutton and wine guru Michael Jordan bring the best of Napa to O.C., and they just keep getting better. Th e Gulf of California rock scallops are sublime, and the prime rib of pork with Chaparral sauce is a house specialty. Everything at this restaurant is stellar, and demands return visits. Dinner daily. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim. 714.781.3463 $$$$ Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant Who’s ready for some sexed-up sushi? Th is stylishly edgy sushi bar blends fresh fish, hot music and rockin’ décor. Try Ra’s signature roll, the Tootsy Maki, a duo of crab and shrimp wrapped in seaweed and rice, drizzled with sweet eel sauce and topped with tempura bits.Or, if you’re feeling lucky, go for the Viva Las Vegas, kani cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed, lightly tempura-battered and topped with spicy tuna, crab mix and sliced lotus root. Th e District at Tustin, 2401 Park Ave., Tustin. 714.566.1700 $$$ The Winery Whether it’s the harissa-honey glazed rack of lamb or the well-marbled rib-eye you’re after, there’s no question the Winery’s easy-on-the-eyes chef Yvon Goetz will have you coming back for more of it. Tucked deep within the District, the Winery makes the most of Goetz’s serious talent, heretofore employed at big-league local spots like French 75 and the Ritz-Carlton LagunaNiguel. Th e brainchild of William Lewis and JC Clow, who spent 12 years making Morton’s in South Coast Metro a household name, the Winery is O.C.’s newest “It” eatery. And the vino? Let’s just say they chose their name very wisely. Lunch and dinner daily. Th e District at Tustin, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin. 714.258.7600 $$$$

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