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Eat + Drink

The Perfect Crunch

From classic toppings like chicken and lobster to more unique options, eateries throughout Laguna Beach present an array of nacho plates filled with texture and flavor. By Ashley Ryan   A classic dish like nachos has plenty of versatility: Order a small plate as a snack, a large plate as a meal...

Full Moon Magic

As the tides rise, enjoy a special monthly dinner series at Splashes Restaurant. By Ashley Ryan   The magic of the full moon is said to be good for many things, from charging and cleansing crystals to meditating and making wishes. But some of these healing vibes can also come from the...

Fiesta Favorites

Dive into the flavors of Mexico at Asada Tacos & Beer, with an extensive menu and all-day breakfast just a block from Heisler Park and the beach. By Sharon Stello   As the weather warms up this spring, the perfect place for a post-beach snack in north Laguna is Asada Tacos &...

Drink to Your Health

When it comes time to imbibe, these innovative cocktails let you indulge sans guilt. By Elizabeth Nutt   If you so much as glance at a cocktail menu in town lately, you’re sure to notice that happy hour in Laguna is on a bit of a health kick. Gone are the days...

Creative Charcuterie

From cured meats and creamy cheeses to a selection of accouterments and wines for pairing, these curated boards are great for sharing. By Ashley Ryan   It’s not that charcuterie is a new trend—quite the contrary, actually. But beautiful boards filled with cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts and other accompaniments have taken...

Home Cooking

Local chefs are bringing their kitchens to private houses, backyards and beaches. By Justine Amodeo   With the back-and-forth opening and closing of indoor dining at restaurants due to pandemic restrictions, chef’s kitchens have temporarily become a thing of the past. But local chefs have made it possible to bring that experience...

Sourced with Integrity

Restaurants in Laguna Beach incorporate sustainably sourced meat and produce to showcase eco-friendly fare on their menus. By Ashley Probst   Global warming is a hot topic—pun intended—though climate change is a more accurate way to describe what is currently happening to our environment. Severe weather patterns are occurring all over the...

A Taste of Tradition

Ristorante Rumari serves up authentic Italian cuisine for takeout, delivery or to enjoy on the patio. By Sharon Stello   Caprese salad, spaghetti carbonara, rigatoni with rich Bolognese sauce, homemade meatballs, chicken Parmesan, veal piccata and made-from-scratch cannoli. These are just some of the mouthwatering traditional Italian dishes filled with rich flavors...

Sugary Sweet

These cocktail recipes trade boring and basic for remarkable flavor, thanks to the help of special syrups. By Ben McBee   At the moment, sipping a cocktail made with simple syrup just doesn’t seem right—because let’s face it, nothing about the past year has been simple. Fortunately for those in need of...

An Exclusive Experience

Specials at Bourbon Steak Orange County offer diners delicious dishes and piquant pairings. By Ashley Probst   A one-night-only event at Bourbon Steak Orange County highlighted wines of the riesling and Bordeaux varieties. This was part of the national Clink Different campaign, which invites diners to experience the wines of Europe. Held...