Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo exhales party-starting inertia, kicking off its Night Falls Tour by rolling out a carpet of dance-floor passports. Melding the talents of guitarist, vocalist, and French-literature buff Dave 1 with the dexterous fingers and throwback savvy of synthmaster P-Thugg, Chromeo has earned reverence from funkophiles for its slick grooves and mastery of jam architecture. Fans can expect congenial beats, riffing Moogs, and songcraft that father-and-son yachts can enjoy together in support of the band's latest album, Business Casual. Inflating the soulful evening, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne channels wandering Motown spirits with a retroactive Detroit sound, and mustachioed party maestro DJ Sammy Bananas sets the scene with genre jumping and remixes that rumble like tubas in a Cuisinart.
In 2011, OC Weekly dubbed rock 'n' roll bar The Juke Joint one of the best bars of the year. Here, 20 craft, domestic, and international draft beers are served alongside cocktails and whiskey shots. With walls painted black, the bar invites patrons to spin a few songs on the jukebox, which blasts tunes ranging from punk and rockabilly to American roots music. The bar also hosts live music on a stage dedicated to the late Nekromantix drummer Andrew Martinez. Five pool tables facilitate friendly games and official billiards tournaments, and free WiFi makes it easy to upload the photos that will be deleted tomorrow.
Every family has its secrets. Some have a member with a mysterious past. Others guard the location of a private family tomb, or a private candy store disguised as a family tomb. The Learakos family’s secret is barbecue: using a recipe handed down through generations, they’ve slow-roasted countless slabs of beef, pork, and steak. Though they won’t divulge their barbecue’s particulars, they’re more than happy to share its flavor at their restaurant, Katella Grill.
The Learakos family serves this smoky southern treat alongside dishes representing the spectrum of American cuisine developed over 80 years through four generations. He takes customers on a culinary road trip with California-style tilapia, southwestern chicken, Cajun meatloaf, and USDA Choice midwestern steaks. For a sweet finish to meals, staff prepare housemade pies and old-fashioned malted milk shakes complete with matching poodle skirts. They also pour locally roasted coffees, local craft beer and California wines.
Located less than two miles from Angel Stadium of Anaheim, patrons who show same-day ticket stubs receive a free menu item. Outside of supporting local baseball, the community-conscious restaurant has backed events such as Food Recovery efforts in Orange County, local school fundraisers, and hospitality education.
Slow-smoking is the name of the game at JP23 BBQ Sports Restaurant. Here, chicken wings alone are slow-smoked for three hours before the pit masters toss them in any of 10 house sauces, which include citrus barbecue and sriracha-spiked roasted garlic. These sauces—all made from scratch—also lend their flavors to the sliced tri-tip and pulled chicken.
Of course, not everything at JP23 is slathered with sauce. Slices of texas toast bookend bacon and scoops of mac and cheese, while chili and creamy guacamole cover heaps of fries. To complement the food, bartenders pour 30 draft beers hailing from local and overseas breweries. The beers even find their way into cocktails such as JP23's bloody mary, which blends pepper-flavored vodka with Guinness. As if that weren't enough to draw crowds for the next big sporting event, JP23 recently came under new ownership, which means a new menu, more seating, more TVs, and (hopefully) more no-holds-barred sauce fights.
The Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen is entrenched in Orange County's music scene. Owned by Jeremy Popoff, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum rock band Lit, the venue celebrates all things rock. Even the comfort food–influenced menu echoes a rock 'n' roll show, with diners choosing from "opening acts" such as the signature deep-fried mac 'n' cheese or seared ahi tuna before moving on to "headliners" such as grilled fish tacos and vodka cream fettuccine. Finally comes the "encore," during which guests dig into desserts such as cheesecake taquitos, then play air guitar on their forks and smash them on the table. Lighter options are also available for health-conscious dining rockstars, such as quinoa with tofu and kale salad. On any given night, local and national bands take the stage, and on Wednesday nights, patrons can attempt to make their own mark on rock 'n' roll history with a karaoke machine.
The lively culinary team at Florentine’s Grill cossets palates with its robust menu of flavorful Italian American favorites in a gorgeous dining room swathed in European décor. Delve into Florentine's selection of lunchtime specials for the crisp cobb salad with diced white turkey, bacon, egg, and more greens than Richie Rich's bank account ($9.99). Diners can anchor their incisors in an array of sandwiches, wraps, and half-pound burgers that include the bounteous bruschetta burger, hoisting mozzarella cheese and spicy mayo on focaccia bread ($10.99). For a sea of savory flavors, dive into the tilapia picatta drizzled with a lemon-butter caper sauce ($17.99), or quell a tumultuous tummy before it bellows like a wounded tuba by ordering the thick-cut prime rib, which is slathered in a creamy horseradish sauce and served only on Friday and Saturday nights, with hearty sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach ($22.99).