BBQ Restaurants in Turtle Rock

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You could order the fishermen stew at 6ix Park Grill every day, and you'd never be eating exactly the same meal. That's because its mix of shellfish and heirloom-tomato broth is built on the daily market's catch—and who can say what the market will bring? The same delicious whimsy applies to entrees that come with foraged mushrooms, such as the California lamb chop and the mushroom risotto, made with an aged 18-year balsamic.

What can you count on, then? The eatery's fierce devotion to California cuisine, wines included. That means chicken and avocado sandwiches and fish tacos during lunch, and locally raised lamb at dinner. The location screams Cali just as loudly, with palm trees flanking the outdoor dining space and a fire pit that crackles the melodies of Beach Boys tunes if you listen closely.

17900 Jamboree Rd
Irvine,
CA
US

Make lunch or dinner into a fun foodmersible with submarine-shaped appetizer rolls such as the seared ahi tuna variation with mango, mint, avocado, and wasabi-ginger soy sauce ($7), or yam-tempura-coated fish sticks ($7). Meat goes best with meat, which explains why bold dishes like the rau ram salad with chicken, cabbage, green mango, and apple ($11) and the braised anise shortrib ($22) stand out so well. Quietly confident plates such as the tofu with eggplant, mushrooms, and Thai basil ($12) or the lemongrass jalapeno wok (tofu, $13) are equally delicious, but are more susceptible to noogies.

6000 Scholarship
Irvine,
CA
US

Corea Kalbi aims to serve healthy Korean BBQ by using top quality meats that are free from MSG and offering fresh and light options such as seared Chilean sea bass and octopus cucumber salad. Their menu also includes savory dishes such as boneless bulgogi and marinated short ribs that patrons can feast upon or bring home to please their carnivorous pet dragons.

1701 Corinthian Way
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Agora Churrascaria: A User's Guide

Brazilian Steak House | Award-Winning Churrasco | Hot-Food Buffet | Caipirinha Cocktails | Fixed-Price Menu

Sample Menu

  • Entree: bacon-wrapped fillet
  • Side: feijoada, a black-bean stew
  • Dessert: passion-fruit mousse
  • Cocktail: strawberry-basil caipirinha

    How it Works: During this all-you-can-eat fine-dining experience, customers are first seated at tables bedecked with white linens. Then, a server parades out a selection of 16 churrascaria meats, carving off a portion of skewered beef, lamb, pork, or chicken. A two-sided, colored coaster—green for "keep it coming," red for "I'm stuffed"—lets the staff know if you'd like seconds or thirds. Diners can also help themselves to the buffet of salad fixings and side dishes.



    Inside Tip: Vegetarians can skip out on the meat and pay a reduced price for the salad and sides buffets. The extensive salad bar is filled with traditional choices as well as tabbouleh and pickled shiitake, and the hot side dishes include a "mashed potato so smooth it could pass for crème fraîche," according to OC Weekly.



    Vocab Lesson

    • Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco
    • Rodízio: an all-you-can-eat style of service common in Brazilian restaurants
    • Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaça and lime juice

      If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Amazon Churrascaria BBQ Buffet (1445 S. Lemon Street, Fullerton), more casual—but no less authentic—spot for Brazilian cuisine according to the Los Angeles Times.

1830 Main St
Irvine,
CA
US

Joey's Smokin' BBQ is a quick-serve Memphis style barbeque restaurant specializing in authentic southern recipes with a California twist.

2933 El Camino Real
Tustin,
CA
US

Ana Maria Montoya Kishihara first landed on American soil in the early 1980s, bringing along her two young children, the traditional Peruvian recipes of her mother and grandmother, and a dream to start her own restaurant. She opened up Inka Grill in 1996, stocking its kitchen with fresh ingredients and setting up a wood-fired rotisserie to roast juicy Peruvian chicken dishes. Today, Ana’s daughter has taken over the family business, whipping up the authentic the Criolla recipes passed down from the three generations of women before her.

Amid the smoky rotisserie and bubbling pots of stew in the Inka Grill kitchen, chefs whip up fresh fish ceviches, savory steak stir-fry saltados, and flavorful seafood paellas. They pair heaping scoops of rice and beans with their rotisserie chicken, a poultry that reporters from Orange County Weekly lauded as “so juicy from tail to sternum you can barely tell the dark from the white.” Servers tote sizzling platters to the dining room, where vivid paintings of Peruvian children adorn the walls and a soft flute plays traditional Peruvian songs, i.e., Wham! covers. The staff pours glasses of the traditional chicha morada corn drink and presents cans of imported Inca Kola to quench the spice of their ultra-spicy green aji sauce, which the chefs have lightheartedly dubbed “Gringo Killer”.

23600 Rockfield Blvd
Lake Forest,
CA
US