Las Fajitas Mexican Grill might serve up its Mexican dishes fast, but that's where the similarities between this eatery and typical fast-food places end. Along with the chefs' attention to using the freshest ingredients, from the vegetables to the boneless, skinless chicken breasts and slow-roasted pork, they also remain health conscious. All of the authentic Mexican recipes get their flavors from only fresh vegetables, with no artificial flavors or enhancements. The menu includes everything from burritos and tacos to fresh seafood and breakfast options.
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.
The Waterman's Depot is owned and operated by people who not only love the water, but have also spent plenty of time on and in it. Racks of recreational and fishing kayaks stand side-by-side with state-of-the-art stand-up paddleboards. When staff members aren't helping customers around the shop, they launch guided kayak trips and give product demonstrations. The expansive store contains aquatic sporting gear and apparel from more than 50 brands, including Oakley, Reef, and Sanuk. Available scuba gear ranges from basic fins and snorkels to more advanced gauges and computers that can tell you the number of old soggy boots buried in any fishing lake.
Professional pilots at the FAA-approved Royal Aviation flight school instruct students on taking to the skies, guiding them in manning a small aircraft on discovery flights. Before soaring through the atmosphere, first-time fliers undergo an hour of private ground instruction, in which an experienced instructor teaches them the basics of plane operation and imparts tips on overcoming sky rage. During the airborne portion of the lesson, customers can bring along a friend or family-member sidekick and brave the skies for a 60-minute aerial voyage. With step-by-step guidance from the instructor, students launch a four-seated Cessna 172 aircraft from the John Wayne Airport, whizzing past confused birds and dipping through cumulus clouds. Postlanding, students can record technical tips and any superhero sightings in their flight logbook.
From its beach-adjacent headquarters at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, OC Helicopters whisks clients away on aerial tours that deliver a rare vantage point for familiar southern California places and Orange County beaches. The owner and head pilot mans air-conditioned and reliable luxury helicopters and other aircraft that can comfortably seat three or four passengers in chairs that provide a 180-degree view. Customers choose from a number of aerial tour routes, veering south over Laguna Beach's luxury golf courses and sprawling houses or hovering near Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. Helicopters can also head northwest and take the Surf City Tour, which traces the shoreline while supplying an aviator's eyeful of Dana Point's population of surfers as they come ashore to lay their bronze eggs. OC Helicopters also offers custom tours.