Food & Drink in North Tustin

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Only after they've been brined and smoked for two full days are the pork chops at Tustin Roadhouse hand cut, grilled, and flavored with a creole maple glaze. This patient approach typifies the restaurant's culinary team, who specializes in southern staples and barbecue. Chefs fry boneless chicken in buttermilk, drizzle smoked portabellos in house creole remoulade, and pair blueberry corn bread with barbecue classics such as beef brisket, pulled pork, and st. louis spare ribs. Southern feasts unfold in a cozy exposed-brick dining room where the latest sports flicker across flat-screen TVs behind the bar. Musical entertainment accompanies meals every Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., when troubadour Eric Kufs strums on his guitar as diners percussively suck barbecue sauce off their fingertips.

560 El Camino Real
Tustin,
CA
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Dining at Rasoi Curry Point is a tasty way to learn about India's diverse cuisines. The restaurant's owner specializes in dishes from the Hyderabad region, including succulent bone-in lamb biryani and mirchi ka salaan—a piquant dish of spiced peppers. But he also draws on a deep knowledge of dishes from elsewhere on the Indian subcontinent. Delve into the cuisine of northern regions by ordering the Mughlai-style fried eggplant, or explore south-Indian flavor by ordering the tangy tamarind rice. Tandoor-roasted meats and breads round out the menu, and a variety of chutneys and sauces allow diners to customize meals or create Jackson Pollock–style splatter paintings on pieces of naan.

678 El Camino Real
Tustin,
CA
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On St. Patrick’s Day weekend, runners in the fun, festive Leprechaun Leap wind their way through the District at Tustin Legacy, treading a brisk 5-kilometer course. The laid-back atmosphere welcomes veteran runners, walkers, babies in strollers, and dogs either attached to leashes or piloting miniature blimps from above. Participants are spurred on by the race's very own mascot, Terry O'Tustin.

At the finish line, each runner receives a finisher’s T-shirt and wristband, as the closing ceremonies honor the racers with the fastest time and bestow awards to the best costume for both humans and canines. After the event, an expo sprawls across the District’s promenade, where racers and spectators groove to live music and entertainment.

2437 Park Avenue
Tustin,
CA
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Using halal meats and Malaysian recipes, Belacan Grill presents diners with a menu populated by diverse dishes and preparations. The seafood selection includes live crab or lobsters prepared in one of five ways: Belacan-style means meat will be stir-fried and served with shrimp paste, while the curry option sweetens meat with a coconut-milk gravy. Whole fish can be steamed or deep-fried, and blanketed with brown-bean sauce or a blend of spices and fresh chilies. Like best-selling romance novels, the beef rendang is spicy and tender, making it one of Belacan’s most popular dishes, as is the mamak mee goreng, a tangle of stir-fried egg noodles, chicken, shrimp, and sprouts in tamarind sauce.

17460 17th St
Tustin,
CA
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From a humble beginning as a family business in Tustin more than 25 years ago, Jalapeños has flourished into multiple restaurants throughout Orange County. It's an achievement almost as impressive as the sheer number of burritos on the Tustin menu: 15. And that number could be easily doubled by having each one made mojado-style with melted cheese on top. Classic combinations of beans and meat share the page with creations like the Chile Colorado—beef chunks, red chile, and cheese—as well as vegetarian burritos that are stuffed with the likes of chiles rellenos and veggies instead of just another tortilla wadded up.

Of course, the menu also includes tacos, tortas, and tostadas. Specialty dinners here range from enchiladas to plates of beef tongue and carnitas. To add a little tang to your meal, order an entire marinated jalapeno on the side and douse the spiciness with an imported beer.

450 E 1st St
Tustin,
CA
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While Pilates is corrective, The Bar Method is transformative—much like those cars that transform into miniature weasels. You’ll burn fat, sculpt muscles, refine your figure, and improve your strength and endurance. After a brief warm-up, you’ll tackle the upper body with weights and bar exercises. The workout continues with challenging lower-body positions and floor exercises designed to firm up your abs and glutes. This diverse and challenging workout gives you the long, lean muscles and elegant posture of a ballet dancer without the discomfort and inconvenience of being heckled by ballet hooligans.

631 E 1st St
Tustin,
CA
US