Named after a French WWI airplane, Nieuport 17 pays homage to aviation, displaying a dense collection of flight-themed artifacts and artwork amid dark-wood panels, low lighting, and crackling fireplaces. The food, however, is just as impressive as the decor. The restaurant's tuna tartare was one of OC Weekly's 100 favorite dishes of 2013, and CBS2 named the lemon sour-cream pie one of its best summer desserts. And those are just a few of the dishes that come out of Nieuport 17's kitchen, headed by executive chef Cody Storts.
A Culinary Calling
In 2013, OC Metro magazine named Storts one of the best chefs in Orange County. The graduate of LA's Le Cordon Bleu began his journey in the front of the house, though. It was only after bartending and managing at various area restaurants that he realized the kitchen was his calling.
A self-proclaimed "kitchen ninja," Storts relishes the challenge of unusual ingredients and unexpected pairings. This approach helped him craft the menus at a number of celebrated eateries. After appearing in several guest-chef events at Nieuport 17, he eventually took the helm.
Here, he holds weekly tasting events, testing ingredients and recipes before adding them to the menu. At his side are the self-titled Culinary Militia, Storts' trusted band of chefs, pastry makers, and mixologists.
Perched atop the hills of its namesake, Orange County Mining Co. pairs an eight-part champagne brunch with 19th-century nostalgia, as wagon wheels and cacti impart a rugged prickle to the restaurant's cozy atmosphere. The brunch offerings warm diners with carved prime rib and ham, cheese blintz, and other toasty tastes, before cooling palates with iced shrimp, snow crab legs, and lox. Ravenous miners can pile culinary ore into made-to-order omelettes, pancakes, and waffles, or gather steam with tamales and menudo at executive chef Horacio Barragan's Mexican station. To cap off appetites, baked delicacies and other sweets are either devoured or skewered for a dunk in the chocolate fountain.
Black Angus Steakhouse was founded in 1964 by a rancher named Stuart Anderson. Like so many other restaurant entrepreneurs, Stuart wanted to create a place that served food people loved and at prices they could afford. With 45 restaurants in 6 states, Stuart definitely made it happen! The Black Angus Steakhouse menu features big helpings of mouth watering favorites like teriyaki steak lettuce wraps, loaded potato skins and a wagon wheel sampler platter, it’s hard to believe that those are just the appetizers! Burgers and sandwiches are available, along with delicious shareables like grilled asparagus, and for a main course patrons can choose anything from prime rib to large lobster tail! Chicken is available too—honestly, there are a lot of choices at Black Angus Steakhouse. Our advice is to go in and check it out for yourself; you probably won’t be disappointed!
Fall in love all over again at Morton's Steakhouse - one of Orange County's favorite high-end steak houses featuring the most tender, juicy steaks that are cooked to perfection. Watch as the tantalizing juices drip off the fork as you feast on a delectable menu that offers a mouthwatering American cuisine of steak, seafood, grill, and barbecue set in their elegant, private dining rooms that are available for private parties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nibble on delectable appetizers, such as their huge jumbo shrimp cocktail followed by their famous USDA prime-aged beef, which is the top 2% of beef available in the U.S. End up sharing a hot, moist souffle for two all complimented by their award winning wine list. Go ahead and splurge! You only live once!
When you think of Australia, you may think of Ayers Rock, shrimp on the barbie, and ranches galore. And while many of us won’t get to see those things in person, Outback Steakhouse brings the distinctive and delicious Aussie flavor to your back yard. Unique dishes like the Bloomin’ Onion, Teriyaki Steak Medallions, Hearts of Gold Mahi, and the always delicious Carrot Cake, provide something for everyone. The family-friendly atmosphere that reigns as king at Outback Steakhouse, means you can be sure that diners of all ages will have a great time. Get a taste of life in the colonies at Outback Steakhouse.
The endless options and great value has families coming back to Sizzler time and time again; their lunch specials and endless salad bar are perfect for an office outing. Known for their steaks, you'll find plenty of healthy options indicated on their menu and they've designed a special section on their menu just for kids. Sizzler prides themselves in using fresh ingredients and preparing your meal in real kitchens. When you're looking for a restaurant that will satisfy your whole party, head to Sizzler!