Orange County mega-chain Chronic Tacos is a booming business built on a foundation of bad Mexican food.
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This is street gourmet done Orange County style. Plenty of parking and lots of shade, surrounded by potted herbs and flowers as the sun shone down from a cloudless sky. And the tacos themselves are some of the best you'll find in Southern California, with tortillas pressed to order.
Crow Burger Kitchen redefines the "beach burger" with its quality in-house grind and excellent execution.
Bear Flag Fish will likely be packed when you walk in. It feels like the majority of the room just went surfing or is about to. With the California flag as its logo, BFF is part fish market, part chill fast-casual with communal tables. Fish tacos are the obvious order at this breezy hangout on Newport's Balboa Peninsula, and deservedly so, but the sandwiches shouldn't be overlooked.
Ruby's Diner 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, CA 92661 (map); 949-675-7829; rubys.com Cooking Method: Griddled Short Order: A mid-sized chain that hearkens back to a simpler time that (apparently) had very mediocre burgers Want Fries with That? Yes. These...