Old Towne Orange is one of the hidden gems of Orange County. In recent years, the area has become saturated with restaurants that draw foodies from all around Southern California. If you are looking for a culinary adventure, head down to Old Towne Orange this weekend.
Who doesn’t love Mexican food? My idea of Mexican food completely changed when I first dined at Gabbi’s several years ago. Refined dishes and complex flavors can always be found at this romantic hidey-hole. The sangria is delicious, and I am told that the churros and chocolate are divine.
Every now and then, I feast like a Roman goddess on Italian food. Whenever I am in the mood to pretend like I am dining alongside a flooded canal, I have dinner at Francoli’s, which creates the most delicious northern Italian cuisine in Orange County. The fresh pasta and homemade desserts are mouthwatering, and I especially love the biscuits.
Since this delightful ice cream shop opened a few months ago, I have visited it at least once a week. This isn’t just any ol’ ice cream, friends. It’s liquid nitrogen ice cream made with locally sourced ingredients. With interesting flavors such as strawberry balsamic and olive oil vanilla bean, à la minute sets the standard for interesting ice cream flavors. I particularly enjoy orange honey, chocolate lavender, and the sorbets. The best part of à la minute is watching the ice cream makers use liquid nitrogen to create the flavors.
Part of the reason why I like The Filling Station so much is the outdoor seating area. The charming area is a delight on weekend mornings and weekday evenings. With its comprehensive breakfast menu, The Filling Station is one of my favorite places to schedule catch-ups with old friends.