It is the last week of 2016 and it is time to round up some top contenders of the year. While it hasn’t been THAT great a year for stand-outs, there are definitely some which have already started moving their way to the top tier of Orange County dining. Here are my top three in no particular order.
Mix Mix — The former Leatherby’s executive chef has been on my list of favorites for years. Now, Chef Ross Pangilinan’s new venture brings an even better menu where he is free to create as he pleases!
The Recess Room — this Fountain Valley restaurant was one of the biggest surprises of the year. The food is solid, and the mocktails creative and tasty. Can’t wait to see what happens once they secure their liquor license.
Vaca — Top Chef alum Amar Santana’s Costa Mesa eatery offers a Spanish-inspired menu with a bar program from preeminent mixologist Gabrielle Dion.