Orange County Restaurant Week Begins Sunday

milk and cereal at Chapter One in Santa Ana
milk and cereal at Chapter One in Santa Ana

Calling all Angelenos who need an excuse to trek down to Santa Ana, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa and other Orange County locales: Orange County Restaurant Week begins this weekend, running from Sunday, Feb. 26, to Saturday, March 3.

A hundred eateries across the county will participate, following a format similar to Dine L.A. Each restaurant will offer fixed, multi-course menus in addition to the regular selection. Lunch menus cost $10, $15 or $20, with dinner at $20, $30 or $40. Visit the website for a list of restaurants along with their special menus. A map lets you search by neighborhood.

Our OC Weekly sister blog shares a helpful tip for navigating the array: "Always check the regular menu (which should be available as usual), because some restaurants offer better RW values than others." It notes that Avanti Café in Costa Mesa ($30 for a three-course dinner for two), Memphis at the Santora in Santa Ana ($20 three-course dinner), TAPS Fish House in Brea ($20 three-course dinner) offer particularly good deals.

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