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.
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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.