15 Foodie Spots You NEED To Hit if You're Visiting Orange County, CA

15 Foodie Spots You NEED To Hit if You're Visiting Orange County, CA

Check out these spots if you're in the southern California area.
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With some of the country’s best beaches and site seeing, Orange County has become a popular tourist destination, and it’s a place I’m lucky to call home. Despite the many things to do in this Southern California region, my favorite activity would definitely be to eat. Here are 20 spots you can’t miss if you’re visiting Orange County!

1. The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar (San Clemente, CA)

Fisherman's has some of the best seafood I've ever had, the most beautiful views of the ocean, and it's located on the San Clemente Pier.

2. Bear Coast Coffee (San Clemente, CA)

Bear Coast is directly across from the San Clemente Pier and is the perfect spot to sip your coffee while enjoying the ocean views.

3. Urth Cafe (Laguna Beach, CA)

Urth has several locations around Orange County and Los Angeles and is a trendy spot with incredible food. This location is also a close walk to the beach!

4. Gelato Paradiso (Laguna Beach, CA)

I've been to Italy, but this spot has the BEST gelato in the entire world. There's a couple of locations in Orange County, but the Laguna Beach location is the most known and popular spot.

5. Bear Flag Fish Company (Newport Beach, CA)

Bear Flag is honestly my favorite restaurant of all time. There is no competition when it comes to their poke and fish tacos.

6. Banzai Bowls (San Clemente or Laguna Beach, CA)

It would be genuinely hard to find someone from Orange County who doesn't believe Banzai has the best acai bowls of all time.

7. Anaheim Packing House (Anaheim, CA)

Anaheim Packing House is a food hall with a variety of restaurants and dessert spots that you should definitely check out. Crepe Coop is my personal favorite!

8. Sidecar Donuts (Costa Mesa, CA)

All of the best donuts I've ever had have been from Sidecar. This spot in Costa Mesa features unique flavors and amazing coffee.

9. Zinc Cafe (Laguna Beach, CA)

If you're looking for a good breakfast or lunch spot, Zinc is definitely your place. This spot is right near the beach and has the best lavender lattes.

10. Anastasia Cafe (Laguna Beach, CA)

Another brunch spot in Laguna Beach, Anastasia serves fruit in a giant pineapple, and incredible frozen drinks and waffles.

11. Pedro's Tacos (San Clemente, CA)

Pedro's is a favorite for locals and serves breakfast burritos and a variety of different soft tacos.

11. Hidden House Coffee (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

Hidden House's location in an adorable yellow cottage within the historic Los Rios district makes this spot one of Orange County's most popular coffee shops.

12. Lola's Cafe (Ladera Ranch, CA)

Lola's is definitely a favorite brunch spot in Orange County and has the absolute best avocado toast out there.

13. A La Minute Ice Cream (Orange, CA)

This tasty ice cream shop in downtown Orange features unique flavors like orange honey, chocolate lavender, and strawberry balsamic.

14. Dad's Original Frozen Banana (Newport Beach, CA)

This spot on Newport Beach's Balboa Island is in a really fun area and is famous for its ice cream pops and chocolate dipped bananas.

15. Outpost Kitchen (Costa Mesa, CA)


Outpost Kitchen has one of the most unique menus I've ever encountered and contains a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options.

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So if you're ever in the southern California area, definitely make sure to check out these delicious food spots, and take advantage of all the amazing food Orange County has to offer.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season

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Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

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We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

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Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

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We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!

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