This edition of Grub Guide is a buffet of topics. From weekend events to dining as far as Chino Hills, we’ve got the intel you’re seeking, including an upcoming restaurant concept. Try not to go to any of these places super hungry, or risk that lovely thing we refer to as indigestion.
Halloween Crawl at The District – Tustin
We found a family-friendly activity that doesn’t involve being out late this weekend. Children 10 and under are free with paid adult admission ($30-$40, depending on when the ticket is purchased). Find over 30 treats and tricks throughout The District from 2-5 p.m.; check-in begins at 1:30 outside Vans. The Boys & Girls Club of Tustin will benefit from your ticket purchase, so do double-duty this Saturday by having family time and supporting a worthy cause. Head over to Eventbrite for Creepy Crawl tickets, and we’ll see you there! 2437 Park Ave., (714) 259-9090; www.thedistricttl.com.
Election Day Special at Crepes Bonaparte – Fullerton and ?
Tuesday the 6th is already going to be pretty stressful making decisions about your future. Treat yourself after voting, and head to your nearest Crepes Bonaparte. They’ll offer a free scoop of ice cream if you sport your ‘I voted’ sticker with the purchase of a sweet crepe. This offer is not only available in their DTF brick-and-mortar, but also their luxe loncheras! As of today, they’re currently scheduled at Chapman University at lunch and UCLA Basketball for dinner service. Oh, and check out their monthly crepe special, Pumpkin Spice. 115 S. Harbor Blvd., (714) 595-9995; www.crepesbonaparte.com.
Totally Tustin Food & Wine Festival
If you’ve ever wondered about the inside of one of those hangars off Tustin Ranch, here’s your chance to see once and for all. It’s the 4th annual festival, benefiting multiple projects throughout the city including improvements to Old Town and refurbishing the War Memorial building. Participating restaurants include El Camino Cafe, Zama Tea, Bronx Sandwich Company, Culinary Lab, and TAPS Fish House & Brewery. Tickets are still available for November 11. Bonus: Complimentary childcare will be provided by Sylvan Learning Center for little ones ages four and up. www.totallytustin.com.
We See You, Descanso! – Costa Mesa
One restaurant at last weekend’s The Taste Costa Mesa that stood out was Descanso Mexican Restaurant– mainly because we’d never heard of it until then. Turns out they are opening as early as next month in a former Soup Plantation space. Dubbing themselves as a modern taqueria, their Facebook page describes the concept with the following:
What if you could bring the flavor and charm of the beloved Mexican taco stand – and even the taco stand itself – into a full-service restaurant setting? What if you could preserve the tradition and authenticity of the foods and recipes, but present them in a modern setting that fits our lifestyle and how we live and eat? I think we might have the answer.
1555 Adams Ave., Ste. 103, (949) 874-3053; www.descansorestaurant.com.
Next Time You’re Craving Eats In the 909 – Chino Hills
We don’t find ourselves in the Inland Empire very often. But when we do, we have no idea where to grab a meal. Cue Andy Nguyen, best known for co-founding Afters, who curated a new food hall in Chino Hills with the brand referred to as 99 Ranch (not Ranch 99). Dubbed Cravings, this is part Asian Smart & Final, part Mitsuwa for millenials. Our friends at Dos Chinos and Red Envelope are there, as well as many other concepts like Shomi Noods, Oi Asian Fusion and Tenori. 4024 Grand Ave., (909) 760-8899; www.99ranch.com/cravings.
Don’t be scared; have another drink. Photo courtesy Angelina’s.
Halloween Adulting at Angelina’s – Irvine
For the $20 cover at the door, you’ll want to be decked out in costume and ready to par-tay. Participate in Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana’s contest, or get your groove on with DJ Marco Nova while sipping a spooky potion. Drop by this monster bash on Saturday between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Tickets will be sold at the door only. 8573 Irvine Center Dr., (949) 536-5200; www.angelinaspizzeria.com.
Shout out to Marche Moderne – Newport Beach
If you didn’t make it out to their Choucroute Alsacienne 2018 (a.k.a. The Pig Head to Toe), sorry, not sorry. We managed to grab a seat during one of their three nights this week for Crispy Pig Trotter Sausage and Confit Snake River Farms Short Ribs, among other treats on our platter. For other special opportunities, remember they’ve got the Monday Spontane Supper. And be on the lookout for us to announce when they finally launch brunch. 7862 Pacific Coast Hwy., (714) 434-7900; www.marchemoderne.net.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.