Restaurants | Dine at Liliie’s Q and Tempo Urban Kitchen in Brea

Lillie’s Q and Tempo Urban Kitchen Open In Brea

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Baby-back ribs from Lillie’s Q

From watermelon sashimi to top barbecue, Brea’s dining scene is heating up with Lillie’s Q and Tempo Urban Kitchen.

Burgeoning Orange County dining destination, Brea has gone from afterthought to foodie hub with new restaurants Lillie’s Q and Tempo Urban Kitchen, joining favorites such as Brunos Trattoria and Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen.

Lillie’s Q

Chef Charlie McKenna’s barbecue took first-place at the prestigious Memphis in May competition in 2007 and placed in the top 10 six years running. In 2010, he opened his first Lillie’s Q in Chicago. With partner Joe Manzella, of Taps Fish House & Brewery, he’s just opened his fourth outpost in Brea. The Southern menu features pork shoulder, tri-tip, baby-back ribs, hot links and chicken and moonshine cocktails, made with un-aged corn whiskey. While you’re there, pick up some of the delicious sauces created from McKenna’s grandmother’s recipes. Each pays homage to the deep-rooted barbecue traditions of specific Southern regions and flavors include Carolina, Smoky and Hot Mess. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 240 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.482.2001. lilliesq.com

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Tempo Urban Kitchen’s short-rib chocolate tacos

Tempo Urban Kitchen

Restaurateur Jorge Cueva and chef Zach Geerson strive to “push the culinary envelope every day” at new Tempo Urban Kitchen in Brea. Favorites of a first tasting include short-rib chocolate tacos, made with 48-hour-braised short ribs, Guinness mole and abuelita chocolate tortillas and the Korean dish bibimbap. He goes molecular with a watermelon sashimi started and a creamy ice cream made table-side using liquid nitrogen. Cocktails, featuring house made bitters, syrups and infusions and hand-cut ice, are alone worth a visit. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1060 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, 714.529.2900. tempourbankitchen.com

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