Orange County

Weekend roundup

February 4-7


“Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru”

Feb. 5-14. Travel back in time about 100 million years with this interactive drive-thru exhibit. The OC Fairgrounds has transformed its outdoor parking areas into a prehistoric fantasyland—filled with more than 70 full-size, animatronic dinosaurs. Jurassic Quest collaborated with paleontologists to painstakingly create the moving, life-like replicas. Beware of the 50-foot-long Megalodon and the swinging tail of the 80-foot-long Spinosaurus! Fun photo ops abound. See website for hours and to purchase advance tickets. $49 per vehicle (limit eight people). 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 936.320.0030.

Remember the Titans at Irvine Spectrum Center

Feb. 5. Before tuning in for the Super Bowl on Sunday, don’t miss the outdoor screening of the football classic Remember the Titans. The film is based on the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach Herman Boone (portrayed by Denzel Washington) and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. Moviegoers are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times when outside the vehicle. Venue opens at 5 p.m. with showtime around 7:30 p.m. $60 per car.

Repo Man at Mess Hall Market

Feb. 5. Pull up to Mess Hall Market’s parking structure on the fourth floor for a drive-in movie night featuring Alex Cox’s 1984 sci-fi/comedy cult classic Repo Man. Before the screening, presented by Frida Cinema and Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, Mess Hall Market will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. for moviegoers who want a bite to eat before the showtime, featuring restaurants such as Big Parm, Fowl Play, The Little Greek, The Lost Bean, The Sandwich Society, Slapfish and Vaka Burger. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., showtime at 7:30 p.m. $30 per car. 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, 714.285.9422.

Super Bowl

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Preorder by Feb. 4. Looking forward to enjoying the big game but don’t have a clue what to eat? Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar in Newport Beach is making it easy with a special take-out Big Game Pack. The pack includes a duo of dips, Hurricane Tots, All-American cheeseburger, Kahula pork sliders, mango habanero chicken lollipops, Cajun panko-crusted mac ‘n’ cheese, Island Slaw and key line tarts. Pick-up on Feb. 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or on Feb. 7 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Corona del Mar Plaza, 854 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, 949.760.8686.

Descanso Restaurant

Preorder by Feb. 7. Spice up your intimate Game Day gathering with takeout specials from Descanso Restaurant in Costa Mesa. Featuring large-format favorites like the choriqueso verde and classic guacamole, new Angry Anchiote Wings, the Family Taco Meal and 32-ounce cocktails, the modern taqueria’s Central Mexican street-inspired cuisine adds a tasty twist to favorite Super Bowl snacks. Preorder online or by phone. 1555 Adams Ave., Suite 103, Costa Mesa, 714.486.3798.

Solita Tacos & Margaritas

Preorder by Feb. 7. Plan ahead for the game on Sunday with Solita’s taco and margarita party pack. This special serves 3-5 people for $65 and includes six street tacos with the choice of two proteins of either grilled chicken, carnitas or tofu along with two sides of Solita guacamole, and ensalada ranchera. The party pack also comes with 750-milliliter bottled house margarita, which provides five to six servings. 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.894.2792.

Food + Drink

New Limited-Time Flavors at Oliboli Donuts

Through Feb. 14. Did someone say there’s new flavors at Oliboi? Donut mind if we do! Available through Valentine’s Day and for online preorder, there’s the Cherry Cake Heart (pictured)—heart-shaped vanilla bean cake with a maraschino cherry glaze and Valentine’s confetti; and Ispahan—a 40-hour yeast donut dipped in a raspberry glaze, topped with our homemade lychee cream, rose petal whip cream, a fresh lychee, raspberry dust and a dewed rose petal. Open daily 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 135 W. First St., Suite B, Tustin, 714.760.4876.

Flower Child Brings Back Fan-Favorites

Now Available. Calling all Flower Child fans! The healthy, fast-casual eatery, known for accommodating all dietary needs, has brought back two fan-favorites to enjoy on the outdoor patio or to take home. The first is the keto turkey sausage and zucchini lasagna made with organic tomato, kale, smoked gouda and ricotta; followed by the vegan ramen with spicy tofu, pickled cucumber, roasted corn, bok choy, bean sprout and miso-sesame broth (only available through the end of February). Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The Bluffs Shopping Center, 1302 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.200.8141.

Arts + Culture

Before Fiddler – Live From Florence

Feb. 7. Actor/musician extraordinaire Hershey Felder (pictured) stars in Laguna Playhouse’s world premiere—streaming live from Florence, Italy. Before Fiddler on the Roof, there was the music of the Old World—brought to light by Sholem Aleichem, a Yiddish author and playwright. Aleichem’s stories inspired Fiddler’s beloved main character, “Tevye the Milkman;” along with the musical’s famed songs, such as “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Tradition!” Felder portrays Aleichem in a live-broadcast concert, featuring musician Klezmerata Fiorentina—with proceeds benefiting U.S. arts organizations. 5 p.m. $55 per household.

Nixon Library Gardens and New Outdoor Exhibition

Reopened. With the stay-at-home order lifted, guests can safely explore the history and beauty of the Pat Nixon Gardens, and view the new outdoor exhibit The President and the Planet: Richard Nixon and the Environment. This exhibit is an in-depth look at the historic environmental initiatives of the Nixon years and features beautiful commissioned sculptures and plein air art. Th-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $6 admission. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.993.5075.

Photo credits: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar courtesy Orsi Public Relations. Descanso Restaurant courtesy The ACE Agency. Hershey Felder courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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