Orange County

Weekend roundup

November 24-27

Thanksgiving Day Specials

The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar

Nov. 24. This Thanksgiving, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering a prix-fixe menu with traditional Thanksgiving options, along with Winery favorites. Meals are priced at $79 per guest with a “Little Buddies” kids menu offered for $24.95. Reservations are recommended, and both locations will be open. Thursday, from Noon to 8 p.m.  For Newport beach hours and information, visit For Tustin hours and information, visit

The Waterfront Beach Resort

Nov. 24. Give thanks for a picturesque coastal Thanksgiving brunch buffet. The oceanfront setting is the ideal location to indulge in a buffet featuring a hot breakfast station, crepe & waffle station, fresh seafood station, sushi station, carving stations, Dim Sum, and more. $129 for adults and $69 for children 12 and under (prices include parking at the hotel; exclude ticket fees). 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach.

Shake Stir 2021

Seaside Thanksgiving in Laguna Beach

Nov. 24. Join Driftwood Kitchen for an incredible seaside Thanksgiving Buffet as Chef Rainer Schwarz’s offerings begin with chilled seafood, charcuterie, and salads. Then, dive into carving stations with traditional whole-roasted Thanksgiving Diestel Turkey with all the fixings and much more. The price for adults is $125 per guest and kids 12 & younger are $19. 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.715.7700.

Food + Drink

The Mixing Glass has a Glow Up

Now Open. One of Orange County’s greatest destinations for all things related to the art of the cocktail – The Mixing Glass – has just opened the doors to its new location. Now offering more than just amazingly curated spirits and barware, the new location offers food options, and more for shoppers to explore. Open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. 1500 Adams Ave 104A, Costa Mesa.

Burgers vs. Bangers at Dublin4

Nov. 25. The World Cup continues for The United States as they are set to face England. Dublin4 Gastropub invites you for lunch during the match and to pick a side as they are also having a match-day special menu – Bangers vs. Burgers. Guests can cheer on their team by ordering the Dublin4 Gastropub Burger or the D4 Bangers. Friday at 11 a.m. Reservations are available. 26342 Oso Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.0026.

Palenque Kitchen Opens

Now Open. Finally, Palenque Orange County has opened its doors for business. With modern, elevated Mexican cuisine and a renowned mezcal and tequila bar and bar program, Palenque has been a destination in the IE for years. Now it is time for Orange County residents to see what all the hype has been about for themselves. Open Sunday-Wednesday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., and Thursday – Saturday from 5 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 1749 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.402.9951.

World Cup at Wild Goose

Ongoing. Run, don’t walk to your home for every big game during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Open at 7 a.m. on match days and serving up fantastic food and drink all day long, The Wild Goose is your home for every moment of the action. Grab your team’s kit and head down to one of Orange County’s best destinations for food and fun this World Cup. 436 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, 949.722.9453.

Arts + Culture

32nd Annual Winter Fantasy at Sawdust

Now Open. Winter Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival that offers a festive, unique shopping experience in an enchanting winter wonderland with thousands of lights and decorations, handcrafted gifts, live music, community performances, carolers, puppeteers, art classes, and daily visits with Santa Claus. Tickets can be found here. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Nigella Lawson

Nov. 26. Join Lawson as she talks about her favorite recipes, her approach to filming and entertaining, and shares behind-the-scenes stories of her life in food and why cooking means so much to her. The Guardian has written, “Nigella cookbooks are intimate – something like a diary. Confessionals of failures, flaws, greed, indulgence, accidents good and bad, the joy of doing it right.” Tickets can be found here. 7:30 p.m. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.845.4646.

Photo credits: The Winery, Driftwood Kitchen, and The Waterfront Beach Resort courtesy of Moxxe Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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