Dine on the open-air patio at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails for Whiskey Week


Looking for a great place to eat in Orange County this week? Check out these Orange County restaurants.

By Laura Okey

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
Celebrate Dad’s favorite drink just in time for Father’s Day. Andrei’s will feature Whiskey Week from June 17-25 offering a delectable menu of whiskey-infused dishes and whiskey based cocktails as well as special whiskey flights. Highlights include Maine lobster ravioli served with Woodford Reserve Bourbon cream sauce and Jack Daniels Bourbon-braised pork belly sliders. See website for full menu. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887.

Spice up your summer evenings with Bistango Gardens new Spanish Wednesdays. Savor pequeña paella ($12) and sangria ($7) on the outdoor patio while flamenco music fills the night air. Bistango has been a critically acclaimed and popular Orange County dining institution since opening its doors in 1987. Enjoy an extensive cocktail list of classics and house specialties, a 400-bottle wine list and 20 craft beers by the bottle, which include some difficult to acquire selections. The Atrium, 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222.

Square One Pizza
Indulge on gourmet thin crust artisan pizzas with mouth-watering combinations such as prosciutto and goat cheese, charred steak with roasted corn and red peppers and grilled portobello with smoked mozzarella. Happy hour specials include fried ravioli with tomato butter ($5), bruschetta ($4), fresh hand-cut potatoes with sea salt ($2.50-$3.50), and of course, wine and beer offerings for just $4. Happy hour M-F 3-6 p.m. 5789 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949.451.1750.

Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar
There’s no better way to welcome summer than with a fantastic happy hour. Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar debuts its summertime happy hour schedule featuring all-day specials on Sundays. Enjoy some of the bar’s best offerings such as $8 signature cocktails, $6 well drinks and a selection of appetizers like bacon-wrapped medjool dates, Brussels sprouts and pork belly ragout, chophouse sliders and more. Happy hour: M-F 2-6 p.m., M-Th 9:30 p.m.-close, Su 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593.

Try the watermelon mojito at Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hopdoddy Burger Bar is bringing back some fan-favorites this month to celebrate summer. The lineup of June specials include the Greek burger (fresh lamb patty topped with feta cheese, arugula, pickled red onions, tomato and cucumber and tzatziki sauce), a frozen banana shake (made with homemade churned ice cream, bananas and decadent chocolate sauce) and a watermelon mojito (juicy watermelon ice cubes, mint leaves, fresh-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and a splash of soda water). Fashion Island, 311 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337.

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