For some major name eats, there’s no need to make the drive up the 405 — whether you plan on LA’s gastro greats or plan on hopping on a plane at LAX. There are some big names right here at home. Though the chefs might not be behind the burners every single day, you’ll be able to taste their influence at any of these top 5 picks for celebrity chef spots in Orange County.
1 Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's
Few names get foodies drooling like Charlie Palmer. From his steak houses in Washington DC to NY to his numerous restaurants across the county, his name is synonymous with good food and the latest culinary trends. While Chef Amar Santana is under the toque at the OC location, some of Palmers best dishes make their debut right here in OC.
2 118 Degrees
Chef Jenny Ross might not be on your radar yet, but the entire veg foodie community practically worships her like an Earth mother. Bringing the world of raw food to her first restaurant as well as the Raw Bar in Tustin, you can be sure that the food is just as sweet as chef Ross herself.
3 Macy's Signature Kitchen
Three big names -- Marcus Samuelsson, Cat Cora and Nancy Silverton -- come together at Macy's Signature Kitchen, a quick and easy place to pick up a bite no matter what you're in the mood for. There's Samuelsson's burgers, Cora's BBQ and Silverton's famed breads all in one spot. You'll be hard pressed to find this much selection at any other restaurant.
From the star-studded opening (Kardashians were there, natch) to back-to-back runway shows, there's more to AnQi than the fusion cuisine. From the Ans (Grandma An guards all the family's recipes), a famed food family, comes this haute Vietnamese spot that'll make you feel like you're dining with the stars.
5 True Food Kitchen
Oprah has jumpstarted the career of many a great man, one of them being Dr. Andrew Weil. True Food Kitchen -- his restaurant concept -- is a quick healthy spot for lunch or dinner. All the dishes have Weil's stamp of approval and just like his prods at Origins, they'll make you feel good from the inside out.