OC Restaurant Week: “Ride. Dine. Stay.”

Want to get more out of the early-March foodie to-do? Anaheim has ideas for you.

EAT (AND DON'T BE OVERWHELMED): Ask anybody about any county in the United States, and inquire as to whether they can name the various cities and the distinct food styles and the cultural facets of each spot, and you might get a couple of answers, and then a shrug. But then there's Orange County, a region full of distinctive dining locations, locations that each have their own rep. Eating in Newport Beach? You might be enjoying some light seafood or other breezy, al fresco-fine fare. How about Anaheim? It could be a churro (though outside of the Magic Kingdom the choices are good, too). And Santa Ana? Downtown is flourishing with avant garde gastronomes and all of their gastronome-y, menu-pushing meals. With these many foodie facets in mind, how does one approach one of Orange County's biggest eat-out weeks? Stop one is perusing the...

ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK... site, which lists all of the participants and those need-to-know, don't-arrive-late-and-be-sad dates (Sunday, March 1 through Saturday, March 7). A handy feature? Rather than looking by restaurant name, or area of the county -- okay, both of those are handy, too -- you can click how much you want to spend. The $10 Lunch Menus listings'll hook you up with every business doing the prix-fixe-lunch-for-a-tenner thing, which includes Wild Goose Tavern and SLAPFISH. Want to visit the other end of the Restaurant Week price spectrum, and check out the $50 dinner menus? It's this way. And hello there, Fig & Olive, Five Crowns, and The North Left.

RIDE. DINE. STAY. One other way to approach the bigness of OC eats? The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau has a Ride. Dine. Stay. program on during the event, which involves "hotel accommodations and transportation options" in addition to all of those eateries in the swing. There's a sweepstakes, too, if you like to think about winning as you sup. Want to know more? Point your fork this way, deal-loving diners.

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