Niyaz’s Top 20 O.C. Dishes of 2016


My top food moment of 2016 … Zov winning the Golden Foodie Award for 2016 Chef of the Year!

It’s been a great year for Orange County foodies.

We have Lobster Fries, Spaghetti Pizza and Churro Loops; Top Chefs in the kitchen and new openings at such a rapid pace it’s hard to keep up. There’s been a lot of delicious dishes to try, and while I couldn’t get to them all, I did manage to enjoy my fair share of awesome plates.

Here’s the 20 best things I ate and drank this year!

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Drink Up! Born to Hula Punch at The Blind Pig


I’ve been working to improve my cocktail knowledge. The great thing about that is I get to drink a bunch of cocktails for the sake of research. I started a few months back at Chapter One in Santa Ana, where I was partial to The Old Man and The Sea and Bonfire of the Vanities. I’ve enjoyed gin tonics at Vaca, the Dave Mau—made by Dave Mau—at Memphis in Costa Mesa (ask for it when he bartends), and I still have plans to visit the renowned bars at Pizzeria Ortica and 320 Main.

Lots of cocktails enjoyed, lots more left, but the one I’m currently hooked on is the Born to Hula Punch at The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita.

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