10 Great Year-Round Turkey Dishes in Orange County

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Beyond the bird

Virtually every family has their own special way of preparing turkey for Thanksgiving--but what about the rest of the year, when you don't feel like picking stuffing out of the cavity of a dead bird? Not enough OC restaurants have non-Thanksgiving turkey dishes on their menu beyond turkey Cobb and sad slices of grey deli meat--but those that do usually take care to make it worth your while. So the following are turkey dishes you can enjoy outside of your dinner table and away from your annoying cousins.

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10 Great Chilaquiles in Orange County

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The best in the world: Those made by my mami

Screw breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches--all of breakfast, really, except chilaquiles. This is the greatest Mexican desayuno of them all, a deceptively simple dish that'S fiendishly difficult to master. Most places think chilaquiles gives them a license to chop up some stale Guerrero corn tortillas, lightly fry them, then splash some trashy red or green salsa, creating something softer than mush but not as tasty.

No. Chilaquiles is a fugue: the interplay between the crispy edges and somewhat soft center, the sharp notes of a great salsa that doesn't sog everything up, the crispness of the cheese tying everything together. It's one of my all-time favorite meals, and here are 10 great versions in OC.

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10 Ways to Escape Your Family in OC on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving's almost here. Families are coming together--the smart ones wearing pants two sizes larger to prepare for the damage to come--and filling dining tables with a stuffed bird, cranberries, potatoes, greens, and pie. For some, this is truly a time to hold hands around the table and give thanks kumbaya-style. For others, it's when relatives you never see--and maybe don't like--are all together in one room. In other words: pure agony.

If you find yourself stuck in the latter situation, here are some ways to escape (at least temporally).

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The Best Bars in Orange County, 2015 Edition

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Hello, you lushes! This list, our last from this year's Best Of, is just for you. Tired of your old watering hole? Need somewhere else to get sauced up? Here's our picks for 2015's best bars, whether you're looking for a low-light dive or some fancy pants wine place. Give it a look and less us know what we're missing. Then, once you're done with that, check out our lists of best things to eat and best restaurants, 'cause you'll probably have the drunchies after this list.

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10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try in Orange County

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Whether you're sick of pumpkin spice-everything already, you have to admit: pumpkin French toast, gelato, and beignets sound delicious and, well, they are. Now that it's fall, several Orange County restaurants have added special pumpkin dishes to their menu--some infusing it more subtly than others. That being said, here are some of the most interesting pumpkin dishes available in the county right now. You'll want to get your hands on them soon because before you know it, they'll be gone.

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The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2015

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What a newcomer!

Looking for a few new places to add to your restaurant rotation? Sick of the same old ethnic digs? If you're on the prowl for a few new places to eat, here's our list of best restaurants for 2015, featuring everything from best seafood to best Mexi and best patio dining. This list joins our two already existing best things to eat and drink lists for 2015. Tomorrow? The best places to drink, but until then, bon appetit.

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The Best Things to Eat in Orange County, 2015

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Of course, the best tacos in OC

Yesterday, we went over the best things to drink in Orange County, so today we'll go over the best things to eat. In this list, you'll find the best individual dishes in Orange County, from burritos to breads and burgers to everything else that doesn't start for the letter B. So if you're looking for that great bagel? This is what you want to read. Next week, we'll touch in the best places to eat and drink, so if you want to find your next favorite restaurant or bar, wait until then or check out our full best of feature.

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The Best Things to Drink in Orange County, 2015 Edition

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This thing's sister drink made the list!

Hello Dear Readers! It's the end of October, but more importantly, our annual Best Of issue has hit news racks across the county. You know what that means: For the next few days, I'll be throwing up these super-duper Best Of lists on the blog for your reading pleasure. If you don't want to wait, head on over to the main feature over here. Otherwise, read on for the best things to DRINK -- caffeinated, alcoholic, and otherwise --in Orange County this year. Looking for a new Vietnamese coffee spot? Sick of $2 boba? We've got the places for you..

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10 Restaurants We Would Raise from the Dead

Edwin Goei
Guess where?

Halloween invites ghosts, paranormal activity, and zombies--but, instead of being scared, what if we used these supernatural existences to our advantage? Guys, we're talking about raising some of our favorite Orange County restaurants from the dead. If beloved Filipino restaurant Magic Wok (now named Crispy House) could do it, maybe--just maybe--the rest of these can too.

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10 Ways to Spend Halloween in Orange County

Josue Rivas

For many, Halloween is the best time of the year--better than Christmas even. For one day, people are allowed to dress up as whatever they want--a slice of pizza, Walter White, one of the guys from Daft Punk--and not get strange looks from anyone. It's a time when mortals welcome paranormal activity (simulated ones, at least), thoughts on death, and spookily decorated desserts. This Halloween, there are all sorts of things you can do in the county: you could get trapped in a haunted maze, for one, or participate in a ghost walk. Whatever you prefer, here are ten great Halloween events we think you should know about (and they all have food for you, of course).

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