I sat in my chair with my belly sticking out and an empty food bowl in front of me. We just finished our second dinner, but we still had desserts to try on our list. It was time to untie the pants!

10 PLACES TO EAT IN IRVINE CALIFORNIA

Irvine, California is full of dining options, especially awesome Asian cuisine. During our trip, we ate way too much to go through our list. We especially liked the amount of Asian food after our stay in Portland. The Diamond Jamboree shopping center, which is one of the most popular places, offers Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine in one space.

To help you plan your visit, we have compiled a list of the best places to eat in Irvine, California. Let us know if we miss anything!

1. 85°C BAKERY (BAKERIES)

This Taiwanese bakery opened its first American location in Irvine, and when they first opened, the lines were running outside. Even when we visited, there were still a lot of people, but much more manageable than the first time we visited. They serve coffee, cakes, pastries and much more. We ordered the sea salt coffee and tried a lot of different pastries, and our favorite is the Taro bread.

2. A&J RESTAURANT (TAIWANESE, )

It’s a Taiwanese chain and it’s our friends’ go-to place for beef noodle soup. Don’t forget to order spring onion pancakes and cucumber salad in a hot garlic sauce.

3. ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS (NEW AMERICAN,)

If you are looking for a place to feel good, 100% of Andrei’s profits go to the search for a cure for retinitis pigmentosa. We may not be talking about food, but we went for cocktails and loved their barrel-aged Manhattan.

4. IL FORNAIO IRVINE (ITALIAN, SEAFOOD, PIZZA,)

Award-winning homemade pasta and an extensive award-winning culinary menu. Be sure to try a pair of plonks!

5. URBAN PLATES (NEW AMERICAN,)

Fesh ingredients that come from local, sustainable and ethical sources. Tons of vegetarian and vegan options. Two locations in Irvine.

6. FUKADA (JAPANESE )

It’s a very popular place at the moment. They serve deliciously simple udon, soba and rice dishes. We went for lunch and had a soba + unagidon combo. YUM!

7. HANDMADE RAMEN HIRONORI (RAMEN, )

We ate here twice during our SoCal trip! The broth is really creamy and delicious, and the pork is full of flavor. We also tried their fried chicken and rice dishes. If there was only one place where you could eat during your visit, I would recommend HiroNori.

8. IN-N-OUT (HAMBURGERS, )

If you don’t have your In-N-Out solution yet, there are plenty of them in Irvine. They are also located here. The funny thing is that when we lived in SoCal, we rarely went there, but there’s no denying that at their price, they have the best burgers.

9. PUESTO (TACOS )

We haven’t tried the Irvine location, but if you’re in the mood for fancy tacos, head to Puesto. You can read our full San Diego location review. Our favorites are the Tamarindo Shrimp Tacos and the Mexican Street Bowl.

10. SNOW MONSTER (DESSERTS, )

If you’re looking for photogenic desserts and drinks, stop by Snow Monster. We have the incandescent glass with a cotton candy cloud, but they also have a 70-200mm lens glass. The Thai tea and lemonade were too sweet for our taste, but the light bulbs were too cute not to have.

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