Tastes from Near and Far

Wake up with exotic flavors from these new eateries. Happy travels!

From European-style plates to gourmet pancakes to a modern spin on the classic Monte Cristo — with a bouquet of flowers to take home — this trio of new eateries serves up a variety of plates to satisfy your culinary wanderlust.

A Taste of Europe

In the mood for a culinary getaway? Travel to Utopia European Caffé for your next breakfast abroad (without a passport). Yalchin Aslan and Sam Lee are the masterminds behind the new spot at The District at Tustin Legacy. Break away from the typical pancakes and eggs, and explore Euro-style offerings like the Mediterranean platter, with sliced egg, kasahar and feta cheeses, black olives, veggies, local honey and fresh bread. Talk about a huge savings on airfare. utopiacaffe.com

Aussie, You Say?

Outpost Kitchen has opened its second Orange County location right out of Bristol Street in Costa Mesa. Aussie-inspired just like the original, this new spot is bigger, and so is the menu. Outpost will still serve up its locally sourced, organic, all-day breakfast menu (Orange-vanilla pancakes? Yes, please!), delightful lunch offerings (Bowls and sammies and soups, oh my!) as well as delish offerings for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. outpostkitchen.com

From L.A. to O.C.

Yellow Vase has made its Orange County debut at South Coast Plaza. This comes after establishing five locations in the South Bay. (Celebrity sightings at the L.A. spots aren’t unusual.) It’s a delightfully unique dining concept that combines a bakery, a café and a full-service florist, inviting a cheery atmosphere perfect for a whimsical breakfast (think brioche French toast) and all-day offerings (like the Yellow Monte Cristo). yellowvase.com

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