Best “Kids Eat Free” Restaurant
A 16th-year winner, Ruby’s Diner offers the best in breakfast, lunch and dinner in a comfortable, fun atmosphere. On Tuesday nights, kids under 12 years old eat free from 4 pm until closing. This promotion will often run on holidays like the Fourth of July and Easter Sunday too, making Ruby’s the place to celebrate with family. Check your local Ruby’s Diner for details and exclusions.
rubys.com | Multiple Locations
Best Birthday Cakes
Patty’s Cakes and Desserts
Patty’s Cakes and Desserts in Fullerton offers cupcakes, cookies, cake balls and ice cream. But when it comes to birthday cakes, they really take the cake. Standard cakes are available in their most popular flavors and four sizes. Choose from white cake, chocolate cake, red velvet and confetti. Custom cakes come in 12 cake flavors and 18 cake fillings, making for a memorable dessert to mark your special occasion.
pattys-cakes.com | Fullerton
Best Family Restaurant
Wahoo’s Fish Taco
The Lee brothers opened the first Wahoo’s Fish Taco location in 1988. Wahoo’s has been serving fresh fish tacos in a California cool atmosphere that has perfectly captured OC’s surf and skate counter-culture ever since. Besides fresh fish tacos, you’ll find burritos, enchiladas, and Banzai bowls, making Wahoo’s perfect for the whole family.
wahoos.com | Multiple Locations
Best Healthy Snack
Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice
It’s nothing but good vibes at Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice, where you can always grab a healthy treat. Avo toast, smoothie bowls, tacos and fresh-pressed, organic juice are just some of the items you can vibe with. The Fiesta Bowl is a signature dish and a local favorite made with jackfruit “carnitas,” chipotle black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, crispy pumpkin seeds, cashew-lime crema and pickled red onion.
eatdrinkvibe.com | Newport Beach
Best Kids Menu
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que cooks their meat low and slow, and hand carves it to order. They take the same care with their Backyard BBQ kids menu too, which is why it’s a reader favorite. Your littles will find kids menu classics like Mama’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Hand-Breaded Chicken Strips along with barbecue staples like Grandpa Joe’s Tri Tip and Finger Licken’ BBQ Ribs.
lucillesbbq.com | Multiple Locations
Best Pizza Place
Phillip DiPietro and his family have owned and operated Pizza D’Oro, Costa Mesa since 2005. Before that, his parents and brothers owned and operated the store since 1968. This family knows pizza. Dough is made daily on the premises, hand-stretched to order and baked directly on a scorching marble hearth. If you don’t have room for a whole pie, try the Giant Slice. About 6 inches wide and 14 inches long, this slice has a thick crust handle and a classic New York-style center. Hold, fold and enjoy!
eatatpizzadoro.com | Costa Mesa
Best Place to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth
Feng Cha Teahouse
If your family is looking for a fun dessert or a sweet beverage, look no further than Feng Cha Teahouse. Besides fresh fruit teas, boba milk tea and ice blended Breeze drinks, they also serve a variety of milk foam cakes in flavors like Match Love, Chocolate Taro and Oreo Cheesecake. Some menu items even combine dessert and drinks, like the Creme Brulee Dirty Boba. Sweet!
fengchausa.com | Costa Mesa
Serving on-the-go freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies, made-to-order bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and shots, boosts and bites, Jamba is here to make eating better easier and fun for the whole family. Specifically designed for your little ones, the Jamba Kids menu is made up of pint-sized smoothies that contain a serving of fruits or vegetables.
jamba.com | Irvine
By Sarah Mosqueda, Diana Jarrah and Jessica Peralta