To celebrate the launch of its Best of Orange Country restaurants issue, Orange Coast Magazine hosted a party at Fixtures Living at South Coast Collection (aka SoCo) in Costa Mesa, Calif. Orange County’s best dressed were in full effect at this OC soiree. I felt a little out of place because I was not sporting Christian Louboutins but I quickly got over that. We went because we wanted to know which of Orange County’s restaurants made the list and were told they would be serving up some of their signature items. Here is Orange Coast Magazine’s Top 10 for 2012:

1. Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdale’s (Still Need to Try – But Liked DG Burger)
2. Andrea – The Resort at Pelican Hill (Still Need to Try)
3. AnQi by Crustacean (Very Good)
4. Pizzeria Mozza (Very good)
5. Red Table (Still Need to Try)
6. The Loft – Montage Laguna Beach (On our Must Try List)
7. SideDoor (One of our Favs)
8. A Restaurant (Still Need to Try)
9. Park Ave (On our List to Try)
10. Broadway by Amar Santana (Still Need to Try)

It was a perfect alliance between Orange Coast Magazine and Fixtures Living as I’m sure their target demographics are the same – the upper echelon of Orange County. It was a prime opportunity to showcase Fixture’s high-end appliances for kitchen, bath and outdoor living spaces, as guests were strategically weaved throughout the store from food and beverage station to station.

Below were some of our standout small bites of the evening.

Foie Gras Mousse with Blood Orange Gelee, Bitter Chocolate Brioche and Alepo Chili from The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach.

Grilled Sea Scallops with Yuzu, Herbs and Butter from Living Fixtures.

Tambo Tuna Tacos from AnQi Bistro

Mozza Caprese salad from Pizzeria Mozza

In addition to the top restaurants, there were other sponsors befitting the O.C, such as Fisker, the luxury car brand; Bel Air Bellini; knockout tan, a mobile spray tan and LashSpot, providing complimentary mini eyelash extensions.

Fisker - Couple of Beautiful Cars!

Bel Air Bellini - Yum!