Food says a lot about the culture of a city. It gives the town its mood. The flavors and aromas write the story for the town. Old Town Tustin restaurants have written a unique story with the diverse tastes that are spread amongst its chapters.
Chapter One: Rutabegorz! For those looking to cleanse their diet, Rutabegorz can help you do just that on any given day. The collection of health inspired dishes feature noteworthy combinations such as soy products, vegetarian mixes, and mediterranean inspirations. Inclusive of both vegetarian delicacies and gourmet presentations of chicken, fish, and turkey, “Ruta’s” menu covers it all. The laid back setting has given it the reputation as the “hippie joint.” If you want to get hip with health visit their website at: www.rutabegorz.com
Hours: M-SAT: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, SUN: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Address: 158 W Main St. Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Two: A relaxed classic night out calls for a trip to Centro. Before you decide what wine to drink alongside your woodfired-pizza, you may venture down to the tasting room where all combinations are present. The smooth Italian feel decorates the interior of the winery, microbrewery, and eatery, making it easy to enjoy a tradition-defying blend. With an assortment ranging from pizzas to salads to sandwiches you really can’t go wrong in matching a drink to a perfect meal. To find the center of good wine and a good time visit Centro’s website at: www.centrotustin.com
Hours: M: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, TU-TH: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, F-S: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, SUN: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Address: 140 E. Main Street Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Three: ¿Quieres comer en un restaurante de comida mexicana deliciosa? If you do want to eat at a restaurant with delicious Mexican food then make a visit to El Camino Cafe! With authentic cuisine inspired by the people of Michoacan, Mexico, such as huevos rancheros or chicken fajita tacos, El Camino Cafe offers a great time. The family feel is present in every dish they serve, using recipes passed from generation to generation. The ingredients are fresh, the atmosphere is cozy, and the hospitality is unbelievable. All of these attributes create a homey experience away from home. Visit their website at: www.elcaminocafe.com
Hours: TU-SUN: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Address: 195 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Four: It is not difficult to “sea” that The Black Marlin is filled with various types of delicious seafood. The regular weekly specials provide a highlight for any tourists or regular customers to enjoy the specialties of the restaurant. Fresh fish, steaks, and pastas build the backbone of the seafood kingdom, making it one of the most visited restaurants in Old Town Tustin. For a fresh and elegant meal decorated with accents of the sea, visit their page at: www.blackmarlinrestaurant.com .
Hours: M-W: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, TH: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, F: 11:00 AM -10:30 PM, S: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM, SUN: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Address: 560 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Five: This hotspot, known as Tustin Grille, does nothing but satisfy its customers. Although recently introduced to the customers, this restaurant is a very popular location to enjoy recipes created by an olympic gold medal chef, Dudley McMahon. From poultry to red meat to seafood, anything can be grilled to perfection at the Tustin Grille. For a nice evening and a nice meal, signature to Tustin, visit their site at: www.tustingrille.com.
Hours: Lunch: M-F: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Social Hour: M-F: 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Late Night Social Hour: M-TH: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, F: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Dinner: M-TH: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, F-SAT: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, No dinner on Sunday.
Address: `405 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Six: The McCharles House Restaurant & Gardens is a secret to the majority of Tustin’s citizens. Hiding behind greenery and a disguise as an everyday house, the McCharles house serves as a beautiful venue to have a relaxing meal with a party of friends. The McCharles house is perfect for booking an event as it sits in the midst of an abundance of plants and flowers that are sure to make the perfect photo op. Don’t live life without discovering its secret treasures. Visit at, www.mccharleshouse.com to get rich in good times.
Address: 335 South C Street Tustin, California 92780
Chapter Seven: For those who consider their lifestyle to be categorized as “chic”, Freesoulcaffe, a plant-based cookery, is the ideal place to be. All of the ingredients are completely natural and most ingredients, like their graham cracker crust for cheesecake and pies, is made right there on site. Serving the healthiest breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, Freesoulcaffe will surely please a health driven appetite. For a vegan experience visit: www.freesoulcaffe.com .
Hours: M-SAT: 9:00 AM -9:00 PM
Address: 191 East Main Street Suite 1B, Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Eight: A standout restaurant in the center of Old Town Tustin is Honda-Ya. Inclusive of a homestyle type menu, Honda-Ya serves to bring comfort to their guests. The Japanese culture of the restaurant provides a warm feel for a round of sushi or other savory dishes. Stir fried, deep fried, stewed, steamed and grilled foods all make Honda-Ya a popular place to spend an evening. If you say Ya to a night in the presence of elegant Japanese cuisine then visit the link: www.izakayahondaya.com .
Hours: M-SAT: 5:30 PM – 1:30 AM, SUN: 5:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Address: 556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Nine: With flavors originating far from the U.S., Morey’s Place brings a unique style to the culture of Old Town Tustin. Influenced by Mediterranean ingredients, Morey’s serves up excellent dishes that your average fellow of Tustin would not see on a regular basis. Kabobs, short rib, and gyros are just a few examples of the unordinary, but spectacular, meals featured in the family owned business. Specializing in every meal of the day, any time is the perfect time for eating at Morey’s Place. To make your night Mediterranean, visit their site at: www.moreysplace.com .
Hours: M-SUN: 8:00 AM – 12 AM
Address: 303 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Chapter Ten: The favorite restaurant of Old Town Tustin, Roma D’ Italia. Like most Italian restaurants Roma serves the traditional Italian cuisine such as pizza, pasta, salad, bread etc. Roma specializes in their preparation of veal, sandwiches, seafood, and their “Roma D’ Italia Delicacies”. If you are in the mood for a traditional hearty Italian meal you should “roma” on over to Roma D’ Italia. Visit their site at: www.romaditalia.com .
Hours: SUN-TH: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM, F-SAT: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Address: 611 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780
Whether you are visiting or living in Old Town Tustin, write your own story and give it some taste.
Written by Guest Blogger – Sabrina Thorn