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A Field Trip To Explore The Culinary Options of the Outlets at Orange

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

Whether you’re looking for a great place to hang out with your friends, a location to shop for pretty much anything you need, entertainment for the whole family or a destination for those cherished date nights with your spouse, then the Outlets at Orange is your one-stop-shop!

The Outlets at Orange, is conveniently located near the 22 and 5 freeways, easy to find and has with over 120 outlets for your enjoyment.  They have everything from Guitar Center to Saks Fifth Ave to a movie theater to a bowling alley and yes, even a Vans store which is equipped with an indoor skate park!

Last week, I was looking forward to a guy’s night out with a friend to experience a few fine establishments at the Outlets at Orange for a progressive dinner experience.

Dave & Busters at the Outlets at Orange

Our group started the evening off at Dave & Busters to sample some of their incredible cocktails in their well-appointed sports bar.  Our helpful and friendly waiter made some great suggestions for us, one of which was trying the Snow Cone cocktail.  Yes, it looked and tasted like a real Snow Cone!

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

I tried the original Snow Cone, which was a double barrel shot gun loaded with DeKuyper Watermelon Pucker, Malibu Coconut Rum, Pineapple Cherry vodka, DeKuyper blue curacao, a splash of Sprit and pomegranate syrup.  It was a delicious rush similar to coming down the track on Knott’s Berry Farm’s Accelerator roller coaster!

Next up, our ‘Sir-Mix-A-Lot’ bartender served us up splendidly refreshing Mojitos.  This was the real deal with whole crushed mint leaves surrounded by Bacardi rum, lime and a tad of club soda.

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

Then, when you thought it couldn’t get better…boom!  We were served up their signature, Ruby Red Margarita, which I must say is now my most favorite drink.  This gem is loaded with Cruzan aged rum, grapefruit vodka, Ruby Red grapefruit, packed with mint leaves, lime and yes, a dash of club soda.  In my book, this one was the winner, although the Snow Cone drink had some killer visual appeal!

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

On that subject of visual appeal, how about a Glow Kone?  You can light up the night with this one!  No really…this drink lit up in multiple colors and is coconut themed with Malibu Pineapple rum, coconut rum along with lime and cream of coconut.

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

Our group was also served their Hawaiian Mai Tai.  This drink was tasty, but beware!  It’s strong enough that you may just want to Uber it home afterwards.

v=The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

Café Tu tu Tango at the Outlets at Orange

Next up on our progressive dining experience was a visit to one of the Outlets’ best restaurants, Café Tu tu Tango!  This restaurant is akin to being in a rustic artist studio in Barcelona Spain.  The restaurant’s website boasts of a “feast of the senses” and so it is, for when you enter you see artwork everywhere and smell the amazing aroma of Spanish cuisine in an open and relaxed environment.  Café Tu tu Tango is a place of fellowship, where you can come with family and friends to share appetizer sized plates along with your favorite bottle of wine, cocktails or their delicious sangria!

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

We were graciously welcomed by Kevin the manager of the restaurant.  He took the time to give us a run-down of the smorgasbord to be served and a history of the restaurant.  We stared off with a serving of empanadas made of chipotle chicken and spicy ground beef.   These were exceptional when paired with their sangria, a little spice mixed with fruit filled refreshment.   The beef empanadas were made with Jack and cheddar cheese along with olives.  The chicken empanadas came with Jack and Cheddar cheese as well, along with green onion, fresh guacamole and sour cream.  You must try a set of these when you visit.

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

Next up on this list was Café Tu Tu Tango’s Cajun Chicken Eggrolls.  A definite must-share with your crew.  They were loaded with diced blackened chicken breast, roasted corn, red onion and Cheddar and goat cheese, along with a spectacular creole mustard.

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

My friend and I had to pace ourselves in not devouring any one dish and filling up to soon; we needed room for some pizza!  Next Kevin hooked us up with a couple of pizza options to try.  We were served both their brick-oven baked Pepperoni and Five Cheese Pizzas.  The five-cheese pizza additionally came with cheddar, goat and Montego cheeses.

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

Saddle Ranch Chop House at the Outlets at Orange

Our last stop of the night was a visit to the Saddle Ranch Chop House for  some S’mores for dessert over an open flame on their patio.  This cowboy western themed restaurant looks like it came right off Main Street from a movie scene in Wyatt Earp.  And if you’re brave enough, check out the mechanical bull ride!  You may want to give it a spin OR instead, let it give you a spin!

Our waitress at the Saddle Ranch Chop House served us a platter filled with skewers and loaded with marshmallows, Hersey’s chocolate, graham crackers, caramel and chocolate sauce.  We dove right in, loading our skewers with marshmallows and grilling them over one of the outdoor fire pits on the patio.

The Outlets at Orange is on The City Drive just off the I-5 in Orange, California. In addition to fabulous shopping, this beautiful open-air center also offers fun and entertainment for the entire family with over 25 incredible restaurants & cafes, plus an indoor Vans SkatePark, Dave & Buster's, Lucky Strike Bowling, Burke Williams Day Spa and a huge AMC 30 movie theatre with IMAX.

What a wonderful evening my friend and I had savoring the wide variety of dining options at the Outlets at Orange.  There is literally something for everyone.  Make you sure swing by the Outlets of Orange the next time you are in the area.

Happy Field Tripping!

Mr. SoCal Field Trips

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