The OC Mix is Orange County’s best kept secret. A marketplace for gourmet foods, coffee, and wine with over 30 retail shops under one roof and purveyors of all things good. It is a vibrant gathering of owner-operated shops who offer unique products for foodies, fashionistas, home obsessed, eco-warriors, little ones and more. Located at South Coast Collection (SOCO) in Costa Mesa, CA, The OC Mix offers a cool vibe, one-of-a-kind finds, eco-friendly products and celebrity favorites.
We Olive & Wine Bar at the OC Mix Owners Debby & Phil Brooks share insider tips on making the most of your visit to the OC.
What to eat…
For breakfast: Green Leaf Gourmet Chop Shop for the best Eggs Benedict in town. Birdie Bowl & Juicery for tasty açai, pitaya bowls and smoothies.
For lunch or dinner: Portola Coffee Lab for Phil’s favorite – the Vegetarian Sandwich…but add turkey!. Taco Maria for seasonal, sustainable Mexican. Shuck Oyster Bar for the Clam Chowder and small deep shell oysters. The Iron Press for the insanely delicious Buttermilk Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich with Jalapeno Maple Syrup. Arc Food & Libations – everything is made in-house or sourced from local artisan producers. You can’t miss the beet salad or their bacon.
For snacks and sweets: The Cheese Shop – everything here is delicious. They have the best selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie.
What to drink…
For craft beer: The Iron Press for craft beers and tap takeovers held once a month.
For cocktails: Arc Food & Libations for their Cigarettes & Coffee cocktail – rye whiskey, smoke, and coffee bean.
For coffee: Portola Coffee Lab for their latte.
What to do at and near the Mix…
SOCO Farmer’s Market – Saturdays from 9am – 2pm at the OC Mix
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity – founded by the legendary animator Chuck Jones, the center offers programs, classes and exhibitions designed to inspire creativity in children (of all ages).