This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of the 40 days of Lent. If you're one of the millions planning on giving up eating meat
on Fridays, you don't have to give up enjoying
a delicious meal with your family. Here
are some of my favorite family-friendly Irvine restaurants for meat free Friday
fasting with flair.
Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606 - (949) 654-3838
fresh fish at affordable prices and yes, you can order to go. This place is always very busy.
Trout, Tilapia, Ahi Tuna, Cajun Seared Ahi Tuna, Grilled Mahi Mahi, Cajun
Seared Mahi Mahi, Catfish, Swordfish, Skewered Shrimp, Barramundi, Giant Shrimp.
All charbroiled items topped with our garlic butter sauce or Cajun
style, fries or rice, coleslaw & bread.
Battered Pollock, Cajun Grilled White/Fish, Seared
Salmon Cajun, Seared Cajun Ahi Tacos, Battered Shrimp Tacos, Grilled Shrimp
Tacos (Plain or Cajun), Grilled Mahi Cajun Tacos
Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602 - (714) 665-0800
about meatballs, Buca is delicisoso!
Parmigiana: topped with homemade
marinara sauce, roma tomatoes, basil and mozzarella
Florentine: garlic shrimp, roma tomatoes
and spinach with linguine in garlic butter sauce
Diavolo: garlic shrimp and crushed red
pepper with penne in spicy rosa sauce
Frutti di Mare: shrimp, baby clams,
mussels and calamari in spicy red clam sauce
Vodka: garlic, roma tomatoes and crushed
red pepper in creamy vodka rosa sauce
57 Fortune Drive, Suite 240. Irvine, CA 92618 - (949)
Ruby's is more than just burgers and milkshakes.
SEAFOOD COMBO: Batter-dipped,
golden-fried, flaky Atlantic cod fillets along with jumbo shrimp. Served with
"Refillable" Fries, coleslaw, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce.
FISH & CHIPS: Batter-dipped, golden-fried, flaky cod
fillets. Served with "Refillable" Fries, coleslaw, cocktail sauce and
SHRIMP & CHIPS: Crispy, golden-fried jumbo shrimp.
Served with "Refillable" Fries, coleslaw, cocktail sauce and tartar
VEGGIE TACOS: Warm, low-carb whole wheat tortillas with
fresh lettuce, cabbage, shredded carrots, our secret taco sauce, vegetarian
black beans, house-made salsa and black olives.
FISH TACOS: Warm, flour tortillas with crispy, fried, flaky
Atlantic cod fillets, cabbage, shredded carrots, shredded cheese, our secret
taco sauce,house-made salsa and chopped green onions.
SHRIMP TACOS: Warm, flour tortillas with grilled shrimp,
shredded cheese, our secret taco sauce, cabbage, shredded carrots, house-made
salsa and chopped green onions.
SALAD: Fresh romaine tossed with grilled chicken, sliced
cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, Kalamata olives, Feta cheese and fresh oregano
in a Chardonnay Vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for a Lenten dinner if you substitute
grilled shrimp for a small charge.
TEXAS GRILLED CHEESE: The
ultimate grilled cheese sandwich! Slice after slice of melting American and
Swiss cheese layered between slices of thick, golden-grilled egg bread.
4628 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604
- (949) 653-6828
little fancier? Oui!
Smoked Salmon Quiche: With Herbed Cream Cheese and Egg
Custard in a Pastry Shell
& Goat Cheese Quiche:
Swiss Cheese and Egg Custard in a Pastry Shell
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and Basil on Puff Pastry
Goat Cheese Salad:
Greens topped with Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Oranges and Croutons. Served
with Sherry Vinaigrette
Salad Nicoise: Albacore Tuna, Potatoes, Tomatoes,
Shallots, Green Beans, Hardboiled Eggs, Nicoise Olives. Served with Dijon
Parisian Salad: Mixed Greens with Candied Pecans, Dried
Cranberries, Blue Cheese, Apples, Shallots and Balsamic Vinaigrette
French Onion and Tomato Basil Soups
2636 Dupont Drive,
Irvine, CA 92612- (949) 474-2223
One of my favorite places (the Bloody Marys are exceptional).
Calamari, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Hummus,
Seared Rare Ahi, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Baja Style Fish and
Chips: Cod fillet dipped in beer batter,
served on a bed of fries with remoulade sauce. Malt vinegar and peanut cole
Blackened Tilapia: Cajun
spices, topped with lemon butter caper sauce and coulee of red bell peppers,
served on top of asparagus and herb brown rice.
Pan-Seared Idaho Trout
Amandine: Topped with toasted almonds and lemon butter sauce, served with herb
brown rice and vegetable.
Cedar Plank Salmon: with a BBQ Citrus Glaze, served with herb
brown rice and vegetable.
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes: Seasoned with Old Bay, Served with shallot
white wine reduction and French fries
Blackened Ahi Tuna: Ahi tuna seared rare, mixed field greens,
artichoke hearts, carrots, green beans, almonds and red bell peppers, tossed in
an Asian style vinaigrette.
Pan-Seared Salmon Burger with
arugula, sliced tomato and remoulade sauce, served with grilled asparagus.
Simply grilled Salmon served
with grilled asparagus
Grilled Idaho Trout served
with Peanut Cole Slaw
Crab Stuffed Salmon Baked
salmon, filled with jumbo lump crab, served with a whole grain mustard sauce,
arugula and grilled tomato.
a medley of grilled vegetables, fresh steamed spinach, broccoli, grilled
asparagus, sliced tomato and herb brown rice.
And my childhood Lenten favorite...pancakes
MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612 - Phone: (949) 474-446
Need I say
anything more than hot buttermilk pancakes topped with melting butter? Didn't
think so. Yum.
Now go out
and have a wonderful, spirit filled Lent. 40 days of prayer,
penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter.
If you're looking for some ideas on how to fulfill the ‘good works' portion of
Lent, give this older post a read.
Terry Winkler is the founder of OC entertainment blog Enter Stage Write.